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Hardwood Knocks is a totally, completely, wholly lit basketball podcast in which Bleacher Report's Adam Fromal and Dan Favale analyze the ins, outs, ups, downs and heck, even diagonals of the NBA.

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Hardwood Knocks is a totally, completely, wholly lit basketball podcast in which Bleacher Report's Adam Fromal and Dan Favale analyze the ins, outs, ups, downs and heck, even diagonals of the NBA.

    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Cleveland Cavaliers

    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Dan is joined by Justin Rowan (@Cavsanada) of The Chase Down podcast to dig deep into the 2022-23 Cleveland Cavaliers. They break down the Donovan Mitchel trade nearly one month later, envision what leaps look like for Evan Mobley and Darius Garland, tackle the issues on the wing, cobble together a 10-man rotation and MUCH more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️
    0:30 - INTRO
    2:27 - How surprising was the Donovan Mitchell trade? 
    7:02 - Was this the right time to trade for a star?
    11:50 - Donovan Mitchell's offensive fit
    14:15 - Backcourt defense
    17:58 - The starting 3 spot
    20:56 - Isaac Okoro
    22:46 - Dean Wade
    25:05 - The future of Caris LeVert
    30:07 - What does a leap from Evan Mobley look like?
    35:28 - The next frontier for Darius Garland
    40:05 - Ricky Rubio's return/role
    42:46 - Kevin Love's role
    46:09 - Can Jarrett Allen get better?
    48:31 - Team culture
    52:46 - Biggest roster concerns
    56:11 - Building the 10-man rotation
    58:36 - Go-to crunch-time unit
    1:00:44 - Weirdo lineups we want to see
    1:02:52 - Over/under predictions, Where do the Cavs rank in the East?

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Minnesota Timberwolves

    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Dan is joined by Derek James (@DerekJamesNBA), who covers the Minnesota Timberwolves for his Substack, By Derek James, to talk about—YOU GUESSED IT—the 2022-23 Minnesota Timberwolves. They get into everything from the Rudy Gobert trade and Anthony Edwards' next step to how this team will defend and the 10-man rotation. Plus...MUCH MORE. TIMESTAMPS⬇️
    0:30 - Intro
    3:25 - Offseason impressions
    5:39 - The cost of the Rudy Gobert trade
    12:46 - Rudy Gobert's offensive fit
    16:06 - The defense with Rudy Gobert
    19:46 - Biggest concerns about Rudy Gobert-Karl-Anthony Towns partnership
    25:35 - Is Karl-Anthony Towns under more pressure than ever?
    26:32 - The trajectory of Anthony Edwards
    31:35 The importance of Jaden McDaniels
    33:13 - How D'Angelo Russell can make an impact
    36:47 - Secondary guard rotation
    38:43 - Best use of Kyle Anderson
    39:56 - Stagerring Gobert and KAT
    41:23 - Biggest roster concerns
    43:29 - Building a 10-man rotation
    45:58 - Go-to crunch-time unit
    46:47 - Weirdo lineups we want to see
    48:18 - Over/under prediction, Where do the Wolves stand in the Western Conference

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    • 55 min
    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Detroit Pistons

    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Detroit Pistons

    Dan is joined by Lazarus Jackson (@lazchance) from Detroit Bad Boys for a deeeeep dive into the 2022-23 Detroit Pistons. They discuss Cade Cunningham's next step, his fit with Jaden Ivey, expectations for Killian Hayes and Jalen Duren, the team's rotation, Marvin Bagley III's future, win-loss predictions and MUUUUCH more. TIMESTAMPS⬇️
    0:30 - INTRO
    4:15 - Offseason impressions
    7:41 - Bojan Bogdanovic's fit
    11:00 - Cade Cunningham' development
    17:16 - Rookie year expectations for Jaden Ivey/His fit with Cade Cunningham
    27:49 - Isaiah Stewart playing beside other bigs
    35:06 - Rookie year expectations for Jalen Duren/His fit next to Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey
    38:58 - The trajectory of Killian Hayes
    46:03 - How will Marvin Bagley III get used on this team?/How important is he?
    51:16 - WHAT IS SADDIQ BEY?!?
    56:54 - Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks, Cory Joseph
    58:47 - Will Isaiah Livers have a consistent role?
    1:00:05 - Is this team ripe for a midseason move?
    1:01:17 - Building the 10-man rotation
    1:02:51 - Go-to crunch-time unit
    1:03:40 - Weirdo Lineups we want to see
    1:04:00 - Over/under predictions, Where do the Pistons place in the East?
    1:08:22 - Final thoughts, Does Hamidou Diallo fit into the rotation?, Cade Cunningham is God

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Chicago Bulls

    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Chicago Bulls

    Dan is joined by Jason Patt (@Bulls_Jay) from the Cash Considerations podcast as well as ClutchPoints, Blog A Bull and Forbes to discuss—you guessed it—the 2022-23 Chicago Bulls. Everything is on the table, including the Lonzo Ball injury, the development of Patrick Williams, the 10-man rotation, roster concerns, trade targets, Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, the regression of Nikola Vucevic and MUCH more. TIMESTAMPS⬇️
    0:30 - INTRO
    2:35 - Offseason impressions
    8:55 - Were the Bulls of last season for real?
    12:55 - Will DeMar DeRozan regress?
    17:16 - Impact of Lonzo Ball injury
    21:16 - Patrick Williams' development
    29:30 - Should we be concerned about Nikola Vucevic?
    36:20 - The center rotation
    42:25 - Zach LaVine
    47:19 - Coby White, Ayo Dosunmu, Goran Dragic
    54:26 - Dalen Terry
    56:46 - Biggest roster concerns
    59:16 - Are the Bulls ripe for a trade?
    1:05:48 - 10-man rotation
    1:08:23 - Go-to crunch-time lineup
    1:10:49 - Weirdo lineups we want to see
    1:12:17 - Over/under predictions, Where do the Bulls land in the East?
    1:16:26 - Would Chicago consider blowing it up?

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Milwaukee Bucks

    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Milwaukee Bucks

    Dan is joined by Ti Windisch (@tiwindisch) from the Gyro Step Podcast for a deeeep dive into the Milwaukee Bucks ahead of the 2022-23 NBA season. Are the Bucks still favorites in the East? Will Giannis Antetokounmpo keep getting better? When will Khris Middleton be healthy? What should we expect from Brook Lopez and Jrue Holiday? Will rookie MarJon Beauchamp play? They discuss all of this—AND MORE! TIMESTAMPS⬇️
    0:30 - INTRO
    2:11 - Offseason impressions
    6:26 - How much of an impact will Joe Ingles have?
    12:50 - Frontcourt rotation
    19:09 - Khris Middleton's timeline for return
    20:43 - The fifth starter
    25:56 - Expectations for Brook Lopez
    31:05 - The next frontier for Giannis Antetokounmpo
    35:44 - Jrue Holiday's offensive game
    39:46 - Can MarJon Beauchamp carve out a role in Year 1?
    43:13 - Jevon Carter, Serge Ibaka, George Hill
    47:38 - Biggest roster concern
    50:34 - Most underrated part about the Bucks
    51:52 - Building a 10-man rotation
    54:52 - Go-to crunch-time lineup
    56:40 - Weirdo lineups we want to see
    1:00:09 - Over/under predictions/Place in the East

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Orlando Magic

    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Orlando Magic

    Dan is joined by Khobi Price (khobi_price) of the Orlando Sentinel for a deeeeeep dive into the 2022-23 Orlando Magic. They get into expectations for Paolo Banchero's rookie year, the importance of Franz Wagner, Jalen Suggs trying to have a bounce-back season, lineups the team should try, the potential 10-man rotation, Jonathan Isaac's role and MUCH MORE! TIMESTAMPS BELOW⬇️
    0:30 - INTRO
    1:31 - Offseason Impressions
    2:56 - Expectations for Paolo Banchero in Year 1
    13:00 - The importance of Wendell Carter Jr.
    19:36 - Franz Wagner's next level
    26:43 - Expectations for Jalen Suggs in Year 2
    34:56 - Timelines for Jonathan Isaac and Gary Harris
    38:92 - Jonathan Isaac's long-term fit
    46:53 - Markelle Fultz's future
    53:15 - Chuma Okeke's development
    56:17 - Biggest roster concern
    58:32 - Building a 10-man rotation
    1:03:48 - Are the Magic ripe for a trade?
    1:08:27 - Go-to crunch-time lineup
    1:14:06 - Weirdo lineups we want to see
    1:16:51 - Over/under predictions, Orlando's place in the East

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    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
355 Ratings

355 Ratings

KT16V ,

Love it!

To keep it simple- I really enjoy this podcast. My only request would be that the host slows down a little bit. I tend to do the same when talking about sports because I’m excited but sometimes it’s hard to follow along when they start throwing around contract numbers or analytics.

FinnReview ,

Cerebral, analytical, fun and overall great

Got back into the NBA several years ago after a decades long break and wanted to be better informed via deeper analysis and this was the one that seemed most promising. It consistently delivers entertaining analysis with a variety of guests on a ton of topics. I particularly enjoy recent female guest perspectives and Dan’s clearly progressive sensibilities. Keep em coming and go Pacers in the east and go Warriors in the West!

sirbashy ,

Great Show and Getting Better

Love the detail the guys bring to every podcast. Super excited for them to bring more WNBA content in as well. That league is already incredible, just needs more exposure and people talking/watching it.

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