With the firing of Fred Hoiberg and replacing him with Jim Boylen, John Paxson has ushered in a new era for the Chicago Bulls. They seem to have gotten the message, as the team is playing with lots more intensity and passion, but is it sustainable? Senior NBA Writer Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic brings his insider knowledge to the show to discuss the differences in Boylen's approach, whether Lauri Markkanen can become a savior, and whether they've finally turned a corner.
Best friend of the breakdown Jared Weiss joins Coach Nick in a weekly show to discuss his breaking news on the Markelle Fultz situation, from his wrist injury to the nerve damage that has caused his shot to get so funky. And Fred Hoiberg was fired early Monday morning, and the only surprising thing might have been that it took that long.
The Celtics have surprisingly struggled this year considering all the talent they have. Celtics beat reporter for The Athletic Jared Weiss joins Coach Nick to discuss the lineup changes Brad Stevens has played with, and whether Kyrie needs to be more of The Man in the offense to get them going in the right direction.
Marcus Thompson of The Athletic was one of the first to report on the rift between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, and what it means to the dynamic of the team. Will it hold them back from another title? Will it cause Durant to leave in free agency? Find out from one of the most prominent insider voices in Thompson.
When Draymond blew up at Kevin Durant at the end of regulation versus the Clippers, it brought up a lot of issues that had been bubbling to the surface regarding KD's free agency. Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group joins Coach Nick to give us his insider's analysis.
Coach Nick welcomes a very old Friend Of The Breakdown Kurt Helin of NBCSports.com to discuss what the Rockets are doing with Carmelo Anthony, the Jimmy Butler trade to the Sixers and whether Markelle Fultz will be able to handle it.
Coach Nick welcomes back Friend Of The Breakdown Spencer Dinwiddie to discuss his game saving and game winning heroics on Halloween as he carried his Brooklyn Nets in crunch time over the Detroit Pistons. He also discusses how the new rules emphasis has affected his play, and the league in general. A must listen to get a rare glimpse into the mindset of an NBA player.
Joe Vardon has been on the Cleveland Cavaliers beat for years, and now covers them and National NBA News for The Athletic. In a candid conversation, Vardon details the events surrounding the slightly surprising termination of Tyronn Lue as head coach of the Cavs. After leading the team to 4 straight finals and one title, it's hard to fathom Lue would get dumped so quickly, but after a disagreement with General Manager Koby Altman, his days were numbered.
Join Coach Nick and Dave DuFour as they go around the horn answering the best questions they got in their live post game show, ranging from Should Billy Donovan Be Fired, to whether Rondo and Ingram will start when they return from suspensions, and what's wrong with the Boston Celtics offense?
Get into the mindset of one of the winningest players in the NBA - having won 2 NBA titles with the Rockets and one with the Spurs, Mario Elie has a unique perspective on the league having been a player and an assistant coach. Coach Nick discusses how the Rockets were the progenitors of volume three point shooting back in the mid 90's, as well as how tough Gregg Popovich was in his early days of coaching.
While the first game in Boston was sloppy, the Celtics proved they are the class of the East as they blew out an undermanned Sixers team. In the night cap, the Thunder gave the Warriors a run for their money behind Paul George's hot second half, but Steph Curry and Kevin Durant were too much for anyone to handle, much less the Russ-less Thunder team. Coach Nick and Dave take live questions as well to help diagnose what just happened on Day 1 of the 2018-19 NBA Season. YOU IN?
Have you ever wondered how Steph Curry trained himself to be the all time best shooter the NBA has ever seen? Get a rare glimpse behind the curtain as Coach Nick discusses Curry's training with his personal player development coach Brandon Payne. They discuss what Steph has added to his game this year, and the key components to training shooters.
When the video of Ted Alexandro's comedy bit comparing his sexual prowess to the Celtics-era Shaq went viral, Coach Nick felt compelled to reach out to Ted to break down the process of writing this as well as a funny take on Steve Kerr's coaching.
When Coach Nick was a young student manager for the Men's Basketball Team at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, little did he know years later that he'd be able to interview his former boss. From being head coach of the Knicks, the GM of the Vancouver Grizzlies, and Vice President of the NBA itself, Stu Jackson has held every job at every level there is in basketball. Currently an analyst on NBA TV and Senior Associate Commissioner for Mens’ Basketball for the Big East, Coach Nick and Stu discuss what it was like coaching in the 90's, how the game has evolved, and his exciting storylines for the upcoming season.
Coach Nick and Dave DuFour are back together again for a new NBA Season! Find out their expert opinions on what the Lakers have in store for them in the West, and how LeBron James will integrate his game and also allow Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Lonzo Ball to flourish at the same time.
Plus, the latest on the Jimmy Butler saga and who's going to go first: Jimmy or Thibs.
Once an unshakeable pairing, Jimmy Butler has decided he wants out of Minnesota now. As Darren predicted back in July. With more information, we discuss how Butler and Thibs went from a love affair to a messy divorce - and who gets custody of the kids.
After a long layoff, Dave DuFour is back on the show to discuss a variety of topics, based on questions from twitter and Periscope. We ran the gamut, across both conferences. Keen insight into the Western playoff race and which very good teams might end up being sorely disappointed at the end of the year, and how competitive (and fun!) the East will be.
The WNBA Semifinals just saw TWO epic 5 game series take place, and it's just a prelude to what will undoubtedly be a Finals for the ages. Now that the WNBA has embraced the pace and space and 3 point shooting of the modern game, it has unlocked a whole new level of excitement and skill. Join Coach Nick and Ryan Ruocco of ESPN and The Yes Network as they discuss the last round and preview the Finals that start Friday, September 7.
Friend of the Breakdown Mo Dakhil joins Coach Nick to discuss in detail his experiences working for the Spurs during Manu's golden years (2009-2011) and what his legacy means to the NBA.
Coach Nick just dropped a video comparing and contrasting Nuggets center Nikola Jokic to the Sixers Joel Embiid, and TJ McBride, editor and Nuggets beat writer for Mile High Sports, joins him to discuss. They also go in depth on the expectations of this team, and how, fully healthy, they could contend for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Did the Rockets improve by adding Melo but losing Trevor Ariza and luc Richard Mbah a Moute? That's a lot of defense to make up, but perhaps Anthony's role in the Rocket's high powered offense, plus the support of PJ Tucker, CP3, and Clint Capela can get them over the hump and defeat the Warriors in the playoffs. Find out from Rockets super fan and Sirius XM NBA Channel personality Curtlow.
Coach Nick sparked a bit of a debate by disagreeing with LeBron's use of the F-bomb when giving a great speech to his son's AAU team, and Dave DuFour gives the counter point. Plus, we break down Kevin Pelton's Western Conference predictions, which leaves the Lakers out of the playoffs.
Does Kawhi tilt the balance of power from the Boston Celtics to the Toronto Raptors? Can the Sixers improve upon last year? Who is the best defender of this generation? Jared Weiss of The Athletic joins Coach Nick to solve these questions and more. You In?
Find out which rookies show promise for the upcoming NBA season,as well as a good discussion on which action generates the best three point shots as Mo Dakhil (former video coordinator for the Spurs, Clippers, and Australian National Team) joins us.
Have the Raptors finally exercised their demons now that LeBron has gone to the West and they've added a top 5 player in the league when healthy? Find out when Coach Nick is joined by the Toronto Star's Doug Jones - who's been on the Raptors beat ever since their inception.