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Sam Vecenie, a Senior NBA Writer at The Athletic, talks all about basketball. From the NBA, to the NBA Draft, to college hoops and even some high school, Vecenie is has you covered in this show. And some thoughts on movies, too.

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    • 4.8 • 470 Ratings

Sam Vecenie, a Senior NBA Writer at The Athletic, talks all about basketball. From the NBA, to the NBA Draft, to college hoops and even some high school, Vecenie is has you covered in this show. And some thoughts on movies, too.

    Stan Van Gundy Hired by NOP; Central Division Offseason Preview: MIL, CHI, CLE, DET, IND

    Stan Van Gundy Hired by NOP; Central Division Offseason Preview: MIL, CHI, CLE, DET, IND

    In this episode of the podcast, James Edwards from The Athletic joins the show to chat about Stan Van Gundy being hired in New Orleans, then about the offseason for all five Central Division teams.
    Time Stamps:
    Stan Van to NOP: 0:00-15:00
    MIL: 15:00-41:00
    IND: 41:00-1:09:00
    DET: 1:09:00-1:38:00
    CHI: 1:38:00-1:52:00
    CLE: 1:52:00-end
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    • 2 hr 6 min
    NBA MOCK DRAFT PODCAST NO. 1; Daryl Morey resigns in Houston

    NBA MOCK DRAFT PODCAST NO. 1; Daryl Morey resigns in Houston

    Matt Pennie joins Sam to do an NBA Mock Draft, choosing every first round pick and breaking it down going back and forth. But they open with some words on Daryl Morey's resignation in Houston. 
    Time Stamps: 0:00-21:00 -- Morey resigns in Houston
    24:00-end: Mock Draft
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Atlantic Division Offseason Preview: Boston, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, New York, Toronto

    Atlantic Division Offseason Preview: Boston, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, New York, Toronto

    Jared Weiss joins the episode to preview the offseason for the five teams in the Atlantic Division: Boston, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, New York, Toronto.
    Approximate: time stamps:
    0:00-26:00: Boston
    26:00-50:00: Philadelphia
    55:00-1:15:00: Brooklyn
    1:15:00 to end -- New York and Toronto, connected by Fred VanVleet
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    • 1 hr 44 min
    Lakers win Finals; Pacific Division Offseason Preview: LAL, LAC, SAC, PHX, GSW

    Lakers win Finals; Pacific Division Offseason Preview: LAL, LAC, SAC, PHX, GSW

    Danny Leroux joins to break down the Lakers winning the NBA Championship, then preview the offseason for the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Kings and Suns.
    Lakers win title: 0:00-0:28:00
    Lakers Offseason: 0:28:00-0:43:00
    Clippers Offseason 0:46:00-0:59:00
    Suns Offseason: 0:59:00-1:12:00
    Kings: 1:12:00-1:28:00
    Warriors: 1:28:00-end
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    • 1 hr 47 min
    Lakers take 3-1 lead; Why LaMelo at No. 1?; NBA Draft Wings Deep Dive with Spencer Pearlman

    Lakers take 3-1 lead; Why LaMelo at No. 1?; NBA Draft Wings Deep Dive with Spencer Pearlman

    NBA scouting consultant Spencer Pearlman joins to talk the Lakers taking a 3-1 lead, why LaMelo Ball sits at No. 1 on each of our boards, and we dive deep into Isaac Okoro, Devin Vassell, Patrick Williams, Saddiq Bey and Aaron Nesmith.
    Lakers-Heat: 0:00-20:00
    LaMelo Ball at No. 1: 24:00-34:00
    Nesmith: 34:00-41:30
    Bey: 41:30-48:00
    Williams: 48:00-57:00
    Vassell: 57:00-1:07:00
    Okoro: 1:07:00-end
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    NBA Draft Bubble Deep Dive and Combine Thoughts; Celtics Options?

    NBA Draft Bubble Deep Dive and Combine Thoughts; Celtics Options?

    Matt Pennie joins Sam to discuss the NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics and their offseason, and Kentucky prospects. We bounce all over the place to discuss a wide variety of topics, Pennie shares some news on what the shooting workouts at the combine will look like, and we dive deep on the Bubble and what it means to the NBA Draft process this year. We also laugh hysterically at Sam's disaster fantasy football team in the college basketball media league.
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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
470 Ratings

470 Ratings

Bracketologist3 ,

Very insightful draft and NBA coverage

I’m a big basketball fan that can tell a lot about the game but Sam is on a new level. He’s excellent at breaking down everything that goes on in basketball and using that to make decisions when it comes to drafting. Excellent podcast well worth the subscription.

four2five ,

Favorite NBA podcast, best draft takes

Sam always finds insightful things to say on the topic of the day. His evaluation of players coming into the draft is particularly good. Ever enjoyable pod, I play each one as soon as it hits my feed.

Jkour1 ,

Not very insightful or entertaining

Highly suggest some experts and entertainment talent are brought in to make this podcast palatable.

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