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From the NBA draft to the playoffs and back again, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take you on a ride up and down the NBA standings, laying out the latest news and rumors along the way, and leaving no basketball conspiracy theory stone left unturned. Strap on your tinfoil hat and welcome to the Open Floor Globe.

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    • 4.6 • 2.2K Ratings

From the NBA draft to the playoffs and back again, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take you on a ride up and down the NBA standings, laying out the latest news and rumors along the way, and leaving no basketball conspiracy theory stone left unturned. Strap on your tinfoil hat and welcome to the Open Floor Globe.

    Kevin Durant's comeback, East landscape, Atlanta's spending spree

    Kevin Durant's comeback, East landscape, Atlanta's spending spree

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina ramp up the hype for Kevin Durant's long-awaited comeback with the Brooklyn Nets. What's KD's best-case scenario this year? How does he stack up against the best players in the East? Do the new-look Nets have the best projected starting lineup and roster depth on paper? Which factors might prevent Brooklyn from becoming a certified title contender? From there, Ben and Michael offer their assessments of Atlanta's big off-season investments in Danilo Gallinari, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Rajon Rondo. How good can the Hawks' offense be and will they make the playoffs? What motivated them to go all-in this year? The guys close with discussion of Boston's record-breaking trade exception, whether Danny Ainge will actually use it, and which players he should target.
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    John Wall trade request, shaky Clippers & holiday mailbag

    John Wall trade request, shaky Clippers & holiday mailbag

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina celebrate the holiday weekend by opening the mailbag to the Open Floor Globe. What's up with the Clippers, is Serge Ibaka really the answer, and do they still need a point guard? How should the Wizards respond to John Wall's desire to leave Washington? Will Gordon Hayward emerge as a future trade chip for the Hornets? Could Thunder GM Sam Presti ever bundle all his assets together and trade for a franchise-level superstar? Should the Pelicans be mentioned more often as a possible landing spot for disgruntled stars, and did they re-sign Brandon Ingram to keep him or move him? At the end, should the NBA expand its roster of mascots for the upcoming season? 
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    NBA free agency winners and losers

    NBA free agency winners and losers

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina sort through the winners and losers from the opening weekend of the NBA free agency period. Did the Lakers tighten their hold on the 2021 title chase? How will Giannis Antetokounmpo respond to the Bucks' missteps? Why did Michael Jordan give $120 million to Gordon Hayward? Has Rich Paul established himself as one of the league's ultimate power-brokers? Can the entire world agree that it's great news Fred VanVleet re-signed with the Raptors? Which players landed in great fits? Which ones settled for horrible fits? Which executives nailed their plans, and which came up empty?
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    2020 NBA Draft Winners and Losers

    2020 NBA Draft Winners and Losers

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina run through the winners and losers of the 2020 NBA Draft. How crushing of a blow is Klay Thompson's Achilles injury to the Warriors? Did LaMelo Ball find a good home in Charlotte? What about Killian Hayes in Detroit? Could the Minnesota Timberwolves have done better? Did Daryl Morey ace his first test in Philadelphia? What was Phoenix doing? Are the new Knicks the same as the old Knicks? Did we all lose because there weren't any lottery trades?
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Chris Paul traded, James Harden rumors, top 5 draft projections

    Chris Paul traded, James Harden rumors, top 5 draft projections

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open by breaking down the Suns' splashy move for Chris Paul. Why did Phoenix decide to pull the trigger, and could this move backfire? Why is OKC so aggressively tearing things down after an awesome season? From there, the guys shift gears to discuss the bubbling James Harden trade rumors. How good would the Nets be if they landed Harden? What motivation does Houston have to do a deal now rather than waiting? Ben and Michael close by looking at which players would make the most sense for the Hornets, Bulls and Cavaliers, who all hold top-five picks in Wednesday's draft.  
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Matchmaking with LaMelo Ball, Rusell Westbrook, Chris Paul & James Harden

    Matchmaking with LaMelo Ball, Rusell Westbrook, Chris Paul & James Harden

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina gobble up the latest round of rumors before the upcoming NBA Draft and free agency period and try to find the best landing spots for the biggest names. Is LaMelo Ball worth the No. 1 pick and which team should draft him? Does he fit at all in Minnesota? What type of teams can afford to trade for Russell Westbrook and his massive contract? Does Westbrook need to relocate to the weaker Eastern Conference and save a dead-end franchise? Are Chris Paul and the Suns a natural fit? Can Phoenix afford to think about its long-term planning after so much losing? With so much turmoil in Houston, should James Harden try to pull the plug and form a new superteam with one of his high-profile teammates?  
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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

Rooss34 ,

Easily the Best NBA podcast

I really enjoy both guys. They are constantly entertaining, generally have good takes, a lot of insight, and don’t take things too seriously.

ERIKPETERSEN ,

Ben Golliver get over yourself

Michael Pina is a pleasure. Ben please stop talking so much. I think you have some good opinions but your cocky act has got to go! It’s exhausting 😔

D. Holden ,

My pandemic predilection

Golliver and Pina have made these trying times much more tolerable. The duo’s wit and insight is like recess for my restless ears.

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