Coach Nick is joined as always by Jared Weiss of The Athletic to discuss how the Nets upset the Sixers in Game 1, plus the shocking end to the Magic Raptors game. They then turn to the West to go over OKC vs Portland, and Houston vs Utah.
Anthony Irwin of the Locked On Lakers podcast comes on the show to discuss the "podcast" Magic Johnson recorded live in front of a host of reporters in the bowels of Staples Center last night. Irwin dissects why he's stepping down and what we can decipher from his impromptu ramblings.
Coach Nick is joined as always by Jared Weiss of The Athletic to discuss what we do know about the matchups in the NBA Playoffs in both the East and West. It'll be an interesting final couple of games as some teams aren't motivated to win, others want to move up or maybe down, and it all doesn't matter as the Warriors are playing great.
In Game 1 of Michigan State's NCAA Tournament run, head coach Tom Izzo lost control while yelling at freshman Aaron Henry, sparking a huge debate across the basketball world - fueled in part by Coach Nick's tweet of the footage.
Also, the NBA Playoff race at the bottom of each bracket is heating up and Coach Nick and Jared break down some of the surprises.
The Athletic's Jared Weiss is back in the saddle with his weekly appearance on the pod, and he and Coach Nick discuss the Denver Nuggets in detail. Is Jamal Murray the X-Factor? Does Mike Malone give them an edge during the playoffs? They also wander over to San Antonio to discuss what makes them so competitive this year, with a big reason being Derrick White, mama.
A rare behind the scenes look at the preparation that goes into calling the premiere games of the week in the NBA, Coach Nick goes in depth with Mike Breen on what it's like to be courtside at all the best games. Plus, they discuss interacting with some of his more eccentric partners like Bill Walton and Walt "Clyde" Fraizer. Breen also recounts the horror of being in the middle of the Malice At The Palace when the Pacers and Pistons got into an all out brawl that spilled out into the stands.
Coach Nick is joined IN STUDIO by the insightful and hilarious John Henson - comedian/Knicks fan as seen on TV in the shows Wipe Out and Talk Soup, among many others. They go in on the Knicks with great analysis and lots of humor, plus they express their love and astonishment for Mitchell Robinson way too much.
The Lakers season is slowly falling off a cliff into the sea, and Coach Nick and Jared Weiss go through their various issues. The Celtics are in a better position, but have some real issues of their own, and it's unclear if they'll right the ship before the end of the season. Plus, Andrew Bogut's return to the Warriors speaks volumes about the play of DeMarcus Cousins.
As the modern game has taken hold of the NBA, the traditional dominant shooting guard that started with Michael Jordan, then Kobe Bryant, and on to Dwyane Wade might never lead a team to a title again. Find out why.
Now that the NBA is back from All Star vacation, Coach Nick and The Athletic's Jared Weiss break down the marquee game from last night, discussing what the future holds for two of the top teams in the East.
The top teams in the Eastern Conference, save for the Boston Celtics, all made trades to bolster their rosters. Coach Nick and Jared Weiss go through them to analyze who improved the most and what the seedings for the playoffs should look like 25 games from now.
Do NOT miss this episode as Jared Weiss of the Athletic and Coach Nick discuss all the trades that went down and what they mean for the respective teams.
There are few NBA writers with the breadth and depth of Sam Amick, and as a Friend Of The Breakdown sits down with his insider's knowledge of the inner workings of the Lakers and Celtics as they jockey for position in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes, as well as the Grizzlies intentions to move either Mike Conley and/or Marc Gasol.
Coach Nick is joined by New York Knicks beat writer for The Athletic Mike Vorkunov, who gives his perspective on the bombshell trade that just happened between the Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks. Jared Weiss also weighs in on how the trade works for Dallas as well, and the prospects for a Doncic Porzingis pick and roll are too exciting to imagine.
Pelicans Beat Writer for The Athletic Will Guillory joins Coach Nick to give his insider's analysis on why Anthony Davis suddenly wants out of New Orleans after 6 1/2 years. And as a bonus, Jared Weiss of The Athletic fills in more of the blanks about potential destinations that both fit Davis's playing style and lifestyle.
Coach Nick has a pretty hot take on the LeBron James/Luke Walton situation in Los Angeles, plus him and Jared Weiss of The Athletic discuss the Warriors Celtics game and the All Star starters and potential reserves.
Coach Nick welcomes Friend of the Breakdown Jovan Buha, Clippers beat writer for The Athletic, to discuss what has happened to the hot start of the Clippers. Jovan explains why Avery Bradley has become a four letter word on #NBATwitter, and what potential trades they might explore to upgrade the roster for a strong playoff push.
Welcoming Dave DuFour back, he and Coach Nick show you how to do a pod: They examine how DeMarcus Cousins looks on the floor for the Warriors, whether CP3 can come back and help the Rockets with Super Saiyan Harden, and we answer a ton of questions from the live Periscope Broadcast.
Coach Nick is joined as always by The Athletic's Jared Weiss to discuss Kyrie's comments that he called LeBron James to commiserate, are the Mavericks seriously thinking about trading Dennis Smith Jr, and should the Rockets cut down on their three point attempts?
The reporter that broke the news of Team President and Head Coach Tom Thibdeau's firing from the Minnesota Timberwolves was none other than Jon Krawczynski, and he joins Coach Nick to discuss what it all means and the state of the franchise going forward.
Then, Jared Weiss joins Coach Nick to go into more depth about who they'll search for to replace Thibodeau, plus an NBA mailbag from the Live Show recorded on Periscope.
Paul George is having an MVP caliber year, and deserves to be in the discussion for the award. The Grizzlies had a physical altercation after a bad loss to Detroit, and Coach Nick and Jared discuss whether it's even a good idea to have a meeting immediately after a game. Anthony Davis puts up monster numbers, but something about his game doesn't seem to profoundly affect whether the Pelicans win or lose.
Coach Nick is joined by The Athletic's Jared Weiss to discuss the newest defensive adjustments made against the Warriors, and whether the Trail Blazers are on solid footing in the West. Plus, Adam Silver's memo urging players from refrain from recruiting each other publicly was a direct shot at LeBron James and his comments regarding Anthony Davis. Who's right?
Coach Nick is joined by The Athletic's Jared Weiss to discuss the Sixers issues down the stretch with a non shooter like Ben Simmons in the lineup. They also go in detail about the necessity to play Justise Winslow at point guard and how it has unlocked a lot of things for the Heat who have won 5 of 6.
With Chris Paul's hamstring injury, it places the Rockets in real peril of missing the playoffs. The league continues to draft traditional big men at the very top, does De'Andre Ayton deserve that spot? And Joel Embiid is one of the most dominant big men in the NBA, but there's a big issue with his game that Coach Nick and Jared discuss.
The Wizards and Celtics had an old fashioned overtime shootout, complete with strange coaching and player decisions, and a mano a mano between Kyrie Irving and John Wall. Also, what is going right and wrong with the Rockets?