Darren Wolfson, of the Minneapolis local ABC Affiliate as well as ESPN Radio Twin Cities, joins Coach Nick to discuss why Jimmy Butler refused to sign a contract extension, and what this means for Andrew Wiggins, Karl Anthony Towns, and Tom Thibodeau's career.
Michael Lee, NBA Senior Writer For Yahoo Sports, and Friend of the Breakdown, hops on the show to discuss why DeMarcus Cousins chose the Golden State Warriors, what the heck they're trying to do in Los Angeles, and where Kawhi will end up and how it turned so sour between him and the Spurs.
The Lakers seemed primed to sign DeMarcus Cousins and pair him alongside LeBron James, but the Warriors went stealth mode and swooped in, signing him to a one year deal and giving them the ability to put 5 All Stars in their prime on the floor together (provided Cousins recovers from his achilles tear).
LeBron's signing in Los Angeles shifts the power of the NBA firmly to the West, and the question is how much of a contender are the Lakers now with their incredibly young and talented core around The King.
Join Coach Nick as he sits down with Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com as he lays out the entire Kawhi Leonard saga, Dave DuFour reports from his car on the latest in LeBron's decision 2.0, and Jeff Diependbrock lends his expert analysis on some real draft sleepers.
Did DeAndre Ayton deserve to go number one?
Will Marvin Bagley live up to the hype?
How has the NBA style of play trickled down to the high school level?
The only question left is: You In?
Relive the 2018 NBA Draft 1st round as Coach Nick, Dave DuFour, and Adam Stanco offer unparalleled analysis and information with the kind of detail you won't find anywhere else.
Duncan Smith of the Athletic Detroit and bballbreakdown.com joins Coach Nick to discuss what happened to Stan Van Gundy and why they chose Dwane Casey. Dave DuFour breaks down his favorite picks of the NBA Draft, and Derek Bodner walks us through the crazy story of Bryan Colagelo's demise in Philadelphia.
Safa Kamalian is an assistant coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the G-League, and discusses his experience working in the Rockets organization. HoopHype's Alex Kennedy discusses where LeBron might go, and Dave DuFour gives us some insights into the Finals and the intriguing Free Agent storylines this summer.
Coach Nick got back to his roots with a solo live show where he offers his immediate reaction to the events that led to the Warriors beating the Cavaliers in Game 4, as well as answering a ton of questions posed in the Periscope comments.
The Cavaliers played their best first quarter of the series, yet could not get any separation. And the game wore on, Kevin Durant got more and more vicious, carrying the Warriors as Steph Curry had his worst shooting game of his career, culminating in a contested 30 footer over LeBron that iced the game, and most likely the series.
Coach Nick broke down the key elements to this series - how they affected the first two games (Korver not playing enough, Curry fire from 3) and what to expect in tonight's Game 3 matchup in Cleveland. Joining the show: Mike Zavagno of FearTheSword.com and the Cavalytics Podcast, Mark Medina - Warriors Beat Writer for Mercury News and the Bay Area News Group, and Dave DuFour.
While it seemed like the Cavaliers were going to get blown out early as the Warriors hit over 65% of their shots, LeBron James and Kevin Love kept them close through 3 quarters until the inevitability of the Warriors dominance overtook them and it turned into a blow out.
Coach Nick and Dave discuss adjustments the Cavs can make and what the Warriors did to play so well.
Mark Jones has been part of the A Team on ESPN and ABC, doing play by play alongside the legend Hubie Brown, and he joins Coach Nick today to discuss in depth what he thinks will happen in the Finals. We also discuss what will happen with the Sixers organization considering their GM Bryan Colangelo is embroiled in a Twitter scandal. Most fascinating, we discuss LeBron's legacy and what it must be like to coach him.
Join Coach Nick as he lends his expert opinions to the discussion on the Cavs vs Warriors NBA Finals rematch IV. Mike Zavagno of Fear The Sword weighs in from the Cleveland side, while Eric Apricot of BBALLBREAKDOWN and GoldenStateOfMind.com discusses what the Warriors need to do. And to top it off, Dave DuFour comes on the show to sprinkle in his takes.
The Celtics again looked like world beaters in dispatching the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston. What looked like a lost series now has the Green in the driver's seat, only needing one win to get back to the NBA Finals for the first time in 9 years.
Despite Steph Curry's 17 point 3rd quarter, which had propelled the Warriors to a comfortable 10 point lead, the Rockets continued to battle behind some crazy tough shot making, and hung on in the end to even this series at 2-2.
The Cavaliers took Game 4 and even the series at 2-2 versus the Boston Celtics. While that is certainly a positive thing for Cleveland, Boston played about as poorly as a team could play for certain stretches, causing all to stare at the screen with the "Who Farted?" expression on our faces.
The Warriors rode another 3rd quarter wave, including a Super Saiyan performance from Steph Curry, to a big win versus the Rockets. With a 2-1 lead and another game at home, Golden State is in good position to take this series.
Coach Nick and Dave also go through Game 3 of the Cavaliers Celtics series and whether or not the Cavs can repeat their scintillating shooting in Game 4 tonight.
The Rockets continued to mercilessly attack Steph Curry in isolation, and their role players went super nova from all over the floor. The Warriors need a couple of solutions defensively, and clean up their unforced turnovers. The Rockets can breathe a little bit, knowing they stood up and took a must win game heading into Oakland for Game 3.
While the Cavaliers came out strong behind some incredible scoring by LeBron, the Celtics slowly pulled away throughout the 2nd half. They now have a strangle hold on this series, and find out why Brad Stevens has got his guys executing exactly the way he wants them.
As part of our live post game coverage of each of the Conference Finals games, Coach Nick and Dave DuFour go in depth to explain how Kevin Durant exploded for 37 points to lead the Golden State Warriors over James Harden's 41 points and the Houston Rockets.
They also discuss Game 1 between the Cavaliers and the Celtics - the matchups that were and weren't working that enabled Boston to hang one of the worst playoff losses LeBron has ever faced.
The trend in the NBA, based on advanced analytics, is to shoot more 3s and shots in the paint, and avoid the midrange long 2's like the plague. In a shocking development, the Golden State Warriors of all teams bucked that trend this year, getting tremendous results in the process. Ben Cohen of the Wall Street Journal expands on his excellent article detailing how the Warriors altered their offense so significantly.
Join Coach Nick as he welcomes Brady Klopfer (NBA Writer for BBALLBREAKDOWN and SBNation) to discuss the Sixers rousing Game 4 win. Mike Zavagno of FearTheSword.com and Cavalytics Podcast goes in depth on the Cavaliers and what they were doing with their Xs and Os to beat the Raptors. And Jared Weiss (Celtics writer for The Athletic) breaks down the Celtics side, and what they have to look forward to beyond the Sixers.
Coach Nick welcomed on the show BBALLBREAKDOWN Senior Writer Bryan Toporek to discuss the Sixers issues in Game 1. Associate editor of Salt City Hoops Dan Clayton broke down how the Jazz brokedown in their opener. And Best Friend of the Breakdown Jared Weiss (The Athletic) joins us to discuss the Rockets and the Celtics.