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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.

    The NBA's 2020-21 schedule plans: pros & cons

    The NBA's 2020-21 schedule plans: pros & cons

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina lay out the good, the bad and the ugly of the NBA's latest proposals for the 2020-21 season. Why is the league now eyeing a pre-Christmas start date? Why cut games out of the schedule? What do these proposed changes mean for plans to bring fans back into stands? Why does the NBA want to get its calendar back on track so badly? Will the players be ready after such a short off-season? Would Ben and Michael feel comfortable attending games as fans this season? Should the NBA utilize hub cities rather than all 30 markets? From there, the guys take questions from the Open Floor Globe. Would Giannis Antetokounmpo joining the Dallas Mavericks harm Luka Doncic's legacy? Should the Boston Celtics package assets to pursue a star-level player this summer? 
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Zion Williamson gets a new coach

    Zion Williamson gets a new coach

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina weigh all sides of the New Orleans Pelicans' decision to hire Stan Van Gundy as their new coach. Was this all about Zion Williamson? What's Van Gundy's top task as he takes over? From there, Ben and Michael discuss the Indiana Pacers' hiring of Nate Bjorkgren and whether it signals the start of a rebuild. The episode closes with questions from the Open Floor Globe on the Gasol brothers, the success of the preps-to-pros generation and the joy that Boston has delivered to Los Angeles this month.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Daryl Morey's complex legacy in Houston

    Daryl Morey's complex legacy in Houston

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take an extended look back at Daryl Morey's 13-year run as Houston Rockets general manager. Where does Morey rank as an executive? Which criticisms of Morey were fair and which were off-base? What's his legacy in Houston and what's his ideal landing spot in the future? From there, Ben and Michael shift gears to discuss the Clippers' hiring of Tyronn Lue as their coach before reliving their bubble favorites. They close by diving into the scientific joy of symbiosis and the pain of parasitism. 
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ranking the Lakers vs. the last 10 title teams & updating the GOAT debate

    Ranking the Lakers vs. the last 10 title teams & updating the GOAT debate

    With the NBA bubble officially wrapped, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina settle into the offseason. They start by giving Lakers fans the opportunity to gloat after their title and then rank how the 2020 Lakers stack up against the last 10 NBA champions. From there, they try to set the early field of contenders for the 2021 title chase and debate who should be viewed as the best player in basketball heading into next season. They wrap with an updated look at the GOAT discussion pitting LeBron James against Michael Jordan. 
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    LeBron James & the Lakers win the bubble title

    LeBron James & the Lakers win the bubble title

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina discuss the end of the NBA bubble, which saw the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in six games to claim their 17th championship. Ben offers a behind-the-scenes look at LeBron James's title celebration and then they debate where this title ranks among James's four rings. From there, Ben and Michael look back on the Finals and the overall bubble experience. What happened to the Heat in Game 6 and will they be back next year? What prevented this year's Lakers team from capturing the national imagination? How and why did the bubble humanize the superstars who participated? The show closes with a discussion of Ben's Washington Post essay on his complicated feelings leaving the bubble and returning home to California.  
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    The AD adjustment; 3-1 psychology

    The AD adjustment; 3-1 psychology

    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina dig back into the NBA Finals, exploring the key Game 4 moments that helped the Los Angeles Lakers build a 3-1 series lead over the Miami Heat. Why was the Anthony Davis defensive adjustment on Jimmy Butler so effective? Why didn't the Bucks make a similar adjustment with Giannis Antetokounmpo? What are the guys' favorite Finals adjustments of all time? How does the bubble environment influence Miami's ability to launch a 3-1 comeback? Was this really one of the "biggest games" of LeBron James's career? From there, Ben and Michael discuss whether Anthony Davis has had the best playoff run of any James teammate, and they wonder whether Jimmy Butler and Jim Boylen could have gotten along in Chicago. 
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    • 1 hr 3 min

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4.6 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

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Must Listen for NBA Fans

Top 7 NBA podcast. Ben Golliver and Michael Pina are pros. They strike a balance between transaction and basketball breakdown and humor. Both are knowledgeable and they entertainingly play off each other. Subscribe.

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Golliver Is Great

Michael Pina is a major hater, let’s get two great basketball minds up on here.

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Bring back Sharpe

Pina is horrible. This show used to be good but went downhill when they changed co hosts. The 2 hosts used to have good chemistry and different opinions but know both guys sound like basically the same person

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