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Game Theory w/ Sam Vecenie

Sam Vecenie is joined by friends to discuss the NBA, NBA Draft, college basketball, high school basketball, and everything in between. Oh, and they'll randomly talk about movies and more.
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Jan 22, 2020

In this episode, I'm joined by Dieter Kurtenbach, where we chat about who should make the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. We run through in categories and by conference. We say who the No-Doubters are, the very likely guys, and the wild cards who could crash the party. Then we chat a bit about movies, about the Oscars, and about the Baseball Hall of Fame at the end. 

Jan 17, 2020

In this episode, I'm joined by Michael Pina from SB Nation, the Winning Plays Podcast, and the Open Floor podcast. 

We chatted about a few things. First we hit quickly on the Atlanta-Minnesota deal at the top. Then, we chatted about Kyrie Irving making comments about what he thinks is or is not the future core of the Nets roster, and why naming names is never a good idea. 

Then, we move to Boston, and chat about why Boston has been so good this year. 

And finally, we close on Utah, who is on a fun little winning run here largely centered around Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, and moving Joe Ingles into the starting lineup. 

Jan 15, 2020

In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach is back, and we really run the gamut of sports. We talk Green Bay-San Francisco, then Clemson-LSU and Dabo Swinney. 

Then, we move into the meat of the episode, where we discuss if the NBA Media is Biased toward big markets. 

Finally, we chat about the Oscars. Or rather, I talk about the Oscars and Dieter nods along in agreement. 

Jan 3, 2020

In this episode, Danny Leroux joins the podcast and we chat about Andre Drummond and Chris Paul. First, we break down Andre Drummond potentially moving on from Detroit, particularly potentially to Atlanta. Then, we chat about Drummond and Detroit and whether or not Detroit should do it? 

Then, we chat about Chris Paul, and Chris Paul's start to the season. Should he be an all-star? And should he be on the trade market? And why is Philadelphia the best spot? 

Dec 22, 2019

In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I run through the NBA Trade Market. What are the biggest potential deals on the market? What are our favorite ones that could be under the radar, but could help NBA teams and contenders improve? We run through nearly every team in the league at some point in a free-flowing conversation that goes a lot of different directions

Dec 19, 2019

In this episode, Cole and I break down a few different things. First, Deandre Ayton returned to action against the Clippers last night, so we stop and break down the game. Then, we chat about the Clippers and their overall play this year, particularly since Paul George has been back. 

We close on NBA Draft news. We chat about LaMelo Ball's injury, Cole Anthony's injury, R.J. Hampton's injury, Myles Powell's injury, then move on to some sleeper guys we like, including Spencer Jones. Payton Pritchard, Robert Woodard, Kaleb Wesson, Mason Jones, Joel Ayayi

 

Dec 15, 2019

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker, except the typical format of the podcast gets turned on its head. Cole gets to ask me the questions this time, about my overall opinions on this draft class, some format and philosophy questions on the draft, and more. We talk about the Race for No.1, some sleepers, and some more interesting players across the board. 

Dec 12, 2019

Cole Zwicker and Sam discuss some of the fun early-season stories, including Davis Bertans and Washington, Devonte Graham and PJ Washington, the Spurs being bad, and more. 

Dec 7, 2019

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about a variety of topics. First, the Knicks fire David Fizdale. Was it earned? What happens now? Then, the Cavaliers aren't happy with John Beilein. What happens next? 

Then, we chat Vernon Carey, Paul Reed, Romeo Weems, Terrance Shannon Jr, Yves Pons, and Aaron Wiggins. 

Dec 5, 2019

In this episode of the podcast, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about the top of the Eastern Conference. We start with the Bucks because not enough people are talking about how dominant Milwaukee has been to start the year. Then we move to Miami and its super fun group of players, we talk about the Celtics and their cohesion, the Raptors and the leaps they've gotten from young players, and the roller coaster that is watching 76ers games. 

Then, we move on to the Rockets and how watching them play is a bit frustrating. We close on The Irishman and Knives Out, two movies were very wildly different experiences. 

Nov 30, 2019

In this podcast, Cole Zwicker and Sam run through their overall thoughts on a big variety of prospects. 

Somewhat in order of who we discuss: 

James Wiseman, Tyrese Haliburton, Isaac Okoro, Arizona, Grant Riller, , Florida, Kira lewis, Myles Powell, Aaron Nesmith, Jahmi'us Ramsey, Tyrell Terry, Mason Jones, Franz Wagner

Nov 28, 2019

In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I break down a bunch of different college prospects. We start with Anthony Edwards' massive explosion against Michigan State, where he scored 33 points in 15 minutes in the second half. 

Then, we move on to the Michigan State prospects, including Cassius Winston, Aaron Henry, and Xavier Tillman. 

Then, in this order, we jumped around to other teams and players: Landers Nolley, Obi Toppin, The Kansas guys, UCLA. 

Finally, we close on the Duke Loss to Stephen F. Austin, and why we're seeing so many high-end upsets this season. Then, we break down Duke's prospects and how they've looked.  

Nov 22, 2019

In this episode, Ricky O'Donnell from SB Nation joins for our yearly "Bulls in Crisis" podcast. In this edition, we discuss Jim Boylen being a disaster, the players struggling, management, and more. 

Nov 20, 2019

In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins me to talk about the NBA ratings stuff. Does it matter that the NBA ratings are down? Should the alarm bells be going for the league? Is this an actual issue of viewership? Or is it a monetization problem where the NBA needs to figure out how to sell advertising in regard to internet viewers? Is it a surprise? What matters here? 

We chatted about movies, too. What are the best movies I've seen this year? What did Dieter think of The Irishman? 

Nov 15, 2019

In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I break down NBA Draft prospects. Particularly, we start with James Wiseman, move onto the rest of Memphis-Oregon. 

Then, we have our typical "LaMelo Ball's Australian Journey" segment. 

Then, we move to Stock Up/Stock Down, where we break down

Isaac Okoro, Devin Vassell, Paul Reed, Isaiah Stewart, Jaden McDaniels, Kentucky, Onyeka Okongwu, Zeke Nnaji, Wendell Moore

Nov 14, 2019

In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I break down the starts for seven teams across the NBA and decide whether or not these starts or real or if they're fool's gold in one way or another. 

The New York Knicks, the Phoenix Suns, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics, and the Philadelphia 76ers. 

This episode is brought to you by Manscaped. 

Nov 5, 2019

Cole joins the pod, and we break down the bigs and forwards in this draft class for like 90 minutes. It's a lot. James Wiseman, Isaiah Stewart, Jaden McDaniels, Precious Achiuwa, Matthew Hurt, Patrick Williams, and many, many, many more. 

Oct 30, 2019

In this episode, I'm joined by the Three Man Weave guys (Jim, Matt, and Ky) to preview college basketball. We use and explain Season Long Pool to discuss and jump into each conference and team. We go through the Big Ten, ACC, Big East, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC. Plus, we chat about the other leagues and some of our most interesting teams to watch. 

Oct 25, 2019

In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I run through a lot of different topics! 

-Ayton suspended and Bagley hurt
-Early season thoughts on: Karl-Anthony Towns, Cleveland and the grand point guard experiment, Markelle Fultz, the Miami Heat are crazy athletic, Ja Morant, Luka Doncic, and Trae Young.

Then, we did our typical Melo Ball segment. Finally, we jumped into Rookie Extensions. Pascal Siakam max with All-NBA. Jaylen Brown 4/103 with incentives. Buddy Hield: 4/86 4/94 achievable, 4/106 higher end. Domantas Sabonis 4/77. Cedi Osman 4/31 with last year non guarantee. Dejounte Murray 4/64. Taurean Prince: 2/29

Oct 22, 2019

Back again for what I think is the third straight year, Dieter Kurtenbach joins to give bold predictions on the NBA season. We run through the best fiery takes on the 76ers, the Lakers, the Heat, the Kings, the Warriors, the Pacers, the Rockets, and Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

Oct 19, 2019

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins and we run through some news, some NBA preseason thoughts, and then preview NBA Draft wings. 

First, we discuss Bradley Beal extension and its effects on both the Wizards and Beal. Then, we chat the Warriors keeping Marquese Chriss over Alfonzo McKinnie. We move then to Zion Williamson's injury, and some preseason thoughts on guys like Michael Porter Jr., the Bulls, the Mavericks, and Tyler Herro. 

Then, we chat about NBA Draft wing prospects in this class. Oh, and we chatted about Joker. Don't @ me. 

Oct 7, 2019

In this episode, friend of the program Robby Kalland from UPRoxx Sports joins the podcast, and we chat about Eastern Conference Over/Under Win totals in the NBA. 

The order we go in: Golden State, LA Clippers, LA Lakers, Phoenix, Sacramento

Then, Denver, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Portland, Utah

Then, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, San Antonio

Finally, we finish with NBA title odds.

Oct 3, 2019

In this episode, friend of the program Robby Kalland from UPRoxx Sports joins the podcast, and we chat about Eastern Conference Over/Under Win totals in the NBA. 

The order we go in: Boston, Brooklyn, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto

Then, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee

Then, Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando, Washington

Finally, we finish with MVP odds. 

Sep 25, 2019

In this episode, Cole Zwicker is here and we break down some early thoughts on the 2020 NBA Draft. Why this draft is still totally wide open. Then, we jump into breaking down LaMelo Ball's start in the NBL and the hype that it's generated already. Where are we on this? What do we think of Melo as a prospect?

Then, we move on to Cole Anthony, and why we're super, super high on him. We then jump into Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman, and why they're both upper-echelon prospects. 

Then, the rest of the podcast is breaking down the other point guards who will be eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft. Who are the names you need to know? Also: why this is a particularly strong lead guard group. 

Sep 18, 2019

In this episode, it's the first one with me as a married podcaster. Dieter joins, discusses the wedding, then we move onto a few different topics. First, we discuss the FIBA World Cup from the US perspective. Why it really doesn't matter, and why I just couldn't really get myself to care about any of it. 

Then, we move to the California bill. Tim Tebow went on TV and showed his ass to everyone, which we discuss in detail. Then, we go into the California bill, discuss why it matters, why it might not really actually change anything for the NCAA, but why it's overall good. 

Finally, we talk about Caris LeVert's extension, Eric Gordon's extension, and the audacity of hope within trainer workout videos of NBA players. Oh, and we talk about a bunch of movies. 

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