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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.

    Kobe Bryant, remembered

    Kobe Bryant, remembered

    On today's episode, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina react to the tragic deaths of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna
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    • 52 min
    Dissecting Zion Williamson's debut & contender check-in

    Dissecting Zion Williamson's debut & contender check-in

    On today's episode, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina tackle all angles of Zion Williamson's electrifying debut for the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. Ben provides some on-scene highlights, then they grade Williamson's performance and reminisce about his 17-point fourth-quarter explosion. From there, they discuss the Pelicans' strict interpretation of Williamson's minutes limit, the fact that the game was somehow not sold out, and the current state of Williamson's health. To close, Ben and Michael pivot to a contender check-in on the Bucks and Rockets. Is Milwaukee actually misunderstood and underrated? Is Giannis Inc. itself guilty of underrating their 2020 title chances? Can Houston salvage its season? Does Tilman Fertitta need to step up and swing big at the deadline?
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    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

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