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Now displaying: August, 2017
Aug 30, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Robby Kalland from over at Uproxx Sports about some good old fashioned gambling! Specifically, we chat about Eastern Conference NBA Win Total Over/Unders.

We hit every team in the East, giving our immediate, initial reactions to these Vegas lines based off of these win totals: 

Atlanta: 25.5; Boston: 56.5; Brooklyn: 28.5; Charlotte: 42.5; Chicago: 21.5; Cleveland: 53.5; Detroit: 38.5; Indiana: 31.5; Miami: 43.5; Milwaukee: 47.5; New York: 30.5; Orlando: 33.5; Philadelphia: 42.5; Toronto: 48.5; Washington: 47.5

Mostly, it's a fun talk and we have a blast talking going off of the rails on each team. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on iTunes! You can follow Robby over at @RKalland, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie on Twitter. Thanks for listening!

Aug 29, 2017

In this episode of the podcast, I chat about both the NBA and college basketball. First, I chat with Jared Weiss of CLNS and CelticsBlog about the Kyrie Irving trade, the Nerlens Noel signing, and the Solomon Hill injury.

Then, I chat with Reags from over at Barstool about college hoops. First, we talk about the fascinating Mitchell Robinson situation, then we talk about Taurean Thompson's transfer, which was reported earlier by Reags. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Jared at @JaredWeissNBA, Reags at @BarstoolReags, and me at @Sam_Vecenie on Twitter. 

Aug 24, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about the top 25 players in the NBA still aged 23-and-under.

The criteria: any player who has been drafted into the NBA born with a 1994 birthdate or later (sorry, Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Buddy Hield, etc.). It's a mix of trade value, my opinion, the marketplace's opinion, and various other factors. We break down the top of the list from 12 to 1 here, and finish by discussing what teams are in the best place in terms of youth. 

12. Josh Jackson; 11. Jayson Tatum; 10. Devin Booker; 9. Myles Turner; 8. Ben Simmons; 7. Andrew Wiggins; 6. Markelle Fultz; 5. Nikola Jokic; 4. Kristaps Porzingis; 3. Joel Embiid; 2. Karl-Anthony Towns; 1. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Dieter at @dkurtenbach, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Aug 23, 2017

In this episode, I do an EMERGENCY PODCAST EDITION of the Game Theory Podcast, this time breaking down the insane Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade that was just consummated an hour ago between Boston and Cleveland. To do so, I bring on Michael Pina from over at Vice Sports. 

We chat about what our overarching thoughts are, if we believe one team did better than the other, and what we believe to be the long-term ramifications of this deal. Also, we talk about opportunity costs in regard to Boston Celtics, and the road not travelled this offseason. Also, how well did Koby Altman do in his first trade as Cavaliers' general manager?

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Michael over at @MichaelVPina on Twitter, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks!

Aug 22, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about the top 25 players in the NBA still aged 23-and-under. First though, we chat about the Lakers tampering charges from the Pacers. Is there any chance something comes of this? Is it silly? Should tampering matter?

Then the meat of the podcast, where Dieter and I chat about the top-25 players in the NBA 23-and-under. The criteria: any player who has been drafted into the NBA born with a 1994 birthdate or later (sorry, Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Buddy Hield, etc.). It's a mix of trade value, my opinion, the marketplace's opinion, and various other factors. We break down the list from 25 to 13 here, including some of the omissions and some of the tougher choices. Here are the players broken down: 

25. Jaylen Brown; 24. Malik Monk; 23. Jusuf Nurkic; 22. Aaron Gordon; 21. Gary Harris; 20. Jonathan Isaac; 19. Jamal Murray; 18. De'Aaron Fox; 17. Dennis Smith Jr.; 16. Brandon Ingram; 15. Jabari Parker; 14. D'Angelo Russell; 13. Lonzo Ball

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Dieter at @dkurtenbach, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Aug 17, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Evan Daniels from over at Scout and Fox Sports. First, we chat about Evan's recent 22-day scouting trip that included the U18s and U16s, and whether or not the talent gap in Europe is getting closer or farther away from its US counterpart. 

Then we delve deep into the 2018 recruiting class. How much better is RJ Barrett than the rest of this group? Who does Evan have ranked No. 2 in this class? How much do we love the point guards? Is there anyone we think is a bit underrated?

You can subscribe to the Game Theory Podcast on iTunes. Please remember to leave ratings and reviews. You can follow Evan at @EvanDaniels, and you can subscribe to his podcast, The Sidelines, on iTunes. Thanks for listening!

Aug 15, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Scott Phillips from over at NBC Sports about the Marvin Bagley commitment. We go in-depth on Bagley's game and what makes him so special. What makes him a better prospect than Michael Porter Jr.? What effect does he have on Duke? What should Duke fans be worried about? Should they be the No. 1 in the preseason top-25? 

Then we chat about other competitors for the No. 1 spot. Should Arizona and DeAndre Ayton be considered? Should Michigan State be considered? What about Kansas and Villanova? Finally, we chat about the fallout for the Class of 2018. Is R.J. Barrett clearly the No. 1 player? Who is No. 2? The rest of the top-five? Tough calls all around. 

My preemptive apologies on the sound quality on my end after my microphone decided to break on me. Thank you for listening, please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Scott at @phillipshoops, and me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Aug 3, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho. First, we talk about Rich's new food blog, bigtimebites.com. What got Rich into food culture? What made him start a website? What makes his website different? What is the best meal he's had in his 20 years on the road in the NBA? What is his favorite type of food? 

Then, we chat about his team. What does he attribute last season's regression to 36 wins to? What was his main goal going into the 2017 offseason? Did he actually expect Malik Monk to be on the board on draft night? Did they have any concerns on the Dwight Howard trade? Also, I ask him if the Celtics really offered four first round picks in the 2015 NBA Draft. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Rich at @bigtimebites, follow his food blogging at bigtimebites.com, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Aug 1, 2017

In this episode, I chat about a few different things. I announced my new work destination last Friday, so in the first half of the episode, I chat with Seth Davis, my new boss over at The Fieldhouse. We talk about what led him to The Athletic, why we believe in The Athletic's model, and why we both wanted to work together. Then, we chat about politics online, and how the paradigm has shifted for sports reporters wanting to talk about issues online. Seth also goes into his past and his backstory growing up in Washington D.C. in political circles. 

Then in the second half of the show, I chat with good friend of the program Reid Forgrave from over at CBS Sports. Reid and I spent a lot of time together out in Las Vegas, so we chatted about the biggest story out of the circuit out there: LaVar Ball. What do we think of the situation that happened out there with the female referee? How should the media cover LaVar Ball? Should they cover him at all this year? All that, as well as some small amount of actual basketball talk. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Seth at @SethDavisHoops, you can follow Reid at @ReidForgrave, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

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