Open Floor: SI's NBA Show

Open Floor: SI's NBA Show

Siakam's soaring Raptors, Lillard's slumping Blazers, Rob Mahoney reflects on 7 years at SI
Nov 12, 2019 03:24

Siakam's soaring Raptors, Lillard's slumping Blazers, Rob Mahoney reflects on 7 years at SI

On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney open with extended comments on Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors. Where does Siakam rank right now? Is he actually Giannis-like? Does Toronto's player development program get enough credit? From there, Ben and Rob shift gears to discuss Damian Lillard's MVP start, the Blazers' roster problems, Ja Morant's Rookie of the Year chances and the fan's perspective on load management. To close, Rob reflects on his favorite stories and games as he prepares to leave Sports Illustrated after seven years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Giannis revenge mission, NBA statues, load management ethics
Nov 08, 2019 06:43

Giannis revenge mission, NBA statues, load management ethics

On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney go deep on the Milwaukee Bucks after their recent win over the Los Angeles Clippers. They engage in comical Giannis Antetokounmpo hyperbole on the following topis: his revenge mission, MVP defense, pre-game grunting, winning plays and leadership intangibles. From there, they tackle pressing questions from the Open Floor Globe on everything from NYC marathon attire to the utility of the phrase "two-way player." Ben and Rob also debate the many ethical issues surrounding the load management question and how teams should determine which stars to honor with statues outside their arenas. They close by checking the temperature on Mike D'Antoni's seat in Houston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Luka Luka Luka, Bucks check-in, sputtering Rockets
Nov 05, 2019 08:52

Luka Luka Luka, Bucks check-in, sputtering Rockets

On today's episode, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney discuss the mounting hype around Luka Doncic following his weekend duel with LeBron James and his multiple triple-doubles. Should Dallas be viewed as a legit playoff threat? What's Luka's long-term ceiling? Would you undo/redo the Trae Young trade from either side? From there, Ben and Rob discuss NBPA executive director Michele Roberts' comments on China before taking questions from the Open Floor Globe on the Rockets' dynamic duo, the Bucks' uneven start and Kevin Love trade scenarios. They close by examining the conversation around Kyrie Irving's mental health and Rodney Hood's lack of flare. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Steph Curry’s injury, Kawhi Stockton, Team Jo or Team KAT?
Nov 01, 2019 08:31

Steph Curry’s injury, Kawhi Stockton, Team Jo or Team KAT?

On today's episode, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney discuss the grisly repercussions of Stephen Curry's broken hand for the Golden State Warriors. Should Golden State tank? Does this increase the urgency to trade D'Angelo Russell or Draymond Green? From there, they take questions on Kawhi Leonard's newfound passing ability, the Minnesota Timberwolves' impressive start and the longstanding rivalry between Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid. Are you team KAT or Team JoJo? Is a rivalry with Embiid the best possible thing that could happen to Towns? They close by considering an old man take on the NBA's "Content Industrial Complex" and debating whether League Pass is worth the sticker price.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Warriors' comeuppance, Trae Young's arrival, Suns' progress
Oct 29, 2019 05:58

Warriors' comeuppance, Trae Young's arrival, Suns' progress

On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney consider the Golden State Warriors' slow start. Do their early struggles require a reputation revision for Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Steve Kerr? Is there any hope for their putrid defense? Should they consider trading D'Angelo Russell or Draymond Green? Should they tank? Then, Ben and Rob shift gears to answer questions from the Open Floor Globe on Trae Young's All-Star chances, the Phoenix Suns' sudden competence, Dwight Howard's promising first week and Deandre Ayton's 25-game suspension.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The New King of LA, Charles Barkley’s take summit, Opening week instant reactions
Oct 25, 2019 00:56

The New King of LA, Charles Barkley’s take summit, Opening week instant reactions

On today's episode, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney discuss TNT commentator Charles Barkley's latest take summit. Ben lays out Barkley's thoughts on why Kawhi Leonard has surpassed LeBron James after the Clippers' opening win over the Lakers. They also dissect two other Barkley ideas: that Anthony Davis needs to be the Lakers' best player if they're going to win the title, and that Paul George will face significant pressure in the 2020 playoffs. From there, Ben and Rob take questions from the Open Floor Globe on why no one cares about Andre Drummond, Kyrie Irving's 50-point Brooklyn debut, and whether it was acceptable for a listener to cut short a trip to San Diego so that he could return to Ohio and watch basketball by himself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The NBA season is here! Finals predictions, Zion heartbreak & Jamal Murray's swag
Oct 22, 2019 09:35

The NBA season is here! Finals predictions, Zion heartbreak & Jamal Murray's swag

On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney gear up for the start of the 2019-20 NBA season by making their predictions. Which teams will make the conference finals? Who will win the title? What's the dream West match-up? Are there any spoilers looming in the East? Which teams will disappoint, which will surprise, and which will be downright awful? Then, Ben and Rob shift gears to reflect on the implications of Zion Williamson's knee surgery. How bad is this for the NBA as a whole? Will he need to change his body type? Are Blake Griffin and Greg Oden reason comparison points? They close by digging into Rob's Sports Illustrated story on Jamal Murray, which features a fateful coaching decision and a brash prediction of better days to come.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
LeBron takes on Morey over China, NBA award predictions, Buddy's threat and Beal's deal
Oct 18, 2019 06:57

LeBron takes on Morey over China, NBA award predictions, Buddy's threat and Beal's deal

On Today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney pick up their jaws after LeBron James's pointed criticism of Daryl Morey on the Hong Kong/China issue. Did LeBron have a point about Morey's bad timing? Should activism be convenient? What did this episode reveal about LeBron? Did the controversy prove that Kawhi Leonard made the right decision to join the Clippers rather than the Lakers? Then, Ben and Rob shift gears to make their picks for MVP, ROY, DPOY, COY, SMOY and MIP. The usual suspects (Giannis and Zion) make appearances, but so do some other big names (Embiid, AD, Luka). Finally, they close with why context matters in Buddy Hield's negotiation standoff with the Kings, and the different levels of winning baked into the Wizards' new contract extension for Bradley Beal.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Harden and Westbrook deep dive, California vs. the World, the West's future powers
Oct 15, 2019 07:50

Harden and Westbrook deep dive, California vs. the World, the West's future powers

On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney dive deep into Rob's Sports Illustrated NBA preview story on the Houston Rockets. How will James Harden and Russell Westbrook actually work together? Are the Rockets as unstable as they appear from the outside? Are they title contenders? Then, Ben and Rob take questions from the Open Floor Globe, assessing Tilman Fertitta's competence, fielding rosters for a "California vs. the rest of the world" showdown, and welcoming the coming galactic battle between Zion Williamson and Giannis Antetokounmpo. They close by discussing the West's best rising powers and taking on a brutal critique of Portland, Oregon, from an Irish tourist.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The NBA game goes on in China, Zion hype heats up, the next Jrue contract
Oct 11, 2019 09:35

The NBA game goes on in China, Zion hype heats up, the next Jrue contract

On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney detail the latest developments from the NBA's China crisis. What should James Harden make of Daryl Morey? Did Adam Silver let down the media by allowing the Lakers and Nets to play without conducting press conferences? Do Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich deserve heat for sidestepping the controversy? Then, Ben and Rob field questions from the Open Floor Globe on Zion Williamson's debut week, which players have the chance to surprisingly live up to their massive contracts a la Jrue Holiday, and whether the NBA intelligentsia has it all wrong on the depressing Hornets.      Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices