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Kevin O’Connor and Chris Vernon discuss all the news, trends, and transactions happening in the NBA. They also offer their on-court analysis, and occasionally get into heated debates.

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Kevin O’Connor and Chris Vernon discuss all the news, trends, and transactions happening in the NBA. They also offer their on-court analysis, and occasionally get into heated debates.

    Why Are the Pelicans Playing So Far Below Their Potential This Season?

    Why Are the Pelicans Playing So Far Below Their Potential This Season?

    Chris and Kevin get into the most interesting games of the week, starting with the Lakers’ lackadaisical win over the not-quite-complete Bucks (0:45). Then they get into Tom Thibodeau’s continually surprising positive effect on the Knicks after a win over the Warriors (18:35), the difference in development between RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson, and the Pelicans’ struggles this season (30:00). Finally, they get into the generally unremarked-upon success of the Utah Jazz and Shaq’s bizarre interaction with Donovan Mitchell after their win over the Pelicans (44:00), and the late-night trade of Kevin Porter Jr. from the Cavaliers to the Rockets for a protected second-round pick (54:00).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Are the Suns Getting the Most Out of Devin Booker?

    Are the Suns Getting the Most Out of Devin Booker?

    Chris and Kevin dive into the emerging story lines in the league, starting with how James Harden and KD played together against the Bucks on Monday (1:00), how CJ McCollum’s injury, in conjunction with Nurkic’s injury, will affect Portland’s playoff aspirations (12:15), and Jamal Murray’s disconcerting step down from his bubble play in contrast to Paul George’s step up (16:45). Then they talk about whether the Suns are getting the most out of Devin Booker (29:00), how the Grizzlies are playing with Ja Morant back in the fold (37:00), and the Warriors’ win over the Lakers on Monday (50:30). 
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

    • 1 hr 14 min
    What Does the James Harden Trade Say About How the NBA Has Changed?

    What Does the James Harden Trade Say About How the NBA Has Changed?

    Chris and Kevin discuss the details of the intricate and wide-reaching James Harden trade on Wednesday (0:40). Then they get into a conversation about what the nature of Harden’s trade request says about the changes that have occurred across the NBA and NBA coverage, including player empowerment, the media boom, and shifts in fandom (12:30). They cap it all off with a conversation about the specific on-court and off-court chemistry concerns for the Nets with their new star-studded roster (40:30).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

    • 1 hr 13 min
    An NBA Game of "Do You Believe…?"

    An NBA Game of "Do You Believe…?"

    Since it’s still early in the season, Chris and Kevin play a game of “Do You Believe..?” to discuss emerging trends across the NBA. 
    Do you believe that the season will go on without having to take a long stoppage or delay for a period of time? (3:10)
    Do you believe that the Nets are not going to be able to reach their best? (8:20)
    Do you believe that the Raptors can get it together? (17:59)
    Do you believe LaMelo Ball will run away with Rookie of the Year? (20:46)
    Do you believe Jerami Grant is proving he’s more than a role player? (26:56)
    Do you believe that Zion Williamson will ascend to superstardom like we thought? (32:21)
    Do you believe that Bradley Beal could be moved? (40:48)
    Do you believe that Cade Cunningham from Oklahoma State is the guy and there will be no argument about who will go no. 1 in the draft? (46:08)
    Do you believe that 1 percent of NBA fans could name the Oklahoma City Thunder coach? (51:02)
    Do you believe that Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, and Jimi Hendrix are the three best guitarists ever? (54:21)
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Biggest Surprises From the NBA Season So Far

    Biggest Surprises From the NBA Season So Far

    Chris and Kevin take a look at how the COVID-19 protocols are working after Seth Curry’s positive test (5:07) and at the massive leak from the Hawks’ locker room reported by The Athletic (13:14). Then they get into the biggest surprises of the NBA season so far, including the Brogdon-and-Sabonis-led Pacers glow-up (31:43), Lou Dort’s stellar 3-point shooting (37:43), Julius Randle’s Knicks (47:14), and more.
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Can Steph Curry and the Warriors Reach the Postseason?

    Can Steph Curry and the Warriors Reach the Postseason?

    Chris and Kevin go through all the big games and story lines in the NBA, kicking it off with a discussion about Tom Thibodeau’s 4-3 Knicks and their win over the Hawks on Monday (0:39). Then they get into Steph Curry’s incredible performance over the past couple of games and what the Warriors need to do to reach the postseason (15:30), the Kings’ abysmal start to the season (27:31), and Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum’s tag-team takedown of the Raptors (36:16). 
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
344 Ratings

344 Ratings

linoued ,

Best basketball pod

This is my favorite pod! The mismatch needed its own feed for years!!!! Keep the good work fellas! I love the chemistry that you both have!

hugomano23 ,

Awesome

Great podcast, and great talk with Nick Wright who came up with Kevin Oconman 😂

MATTHAIBYE ,

The greatest nba tandem

As a an adult who remembers great radio that centred around stories, banter, mocking and honest discourse, yours is the only show I have subscribed to.

I enjoy your complementary voices yet different perspectives. It’s rare to hear how genuine a duo is where you feel that the guys producing the content are having as much fun doing it as we are listening to it.

Mad props to you Kevin on sharing your family story. As someone who lost one of their parents to brain cancer it made me recollect back to those emotions and the empathy I felt along that journey.

Verno, you have a great perspective on small market fandom and calling out self indulgent stars and owners.

Here are some new intros you may use for you to eloquently deliver as always when welcoming us all:

My name is Chris Vernon and with me as always is:

Kevin O’Connor aka,
Kevin O’Bomber,
Kevin O’,Ganja
Kevin O’Gigglefits

Kevuh!!!!!!!!

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