On the NBA Beat Ep. 98: Sue Favor: WNBA Must Increase Its Visibility, Start Growing Again

Ahead of Friday night’s matchup between the top two teams in the WNBA, the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks, Sue Favor joins the podcast to talk about the league. Sue, a devoted women’s hoops writer at Women’s Hoops World and her “They’re Playing Basketball” blog, handicaps the MVP race, details the Sparks’ winning formula and more broadly discusses the …

On the NBA Beat Ep. 97: Tim Faklis: Timberwolves Primed for Playoffs as 5 or 6 Seed

The Minnesota Timberwolves have missed the playoffs in each of the past 13 seasons, while finishing with more losses than wins over the last 12. However, the tide is about to turn, according to our guest, Tim Faklis, who contributes to A Wolf Among Wolves, Wolves Wired and FanSided’s The Step Back. He argues that the team’s active offseason, highlighted …

On the NBA Beat Ep. 95: Jovan Buha: Griffin Will “Surpass Paul as Best & Most Important Clipper Ever”

ESPN.com’s Jovan Buha joins the podcast to analyze the Los Angeles Clippers’ tumultuous 2017 offseason, highlighted by the departure of Chris Paul and the re-signing of Blake Griffin. Developments from the last couple weeks have raised so many questions. Fortunately, Jovan can reliably provide compelling answers. Enjoy these clips (pun intended; puns are always intended here): 4:14-5:03: “He [Paul] obviously …

On the NBA Beat Ep. 94: Keith Smith: Clippers Face “No-Win Situation,” Celtics Target Hayward

Though the free agency period does not officially begin until July 1, the landscape of the NBA has already been shifted dramatically after the draft, a few franchise-altering trades and a couple executive team shake-ups. To help us sort through all the madness of the last week and predict the remaining changes to come, we’ve brought on Keith Smith, who …

On the NBA Beat Ep. 93: Sean Derenthal: Lonzo Ball Could Be Draft’s “Best Player or Basically Unplayable”

With the draft fast approaching – it’s scheduled for Thursday, June 22, – we’re joined by a pair of men who closely and passionately follow the NBA draft and its potential prospects year-round. Ode to Oden’s Sean Derenthal and Javier Pesquera of What’s on Draft lend their time and expertise to the show, discussing a wide range of issues, including …

On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.38: The Golden State Warriors’ Pursuit of Playoff Perfection

With just over three minutes left in a thrilling Game 3, the Cleveland Cavaliers held a three-point lead and looked to be on their way to handing the Golden State Warriors their first loss since April 10. Not to be deterred, the Warriors finished the game with 11 straight points, sealing the victory and continuing their quest for an undefeated …

On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.37: 2017 NBA Finals Preview With Brendan Bowers, Andy Liu

The 2017 NBA Finals are finally here. And no surprise…the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are set to face off an NBA-record third straight time. These behemoths come in a combined 24-1 this postseason. The Warriors have won at least 67 games each of the last three regular seasons, whereas the defending champion Cavaliers boast a league-leading 120.7 Offensive …

On the NBA Beat Ep 2.36: Jim Park: If Warriors Fall Short, “Being Disappointed Would Be the Understatement of the Century”

In advance of the NBA Finals, Aaron catches up with former Sheridan Hoops writer Jim Park about the Golden State Warriors’ dominance, Steve Kerr’s health-related absence and what, if anything, can slow down these rolling Warriors. A season after winning an NBA-record 73 games and falling one win shy of their second straight championship, the Golden State Warriors are back to …

On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.35: Missing Kawhi and “Peak Powers” LeBron With Paul Garcia, Tas Melas

In this two-part episode, The Starters’ Tas Melas joins us to discuss the league’s biggest storylines, such as the highly anticipated third straight Warriors-Cavaliers Finals matchup, the Celtics’ rapid and robust rebuild and Paul George and Gordon Hayward not qualifying for max extensions. But first, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs and Analyzing the League stops by to detail the incredible impact …