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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. 

Jul 26, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Michael Pina from Vice Sports about two different things. First, we talk about the Allen Crabbe trade to Brooklyn, a match over a year in the making. Then we play a game discussing which player we would rather have. As in, would you rather start a team with Giannis Antetokounmpo or Kawhi Leonard? With Damian Lillard or Kyrie Irving? Would you rather have Chris Paul or John Wall this year? Kristaps Porzingis or Nikola Jokic? All those and more. 

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

Jul 25, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Adi Joseph of USA Today about the Kyrie Irving trade request that shocked the basketball world? We talk about the ramifications of this trade request, then go through what the Cavaliers should do. Finally, we run through every team and decide if we think that team makes sense for the Cavaliers to consider a deal with. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Adi over at @AdiJoseph on Twitter, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Jul 21, 2017

In this episode, I answer all of your questions from earlier on Thursday. But before we get into that, I chat with Reags from over at Barstool about two important topics. The first: say you are a head coach of a Division I program and have access to any three coaches in the country to be your assistants. Who would you pick and why?

Then, Reags and I share our five favorite basketball movies ever (non-documentary edition), and discuss how basketball has really gotten the short end of the stick over the years in Hollywood by breaking down our favorite movies from other sports. 

Finally, we answer your questions. Lot of talk about the Big East. Do we think Derrick Rose is a fit in Cleveland (or anywhere)? How does Markelle Fultz rank within the last decade of prospects? Who is the most underrated college basketball player at the low/mid/high-major levels? All that and more in this episode. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Reags over at @BarstoolReags on Twitter, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Jul 19, 2017

This week on the podcast, we'll be discussing NBA offseason winners and losers with Dieter Kurtenbach. In this episode, we talk about the losers, including the Clippers, Jazz, Cavaliers, Heat, Bulls, Pacers, Pistons, Pelicans, and of course, the New York Knicks.  

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

Jul 17, 2017

This week on the podcast, we'll be discussing NBA offseason winners and losers with Dieter Kurtenbach. In this episode, we talk about the winners, including the Rockets, Warriors, Thunder, Celtics, Timberwolves, Nets, 76ers, and Nuggets. We also discuss at the top a couple of overarching themes from the offseason, including the importance of draft picks and cap space going forward. 

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

Jul 14, 2017

In this episode, I'm joined by Cole Zwicker who helps me break down all of the action at Summer League in Las Vegas. What players stood out in Vegas? What players have struggled? We break down Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith, Donovan Mitchell, John Collins, and more.

Then, we delve deep into the 2016 NBA Draftees, and discuss Brandon Ingram, Kris Dunn, Marquese Chriss, and others. We also chat about some of the undrafted players who are interesting, and some of the older guys in attendance. Finally, we give out some awards, including best rookie, best second year player, and some of the more disappointing guys in attendance. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow me on Twitter at @Sam_Vecenie, and follow Cole @colezwicker. 

Jul 7, 2017

In this episode, I chat all things Gordon Hayward with both the Utah and Boston sides of the spectrum. First, I chat with Jay King from over at MassLive.com about how the Hayward decision went down from the Boston side. How does Hayward fit on the team? How will they get the cap space to sign him? 

Then, I chat with Tony Jones about reporting on the Hayward choice. What did his day look like on Tuesday? Does he believe that Hayward wavered throughout the day Tuesday? Where does this leave Utah? Can they still make a playoff run next year?

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the show on iTunes. You can follow Jay at @ByJayKing, follow Tony at @tribjazz or @tjonessltrib, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Jul 6, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about more free agency moves. First, we chat quickly about Gordon Hayward (before my Friday mega pod on him alone), then talk Paul Millsap, Kyle Lowry/Toronto, George Hill/Sacramento, Danilo Gallinari, Dion Waiters, how Kevin Durant can't win in free agency, and some of the other low-level deals that have occurred in the previous three days. 

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

Jul 1, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about all of the happenings of free agency on Day One. First though, we chat about the Paul George trade (did the Celtics mess up? Is this a Pacers misevaluation?). Then, we chat about the big deals in free agency. What do we make of the Blake Griffin max? How is Jrue Holiday's deal going to play out? Is the J.J. Redick signing our favorite? What do we make of some of the lower level signings?

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. Follow Dieter over at @dkurtenbach on Twitter, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Jun 30, 2017

In this episode of the podcast, I bring back on Dieter Kurtenbach to discuss NBA free agency, previewing the event by going in-depth on some of the absolute best the NBA has to offer on the market. 

Before we do that though, we chat about the Chris Paul trade, and how he is ultimately the biggest winner here. Then, we chat about Phil Jackson, and how his tenure with the Knicks was basically a total joke. Oh, and I also make some jokes and James Dolan and Jackson's expense. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. Follow Dieter over at @dkurtenbach on Twitter, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Jun 28, 2017

In this episode, I chat with new media free agent Dieter Kurtenbach about a bunch of different stuff. First, we chat about his (and everyone else's) departure from Fox and if it says anything about the media industry as a whole. Then, we get into the NBA offseason and focus this episode on trade targets. Particularly, we chat Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Eric Bledsoe, the Celtics' assets, the Nuggets' assets, LaMarcus Aldridge, and others. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Dieter at @dkurtenbach and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Jun 27, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Ricky O'Donnell from over at SB Nation about the Chicago Bulls side of the Jimmy Butler trade, after he had a relatively memorable performance on SB Nation's NBA Draft show. He also wrote this week about how this needs to be the end of the Gar/Pax reign in Chicago. So that's about how excited we get about the Jimmy Butler trade from the Chicago perspective. 

Then we chat a bit about NBA Awards finally being given out on Monday night, including Russell Westbrook being named MVP, Malcolm Brogdon being named Rookie of the Year, and Draymond Green getting Defensive Player of the Year. 

As always, please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Ricky at @SBN_Ricky and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Jun 23, 2017

In this episode, Chris Stone and I chat about the 2017 NBA Draft about 20 minutes after it ended. First, we break down the Jimmy Butler trade, and how ridiculous it was that the Bulls decided to make this move. 

Then, we answer who had our favorite drafts, and go into a pick-by-pick breakdown of many of the picks in the draft, all the way down to the second round. 

You can follow Chris at @cstonehoops and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Thanks for listening! 

Jun 21, 2017

In this episode, I chat about the craziness in the NBA on Tuesday. First, I bring on Pete Zayas from over at Laker Film Room to talk about the D'Angelo Russell trade. Why would the Lakers do it? How much better does this make the Nets? We also chat quickly about the Dwight Howard trade and why Atlanta would do that, something I'm still not 100% sure on. 

Then, I chat with Jay King from over at Mass Live about the Boston Celtics. First though, we chatted about the Cavs not moving forward with David Griffin as their general manager, a dumbfounding move that I'm still not sure I understand. Then, we go into all of the crazy decisions Boston has this offseason, including their trade of the No. 1 overall pick, Jimmy Butler/Paul George, who they will look at with the No. 3 pick, and everything in-between. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the Game Theory Podcast on iTunes. You can follow Pete at @lakerfilmroom, you can follow Jay at @ByJayKing, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Jun 19, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Zach Harper form over at Fan Rag Sports about a variety of topics. First, we touch on the report from Adrian Wojnarowski saying that the Minnesota Timberwolves are interesting in acquiring Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls. What should the T'Wolves be willing to give up? How does Butler fit there? Is this a ploy to drive up his price?

Then we get into discussing the Wolves roster. Are we believers in Andrew Wiggins? What should they do with the Zach LaVine contract situation? Should they look into moving Ricky Rubio realistically? 

Then finally, we chat about the NBA Draft. We talk about the Wolves' pick at 7, I make up a fake trade involving Wes Matthews because that's apparently what I do now, and then we chat about some of Zach's favorite and least favorite players in this upcoming event. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Zach at @talkhoops on Twitter, and me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Jun 18, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Andrew Lynch from over at Fox Sports about a bevy of different topics that happened over the course of the weekend. 

First, we go into the Boston-Philadelphia trade that saw the No. 1 pick be moved for No.3 and a future pick. Which team comes out looking good? Does it make sense for both? Then, we delve deep into Markelle Fultz's fit in Philadelphia, and how it seems to be perfect. 

Second, we chat about the news that broke as we were recording, as Paul George has told the Indiana Pacers he plans to leave in free agency next offseason. That leaves Indiana holding the bag. How should the Pacers proceed from here? We come up with a few fake trades that likely make very little sense. 

Finally, we break down the Suns offseason. What will they look to do at No. 4? What should they do with Eric Bledsoe? What free agents should they try to hold on to? How excited are we about their young core? 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Andrew at @AndrewLynch on Twitter, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Jun 16, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Mike Levin from The Rights to Ricky Sanchez Podcast (and the NBC TV show Trial and Error) about his beloved Philadelphia 76ers and their NBA Draft/Offseason. 

What do we make of the front office and its persistent insistence on lying? How does that affect your enjoyment of the team? How incredible is Joel Embiid? How should this team be building around he and Ben Simmons? What should they do at No. 3? What do we make of the Nerlens Noel trade? All that, and more on what has turned into one of the most exciting teams in the entire NBA. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie, and Mike at @Michael_Levin. Thanks for listening!

Jun 15, 2017

In this episode, I chat with good friend of the program Reags about the Knicks upcoming offseason and NBA Draft. 

What do we think of the direction of the organization? How big of an anchor is the front office? How big of an anchor is the Joakim Noah deal? What is their plan? Then, we get into the No. 8 pick, and they should be looking at. Should they be trying to acquire more draft picks to build around Kristaps Porzingis? 

Finally, we also chat about potential Carmelo Anthony scenarios, and give Kristaps some love. Oh, and at the top, we chat about the weddings we attended over the course of the last couple of weeks. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the Game Theory Podcast on iTunes. You can follow Reags at @BarstoolReags, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie on Twitter. 

Jun 14, 2017

In this episode, I chat with good friend of the program Chris Stone about the NBA Finals briefly. Is this Warriors team the greatest team of all-time? I come up with a slightly different designation for it. 

Then, we look at the NBA Draft through the prism of the NBA Finals. Given that the NBA is a copycat league, do we think there's a good chance that the rest of the league will look at the Warriors and Cavs rosters and decide that big men aren't nearly as valuable as they once were? Does that mean all of the big men should drop a bit on a draft board? Does that mean players like Derrick White and Jawun Evans are being undervalued? 

We also get into the players at the highest levels of our boards, and chat about whether we'd rather have De'Aaron Fox or Dennis Smith, and who some of our favorites are outside of the top-10. Do we care about where people are working out and how often they do it? Finally, we explain how this international class in the draft looks like the worst that I can remember. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Follow Chris over at @cstonehoops, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Jun 12, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Trevor Lane from over at Lakers Nation about the Los Angeles Lakers and their upcoming offseason. Should the Lakers be looking at players other than Lonzo Ball? Is there any chance he's not the pick at No. 2? Does Josh Jackson make sense? Is this all a smokescreen? 

Also, we chat about D'Angelo Russell being awesome, get on board the Julius Randle post-hype train, talk about Brandon Ingram's rookie year, and discuss if the Lakers should be setting their sights on a star this offseason. More than that, what should their direction be going forward?

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Trevor over at @Trevor_Lane on Twitter, and follow me over at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Jun 9, 2017

In this episode, I chat about the Kings and Blazers upcoming NBA Draft and offseason decisions. With these two teams having five first round picks combined, I felt they were a good tandem of teams to throw together. 

In the first half, Greg Wissinger and I chat about the Kings and their new direction. Are things better without DeMarcus Cousins? Is there something of a renewed energy? What players should be considered pieces of the core going forward? What should the team look to do with picks 5, 10, and 34?

In the second half of the podcast, I chat with Erik Gunderson about the Blazers and what they can do going forward. Was this season a disappointment? Is there something they can do here to change things up? What can the team do with its three draft picks (15, 20, 26) to improve? There are a lot of options here. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Greg at @gwiss on Twitter, Erik at @Erik_Gunderson and me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks!

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