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Underperforming Superteams, Overperforming Rookies, and the First-Quarter Awards (Ep. 172)

1:07:25 | Dec 6th, 2017

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 ...Show More

The State of the NBA With Bill Simmons and Haralabos Voulgaris (Ep. 145)

1:00:09 | Oct 16th, 2017

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), LeBro...Show More

NBA Trade Deadline: Eastern Conference Power Shifts and Favorite Trades | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 383)

1:02:32 | Feb 8th

The trade deadline delivered on medium deals—including Marc Gasol to the Raptors, Tobias Harris to the Sixers, and Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks—but it was missing the Anthony Davis trade we were hoping for. What does this mean for the Eastern Conferen...Show More

The Sixers Are All In (We Think?), With Bill Simmons | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 382)

50:40 | Feb 6th

Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan hop on the Ringer NBA Show feed to talk about the Sixers spending what was left of their draft capital to acquire Tobias Harris and make a push for the NBA Finals this season (1:06). Then, Ben Detrick joins to break down h...Show More

Is Anthony Davis’s Price Tag Worth It? | The Mismatch (Ep. 381)

55:34 | Feb 5th

The Los Angeles Lakers may need to overpay to acquire Anthony Davis before the trade deadline (3:57). Plus: Which trade candidates could propel fringe playoff teams into contention? (37:10) Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Trade Deadline Week Is Here and the Big Hitters Get Busy | Heat Check (Ep. 380)

54:55 | Feb 4th

The Lakers, Celtics, Knicks, and Sixers are making noise as the trade deadline approaches (3:39), while the New Orleans Pelicans are still looking to move Anthony Davis (35:14). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Jonathan Tjarks, Micah Peters, Zach Kra...Show More

Kristaps Porzingis Is Out in New York. Does This Mean Two (or Three?) Superstars Might Be In? | The Corner 3 (Ep. 379)

52:33 | Feb 1st

We break down the Kristaps Porzingis–to-Dallas trade from every angle: the Mavericks, the Knicks, Porzingis himself, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, the Pelicans, the Lakers, the Raptors, and more. NBA trade season is upon us! Hosts: Kevin O’Connor,...Show More

Assessing the Best Anthony Davis Trade Packages | Group Chat (Ep. 378)

47:34 | Jan 31st

We pore over the myriad teams that could offer a reasonable package for Anthony Davis: chief among them the Lakers and Celtics, but maybe equally as intriguing, the dark horse Clippers and Raptors. Disclaimer: This podcast was recorded prior to the ...Show More

Where Will Anthony Davis End Up? | The Mismatch (Ep. 377)

52:15 | Jan 29th

The Los Angeles Lakers are the clear front-runners to trade for Anthony Davis, but 28 other teams could look to acquire him (1:32). With the trade deadline fast approaching, teams bifurcate into buyers and sellers (28:54). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Ke...Show More

Anthony Davis Wants Out | Heat Check (Ep. 376)

46:37 | Jan 28th

Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a not-so-surprising Woj bomb on Monday morning, reporting that Anthony Davis will not sign a contract extension in New Orleans and has requested a trade. Will this shake up the Lakers? Does Boston have the most assets, or w...Show More

The Rolling Raptors and All-Star Reserves, Plus: A Special Interview With Nikola Jokic | The Corner 3 (Ep. 375)

51:24 | Jan 25th

The hype around the Toronto Raptors has died down despite their continued excellence (0:40). With the All-Star starters announced, which players will make the team as reserves? (14:05) Plus: Kevin O’Connor sits down with Denver Nuggets star Nikola J...Show More

Where Do the Pacers Turn Without Victor Oladipo? | Group Chat (Ep. 374)

49:00 | Jan 24th

We digest the news that Victor Oladipo is out for the rest of the season by wondering whether the Pacers should push on for the playoffs or reset until he gets back (2:30). Then, we debate who has a more promising future: the Hawks or the Mavericks (...Show More

Uh-oh, the Warriors Look Invincible Again | The Mismatch (Ep. 373)

55:44 | Jan 22nd

The juggernaut Golden State Warriors look unstoppable as of late (4:10) and Carmelo Anthony looks to return to the court (15:00). Plus: Which players could benefit from a change of scenery at the trade deadline? (25:43) Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’...Show More

The NBA All-Drama All-Stars and the Western Conference Shuffle | Heat Check (Ep. 372)

55:08 | Jan 21st

What would the All-Star teams look like if they were selected on the merits of creating drama (3:11)? Plus: Lonzo’s injury, Boogie back, the PG-Russ dynamic, and the Dennis Smith Jr. saga's resolution (?) (33:03). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Jas...Show More

Dennis Smith Jr.‘s Unraveling Drama in Dallas, Plus All-Star Ballots | The Corner 3 (Ep. 371)

57:10 | Jan 18th

Dennis Smith Jr. is the latest high draft pick to become uncomfortable with the ball being taken out of his hands. What does that mean for him and Luka Doncic (18:00)? Then we run down our All-Star ballots for this season (28:18). To wrap up, Kevin i...Show More

Playing Trade-Deadline Doctor and Going Deep on the Pelicans | Group Chat (Ep. 370)

57:03 | Jan 17th

We diagnose the problems that the Celtics, the Lakers, and the Grizzlies will have to address at the upcoming NBA trade deadline (1:10). Then, we call up Scott Kushner, the 'New Orleans Advocate' Pelicans beat reporter, to give us the Pelicans side o...Show More

The Celtics Start to Show Their Cracks. Plus: The Trade Deadline Rumor Mill | The Mismatch (Ep. 369)

56:33 | Jan 15th

The fraying Boston Celtics slide even further (0:44), James Harden continues his historic scoring streak amid the Houston Rockets’ injury plague (23:04), and trade rumors pile up as the deadline approaches (34:42). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Conno...Show More

A Year Later: Did the Clippers Win the Blake Griffin Trade? | Heat Check (Ep. 368)

1:12:00 | Jan 14th

The Los Angeles Clippers host Blake Griffin for the first time since the controversial trade (3:27), the Boston Celtics falter despite their talent (15:26), the New York Knicks accelerate their tank (28:08), and rookies’ statistical comparisons encou...Show More

Predicting the NBA Headlines for the Coming Weeks | The Corner 3 (Ep. 367)

43:52 | Jan 11th

We take a stab at clairvoyance by each trying to predict two headlines that will be written over the coming weeks (1:05). Then, we throw an outlet pass to the weekend’s best games (34:00). Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks

Half-Season Superlatives and Kings Nation | Group Chat (Ep. 366)

1:04:31 | Jan 10th

We award 2018-19 half-season awards for: Best Player, Most Surprising Team, Most Disappointing Team, Most Confusing Team, and League Pass Poison Teams (0:50). Then, Kings superfan Riley McAtee joins to talk about how he hopes the rest of Sacramento’s...Show More

How Should Teams Build Around Their Young Stars Before It’s Too Late? | The Mismatch (Ep. 365)

53:05 | Jan 8th

Tom Thibodeau is out in Minnesota. So what does that mean for franchise cornerstone Karl-Anthony Towns (1:00)? Then we dive deep into how the Spurs have reinvented themselves by turning the clock forward and backward at the same time (18:25). Finally...Show More

Goodbye Thibs and Hello Hoiberg (?!) | Heat Check (Ep. 364)

49:01 | Jan 7th

Minnesota firing Tom Thibodeau after a win, who could replace him, Kawhi Leonard’s return to San Antonio, and the drama-filled Sixers. Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Shea Serrano and Jonathan Tjarks

James Harden Is a Cheat Code | The Corner 3 (Ep. 363)

51:39 | Jan 4th

James Harden daggered the Golden State Warriors Thursday night in overtime (1:30), and Kawhi Leonard was showered with boos while the Raptors got throttled by the Spurs (29:12). Plus, NBA prospect Bol Bol’s college season is done after just nine game...Show More

Debating Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook for All of Eternity | Group Chat (Ep. 362)

54:51 | Jan 3rd

The Thunder beat the Lakers (sans LeBron) Wednesday night, but are we right to be concerned about Russell Westbrook’s continued shooting woes (1:30)? Plus, Chris spills his deepest, darkest concerns about the future of the Sixers as Ben Simmons still...Show More

Elite, but Overlooked: The Pacers and the Nuggets | The Mismatch (Ep. 361)

50:59 | Jan 2nd

The Indiana Pacers remain consistently among the Eastern Conference elite (2:59), the Denver Nuggets continue their dominant run atop the West (9:33), and James Harden’s propensity for drawing fouls fuels his scorching stretch of games (18:00). Plus,...Show More

New Year's Resolutions for All 30 Teams | The Corner 3 (Ep. 360)

1:00:03 | Dec 28th, 2018

We ring in the new year by giving 2019 resolutions for every team in the league — from the lowly Knicks and Hawks to the high and mighty Warriors. Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau

The Lakers Refuse to Let LeBron’s Injury Scare Spoil Their Christmas | The Mismatch (Ep. 359)

56:11 | Dec 26th, 2018

The Los Angeles Lakers handily defeat the Golden State Warriors despite LeBron James's groin injury (3:25), James Harden continues getting back to MVP form as his Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder (24:07), and more takeaways from the Chr...Show More

NBA Guilty Pleasures | Heat Check (Ep. 358)

41:49 | Dec 24th, 2018

As the NBA regular season nears its midpoint, we share our favorite guilty pleasures of this year thus far. Host: John Gonzalez Guest: Chris Ryan

Which Rebuilding NBA Franchise Would You Want Most? | The Corner 3 (Ep. 357)

42:04 | Dec 21st, 2018

We try to temper our hype after Luka Doncic’s 32-point explosion in a loss to the Clippers, review Chris Paul’s nagging hamstring and the Rockets’ thin roster, and discuss the weird Buddy Hield age news (2:00). Then, we each choose the rebuilding fra...Show More

’Tis the (NBA Trade) Season | The Mismatch (Ep. 356)

50:32 | Dec 18th, 2018

Trade season dawns on the NBA as free-agency restrictions get lifted (0:54), the James Harden–led Houston Rockets surge up the standings (21:07), and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s stellar defense keeps them rolling (33:49). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kev...Show More

The Trevor Ariza Trade That Wasn’t, Then Was | Heat Check (Ep. 355)

49:27 | Dec 17th, 2018

A three-team trade centered on the Washington Wizards acquiring Trevor Ariza falls through in dramatic circumstance and is reincarnated in altered form (4:21): The Phoenix Suns receive Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers while the Memphis Grizzlies kee...Show More

Exploring the Trade Candidates That Could Shuffle the League | The Corner 3 (Ep. 354)

42:47 | Dec 14th, 2018

The Kings are our kings and we hope the trade market might heat up soon for guys like Kevin Love and Tim Hardaway Jr.. Plus, we throw an outlet pass to the games we’re looking forward to this weekend. Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny...Show More

Did the Raptors' Big Win Over the Warriors Make Them the Best Team in the League Right Now? | Group Chat (Ep. 353)

42:13 | Dec 13th, 2018

We try to sift through the noise of the Raptors’ blowout win against the Warriors (1:45) and diagnose the state of the Pelicans after Anthony Davis’s big night against the Thunder (13:33). Then, we take a look at two teams whose stocks are up and two...Show More

LeBron Thought About the Knicks, but It Was All a (Pipe) Dream | The Mismatch (Ep. 352)

52:31 | Dec 11th, 2018

LeBron James comments on having considered the New York Knicks as a free-agent destination (1:17), the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks continue to overperform behind their young stars (14:50), the Boston Celtics return to excellence after a slo...Show More

The Bulls' Drama Is Boiling Over Under Boylen | Heat Check (Ep. 351)

1:09:57 | Dec 10th, 2018

Turmoil continues for the Chicago Bulls under Jim Boylen (7:16), the three Texas teams deviate from expectations (14:12), growing pains afflict the Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler experiment (32:12), and Buddy Hield emerges as the Sacramento Kings’ ...Show More

Lessons From the 2016 NBA Draft | The Corner 3 (Ep. 350)

41:59 | Dec 7th, 2018

We review some of the Houston Rockets’ biggest problems and ask whether they could be remedied with a Kevin Love trade (1:30). Then we take a look back at the lessons we learned from the 2016 draft (25:00), before throwing an outlet pass to this week...Show More

Debating the NBA’s Top 25 Players Through 25 Games | Group Chat (Ep. 349)

47:54 | Dec 6th, 2018

We review the Lakers vs. Spurs and Thunder vs. Nets games from Tuesday night (1:30) before coming clean on our ballots for The Ringer’s Top 25 Players in the NBA Through 25 Games (31:24). Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo...Show More

The Nuggets Are Here to Stay | The Mismatch (Ep. 348)

55:22 | Dec 4th, 2018

The Denver Nuggets have proved themselves to be elite (1:07), the Oklahoma City Thunder’s stellar defense is leading their surge (9:51), the retooled Minnesota Timberwolves start to climb up (22:06), the New Orleans Pelicans’ struggles amplify in a l...Show More

30 Thoughts for 30 Teams | Heat Check (Ep. 347)

1:13:55 | Dec 3rd, 2018

More than a quarter of the way through the regular season, what can we say about every team in the NBA? Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Jason Concepcion, Kevin O’Connor, Haley O’Shaughnessy

The Spurs Are Pivoting to Boring Basketball | The Corner 3 (Ep. 346)

46:30 | Nov 30th, 2018

Gregg Popovich’s disdain for 3-point shots (1:36), Andrew Wiggins’s future in the league (15:52), and R.J. Barrett’s less-than-stellar start at Duke (24:14). Plus, is Luka Doncic “tall James Harden” or “fat Steph Curry” (29:00)? Hosts: Kevin O’Conno...Show More

What Were We Wrong About Before the Season? | Group Chat (Ep. 345)

54:03 | Nov 29th, 2018

Kyle Korver to the Jazz (0:40), Luka Doncic owns our hearts (7:30), the Wolves are looking up without Jimmy Butler (17:30), and the Clippers might be a playoff lock (22:08). Plus, we admit the takes we misfired on before the season (35:30). Hosts...Show More

Can the Rockets and Jazz Turn It Around? | The Mismatch (Ep. 344)

1:05:55 | Nov 27th, 2018

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

The Clippers Are Atop the Wacky West (for Now) | Heat Check (Ep. 343)

45:29 | Nov 26th, 2018

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

Opening Up the Thanksgiving Mailbag | Corner 3 (Ep. 342)

46:17 | Nov 21st, 2018

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

Will Anyone Trade for John Wall? | The Mismatch (Ep. 341)

49:56 | Nov 20th, 2018

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’Co...Show More

The Wizards (Finally) Want to Blow It Up | Heat Check (Ep. 340)

56:13 | Nov 19th, 2018

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

Sophomore Surge or Sophomore Slump? | Corner 3 (Ep. 339)

45:36 | Nov 16th, 2018

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

Relationship Counseling: Warriors Edition | Group Chat (Ep. 338)

50:43 | Nov 15th, 2018

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 ...Show More

The Rockets Don’t Stay Melo | The Mismatch (Ep. 337)

54:57 | Nov 13th, 2018

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...Show More

Jimmy Butler Is a Sixer | Heat Check (Ep. 336)

53:10 | Nov 12th, 2018

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

Zion Has Broken Our Mold of What a Pro Prospect Can Be | Corner 3 (Ep. 335)

42:31 | Nov 9th, 2018

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).

The Five Tenets of a Legendary League Pass Team | Group Chat (Ep. 334)

43:15 | Nov 8th, 2018

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 Gre...Show More

The Deep, Dominant Raptors Keep Rolling Along | The Mismatch (Ep. 333)

57:23 | Nov 6th, 2018

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 loo...Show More

The LeBron-Era Lakers’ Drama Intensifies | Heat Check (Ep. 332)

1:12:57 | Nov 5th, 2018

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 comeb...Show More

When Should We Panic About Houston? Plus, Duke Mania Is Here to Stay | The Corner 3 (Ep. 331)

45:28 | Nov 2nd, 2018

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" se...Show More

The Early Tiers of the NBA | Group Chat (Ep. 330)

57:06 | Nov 1st, 2018

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, K...Show More

Klay Thompson Catches Fire, the Bucks Remain Aflame, and the Cold-Start Teams | The Mismatch (Ep. 329)

57:04 | Oct 30th, 2018

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 Conferen...Show More

Cavs Fire Ty Lue, Early-Season Drama, Bud's Bucks, and Overlooked Teams | Heat Check (Ep. 328)

54:39 | Oct 29th, 2018

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 u...Show More

The Three-Point Revolution Is Only Just Beginning | The Corner 3 (Ep. 327)

41:41 | Oct 26th, 2018

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 out...Show More

Is the NBA Trying Too Hard to Entertain Us, Or Is the Scoring Boom What We Need? | Group Chat (Ep. 326)

42:10 | Oct 25th, 2018

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 crampe...Show More

The Lakers or the Thunder: Who’s in More Trouble? Plus Milwaukee’s Overhaul and Boston’s Slow Start | The Mismatch (Ep. 325)

49:43 | Oct 23rd, 2018

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 pa...Show More

Lakers-Rockets #Spitgate, Plus Opening-Week Takeaways | Heat Check (Ep. 324)

1:04:26 | Oct 22nd, 2018

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 gam...Show More

Digesting LeBron in a Lakers Uniform, Plus Early Evaluations for Ayton and Jokic | The Corner 3 (Ep. 323)

49:11 | Oct 19th, 2018

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 Ay...Show More

Anthony Davis’s Hot Start, the Young Suns, and Early Sixers Reactions | Group Chat (Ep. 322)

50:23 | Oct 18th, 2018

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 S...Show More

‘Sources Say’ Live From Ringer #NBAPalooza | Sources Say (Ep. 321)

53:00 | Oct 17th, 2018

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 da...Show More

20 Questions for the 2018-19 NBA Season | The Mismatch (Ep. 320)

1:10:48 | Oct 16th, 2018

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

The Way-Too-Early Playoff Predictions, Plus: NBA Sad Face | Heat Check (Ep. 319)

1:09:09 | Oct 15th, 2018

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...Show More

Jimmy Butler’s Practice Tirade and Lakers vs. Warriors Preseason Takeaways | Group Chat (Ep. 318)

47:06 | Oct 11th, 2018

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 offseaso...Show More

The Future of the Young Suns and Key Players to Watch Out For | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 317)

1:07:25 | Oct 9th, 2018

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 regar...Show More

The 2018-19 NBA League Pass Draft | Heat Check (Ep. 316)

49:22 | Oct 8th, 2018

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.

Jimmy Butler to Miami? Plus: Tempering the Lakers Hype. | Group Chat (Ep. 315)

29:39 | Oct 4th, 2018

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).

The New Lakers, the New-ish Rockets, and GM Survey Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 314)

56:48 | Oct 4th, 2018

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...Show More

Waiting for the Butler Trade, LeBron’s Lakers, and Doncic’s Debut | Heat Check (Ep. 313)

1:13:15 | Oct 1st, 2018

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. Sm...Show More

Jimmy Butler Trade Talks and Media Day Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 312)

46:57 | Sep 25th, 2018

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 @Ringer...Show More

Jimmy Butler v. the Timberwolves, the Lakers’ Lonzo Problem, and the Sixers' GM Search | Heat Check (Ep. 311)

1:11:07 | Sep 18th, 2018

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). Th...Show More

The Anthony Davis Pre-Pre-Agency, the Minnesota Timberbulls, and (Another) Dwight Howard Debate | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 310)

43:18 | Sep 11th, 2018

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 acquisitio...Show More

Wizards Chemistry Experiment, Suns-Rockets Trade, and Are We Sure ...? | Heat Check (Ep. 309)

58:36 | Sep 4th, 2018

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 som...Show More

Manu Ginobili Retires, the Sixers’ GM Search, and Kobe Fans vs. LeBron | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 308)

46:37 | Aug 28th, 2018

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...Show More

Melo (Finally) Signs in Houston, Kawhi’s “THANK YOU” Letter, and Are We Sure ...? | Heat Check (Ep. 307)

1:05:58 | Aug 15th, 2018

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...Show More

Do the Lakers Have Too Many Personalities? Plus, Other Mailbag Questions | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep.306)

53:58 | Aug 7th, 2018

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 g...Show More

LeBron Gives Back, Rockets Keep Capela, Giannis Bulks Up, and NBA Hard Knocks | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 305)

40:52 | Jul 31st, 2018

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 g...Show More

Kevin Love's Extension, the Carmelo Trade 2.0, and the Lakers’ Meme Team | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 304)

40:50 | Jul 24th, 2018

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 offse...Show More

Kawhi for DeRozan, Smart Stays a Celtic, the Timberwolves’ Shaky Future, and Pre-Agency | Group Chat (Ep. 303)

52:21 | Jul 19th, 2018

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 th...Show More

Carmelo Destinations, Jimmy Butler’s Future in Minnesota, and the Kawhi Saga | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 302)

51:23 | Jul 17th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Jonathan Isaac Is a Star, Trae Young's Bust Potential, and Other Summer League Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 301)

43:08 | Jul 10th, 2018

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 disc...Show More

The Big Men Are Running Summer League, Plus Free-Agency Check-in | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 300)

36:49 | Jul 9th, 2018

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. ...Show More

LaVine Gets Paid, Kawhi Trade Possibilities, and Summer League Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 299)

19:56 | Jul 7th, 2018

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).

Melo to Leave OKC, Kyrie’s Uncertain Future, Lakers’ Coaching Conundrum, and Trae Young Misses Treys | Sources Say (Ep. 298)

28:10 | Jul 6th, 2018

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’ coa...Show More

Warriors Add Boogie, the Lakers’ Bizarre Signings, Kawhi Destinations, and Summer League Tips Off | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 297)

59:40 | Jul 3rd, 2018

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 discu...Show More

LeBron to the Lakers, Paul George Stays with the Thunder, and More Free-Agency News | Heat Check (Ep. 296)

1:09:19 | Jul 2nd, 2018

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). Fin...Show More

Austin Rivers to the Wizards, D.J. to Dallas (Potentially), and More Free-Agency Rumors | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 295)

1:09:51 | Jun 27th, 2018

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 t...Show More

Melo's Opt-in, Free-Agency Rumors, and Woj vs. ESPN | Heat Check (Ep. 294)

57:52 | Jun 25th, 2018

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 f...Show More

2018 NBA Draft Takeaways | Draft Class (Ep. 293)

46:15 | Jun 22nd, 2018

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

2018 NBA Draft Preview Spectacular | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 292)

42:11 | Jun 20th, 2018

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.

Kawhi Rumors and Draft Prep | Heat Check (Ep. 291)

52:23 | Jun 18th, 2018

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, Mar...Show More

Michael Porter Jr.’s Injuries and Kevin Knox’s Rise. Plus: Ringer Fans on the Grizzlies, Magic, and Bulls | Draft Class (Ep. 290)

58:18 | Jun 15th, 2018

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 Grizzlie...Show More

The Warriors' Wild Parade, LeBron’s Offseason, Kawhi Meeting With Pop, and Draft Talk | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 289)

1:08:55 | Jun 13th, 2018

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 schedul...Show More

Warriors-Cavs Fatigue, LeBron Landing Spots, Offseason Story Lines | Heat Check (Ep. 288)

49:47 | Jun 11th, 2018

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).

Warriors Sweep Cavs for Third Championship in Four Years | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 287)

23:24 | Jun 9th, 2018

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

Deandre Ayton to the Suns? Plus: Ringer Fans on the Kings, Mavs, Hornets | Draft Class (Ep. 286)

51:01 | Jun 8th, 2018

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...Show More

Bryan Colangelo’s Resignation and the Future of the Sixers With Ben Detrick | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 285)

26:55 | Jun 7th, 2018

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.

KD Crushes the Cavs in Game 3. Plus: Will Deandre Ayton Go No. 1? | Group Chat (Ep. 284)

37:30 | Jun 7th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Previewing Game 3 of the Finals, Plus Coaching Free Agency | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 283)

39:39 | Jun 5th, 2018

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 P...Show More

Warriors Rout Cavs in Game 2 | Heat Check (Ep. 282)

45:44 | Jun 4th, 2018

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.

The Draft Mailbag, Vol. 4 | Draft Class (Ep. 281)

44:14 | Jun 1st, 2018

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 meas...Show More

LeBron’s Teammates Throw Game 1 Away | Group Chat (Ep. 280)

34:40 | Jun 1st, 2018

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 ...Show More

The Bryan Colangelo Twitter Story With Ben Detrick | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 278)

25:23 | May 30th, 2018

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 p...Show More

Golden State Comes Back, and a Cavs–Warriors Finals (Again) | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 277)

1:03:13 | May 29th, 2018

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).

LeBron to the Finals (Again), Warriors-Rockets Game 7, and Mourning the Celtics | Heat Check (Ep. 276)

48:23 | May 28th, 2018

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 Gold...Show More

Rockets Up on Warriors, All-NBA Teams, Doncic Falls, and Porter Rises | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 275)

47:07 | May 25th, 2018

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 ...Show More

The Depreciating Cavs, the Strengthening Rockets, and Offseason Rumors | Group Chat (Ep. 274)

37:53 | May 24th, 2018

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...Show More

WCF Game 4 Instant Classic, Joel Embiid in the Bahamas, and Conference Finals Predictions (Ep. 273)

45:19 | May 23rd, 2018

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 ...Show More

Cleveland Bullies Boston, WCF Game 4, and the Draft Combine | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 273)

1:10:46 | May 22nd, 2018

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 abo...Show More

Warriors Overpower Rockets and LeBron Carries Cavs (Again) | Heat Check (Ep. 272)

56:05 | May 21st, 2018

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 Jam...Show More

Who Is Luka Doncic? Plus: Victor Oladipo and Shaquille O’Neal | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 271)

37:23 | May 18th, 2018

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 ...Show More

The Rockets Blast Golden State and We Have Ourselves a Series, Plus Celtics-Cavs and the NBA Draft | Group Chat (Ep. 270)

42:43 | May 17th, 2018

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 d...Show More

NBA Draft Emergency Micropod | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 269)

09:10 | May 16th, 2018

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.

Golden State Dominates, Houston’s Role Players Disappear, and Previewing Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 268)

1:21:26 | May 15th, 2018

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 (4...Show More

Celtics Pummel Cavs, Warriors-Rockets Is Here, and Second-Round Exit Interviews | Heat Check (Ep. 267)

53:09 | May 14th, 2018

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 betwe...Show More

Conference Finals and Lottery Preview, Plus De’Aaron Fox | Draft Class (Ep. 266)

50:28 | May 11th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Saying Goodbye to the Sixers and Looking Ahead to the Eastern and Western Conference Finals | Group Chat (Ep. 265)

41:37 | May 10th, 2018

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.

Cavs Sweep Raptors, Sixers Hang On Against Celtics, SVG Out of Detroit, and Fiz In New York | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 264)

1:19:07 | May 8th, 2018

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 Con...Show More

Celtics Eclipse Sixers, #LeBronto Continues, and Warriors-Rockets Is Near | Heat Check (Ep. 263)

1:09:09 | May 7th, 2018

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 dominatin...Show More

The Draft Mailbag, Vol. 3 | Draft Class (Ep. 262)

42:11 | May 4th, 2018

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, st...Show More

LeBron’s Toronto Takeover, the Ben Simmons No-Show, and More Playoff Prescriptions | Group Chat (Ep. 261)

52:29 | May 4th, 2018

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

Steph Curry Is Super-Back, Drake vs. Perk, and New Wrinkles in the Kawhi Saga | Sources Say (Ep. 260)

34:01 | May 2nd, 2018

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...Show More

Here They Don’t Come: The Celtics Bulldoze the Sixers, Plus Cavs-Raptors and Pelicans-Warriors | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 259)

1:14:54 | May 1st, 2018

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 Pel...Show More

Cavs Push Through, Rockets Blast Jazz, and Warriors Still Got It, Plus Sixers-Celtics Preview | Heat Check (Ep. 258)

1:16:57 | Apr 30th, 2018

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 t...Show More

Celtics-Bucks Goes Seven, Predicting Game 6s, and Warriors-Pelicans Preview | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 257)

51:09 | Apr 27th, 2018

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 tippi...Show More

LeBron Carries the Cavs (Again), Raptors Take the Lead, the Thunder Make a Comeback, and the Rockets Decimate the Timberwolves | Group Chat (Ep. 256)

49:49 | Apr 26th, 2018

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.

What Happened to 'Zero Dark Thirty' LeBron? Plus Meek Mill and the Sixers | Sources Say (Ep. 255)

37:04 | Apr 25th, 2018

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 m...Show More

Houston Trusts the Math, OKC Has a Westbrook Problem, and the Sixers’ Next Steps | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 254)

58:42 | Apr 24th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Washington Resurges, Sixers Escalate, Pelicans Sweep, and Cavs Edge One Out | Heat Check (Ep. 253)

1:00:17 | Apr 23rd, 2018

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)...Show More

The Future for Big Men and Rebuilding the Blazers | Draft Class (Ep. 252)

28:02 | Apr 20th, 2018

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 (...Show More

Jazz Strike Down Thunder, LeBron Carries Cavs, and Rockets Back on Course | Group Chat (Ep. 251)

56:02 | Apr 19th, 2018

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.

The Heat Steal One in Philadelphia and the Struggling Spurs Need Kawhi | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 250)

52:59 | Apr 17th, 2018

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 se...Show More

The Playoffs Are Here: Early Upsets and Flipping the Switch (or Not) | Heat Check (Ep. 249)

59:03 | Apr 16th, 2018

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 Thun...Show More

Disagreements on the Big Board and Rookies in the Playoffs | Draft Class (Ep. 248)

33:46 | Apr 13th, 2018

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...Show More

Emergency NBA Playoff Preview | Group Chat (Ep. 247)

1:27:41 | Apr 12th, 2018

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.

Bill Simmons on the Best NBA-Finals Food Cities | House of Carbs (Ep. 40)

1:01:56 | Apr 11th, 2018

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.

Countdown to the Playoffs, LeBron’s Future, and Not Predicting the Finals | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 245)

53:23 | Apr 10th, 2018

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 di...Show More

Narrowing Down the West, the Wide-Open East, and Sixers, Sixers, Sixers | Heat Check (Ep. 244)

1:09:03 | Apr 9th, 2018

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 (25:5...Show More

The Draft Mailbag, Vol. 2 | Draft Class (Ep. 243)

33:18 | Apr 6th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Kyrie Irving's Shutdown, Sixers Stay Hot, West Playoff Carousel, and Hope for Bottom-Dwellers | Group Chat (Ep. 242)

46:18 | Apr 5th, 2018

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 t...Show More

Villanova Wildcats in the NBA, Shuffling Playoff Seeds, and Predicting the Favorites | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 241)

49:09 | Apr 3rd, 2018

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).

Updated Playoff Picture, Players In and Players Out, Surprises, and Disappointments | Heat Check (Ep. 240)

1:06:41 | Apr 2nd, 2018

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, Jon...Show More

Next Piece for the Process Sixers, Final Four Prospects, and (Don’t) Stay in School, Kids | Draft Class (Ep. 239)

35:14 | Mar 30th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Streaking Sixers, Scrappy Celtics, Re-drafting the Top 5 Rookies, and the Evolution of KAT | Group Chat (Ep. 238)

42:03 | Mar 29th, 2018

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...Show More

IT Out, Fultz Back, Lorde’s Thunder Fandom, and Concern-Trolling Playoff Teams | Sources Say (Ep. 237)

33:54 | Mar 28th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Fultz's Return, Overworked Wolves, Potent Underdogs, and Contrarian Drafting | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 236)

58:20 | Mar 27th, 2018

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 ass...Show More

Weakened Warriors, LeBron Flips the Switch, and the Sixers Soar | Heat Check (Ep. 235)

58:21 | Mar 26th, 2018

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’ tit...Show More

Trae Young Declares, Robert Williams’s Future, and Kentucky One-and-Dones | Draft Class (Ep. 234)

41:10 | Mar 23rd, 2018

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 J...Show More

The Kawhi Leonard Mystery and Pre-Playoffs Questions | Group Chat (Ep. 233)

37:12 | Mar 22nd, 2018

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 ...Show More

Playoff Picture Musical Chairs, Post-Lue Cavs, and Prospects Out of March Madness | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 232)

42:18 | Mar 20th, 2018

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...Show More

Ty Lue Steps Away, the Hobbled Warriors, and Anthony Davis Takes Flight | Heat Check (Ep. 231)

1:05:36 | Mar 19th, 2018

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...Show More

Debate the Dukies: Marvin Bagley vs. Wendell Carter, Plus NCAA Tournament Risers | Draft Class (Ep. 230)

33:17 | Mar 16th, 2018

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 cou...Show More

Zombie Warriors vs. Young Lakers, the Andrew Wiggins Debate, and Building the Bucks Around Giannis | Group Chat (Ep. 229)

39:21 | Mar 15th, 2018

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 dr...Show More

NBA Birthdays, Griping Wiggins, and Jokic vs. Malone | Sources Say (Ep. 228)

37:31 | Mar 14th, 2018

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...Show More

Spurs in Danger, Lillard Elevates, Unpredictable Playoff Picture, and Prospects on Display | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 227)

1:06:54 | Mar 13th, 2018

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 numbe...Show More

The End of the Spurs, Underrated Raptors, Streaking Blazers, and Most Important Players | Heat Check (Ep. 226)

1:02:56 | Mar 12th, 2018

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...Show More

The Return of Michael Porter Jr., Bridges or Bridges, KBD in the NBA, and the All-Sleepers Team | Draft Class (Ep. 225)

49:39 | Mar 9th, 2018

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 B...Show More

The Russ-vs.-Harden Debate, and Anthony Davis's Unbelievable Season | Group Chat (Ep. 224)

53:17 | Mar 8th, 2018

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 Conc...Show More

Blazing-hot Blazers, the Lakers’ Latest Run, and March Madness Prospects | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 223)

55:51 | Mar 6th, 2018

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 relat...Show More

Don’t Worry About the Cavs, LeBron-to-Philly, and Lonzo’s Lakers | Heat Check (Ep. 222)

1:10:32 | Mar 5th, 2018

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 Six...Show More

The Draft Mailbag, Vol. 1 | Draft Class (Ep. 221)

24:18 | Mar 2nd, 2018

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.

Is Houston the Biggest Threat to Golden State's Dynasty? | Group Chat (Ep. 220)

44:32 | Mar 1st, 2018

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...Show More

LeBron-to-Philly Rumors, Plus Locker Room Check-Ins | Sources Say (Ep. 219)

31:39 | Feb 28th, 2018

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, ...Show More

Tanking Reform, Playoff Sleepers, and Anthony Davis's Brilliance With Bill Simmons | Heat Check (Ep. 218)

1:17:02 | Feb 26th, 2018

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 deb...Show More

Done With One-and-Dones, Plus Deandre Ayton's potential | Draft Class (Ep. 217)

32:56 | Feb 23rd, 2018

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 Tja...Show More

What Is Going on With Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs? | Group Chat (Ep. 216)

41:04 | Feb 22nd, 2018

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 ...Show More

Jordan vs. LeBron and Final Stretch Preview | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 215)

50:55 | Feb 20th, 2018

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 We...Show More

All-Star Weekend, Star Rookies, and Future Stars | Heat Check (Ep. 214)

1:04:58 | Feb 19th, 2018

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 M...Show More

Learning From 2015, Concerns for Marvin Bagley, and Chau-ing Down on Lonnie Walker | Draft Class (Ep. 213)

31:53 | Feb 16th, 2018

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 ana...Show More

Should We Be Worried About the Warriors? | Group Chat (Ep. 212)

48:47 | Feb 15th, 2018

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:...Show More

Inside the Cavs’ Trade Deadline, Drama in D.C., and More NBA Gossip | Sources Say (Ep. 211)

39:55 | Feb 14th, 2018

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 probl...Show More

Red-Hot Utah Jazz, Donovan Mitchell for ROY, and Early Draft Debate | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 210)

47:29 | Feb 13th, 2018

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).

Rejuvenated Cavs, New Laker Isaiah Thomas, and a Markelle Fultz Update | Heat Check (Ep. 209)

1:00:08 | Feb 12th, 2018

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 Lak...Show More

Don’t Win for Doncic, the Jaren Jackson Jr. Debate, and the Lakers' Anti-tank | Draft Class (Ep. 208)

30:55 | Feb 9th, 2018

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 evalu...Show More

Cleveland's Midseason Rebuild and Other NBA Trade Deadline Reactions | Group Chat (Ep. 207)

38:10 | Feb 8th, 2018

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 deadl...Show More

The Future of the Cavs and Knicks With Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Justin Verrier | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 206)

1:07:11 | Feb 7th, 2018

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),...Show More

Collapsing Cavs, New-Look Pistons, Wizards Without Wall, and Trade Deadlines | Heat Check (Ep. 205)

1:08:51 | Feb 6th, 2018

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 Kevi...Show More

Playoff Standings Overview and Trade Deadline Preview | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 204)

1:00:50 | Feb 5th, 2018

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 standing...Show More

Unpacking the LeBron-to-GSW Possibility, Plus Trade Rumors | Group Chat (Ep. 203)

52:08 | Feb 1st, 2018

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 J...Show More

Who Is the Clipper That Was Promised? Examining L.A.'s Future in Basketball | Sources Say (Ep. 202)

32:53 | Jan 31st, 2018

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 en...Show More

The Blake Griffin Blockbuster | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 201)

55:37 | Jan 30th, 2018

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 fal...Show More

The Griffin Trade With Bill Simmons, Justin Verrier, and Chris Ryan (Emergency Edition) | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 200)

53:36 | Jan 30th, 2018

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.'

Boogie Goes Down, Fixing the All-Star Draft, and Boston vs. Philadelphia | Heat Check (Ep. 199)

35:21 | Jan 29th, 2018

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 po...Show More

Cleveland's Very Bad Week, Trade Rumors, and Marveling at the Spurs | Group Chat (Ep. 198)

48:50 | Jan 25th, 2018

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 ...Show More

#RingerNBA Live: All-Star Reserves and Trade Deadline Preview | After-Party (Ep. 197)

54:12 | Jan 24th, 2018

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 po...Show More

Firings, Accusations, Rifts: This Is Why We Play? | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 196)

43:48 | Jan 23rd, 2018

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 D...Show More

East Teams in Strugglesville and All-Stars in Tinseltown | Heat Check (Ep. 195)

33:36 | Jan 22nd, 2018

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 o...Show More

Kemba Walker Trade Rumors and Mock-Drafting the All-Star Starters | Group Chat (Ep. 194)

34:44 | Jan 19th, 2018

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, ...Show More

'Sources Say': NBA Fight Club and Celtics Legends Controversy (Ep. 193)

31:21 | Jan 17th, 2018

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). ...Show More

The (Sort of) Brawl in the Hall and the Broken Cavs (Ep. 192)

41:31 | Jan 16th, 2018

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 dis...Show More

‘Heat Check’: The Jimmy Butler-for-MVP Campaign Starts Here (Ep. 191)

41:01 | Jan 15th, 2018

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 ...Show More

'Group Chat': Sixers-Celtics, What Ifs, and the Future of the Warriors (Ep. 190)

34:27 | Jan 12th, 2018

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 ...Show More

The Rule of Three(-Pointers) and Trade-Season Preview (Ep. 189)

58:19 | Jan 9th, 2018

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:...Show More

‘Heat Check’: Turbulent Lakers, Triumphant Raptors, and Tampering in L.A. (Ep. 188)

36:01 | Jan 8th, 2018

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...Show More

'Group Chat': Is Cavs-Celtics a Real Rivalry? (Ep. 187)

47:47 | Jan 4th, 2018

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, "Illusio...Show More

‘Sources Say’: The Air-balling of Grievances (Ep. 186)

34:28 | Jan 3rd, 2018

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 (2...Show More

The King in the Fourth Joins King James, the Raptors Evolve, and the L.A. Teams Diverge (Ep. 185)

1:02:23 | Jan 2nd, 2018

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...Show More

One Thing for Every Team With Bill Simmons, Part 2 (Ep. 184)

53:59 | Dec 27th, 2017

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.

One Thing for Every Team With Bill Simmons, Part 1 (Ep. 183)

59:30 | Dec 27th, 2017

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.

'Group Chat': The 12 Questions of Christmas With Bill Simmons (Ep. 182)

1:11:06 | Dec 21st, 2017

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 Broo...Show More

Kobe’s Past, Rockets’ Present, and Rookies’ Future (Ep. 181)

56:34 | Dec 19th, 2017

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...Show More

‘Heat Check’: Anyone Can Beat the Thunder, Including the Thunder (Ep. 180)

36:56 | Dec 18th, 2017

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)...Show More

Bill Simmons on the NBA Trade Saga With Bill's Dad and Kevin O'Connor (Ep. 179)

32:31 | Dec 16th, 2017

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.

'Group Chat': Houston Is Good, OKC Is Bad, and Hezonja Is Back (Ep. 178)

45:38 | Dec 14th, 2017

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 rap...Show More

Rising Teams in the East, Setting Teams in the West (Ep. 177)

1:03:52 | Dec 12th, 2017

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 ga...Show More

‘Heat Check’: Jah, Boogie, and the J-Team (Ep. 176)

36:43 | Dec 11th, 2017

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 p...Show More

The Top 25 NBA Players of the First 25 Games (Ep. 175)

30:56 | Dec 8th, 2017

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.

'Group Chat' — LeBron James and Kevin Durant at Their Best (Ep. 174)

46:56 | Dec 7th, 2017

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, includ...Show More

‘Sources Say’ — Agent News, Frustrated Teams, and LaVar Ball Speaks (Ep. 173)

42:41 | Dec 6th, 2017

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 joi...Show More

‘Heat Check’ — Old Friends and New Foes (Ep. 171)

33:43 | Dec 4th, 2017

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...Show More

'Group Chat' — NBA Watchability Rankings (Ep. 170)

38:57 | Nov 30th, 2017

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 wi...Show More

A Tale of Two Hot Seats: The Fractured Grizzlies and the Dismal Clippers (Ep. 169)

1:04:05 | Nov 29th, 2017

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 Cel...Show More

‘Heat Check’ — A Rose by Any Other Name (Ep. 168)

34:48 | Nov 27th, 2017

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), scrutini...Show More

‘Sources Say’ — The New NBA: Exciting for Basketball, Not As Exciting for Gossip (Ep. 167)

27:15 | Nov 22nd, 2017

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 w...Show More

The NBA Therapy Session and the Rorschach Test (Ep. 166)

59:23 | Nov 21st, 2017

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), s...Show More

‘Heat Check’ — Basketball Doesn’t Stop (Ep. 165)

29:57 | Nov 20th, 2017

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?" wi...Show More

#RingerNBA Live: Warriors-Celtics (Ep. 164)

31:17 | Nov 17th, 2017

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.

'Group Chat' — The Joel Embiid Experience (Ep. 163)

50:59 | Nov 16th, 2017

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). N...Show More

LeBron Keeps Feuding, Celtics Keep Soaring, Clippers Keep Falling (Ep. 162)

1:03:48 | Nov 14th, 2017

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...Show More

'Heat Check' — Silver Medalists, the Draymond Green Award, and LeBron vs. New York (Ep. 161)

30:00 | Nov 13th, 2017

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). Th...Show More

‘Group Chat’ — Anti-Melo, Pro-Kristaps, and the Lavar Ball Conspiracy (Ep. 160)

43:52 | Nov 9th, 2017

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...Show More

'Sources Say’ — NBA Gossip in the Age of Leaks (Ep. 159)

28:27 | Nov 8th, 2017

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...Show More

Bill Simmons and Pastor Carl Lentz on Locker Room Culture, Secret Scrimmages, and More (Ep. 158)

1:07:58 | Nov 8th, 2017

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 W...Show More

Bledsoe Is a Buck, Kyrie Is Basketball Houdini, Kristaps Is a Superstar (Ep. 157)

43:55 | Nov 7th, 2017

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, t...Show More

‘Heat Check’ — To Dame or Not to Dame (Ep. 156)

31:27 | Nov 6th, 2017

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 f...Show More

Early Season Assessments With Bill Simmons and Tom Haberstroh (Ep. 155)

49:40 | Nov 3rd, 2017

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).

'Group Chat' — Should We Be Worried About the Cavs? Should We Be Excited for the Knicks? (Ep. 154)

47:15 | Nov 2nd, 2017

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 retur...Show More

Tricks and Treats of the Early NBA Season (Ep. 153)

1:10:47 | Oct 31st, 2017

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).

'Heat Check' — Real or Not Real: Cavs, Clips, Magic, and more (Ep. 152)

37:02 | Oct 30th, 2017

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-B...Show More

'Group Chat' — It Turns Out All the Bad Teams Are Good (Ep. 151)

39:10 | Oct 26th, 2017

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 t...Show More

‘Sources Say’ — Eight Days of Drama: Syringe-gate, Salon-gate, and More (Ep. 150)

31:26 | Oct 25th, 2017

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 expe...Show More

First-Week Impressions and Overreactions With Kevin O'Connor (Ep. 149)

1:16:06 | Oct 24th, 2017

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)...Show More

MVP Giannis, the Suns’ Implosion, and Lonzo’s Awakening (Ep. 148)

34:12 | Oct 23rd, 2017

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 p...Show More

'Group Chat' — Lonzo Gets Baptized, CP3 Makes a Movie, and the Sixers Must Learn to Share (Ep. 147)

45:45 | Oct 20th, 2017

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:...Show More

Blow It Out (or Up) NBA Season Preview With Kevin O'Connor (Ep. 146)

1:11:10 | Oct 17th, 2017

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:...Show More

‘Group Chat’ — Drinking the Kool-Aid … or Not (Ep. 144)

40:23 | Oct 13th, 2017

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 r...Show More

The (Contract Extension) Price Is Right (Ep. 143)

56:14 | Oct 10th, 2017

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 y...Show More

NBA Over/Under With Bill Simmons—Eastern Conference (Ep. 142)

1:21:40 | Oct 4th, 2017

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), ...Show More

New Season, New Rosters (Ep. 141)

53:44 | Oct 3rd, 2017

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)...Show More

Arcade Fire's Win Butler on the NBA, With Kevin O'Connor (Ep. 140)

31:15 | Sep 28th, 2017

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 Pelica...Show More

Carmelo's New Home in Oklahoma City (Ep. 139)

53:37 | Sep 26th, 2017

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...Show More

Durant's Secret Social Media Identity (Ep. 138)

1:02:25 | Sep 19th, 2017

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.

Rookie-Scale Candidates and Four Pressing Offseason Questions With Kevin O'Connor (Ep. 137)

1:05:55 | Sep 12th, 2017

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 pote...Show More

'Sources Say' With Mallory Edens (Ep. 136)

37:46 | Aug 31st, 2017

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). T...Show More

'Sources Say' Summer Special: Pelinka's Power, Kyrie Rumors, and Sports Dad LeBron (Ep. 135)

35:12 | Aug 3rd, 2017

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 w...Show More

Chaos in Cleveland With Jonathan Tjarks (Ep. 134)

51:00 | Jul 25th, 2017

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-ye...Show More

Summer League Standouts and More NBA Free Agency (Ep. 133)

59:37 | Jul 18th, 2017

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).

The Best and Worst NBA Offseasons So Far With Kevin O'Connor (Ep. 132)

1:09:08 | Jul 11th, 2017

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.

Recapping the First Weekend of Free Agency (Ep. 131)

48:09 | Jul 3rd, 2017

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...Show More

The CP3 Trade, Phil Jackson's Firing, and What's Next for the Clippers? (Ep. 130)

1:04:07 | Jun 28th, 2017

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). F...Show More

NBA Awards and Free Agency (Ep. 129)

53:25 | Jun 27th, 2017

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).

'High Upside'—The Butler Trade, Steals, and More Surprises (Ep. 128)

21:01 | Jun 23rd, 2017

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).

The GM-less Cavs, Paul George, and the Porzingis Rumor (Ep. 127)

49:45 | Jun 20th, 2017

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' add...Show More

Bill Simmons on LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Offseason Moves, and NBA Draft Advice (Ep. 126)

1:03:24 | Jun 15th, 2017

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).

The Warriors’ Win, Durant vs. LeBron, and Playoffs Recap (Ep. 125)

56:21 | Jun 13th, 2017

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 Warr...Show More

'High Upside' — International Prospects (Ep. 124)

26:11 | Jun 13th, 2017

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 rec...Show More

Warriors on the Brink of History (Ep. 123)

46:28 | Jun 8th, 2017

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...Show More

'High Upside'—Long-Shot Prospects and Second-Round Steals (Ep. 122)

28:54 | Jun 7th, 2017

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), ...Show More

The Warriors Came to Play (Ep. 121)

41:02 | Jun 5th, 2017

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 (2...Show More

Ten Pressing NBA Finals Questions (Ep. 120)

34:41 | Jun 1st, 2017

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.

NBA Finals Features (Ep. 119)

34:32 | May 31st, 2017

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'Conno...Show More

NBA Finals Primer With Kevin O'Connor (Ep. 118)

52:10 | May 30th, 2017

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...Show More

'High Upside' — 3-and-D Specialists (Ep. 117)

32:43 | May 29th, 2017

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 Bro...Show More

Warriors-Cavaliers Collision Course and the NBA's Best Podcast (Ep. 116)

1:05:21 | May 25th, 2017

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...Show More

Warriors Sweep, Manu's Next Move, and the Celtics' Future (Ep. 115)

57:59 | May 23rd, 2017

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 "tween...Show More

'High Upside'—Molding the Modern Guard (Ep. 114)

31:00 | May 22nd, 2017

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'...Show More

The Warriors' Big Spread, LaVar Ball's Premonition, and Harry Giles (Ep. 113)

1:01:23 | May 18th, 2017

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), Mark...Show More

'High Upside' — Lottery Reaction (Ep. 112)

36:10 | May 17th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Kawhi's Injury, Wall's Big Shot, and Zaza's Dirtiness (Ep. 111)

52:36 | May 15th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Houston's Problem, Spurs-Warriors, and John Wall's Cussing With Shea Serrano (Ep. 110)

42:48 | May 12th, 2017

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...Show More