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Nov 29, 2018

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about a variety of NBA topics.

Intro: Start to 2:20. 
Bucks: 2:20....
Bucks Offense is best in NBA: 2:20-10:45
Bucks Defense is good too (and overall): 10:45-14:55
Eric Bledsoe/Bucks Supporting Cast/Depth have been great: 14:55-20:00
Giannis is MVP at the quarter-mark of the season: 20:00-24:25. 
AD FOR HIMS: 24:50-27:25
The Magic...
The Magic are fun! -- 27:25-30:20
What is JOnathan Isaac? -- 30:20-34:50
What do the Magic do at center, and how good as Nikola Vucevic been? -- 35:20-43:35
Aaron Gordon is good, too! -- 43:35-48:45
The Celtics...
The Celtics don't really have an identity yet. It's 50:00-1:06:00. Not really sure where to cut, though. 
The West has been really good and deep. Dieter and I pick the eight playoff teams in the Western Conference through the quarter mark of the season. 
Dieter likes the fact that Kawhi Leonard has signed with New Balance. Why does he like that? It's the perfect blend of function over style. I also make a lot of semi-offensive jokes about white basketball players. 1:15:50-1:21:45
I like Allonzo Trier balling out for the Knicks: 1:21:45-1:28:00
Nov 26, 2018

In this episode, Tony Jones chats about the team he covers, the Utah Jazz. We break down some of the issues that currently exist on both sides of the floor, and why we think the defense is a bit more concerning than the offense right now. Then we move to some weird potential shake-up trades, including why we think the Jazz and Wizards line up really well for a big deal in January if things keep going this same way. 

Then, we chat about some of the terrific rookies who have played this season, including Luka Doncic, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Next, we move to the Lakers, who are quickly figuring some things out. LeBron has been ridiculous, lineups with Lonzo have been working, and why Brandon Ingram's numbers seem a bit deceiving on the surface. 

Finally, we chat about some college players. Why Tony is super high on Bol Bol, why Zion Williamson is the favorite to go No. 1, and some of the other guys who are exciting us so far. 

Nov 21, 2018

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about a variety of topics. First, we hit on Gordon Hayward moving out of the Celtics' starting lineup in favor of Aron Baynes. Then we talk about the Terry Rozier tweets.

Then, we move to Kemba Walker, who is a legit MVP candidate right now. Can the Hornets get him some help?

Then, we chat about the Warriors, and where they're going from here. Also, Dieter tells us about the time he wrote about Klay Thompson making 14 3s in a game was unimpressive, and about Klay's response. 

Then, we spent a bunch of time on Markelle Fultz, and the weird situation surrounding his shoulder and its potential injury. Having said that, the Fultz situation and experiment probably needed to end for the team in its rotation. 

Then, Dieter says why he likes the Clippers, and I explain why I love Luka Doncic beyond even having him at 25-1 to win Rookie of the Year. But more than that, I give my take on why I think the Trae-Luka trade made sense for both parties even with all of the information we have. 

Finally, we chat about Thanksgiving and the Crimes of Grindelwald being a disappointment. 

Nov 19, 2018

In this episode, Dave Dufour from over at Count The Dings joins the podcast to chat about Woj's report of the Wizards potentially listening to deals. How should they go about blowing this thing up? Should they move John Wall, Bradley Beal, or Otto Porter? How do they best move forward after that point? 

Then, we talk the Kings. Why are the Kings like this? Why would they get rid of Dave Joerger in the midst of what has been a really fun season spurred by the growth of De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield? Why? 

Finally, we bounce around some of the stuff Dave has seen and liked in the NBA. Why Kemba has been one of the four best players in the East so far. Why the Clippers have been so fun to watch. Also, a PSA for Cavs' fans to maybe just chill out about Collin Sexton. 

Nov 16, 2018

In this episode, Chris Stone joins the podcast to give some thoughts on the NBA Draft through one week, as well as preview centers. 

Here's the order: 

Zion Williamson is an alien: 2:00-10:25

What is going on with Nassir Little?: 10:25-15:40

Kevin Porter Jr.'s start at USC: 15:40-23:05

Quentin Grimes/Romeo Langford: 23:05-29:20

Some thoughts on Kentucky: 29:20-34:15


Daniel Gafford: 35:30-39:15

Bol Bol: 44:20

The rest: Jalen McDaniels, Charles Bassey, Jalen Smith, Jontay Porter, Naz Reid, Killian Tillie, Goga Bitadze, Moses Brown, Sagaba Konate, Simi Shittu, Reggie Perry, Bruno Fernando, Kenny Wooten, Aric Holman, Udoka Azubuike, Dean Wade, Austin Wiley, Ethan Happ, Jericho Sims, Tacko Fall, Filip Petrusev

Nov 14, 2018

In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins the episode and we chat about a bunch of different subjects: 

Warriors Draymond-KD blow-up: 5:10-27:15
The Celtics losing four of five: 27:30-44:50
Melo Career Retrospective/Rockets actual problems: 44:50-55:15
Caris LeVert Injury: 55:15-1:05:45
DraftKings ad: 1:05:45-1:07:15
Towns Fuck-You Game in Minnesota: 1:07:15-1:18:30
Dieter loves the Pelicans, Part 1532: 1:18:30-1:19:50
I love the Hornets: 1:19:50-1:25:30
Overlord Movie Thoughts!: 1:26:15-1:27:26. 
Some other random TV thoughts: 1:27:30 til the end. 
Nov 10, 2018

In this episode, we break down the Jimmy Butler deal from ALL angles. In the first half of the episode, Derek Bodner joins to break down the Philadelphia 76ers side of the deal. In the second half, Jon Krawczynski breaks it down from the Minnesota side. 

FULL DEAL: Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a second round pick. 

Nov 8, 2018

In this episode, Dieter and I chat about basketball, including Duke and Kentucky, the Warriors and the West, the weird Terry Rozier thing, fake Wizards trades, and more. Here's the full rundown: 

3:30-28:20 -- Duke-Kentucky stuff, breaking down Zion, RJ and Cam (also Kentucky being weirdly bad)
30:15-37:20 -- Warriors are so far and away the best team in what is now a down Western Conference
37:20-42:20 -- TIN FOIL HAT NARRATIVE TIME on how we think the Al Horford for DPOY narrative is forthcoming because he's only been all-defense once.
42:20-53:10 -- Terry Rozier trade speculation stuff on how there is a report that Rozier likely won't be traded, but that the Celtics should probably look to Phoenix and move him. 
55:35-1:05:00 -- Sixers offense is a mess.
1:05:00-1:08:45 -- Is Damian Lillard the closest thing the NbA has seen to Stephen Curry ever?
1:08:45-1:24:30 -- Four fake Wizards trades to blow the whole thing up
1:24:30-1:27:30 -- The two things we like (Jaren Jackson and Chris Clemons)
1:27:30-end -- Bohemian Rhapsody is a genuinely bad movie
Nov 3, 2018

In this episode, Jared Weiss joins to chat about the Celtics and the Bucks at the top of the Eastern Conference. Why are we confident these two teams are two of the top four in the East? What could each of them do to improve their position down the road? Then, we chat about the Lakers. Magic Johnson had a conversation with Luke Walton about the team's success so far this year? What are we even doing here? Why is Magic even complaining about this? I mostly just rant about this whole thing being silly. 

Then, Chris Stone joins and we chat about the potential forwards in the 2019 NBA Draft. That includes Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, Sekou Doumbouya, De'Andre Hunter, Rui Hachimura, Louis King, Jaylen Hoard, PJ Washington, Dedric Lawson, Admiral Schofield, Darius Bazley, Isaiah Roby, Cam Johnson, Markis McDuffie, Oshae Brissett, Eric Paschall, and more.