Part of the Underdog Sports Podcast Network - The Atlantic Division has three of the most historic teams in the NBA, so it's only right that the division has its own show. The Atlantic Files is home to everything Atlantic Division with your hosts, Alex Fischbein and Mike Bash, breaking down all of the latest news, games, and rumors. For advertising opportunities on this show, or any of the other shows on our network, feel free to reach out to us at: email@example.com
The Atlantic Files #163: Fred VanVleet Has Options
The NBA off-season is here and the draft and free agency are about to come into full swing. More coaching positions have been filled as well. So it's time to predict some landings and talk about who might have the biggest impact.
A handful of teams have filled their vacant coaching positions, most of them being playoff teams. So who's going to make the biggest impact for their new team? Tyronn Lue is a strong candidate with the Clippers, but so are Doc Rivers and Billy Donovan for the Sixers and Bulls respectively.
Then comes free agency with some big name guys all looking for contracts. Some of them, like Anthony Davis and Brandon Ingram, seem to already know where they will land but are just waiting for a big contract. Others, like Fred VanVleet, could get some interest from tons of teams around the league as well as the Raptors.
Christian Wood and Jerami Grant represent the young group of guys that could be in for a nice payday. So where will these guys land?
That and more on the latest episode below!
1:00 - New coaching hires and ranking of the hires
14:30 - Top Free Agents and where they might land
The Atlantic Files #162: Daryl Morey Steps Down
Daryl Morey has stepped down, Tyronn Lue has been hired, and the Los Angeles Lakers have been crowned as the 2020 NBA Champions. So, in other words, the last week has been quite eventful.
I guess congratulations are in order for LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the rest of the Lakers. They seemed to have cruised their way to the Finals in a one-of-a-kind post-season and then took care of business against a much weaker Miami Heat team. One could say that this is downplaying the achievement, but others could say that's the truth to the matter.
Okay fine, congrats Lakers.
Tyronn Lue has been hired as the head coach of the other team in Los Angeles. Now that Doc Rivers is in Philly, it'll be interesting to see if Lue can do what Rivers could not. Can he keep everyone from fighting Kawhi Leonard because of his special treatment?
Micro ball in Houston is officially coming to an end and so is the Daryl Morey era. Since he took over in Houston, the Rockets have had the second-best record in the league and the only team to have not missed the playoffs. Even though they didn't win a ring, that's one hell of a resume. Teams better be lining up at his door for his services!
Finally, the NBA Draft will be coming sooner than we think. So, it's time to take a look at who the potential top picks could be. Will Lamelo Ball fall further than originally thought? Who will the Warriors take to go along with the return of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green next year?
All of that and more in the latest episode below!
1:15 - Los Angeles Lakers are the 2020 NBA Champions
8:30 - Tyronn Lue hired as Los Angeles Clippers head coach
15:30 - Daryl Morey steps down as Houston Rockets GM
19:20 - Looking at potential top picks for 2020 NBA Draft
The Atlantic Files #161: Doc Rivers in Philly
Doc Rivers is headed to the opposite coast! After leaving Los Angeles he has found a landing spot in Philadelphia. I'm sure no one in Philadelphia was imagining that turn of events, but here we are.
The hire of Rivers was a quality one by the Sixers front office. That doesn't exactly mean that Rivers is going to be able to turn around this team and all of a sudden win a championship though. Hiring a quality and experienced head coach was a good starting point, but there are way more issues to this team. What else needs to be done?
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are one game away from being crowned the champs. They've been destroying every team in their wake and now they have to fend off a determined Jimmy Butler and underdog Miami Heat. Other than the first two games, this series hasn't been easy. Closing it out won't be either.
Finally, we have Kyrie Irving making some outlandish statements yet again. He talked about how Kevin Durant is the first one he's played with where he thought he could pass the ball to him during crunch time. If we're being honest, does Kyrie really pass that much in general? You guys let me know!
All of that and more on the latest episode below!
1:15 - NBA Finals
10:30 - Doc Rivers hired by Philadelphia 76ers
20:00 - Kyrie Irving making some crazy statements
The Atlantic Files #160: Boston Celtics Troubles
Both Conference Finals series are set to be underway. In the East, the Miami Heat have actually already taken a 2-0 lead over the Boston Celtics. While the two teams are quite closely matched, the Celtics have to figure out how to reverse their woes soon if they want a chance.
Jayson Tatum, a newly selected All-NBA Third Team member, has been the driving force yet again for the Celtics. Honestly, if it wasn't for him, then the Celtics probably would get blown out and swept. The rest of the team has shot very poorly from beyond the arc, and the offense is getting quite stagnant.
How can this team reverse their fortunes and tie the series back up against the Heat? Is Jimmy Butler too good for them to beat?
In other news, the All-NBA teams have officially been selected. There were a few guys that everyone agrees with. Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James both were unanimous First-Team selections. The third team is where the real arguing begins though. Bradley Beal and Khris Middleton both missed all three teams?
Finally, we also talk about whether the Toronto Raptors would be better for Kawhi Leonard and we question where Giannis will end up going if it's not Milwaukee.
All of that and more in the latest episode below!
1:15 - Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat series
13:45 - Celtics have ball movement issues, is Kemba Walker fatigued?
19:45 - Los Angeles Clippers upset, would the Raptors be better for Kawhi?
25:10 - Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets series
26:30 - All-NBA team selections
29:00 - Rudy Gobert and Russell Westbrook really deserve Third-team?
37:45 - Where could Giannis go?
The Atlantic Files #159: Talking Steve Nash with Mike Bash
The Brooklyn Nets hit us all with an out of the box move as they announced Steve Nash as their newest head coach. Some people say its white privilege that is to blame for him being hired, but most people realize that he has quite the resume to qualify him for the job.
In this week's episode, we welcome Mike Bash back to the show to talk about the Nash hiring and some moves that the Nets should make this offseason.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are two guys who only benefit from the Nash hiring. Steve Nash has an incredible basketball IQ and he can command accountability from the team as he once did on the court during his playing career.
One question going into next season is whether or not the Nets can win a ring with Caris LeVert as the third option or if they need to upgrade. Mike and I talk about potential trade targets and who might be better than others to fit with Durant and Irving.
Before the conversation with Mike, we had to talk about the crazy Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics series. Game Six was just one game in a long line of super close and physical games between the two teams. Now that the Raptors have forced a game seven, the series is only going to be more entertaining.
All of those topics and more on the latest episode below!
1:15 - Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors series
3:30 - Props to Kyle Lowry
8:18 - Conversation with Mike Bash
8:45 - Is Steve Nash's hiring the right move?
17:45 - Should the Nets trade Caris LeVert?
28:30 - Will the Nets be able to sign Joe Harris again?
33:00 - Remembering funny bubble moments
36:45 - How will the rest of the playoffs play out?
The Atlantic Files #158: All Hail OG Anunoby
You read the title correctly, the theme until the next game of the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics series is 'All hail OG Anunoby!' While he's saving the Raptors season, some others have ended while the rest keep fighting for the coveted championship trophy and rings.
The Celtics and Raptors are in a 2-1 series after the OG Anunoby game-winner on Thursday night. Other than the first game, the series has been close and it feels as though the scales could tip either way at any moment. Both coaches have been fantastic and both defenses have been ready to scrap and fight. Hopefully, we're in for a good seven-game series with these two.
Jimmy Butler called out Giannis Antetokoumpo for his defense. Calling him the 'best help defender' in the league. This introduces an interesting point and now has stirred up some interesting comparisons. Could Ben Simmons and Giannis Antetokounmpo be the same player?
In the Western Conference, the playoffs have always been a bloodbath. This year is no different as the Clippers had to scrap to get through the Mavericks and the Nuggets just barely got through the Jazz. Now, the semifinals have kicked off and both Los Angeles teams look primed to kick it up another notch.
Finally, we take a look back at some of the predictions from the beginning of the season and see how they worked out. On top of that, it was time to speak to some of the awards given out for the regular season.
That and more in the episode below!
3:05 - OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors, and Boston Celtics series
19:15 - How good is Giannis Antetoukounmpo's defense?
28:30 - Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder series
31:00 - New York Knicks may have been correct with Kristaps Porzingis
35:15 - Revisit preseason predictions and awards
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