1:15 - Cruise control? How are the Warriors approaching games? 6:00 - Do the regular season games even matter? 8:00 - Who are the Warriors? 10:30 - Were Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut sacrificial lambs to get rid of the burn of "3-1"? 18:30 - Klay Thompson, and his defense/offense 29:00 - Can we start scoring games based on how far away you shot the ball? 34 points for 34 feet? 32:30 - Election of Kevin Durant as best third guy in the nation 34:00 - Every night with the Warriors is super different
The Golden State of Mindcast crew is back! Well, sort of. Nate Parham had to sit this one out, but we were very happy to welcome GSoM credentialed writer Andrew Flohr onto the pod. We had a blast catching up and discussing the Warriors’ first (hectic/confusing) week of the season. Annotated list of our conversation: 1:30 - First games of the season. Thoughts? 8:00 - It only took a few minutes for Bram to take a wild, unnecessary veer away from the topic at hand 9:15 - Warriors offense: “Let them play?” 12:25 - Team tense. Hot take alert: ESPN = FBI? 16:00 - Requisite Draymond Green conversation 21:00 - Zaza Pachulia vs. Andrew Bogut 24:30 - Will Kevon Looney or Damian Jones make a difference this season? 28:20 - How much did the Warriors actually change? 32:20 - Andrew’s view of arena/media scrum at Oracle for each home game 34:30 - “2016 Bloggers: It’s a great place to be!”
The Mindcasters sat down with Eli Horowitz, Vanderbilt alum and poundingtherock.com writer for an offseason fireside chat. We discussed the Spurs' offseason, including Tim Duncan's retirement and legacy. Eli also gave us the deep scouting report on Damian Jones, the Warriors' 1st round draft pick center. All that and more!
The Mindcast crew tries to assess the damage after Kevin Durant agrees to join the Golden State Warriors to create possibly the best NBA team ever assembled. How do perennial underdog Warrior fans deal with rooting for the Evil Empire? What comes next for the league? And should we really bring back David Lee?
After giving ourselves some time to heal after Game 7 heartbreak, the Mindcast crew realizes that, no, we haven't healed — so let's move on and talk 2016 NBA free agency. Will the Warriors get Kevin Durant? How has the Harrison Barnes equation changed? Are the Warriors already planning to move on from Andrew Bogut and toward the future with a completely revamped roster? And what new ways will we find to ridicule the Lakers? All that and more!
We welcomed Ryan Mourton (aka, the King of Salt) from Fear the Sword on to the podcast to talk all things Warriors vs. Cavaliers. Somehow, we also managed to discuss Ryan's adventures in Snapchat, how the Warriors are "corny," and the upcoming convention in Cleveland and how that will impact the city. Enjoy! Annotated talking points: :24 - "We have nothing planned." 1:00 - Ryan gloats about Game 3 5:00 - How does Kevin Love fit into this series, even if healthy? 8:25 - A deeper question about northeastern Ohio 14:00 - Context of the Warriros being bad for such a long time 21:30 - Bram's "Giver" reference falls flat because Ryan doesn't read books 22:30 - Stephen Curry's level of play through Game 3 29:50 - Warriors capable of "really, really off games" 35:00 - Cavs' historic lineup with Shaun Livingston, Mo Speights, Luke Walton, Kyrie Irving, and Wayne Ellington 36:50 - Steve Kerr as "Speight whisperer" 39:00 - "Random hatred keeps you honest" 39:45 - Previewing Game 4 43:40 - Ranch dressing. HOW
The Golden State Warriors got passed the Oklahoma City Thunder by the skin of their teeth. We examine what went well and what crashed and burned against OKC, while looking ahead to a Finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Do the Cavs have what it takes to make the same challenge that OKC was able to put up?
Ivan, Bram, and Nate are back to talk shop! They cover the Warriors' Game 2 domination of the Thunder, Stephen Curry's laser sharp focus, and much more! Full annotated talking points: :20 - Biggest takeaway from Game 2? 7:45 - Which team can be more consistent throughout the rest of this series? Also, motion offense vs. hero ball. 10:45 - Warriors picking on one on one matchups, especially Enes Kanter. 14:21 - Harrison Barnes' isolation plays make Ivan's eyeballs bleed. 15:00 - Steph changing what is imaginable. Will the league ever "catch up?" 17:17 - Steph as Babe Ruth. 19:30 - Ivan makes a triumphant return. 21:00 - The "skill" of focus. 22:15 - Bram's dad is still pissed that the Warriors didn't draft Steve Nash. 25:45 - Russell Westbrook's shooting woes. 30:00 - Thunder rotation. 32:20 - Steven Adams had a rough game, physically. 33:30 - The Warriors' rugged frontline vs. historically tough frontlines. 37:50 - Bram goes off on the concept of certain NBA players being "soft." Also, trolls. 39:50 - Ivan saves the
We preview the Western Conference Finals matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Are we fretting for nothing, or are the Thunder truly dangerous to the mighty Warriors? What will Russell Westbrook do? Is Dion Waiters really an x-factor? And who draws blood first: Andrew Bogut or Steven Adams?
The Golden State of Mindcast crew are joined by SI.com's Ben Golliver to break down the Western Conference semifinals matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trailblazers. We discuss the wildly eventful Game 2, the adjustments Portland has to make to account for the ever-ascendant Draymond Green, and whether the duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are the future of the Blazers franchise — or if they're just too small to compete for an NBA Championship.
How does the knee injury to Stephen Curry affect the Golden State Warriors going forward in the playoffs? Do the Houston Rockets stand any chance at all? And who's the better opponent for the Dubs in the second round — the Portland Trailblazers or the Los Angeles Clippers? [NOTE: This was recorded before Chris Paul's injury. We wish him a speedy recovery.]
The white whale is in our sites! Bram Kincheloe and Ivan Bettger discuss the home stretch of the Warriors season. Will they, like Captain Ahab, remain fixated on the goals in front of them? Will the San Antonio Spurs or Utah Jazz have a say? And what do Brooklyn hipsters have to do with any of this? Tune in to find out!
With just 11 games to go in the season, the Golden State Warriors are just nine wins away from the all-time single-season wins record. Will they get there? Should they try? And have we absolutely left the Los Angeles Clippers in the dust behind us on this road? We explore how Mark Jackson helped foster a once-heated rivalry and why it has since fizzled out. Also: are the Cleveland Cavaliers still the odds-on favorite to make the Finals, in light of the recent LeBron James reports and rumors? All that and more, in this episode of Golden State of Mindcast!
SBNationNBA writer Seth Rosenthal joins the guys to discuss a slew of fun topics including his obsession with Kristaps Porzingis, the "megaphone" that is NY sports media, the enduring allure of the Knicks, and much more (lots of Warriors talk as well)! :45 - Knicks as a roller coaster 2:50 - KRISTAPS! 6:25 - Kristaps is Seth's illegitamate son. 9:30 - Warriors vs. Knicks matchup. 13:00 - The enduring allure of the Knicks. 23:20 - Next coach in MSG? 27:00 - Putting this Warriors season in perspective. 31:00 - Klay Thompsn question.