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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.

    Is it Over for the Mavs? Plus: Lakers Rejected, Kyrie’s Disappearance, and Tatum’s Non-Scoring Impact.

    Is it Over for the Mavs? Plus: Lakers Rejected, Kyrie’s Disappearance, and Tatum’s Non-Scoring Impact.

    As the Finals shift to Dallas for Game 3, Verno and KOC discuss how the Celtics have been able to exploit the Mavericks' defensive weaknesses, as well as limit their offensive production en route to a 2-0 series lead (01:24). They also discuss the impact of Kristaps Porzingis, Kyrie Irving's struggles, Luka Doncic's need to produce some of his signature magic, as well as Jayson Tatum’s poor shooting but effective playmaking and defense. Next, the guys debate whether Dan Hurley just used the Lakers' offer as leverage and the undesirable position Hurley's rejection has put the Lakers in (44:26). The guys finish off the show by discussing the odd athletic measurables of the potential top pick, Zaccharie Risacher (57:26).

    Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at nbamailbag@gmail.com!
    Or you can send the guys a tweet @ChrisVernonShow and @KevinOConnorNBA!

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    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
    Social: Keith Fujimoto
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Celtics-Mavericks Game 1 Analysis, and Will Dan Hurley Leave UConn for the Lakers?

    Celtics-Mavericks Game 1 Analysis, and Will Dan Hurley Leave UConn for the Lakers?

    Verno and KOC react to the Celtics' Game 1 blowout victory, as they take a 1-0 series lead in the Finals (01:54). They discuss Kristaps Porzingis's dominant return, how the Celtics defense dramatically affected the Mavs offense, shot-quality numbers, expectations for how the Mavs can respond, and more takeaways from Game 1. Next, the guys dive into the latest rumors involving the Lakers' head coaching search that now includes UConn’s Dan Hurley (38:32). Can the Lakers offer Hurley enough to make the jump to the NBA? How would this affect LeBron James’s situation? And how would his potential jump affect the college basketball world? The NBA had their scouting combine in Italy, as they guys finish off the show debating whether international prospect Nikola Topic’s ACL injury will impact his draft stock, as well as some more draft talk (55:51).

    Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at nbamailbag@gmail.com!
    Or you can send the guys a tweet @ChrisVernonShow and @KevinOConnorNBA!

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    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
    Social: Keith Fujimoto
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    NBA Finals Preview, Celtics-Mavericks Predictions, and Draft Talk

    NBA Finals Preview, Celtics-Mavericks Predictions, and Draft Talk

    Ahead of the Finals, Verno and KOC have a rendition of everyone’s favorite game: That’s True, That Might Be True, That’s Ridiculous (01:09)! They discuss various topics regarding the Finals, including Kristaps Porzingis’s health issues, the Mavs' defensive strategies, Luka’s first Finals appearance, and Jayson Tatum. They also give their predictions for the series. The guys then dive into some draft talk and discuss the vast parity that is currently in the league, as this season will have the sixth consecutive different champion.

    Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at nbamailbag@gmail.com!
    Or you can send the guys a tweet @ChrisVernonShow and @KevinOConnorNBA!

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    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
    Social: Keith Fujimoto
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Dallas Advances to the NBA Finals, Wolves Exit Interviews, and an Offseason Lookahead

    Dallas Advances to the NBA Finals, Wolves Exit Interviews, and an Offseason Lookahead

    Verno and KOC congratulate the Dallas Mavericks as they beat the Timberwolves and advance to the Finals to face the Celtics (01:07). They discuss Luka Doncic’s brilliant Game 5 performance, and give credit to Mavs GM Nico Harrison for finally building the right roster around Luka. Next, they debate what the future holds for the Timberwolves, as they are nearing the second luxury tax apron and will face several restrictions when it comes to improving the team (18:08). Do they run it back? Or will they look to make a trade and retool for next season? Also, the guys answer what lessons can be learned from the impact that Dereck Lively II has made with the Mavs (43:47). Lastly, the guys talk about prospects who are going to return for another season in college, and how NIL has completely changed the game when it comes to prospects deciding to go pro (51:50).

    Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at nbamailbag@gmail.com!
    Or you can send the guys a tweet @ChrisVernonShow and @KevinOConnorNBA!
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    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
    Social: Keith Fujimoto
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Celtics Sweep, Mavs On The Brink, and Remembering Bill Walton

    Celtics Sweep, Mavs On The Brink, and Remembering Bill Walton

    Verno and KOC discuss the Celtics' comeback win as they sweep the Pacers and move on to the NBA Finals (00:55). They dive into why the Celtics have been so successful with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, as well as what the sweep means from the Pacers' perspective. Next, they discuss the potential sweep in the West, as the Mavs look to finish the Timberwolves and advance to the Finals (25:27). The guys discuss the Mavs' terrific defense on Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns all series long, as well as Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving’s clutch minutes. Lastly, the guys share stories about Hall of Famer Bill Walton, who passed away on Monday (46:08).

    Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at nbamailbag@gmail.com!
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    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
    Social: Keith Fujimoto
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    • 59 min
    Celtics Roll Pacers, the Dominant Dallas Defense, and Some Timberwolves Concerns

    Celtics Roll Pacers, the Dominant Dallas Defense, and Some Timberwolves Concerns

    Verno and KOC discuss the absolute stomping of the Pacers by the Celtics as Boston takes a 2-0 series lead (01:00). They debate whether the Pacers stand any chance of coming back without Tyrese Haliburton, who left Game 2 with an injury, and discuss Jaylen Brown’s performance after he was snubbed for an All-NBA team. Moving on, they discuss how the Mavs defense was able to restrain Anthony Edwards to take Game 1 (23:48). They discuss the Timberwolves’ defensive strategies and whether Chris Finch needs to make some adjustments, as well as Rudy Gobert’s overall impact. Also, the guys share their reaction to the All-NBA teams, J. B. Bickerstaff’s firing, and whether Trajan Langdon can bring some much-needed stability to the Pistons' front office (48:26).

    Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at nbamailbag@gmail.com!
    Or you can send the guys a tweet @ChrisVernonShow and @KevinOConnorNBA!

    The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please visit www.rg-help.com to learn more about the resources and helplines available.

    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
    Social: Keith Fujimoto
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    • 1 hr 4 min

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