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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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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.

    Ten questions about Kevin Durant, James Harden & the new-look Nets

    Ten questions about Kevin Durant, James Harden & the new-look Nets

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina dig in deep on James Harden's first two games with the new-look Brooklyn Nets. Why is Harden on his best behavior and will it last? Do Kevin Durant and Harden share a telekinetic combination, and how does their partnership stack up to past duos involving Durant and Harden? Can Harden actually repair his reputation with casual fans or is that a lost cause? Which role players benefit the most from Harden's arrival? How aggressively should Brooklyn seek trades involving Kyrie Irving? Should their thinking change at the deadline versus next summer? What type of players should Brooklyn target in an Irving deal? Who wins in an Eastern Conference finals between the Nets and Bucks? Is the pressure off Milwaukee now? Do the Bucks need to make a counter move to keep up after the Harden trade? 


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    James Harden blockbuster trade: Winners and Losers

    James Harden blockbuster trade: Winners and Losers

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina dig into all aspects of the Brooklyn Nets' blockbuster trade for Houston Rockets superstar James Harden. How happy is Ben after his November vision for Brooklyn's Big 3 came true? Are NBA fans winners because the Rockets saga is over? Are the Nets now the clear-cut favorites in the East? Did they overpay? Will Kyrie Irving be okay with playing third fiddle? Was this the trade that Kevin Durant needed? Did the 76ers miss their shot? What does Harden's successful departure do to competitive balance? Should the Rockets have kept Caris LeVert? Was Tilman Fertitta the NBA's biggest loser over the last 12 months? What can Houston expect from John Wall, Victor Oladipo and Christian Wood? Will the Nets be able to compensate inside without Jarrett Allen? 
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    COVID woes mount, Stephen Curry's magnetism, Clippers' highs & lows

    COVID woes mount, Stephen Curry's magnetism, Clippers' highs & lows

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina discuss the NBA's rise in positive tests, contact tracing absences, and postponed games. How close is the NBA to pushing pause on the season? How might the league respond to tighten up its protocols to ensure games can continue? Do the absences devalue the product? From there, Ben and Michael break down both sides of an entertaining game between the Warriors and Clippers. Has Stephen Curry proven Michael right by making Golden State the NBA's most entertaining team? What exactly ailed the Clippers during their collapse and how have they changed from last season? Can the Clippers topple the Lakers if they can't generate more offense at the basket? The show closes with an email from an Open Floor Globe member who powered through a marathon by listening to Michael's takes on the Phoenix Suns. 
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    NBA protests Jacob Blake ruling & Capitol storming

    NBA protests Jacob Blake ruling & Capitol storming

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open with an extended discussion of the various protests that swept the NBA on Wednesday night in response to a lack of charges in the Jacob Blake shooting and the storming of the Capitol Building in Washington. Was it surprising that all games went on as planned? What are the next steps for NBA protests after the bubble shutdown? What role did the NBA's successful voting rights advocacy in Georgia play in the league's reaction to this week's events? From there, Ben and Michael take stock of Wednesday's games. How long will Bradley Beal endure 60-point games in losses? What's driving the Knicks' early success? How will Orlando react to Markelle Fultz's ACL tear? 
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    • 57 min
    All angles on Stephen Curry's 62-point explosion

    All angles on Stephen Curry's 62-point explosion

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open by basking in the glow of Stephen Curry's 62-point explosion. Did Curry actually have something to prove? Were any of the recent criticisms warranted? Where does Golden State go from here? Is Curry bound to live out a "Super-Dirk" existence as he progresses through his 30s? From there, Ben and Michael discuss Jayson Tatum's game-winner, Blake Griffin's decline, Brooklyn's latest late-game mishap, and Kawhi Leonard's weekend struggles.
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    NBA New Year's Resolutions

    NBA New Year's Resolutions

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021 by offering 10 New Year's Resolutions to NBA players, teams, and commentators. Should Steve Nash exert himself more late in games? Should the Sixers trade Ben Simmons and three first-round picks for James Harden? Should Luka Doncic build a world-class gym at his home? Should the Grizzlies tank? Should Scott Brooks have a word with the Wizards' broadcast crew?
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    • 1 hr 8 min

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2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

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Nice job guys. When you talk about salaries, please always speak of the huge gift the owners get buy having the salary ceiling. The “Lebron rule”. Do not think of asking the players for “ leniency” in salary if you also Don’t Want to release the salary cap. Lebron is worth $120 million a year minimum. So, you guys mentioned “things” to be addressed in the next “collective” agreement for the lower class of salaries to “help” the owners. Sure, then remove the salary ceiling and the huge valuation can be realistically pay their high end employees. Lebron is worth more than the best CEO.

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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.

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