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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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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.

    Re-Drafting the 2020 NBA Draft; Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, Desmond Bane or Tyrese Haliburton at No. 1? With Adam Spinella

    Re-Drafting the 2020 NBA Draft; Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, Desmond Bane or Tyrese Haliburton at No. 1? With Adam Spinella

    In this episode, I'm joined by Adam Spinella where we decide to dive deep into what has been a disappointing 2020 NBA Draft and re-draft it. What order should that class have gone in? Should Anthony Edwards, Tyrese Haliburton, LaMelo Ball, or Desmond Bane go first? What about guys like Tyrese Maxey and Devin Vassell? Where do James Wiseman and Killian Hayes fall to? All that and more!
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    What are the New York Knicks? NBA News: Horford Extension, Tatum God Mode, MVP Power Rankings, Towns Out

    What are the New York Knicks? NBA News: Horford Extension, Tatum God Mode, MVP Power Rankings, Towns Out

    Dear friend of the program Fred Katz joins the show to talk about a few different topics. Our plan is to start with a quick word on the Al Horford extension, talk a bit about Jayson Tatum's incredible run. We also give a brief MVP Power Ranking.
    Then, we want to dive into the Knicks, and just try to figure out what exactly they are? What are they doing? What is their plan here moving forward? Then we'll get into a couple quick things, and talk Karl Towns' injury and how that impacts Minnesota.
    Time Stamps:
    -Open is an Al Horford Appreciation following his extension: 0-12:00
    -Jayson Tatum and MVP Power Rankings: 12:00-31:00
    -Knicks: 31:00-1:06:00
    -Towns Out, Timberwolves Outlook: 1:06:00-end.
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    First-Time NBA All-Stars in 2023? Fox, Haliburton, Shai, who else? Also: GG Jackson Early Season Prospect Breakdown with Mark Schindler

    First-Time NBA All-Stars in 2023? Fox, Haliburton, Shai, who else? Also: GG Jackson Early Season Prospect Breakdown with Mark Schindler

    Mark Schindler joins the show! We chat about potential first-time all-stars for the 2023 NBA All-Star game. Who is shaping up to potentially make the event for the first time by leveling up? Can Tyrese Haliburton, De'Aaron Fox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and others continue on this run. Are there are there any other potential dark horses that could rise up? Also, thoughts on GG Jackson at South Carolina and his first few games!
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    • 2 hr 5 min
    Feast Week Recap! Duke, UNC Prospect Worries? Future NBA stars on display! Great College Vets!

    Feast Week Recap! Duke, UNC Prospect Worries? Future NBA stars on display! Great College Vets!

    In this episode, Adam Spinella joins the show to talk about everything we saw during Feast Week. From the Maui Invitational to all of the Phil Knight Invitational events, we dive into guys like Brandon Miller, Anthony Black, Dereck Lively, Purdue and Zach Edey, Battle 4 Atlantis and the big Julian Phillips game we saw, Gradey Dick and Kansas playing well at times, Gonzaga not being quite up to par yet, then also the Maui Invitational where Arizona won behind its bevy of prospects, Arkansas looked great, and Creighton battled to the title game.
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    NBA Breakout Players from First Month! Bol Bol, Lauri Markkanen, Desmond Bane and more with Mark Schindler

    NBA Breakout Players from First Month! Bol Bol, Lauri Markkanen, Desmond Bane and more with Mark Schindler

    In this episode, Mark Schindler joins the show to break down six of the biggest breakout players in the NBA thus far in 2022-23! Who has really stepped their game up in the first month of the season? We dive into Desmond Bane, Lauri Markkanen, Bol Bol, Kevin Huerter and many more!
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    • 1 hr 42 min
    First Major CBB Weekend Recap! Kentucky-Gonzaga deep dive, Houston, Virginia, Illinois, Baylor breakdowns, NBA Draft, Prospects of the Week, MORE!

    First Major CBB Weekend Recap! Kentucky-Gonzaga deep dive, Houston, Virginia, Illinois, Baylor breakdowns, NBA Draft, Prospects of the Week, MORE!

    Adam Spinella joins Sam Vecenie to break down the first major weekend of college basketball, including Kentucky-Gonzaga, Virginia's games against Illinois and Baylor, UCLA's games against Baylor and Illinois, Houston-Oregon, and way more. We look at it from a prospects perspective with a deep dive into all of the action that occurred across the country, in addition to just talking hoops about some good, fun teams.
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    • 1 hr 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
641 Ratings

641 Ratings

StarryNight97 ,

Ozzy

The best pod from the land down under.
*Disclaimer: I don’t listen to any other pods from down under, but I’m guessing this is the best.

FreezyPOP ,

nah

sam is the worst kind of nerd. more unnecessary F-bombs than an 8th grade boys’ sleepover. also, nobody cares about your opinions on film and tv

mjhaus ,

Really Enjoying So Far, Some Suggestions

I love the discussions you guys have on the pod and especially like how they can span from NCAA to NBA. There’s some room for improvement with the production quality on the pod, though. Some audio issues, more “speaking over each other on Zoom calls” than I hear on other pods too. I really enjoy the content & what you guys have to say too, the audio issues can just get to a point where they’re distracting.

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