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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.

    Remembering Bill Russell, Tampering Unfairness, and Your Mailbag Questions

    Remembering Bill Russell, Tampering Unfairness, and Your Mailbag Questions

    Verno and KOC open the show by sharing their memories of NBA legend Bill Russell, who passed away over the weekend (01:02). As more charges of tampering continue in the NBA, the guys wonder if it’s time for the NBA to consider how they handle these charges (09:12). The guys open up the mailbag to answer your questions (15:12). Some of the topics they discuss include Zion Williamson’s impact, the best game the guys have watched live, wild trade deadline predictions for next season, the Hornets' future, and more.
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    What Would It Take to Get KD to Boston, Can Tatum Be the Guy, and Latest on Mitchell

    What Would It Take to Get KD to Boston, Can Tatum Be the Guy, and Latest on Mitchell

    Verno and KOC discuss whether the Celtics should go for it all and trade for Kevin Durant (03:25). As the guys debate what it would take for the Celtics to get KD, KOC points out that Brad Stevens has not been afraid to make trades. They debate whether a Jason Tatum–KD duo will be enough to put the Celtics over the top before discussing whether KD got a pass in last year’s playoffs after the Nets were the only team who got swept (18:39). After we all thought Donovan Mitchell was going to become a Knick, he remains a member of the Jazz as the guys discuss the latest teams who have shown interest in him (37:00). The guys also share what shows they have been watching while we wait for the basketball season to return (52:00).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Top Summer League Performances, Interesting Teams, and Lakers Drama

    Top Summer League Performances, Interesting Teams, and Lakers Drama

    Verno and KOC congratulate the Blazers for winning this year’s summer league tournament before discussing the top performers (02:00). The guys debate how many interesting teams there really are in the league right now before discussing whether the Raptors would be a possible destination for Kevin Durant (17:26). It has been reported that James Harden will return to the 76ers on a discounted rate and they discuss Harden’s impact fit with Joel Embiid (33:15). The guys also discuss LeBron James playing in the Drew League and all the noise surrounding Russell Westbrook and the Lakers (42:44). Despite the Knicks being the overwhelming favorite to land Donovan Mitchell, he still remains on the Jazz as the guys debate why Mitchell hasn’t been dealt yet (01:02:19).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ayton Returning to the Desert, Do What You Can to Get Mitchell, and Summer League Prospect Watching

    Ayton Returning to the Desert, Do What You Can to Get Mitchell, and Summer League Prospect Watching

    Verno and KOC are back home as they discuss the Suns matching the Pacers' offer sheet for Deandre Ayton (01:30). While it’s been extremely quiet with Kevin Durant, Verno points out why it truly is only a matter of time before he is traded (13:21). The guys also discuss what it's going to take for the Knicks to acquire Donovan Mitchell (22:39). Despite the obvious flaws in a Mitchell-Jalen Brunson backcourt, KOC suggest you do what you can to acquire the star and figure it out from there. They last discuss which prospects have stood out to them in summer league (32:56).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Young Warriors, Paolo’s Proportionate Size, and Thanks Steph Curry

    The Young Warriors, Paolo’s Proportionate Size, and Thanks Steph Curry

    Verno and KOC report from Las Vegas one last time, as they discuss the latest news on Deandre Ayton before going into James Wiseman’s Summer League debut and how good the young Warriors looked (01:03). Paolo Banchero has been one of the most talked about players in Summer League because of his play and his unexpected size when seeing him up close (13:08). They also discuss the strange comments made by Cam Thomas before diving into how much fun they’ve had at this year’s Summer League (26:06).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Summer League Observations and the Mavs' Future With J. Kyle Mann and Jonathan Tjarks | The Void

    Summer League Observations and the Mavs' Future With J. Kyle Mann and Jonathan Tjarks | The Void

    Hey, it's Kevin; thank you for listening to The Void. Today’s guests are The Ringer’s own J. Kyle Mann and Jonathan Tjarks from Upside High. We are all about the NBA Summer League as we discuss the performances of Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith Jr., and more. Here are today’s time-stamps:

    (02:14) - On Paolo Banchero
    (09:16) - The Magic's roster and how it fits with Paolo
    (14:55) - Jabari Smith Jr.’s Summer League struggles
    (17:27) - How do you see Jalen Green and Jabari playing together?
    (22:28) - On Chet Holmgren
    (28:02) - Watching Josh Giddey play with Chet is so much fun
    (32:00) - The difficulty of scouting basketball players
    (38:35) - Can Keegan Murray become a true star?
    (44:28) - The importance of De’Aaron Fox
    (47:45) - On Bennedict Mathurin and his role with the Pacers
    (53:58) - State of the Mavs after losing Jalen Brunson

    Hosts: Kevin O’Connor
    Guests: J. Kyle Mann and Jonathan Tjarks
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Aldo Rei Garcia ,

Literally a Mismatch!

Verno’s takes based on his feelings and affiliation with the Grizzlies is dwarfed by KOC’s intelligent, nuanced and rational takes.

Rushman13 ,

Love it

The tone is like a more serious Road Trippin with great insider stuff.

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