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Hosted by Ben Golliver and Michael Pina, SI’s Open Floor podcast brings you breakdowns of the biggest news, moves and more from around the NBA.

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Hosted by Ben Golliver and Michael Pina, SI’s Open Floor podcast brings you breakdowns of the biggest news, moves and more from around the NBA.

    Zion returns, Top 5 under 23, NBA fan conversion strategies

    Zion returns, Top 5 under 23, NBA fan conversion strategies

    On today's show, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina preview Zion Williamson's upcoming season debut on Wednesday. What's the baseline for a successful return to the court? What should we expect from the No. 1 overall pick? Can he alter the West's playoff race? From there, they pivot into a discussion of the top five franchise players who are 23 and under. Is it Luka Doncic and everyone else? Zion Williamson or Ja Morant? Donovan Mitchell or Ben Simmons? Brandon Ingram or Jayson Tatum? Ben and Michael close with questions from the Open Floor Globe. Is Al Horford a sleeper agent for the Boston Celtics? Who are the most pretentious fan bases? How can a Sacramento Kings fan convince his girlfriend to follow the NBA?
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    2020 NBA All-Star picks, snubs & toughest calls

    2020 NBA All-Star picks, snubs & toughest calls

    On today's episode, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina pick their 2020 NBA All-Star teams. They stick tightly to the official rules, naming their starting lineups, reserves, injury replacements and snubs. Do Trae Young, Devin Booker, Brandon Ingram and Ja Morant deserve spots? How many Celtics, Raptors and Bucks should make the cut? Should the Jazz get both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell? Should Karl-Anthony Towns be snubbed because of his recent injury? At the end, who are the toughest players to leave off this year's teams? Which players would drive Ben and Michael the craziest if they were to make the real rosters thanks to the coaches' vote?
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Kyrie Irving returns, Kevin Durant's title odds, champions & non-champions in the 2020s

    Kyrie Irving returns, Kevin Durant's title odds, champions & non-champions in the 2020s

    On today's episode, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina dig into Kyrie Irving's return to the court for the Brooklyn Nets. How did he look and can he pair effectively with Spencer Dinwiddie? Will the Nets salvage the rest of this season and are they potential playoff spoilers? What percentage chance does Kevin Durant have to win a championship in Brooklyn? From there, Ben and Michael take questions from the Open Floor Globe. What factors are driving the perception of Russell Westbrook in Houston? Which players and teams are bound to win titles in the 2020s? Which players and teams never will? The episode closes with a check-up on former Open Floor co-host Andrew Sharp, who has launched a new NBA podcast project with Ben called "Greatest Of All Talk." For more information, visit GreatestOfAllTalk.com.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    John Beilein's slugs, RJ Barrett's blurry Knicks existence & the NBA's biggest dead ends

    John Beilein's slugs, RJ Barrett's blurry Knicks existence & the NBA's biggest dead ends

    On today's show, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina discuss the John Beilein controversy in Cleveland. Is his "thugs vs. slugs" explanation believable? What do these repeated leaks say about his job security? How should the Cavaliers handle the next month until the trade deadline? From there, Ben and Michael consider RJ Barrett's rough rookie existence and launch into their rankings of the NBA's biggest dead end destinations. For elite NBA draft prospects, what's the worst place to land: Cleveland, Charlotte or Detroit? Do the Bulls and... gasp... the Spurs deserve mention too? They close by taking questions from the Open Floor Globe on the value of defensive highlights, the resurgent Utah Jazz and the Australia brush fires. Please consider donating to Celeste Barber's Facebook campaign to raise money for Australian firefighters.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Russell Westbrook returns to OKC, three cheers for Sam Presti, Pondering midseason boredom

    Russell Westbrook returns to OKC, three cheers for Sam Presti, Pondering midseason boredom

    On today's episode, Ben Golliver opens with exciting news about former Open Floor co-host Andrew Sharp, who has made his triumphant return to the NBA podcast world. From there, Ben and Michael Pina dive deep into Russell Westbrook's upcoming return to Oklahoma City. Would the Rockets undo the Westbrook trade if they could? Was Thunder GM Sam Presti the biggest winner from last summer? Should Presti be an Executive of the Year candidate? Aside from Chris Paul's all-star play, what has driven Oklahoma City's success this season? From there, they take emails from the Open Floor Globe, weighing different ways to honor former Commissioner David Stern and discussing whether the NBA's season has reached an extended lull. Ben and Michael close with big news from Poland: Listening to Open Floor while practicing basketball has turned one listener there into a potential superstar.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    RIP David Stern, Bold predictions for 2020, Alternative all-decade awards

    RIP David Stern, Bold predictions for 2020, Alternative all-decade awards

    On today's show, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open with a remembrance of former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died this week at age 77. What were some of Stern's most memorable moments and accomplishments? What is Stern's legacy? How should the NBA honor him? From there, Ben and Michael shift gears to make bold predictions for 2020. Will the Houston Rockets win the title or blow up completely? Will Zion Williamson come back to claim Rookie of the Year? Will Giannis Antetokounmpo shock the world by signing the Supermax? They close by taking questions from the Open Floor Globe, handing out alternative all-decade awards for the 2010s like "Most Iconic Performance" and "Best feel-good story."
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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

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One of the best podcasts out there

Doing chores and exercising is just my excuse to listen to this pod as frequently as possible.

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Great

Second best NBA related podcast. (Lowe obvi is first)

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