Part of the Underdog 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
#287: Damian Lillard May Go To Toronto?!
This week, on episode 287 of The Atlantic Files, reportedly, the Toronto Raptors are the frontrunners to land Damian Lillard all of a sudden, Buddy Hield is now on the trade block with the Dallas Mavericks rumored as the frontrunners, and we finish our divisional preview series with the Atlantic Division.
Damian Lillard's trade sage continues but more and more teams keep entering the mix. Now, all of a sudden, the Toronto Raptors are the frontrunners to land the superstar guard. What does that mean for the rest of the league and especially the Miami Heat?! We give our thoughts on whether or not he'll actually end up in Canada or if it's just a smokescreen before he lands in Miami.
Speaking of trades, Buddy Hield is now firmly on the trade block. The Indiana Pacers are shopping him and he's open to a trade to a place where he can sign an extension. Right now, the Dallas Mavericks are the best fit, but it's unclear whether they have the pieces that the Pacers truly want. We talk about where he should go and if he'll actually find a new home before the season starts.
Finally, we wrap up our divisional preview series by taking a look at the Atlantic Division. We give our thoughts on all of the deals that went down and which Atlantic team might surprise everyone. With this division, it brings our divisional preview series to an end and we will be posting all of our previews stitched together into one big preview episode later on!
00:04:21 Dennis sets a Christmas scene
00:07:10 New Year Gym struggles
00:12:08 Fantasy Football corner: Week 3
00:26:32 Toronto is the frontrunner for Damian Lillard
00:49:37 Buddy Hield is on the trading block
01:10:09 Atlantic Division Preview
#286: Kelly Oubre Jr. Signs With The Sixers
This week, on episode 286 of The Atlantic Files, Kelly Oubre Jr. is signing a one-year deal with the Sixers, James Harden trade talks were ended by the Clippers and not the 76ers, we continue our divisional preview series with the Central Division, the NBA has established new resting rules for star players, and we bring back our fantasy basketball and football corner!
Daryl Morey and the 76ers actually made a roster move that wasn't trading James Harden. Kelly Oubre Jr. is joining the team on a one-year deal! We're still not exactly sure why Oubre wasn't signed by any other teams until now, but it's a huge pickup for a team that's in limbo with one of their superstars.
Speaking of James Harden, news came out that the trade talks were actually ended by the Clippers. Brian Windhorst spoke about how the Clippers were the ones moving on after the trade talks hit a stalemate. Originally, the drama began because it was believed that Morey finished the negotiations. Now, the shoe is on the other foot and we haven't heard from Harden since then.
The NBA also established new rules in regard to resting players throughout the regular season. We'll, hopefully, begin to see more and more stars playing on national TV and in away games. The issue becomes how the league will actually enforce all of these rules and how they'll make sure that the injuries listed are real.
Finally, we continue our divisional preview series for the 2023-24 season. The Central Division is the next one on the list before our specialty next week. Will Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks win the division again or will Cleveland take another step up with their young core and Donovan Mitchell?
00:02:15 Fantasy Football Corner: Week 2
00:17:37 Kelly Oubre Jr signs with Sixers
00:32:21 Clippers end trade talks for James Harden
00:36:27 New resting rules in effect in the NBA
00:46:50 NBA Central division preview
#285: Team USA Fails, Kevin Porter Jr. In Trouble
This week, on episode 285 of The Atlantic Files, Team USA fails to medal at the 2023 FIBA World Cup, Kevin Porter Jr. gets in trouble with the law, Damian Lillard now says he'd join training camp for any team, and we preview the Southeast Division for the upcoming NBA season.
After the controversial comments from Noah Lyles about the NBA, Team USA couldn't turn those words into fuel for the 2023 FIBA World Cup. The team lost to Germany in the semifinal and then suffered another loss to Canada in the third-place game. They failed to meet expectations and the race to build the best team for the Olympics is now on.
Kevin Porter Jr. has found himself in very hot water after being arrested on assault charges. Right now, everything is alleged before the court cases take place. The NBA, however, could bring down some pretty hard sanctions when it's all said and done because of the issues off of the court for Miles Bridges. His NBA career is now in jeopardy let alone his future with the Houston Rockets.
Finally, we preview the Southeast Division for the upcoming NBA season. Damian Lillard to the Miami Heat is still a possibility, but the rest of the division has some rising rosters. Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks look to improve with a full season of Quin Snyder at the helm and the Orlando Magic are getting better every day as their young stars improved throughout the offseason.
00:03:31 Fantasy Football Corner: Week 1 recap
00:21:36 Team USA fails to medal at 2023 FIBA World Cup
00:36:32 Kevin Porter Jr. arrested
00:50:48 NBA Southeast Division Preview
#284: USA Loses To Lithuania & Pacific Division Preview
On episode 284 of The Atlantic Files, Team USA suffers their first loss to Lithuania in the 2023 FIBA World Cup but then beat the brakes off of Italy, we continue our divisional previews for the 2023-24 NBA season with the Pacific division, and the weird happenings surrounding now-retired NBA ref Eric Lewis.
The 2023 FIBA World Cup is heating up as the semifinals are shaping up. Team USA lost their first game of the tournament as they got beat down by Lithuania but then turned around and beat down Italy. This could have poked the bear in the USA team or they could now be used to the physicality of the international style of play. Will they be able to beat Germany in the semifinal and go on to win gold?
In case you haven't heard about it, former NBA referee, Eric Lewis, was under investigation for some suspicious social media use. There seemed to be a burner account only replying to tweets to defend the ref when people accused him of incredible bias towards the Boston Celtics. In a surprising move, he retired, and all of a sudden the investigation stopped. Something doesn't seem right...
Finally, we continued our divisional preview series with the entertaining Pacific Division. Which team will take a hit and will the division all finish with winning records again next season? The Los Angeles Lakers seem primed to improve while the Phoenix Suns brought in some crazy offensive firepower! We dive into our predictions and talk about how the division will shake out.
03:30 Team USA loses to Lithuania, beats Italy
18:27 Referee Eric Lewis retires to avoid investigation
30:18 2023-24 NBA Pacific Division Preview
#283: James Harden Fined, France Eliminated Early
On episode 283 of The Atlantic Files, James Harden gets fined for his comments about Daryl Morey, we continue our divisional previews with the Northwest Division, France gets ousted in the 2023 FIBA World Cup, Evan Turner hints at the refs being biased in the NBA Playoffs, and we go through the second half of Dennis' fantasy basketball rankings.
James Harden was fined $100k for saying that he would never play for the Sixers as long as Daryl Morey is employed there. While his plan to tell the audience that in China was genius, he still looks like an idiot after the dust has pretty much settled from everything.
Rudy Gobert and Team France get eliminated after just two pool play games. They lost to both Canada and Latvia without Kristaps Porzingis in back to back games and they'll head home after being one of the top teams in the tournament. Sad day for France fans.
Evan Turner made an appearance on Gilbert Arenas' podcast and talked about their 2012 Playoff matchup against the Boston Celtics. He said that Elton Brand told him they would have to win by 15 just to win by one which meant they needed to make sure the refs had no say in who won. Confirming a lot of beliefs that people had about the officiating.
Finally, we previewed the Northwest Division with the reigning NBA Champs. Do you think they'll repeat? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!
00:11:35 James Harden fined 100k
00:20:39 France eliminated from 2023 FIBA World Cup
00:31:25 Evan Turner on Gilbert Arenas' podcast
00:44:30 NBA Northwest Division preview
#282: James Harden vs Daryl Morey Cage Match
In episode 282 of The Atlantic Files, James Harden calls Daryl Morey a liar and won't play for him, Daryl Morey isn't surprised and stands his ground, the 2023 FIBA World Cup starts soon, we do our first divisional preview starting with the Southwest division, Dennis gives his fantasy basketball rankings for points leagues, and more!
James Harden was on tour in China with Adidas and fielded questions after an event where he took the chance to throw some shots at Daryl Morey. He called Morey a liar and said that he will not play for a franchise that Morey is a part of and he repeated a second time to make sure everyone understood. He obviously knew his audience and that people in China aren't big fans of Morey. This moves the process to a whole new level of confusing.
The 2023 FIBA World Cup starts in a couple of weeks so we look at some of the rosters of the countries that are participating. We give our thoughts on the top rosters and the teams that have the best chance of taking home the gold.
Then, we kick off our divisional preview series as we take a look at the upcoming season for the Southwest Division. The Memphis Grizzlies won't have Ja Morant for a chunk of the season and the Houston Rockets improved greatly. Will the New Orleans Pelicans finally stay healthy and realize their potential, or will they tank?
Finally, our very own Dennis Clausen put out his rankings for the 2023-24 fantasy basketball season. The rankings are geared toward points leagues so we discuss the top 30 players and whether or not we agree or think others deserve the spot instead.
00:06:54 James Harden calls Daryl Morey a liar
00:34:13 2023 FIBA World Cup thoughts
00:51:32 2023-24 Southwest division preview
01:16:34 Dennis's 2023-24 fantasy basketball points rankings
The Atlantic Files always has an entertaining spin on the season. Even during a pandemic!
TJ > Joe Harris, Alex is right a lot more than Mike is but the show overall is great
Amazing NBA podcast
This is an great and entertaining podcast on the NBA, love to hear someone talk about my Raptors and from an American perspective! We The North