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Kevin O’Connor and Chris Vernon discuss all the news, trends, and transactions happening in the NBA. They also offer their on-court analysis, and occasionally get into heated debates.

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Kevin O’Connor and Chris Vernon discuss all the news, trends, and transactions happening in the NBA. They also offer their on-court analysis, and occasionally get into heated debates.

    Suns Drama, Sixers Hype, and an NBA Media Day Recap

    Suns Drama, Sixers Hype, and an NBA Media Day Recap

    Verno and KOC begin the show by discussing the 76ers after KOC attended their media day (01:35). He shares his excitement to see a full season of Joel Embiid and James Harden playing together, and Verno asks if this is the year Embiid becomes the best player in the league. The guys move on to teams that are carrying the most drama right now in the Suns, Nets, and Celtics (10:54). They debate if the Suns are making a mistake with Jae Crowder, and discuss Ben Simmons’s interview on ‘The Old Man and The Three.' Also, will this be the year that Russell Westbrook learns to adapt? And KOC gets a Peloton (47:37).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Rest in Peace, Jonathan Tjarks

    Rest in Peace, Jonathan Tjarks

    Before starting today’s show, Verno and KOC share memories of our friend and colleague Jonathan Tjarks, who passed away over the weekend due to cancer (01:30). Then Kevin and Chris answer your mailbag questions. Topics include the Magic’s future, which player on the Grizzlies will make the biggest jump, and tips to staying young (16:33).
    You can donate to the Tjarks family here:
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/Lets-help-our-friend-jonathan-tjarks?utm_campaign=p_nacp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer
    Read Jonathan’s piece mentioned in the episode here:
    https://www.theringer.com/2022/3/3/22956353/fatherhood-cancer-jonathan-tjarks
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Looking at the Mitchell Trade From the Cavs’ and Jazz’s Perspectives, Plus ‘2K’ Ratings and Wembanyama Coming Soon to the U.S.

    Looking at the Mitchell Trade From the Cavs’ and Jazz’s Perspectives, Plus ‘2K’ Ratings and Wembanyama Coming Soon to the U.S.

    Verno and KOC give their first reaction to the Cavs’ trade for Donovan Mitchell (01:07). Can Cleveland take the next step to compete for a championship with Mitchell? They also look at the deal from the Jazz’s perspective (15:30). Even though Utah is set up for a “tank-tastic” season, Danny Ainge has primed the franchise for future success. After some offseason trouble, Montrezl Harrell signed with the 76ers; the guys react to the signing (33:16). Finally, they go through the release of the 'NBA 2K' ratings and Victor Wembanyama playing in the United States (42:34).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 58 min
    What Barrett Extension Means for ​​Donovan Mitchell, and Your Mailbag Questions!

    What Barrett Extension Means for ​​Donovan Mitchell, and Your Mailbag Questions!

    Verno and KOC discuss the Knicks signing R.J. Barrett to a four-year extension and what this means for Donovan Mitchell (00:58). The Wizards are being mentioned as a possibility for Mitchell, but the guys don’t believe he’s a fit next to Bradley Beal (09:51). The fellas go into your mailbag questions next (24:00), with topics including the Pelicans, national vs. domestic MVPs, and Tyrese Haliburton. They also discuss KOC’s old Letterboxd reviews before diving into why video game culture is the worst (47:10).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Reading Between the Lines of the Pat Bev Trade and the Real Impact of Chet’s Injury

    Reading Between the Lines of the Pat Bev Trade and the Real Impact of Chet’s Injury

    Verno and KOC discuss the latest trade in the NBA as Patrick Beverly makes his way back to Los Angeles, but this time he’ll join LeBron James and the Lakers (01:05). Could this be the first step in the Lakers' attempt to move Russell Westbrook? The Thunder’s Chet Holmgren injured his foot in a pro-am game and will now miss the entire 2022-23 season, and the guys discuss how players with bodies like Chet’s are getting more frequently injured (17:43). Could the Thunder potentially make Shai Gilgeous-Alexander available? While discussing the young stars in the NBA, KOC brings up the idea of a Rising Stars Week, where young stars get a chance to shine on national TV (33:10).
    Got a question for the guys? Send it to us for our next episode at nbamailbag@gmail.com.
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 55 min
    BREAKING: Kevin Durant Staying in Brooklyn. What’s Next for the Nets?

    BREAKING: Kevin Durant Staying in Brooklyn. What’s Next for the Nets?

    Verno and KOC return as they discuss Kevin Durant backtracking his trade request to remain with the Nets (01:14). Verno shares what he believes to be the turning point on KD changing his mind (07:40). Now that KD has decided to stay, the guys debate how the Nets will look this season (24:55). Is it possible KD asks for another trade? Or would the Nets explore moving any other players? Also, why the Lakers have a better chance of winning the championship than the Nets, and how the Rudy Gobert trade simply ruined everything (35:28).
    Have a question for us? Send us questions for our next episode at nbamailbag@gmail.com.
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
4.9K Ratings

4.9K Ratings

Naruto's Barber ,

Verno can’t guard KOC

Love the pod gentlemen. You guys are a amazing team who know your stuff about hoops and also cracks the best jokes. The funniest one is KOC thinking the Celtics who haven’t been dominant since TV was in black and white would win the Finals. You guys are freaking awesome and when you win 30 awards remember I called it. Also tell Kevin O Trash to see me in Warzone. He sounds like easy kills all day.

StarryNight97 ,

Kevin O’Call of Duty

Stop being a coward and post your K/D so we know if you are actually good or not. All this “I play support” nonsense has me thinking that you are either an awesome player or you just tag along while your teammates carry you.
But yeah this is the best pod. No notes for Verno.

OriginalCP3 ,

Guys - July 12th

Lol - I might listening to this again.
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Thanks guys

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