200 episodes

ESPN's Zach Lowe talks to various basketball people about various basketball things.

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ESPN's Zach Lowe talks to various basketball people about various basketball things.

    The Three Most Important Players for the rest of the Season

    The Three Most Important Players for the rest of the Season

    Zach and Mo Dakhil of The Athletic discuss the Warriors and Lakers, the surging Mavs, the Thunder going for the #1 seed, the state of the MVP race, and the three most important players for the rest of the season.

    Who has a better chance of making a run- Warriors or Lakers? (4:43)

    The surging Mavs (14:51)

    The state of the Suns (23:33)

    The Thunder are really going for it (31:01)

    Shai's MVP case (39:36)

    Tatum does not have a statistical case for MVP (47:34)

    The three most important players for the stretch run (53:14)
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Nets, Fixing All-Star Weekend, and Second Half Storylines to Watch

    The Nets, Fixing All-Star Weekend, and Second Half Storylines to Watch

    Zach and ESPN's Tim Bontemps discuss the Brooklyn Nets soap opera of the last 10 years and where they go after firing Jacque Vaughn, and Tim picks his biggest East storyline of the rest of the season. Plus: Breaking down Mike Conley's extension. Then ESPN's Malika Andrews joins to fix All-Star, pick Most Confusing Teams in the West, and more. Plus: The Debut of Malika Andrews Worst Take of the Month. 

    The Nets firing of Jacque Vaughn (1:22)

    A turbulent decade plus for the Nets (16:55)

    Minnesota extends Mike Conley (38:15)

    Most intriguing Eastern Conference storyline the rest of the way (44:12)

    Andrews (52:15)

    Ideas to fix All-Star Weekend (53:40)

    Most confounding teams in the West (1:34:52)

    Malika's Worst Take of the Month (1:43:46)
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    • 1 hr 52 min
    The LeBron Hail Mary with Ramona Shelburne and Rookie Check-in with John Hollinger

    The LeBron Hail Mary with Ramona Shelburne and Rookie Check-in with John Hollinger

    Zach and ESPN's Ramona Shelburne discuss the Warriors attempting to trade for LeBron James, LeBron's future in LA, the recent surges for both teams and whether they can do damage in the playoffs. Then John Hollinger of the Athletic weighs in on Rookie of the Year and checks in rookies in Charlotte, Memphis, Washington, Toronto, Utah, Houston, and more. Plus: Klay Thompson coming off the bench, Deni Avdija's recent play, the Bucks falling to 3-7 under Doc Rivers, much more!

    1:00- Ramona's reporting on how close LeBron to the Warriors was to happening.
    15:00- What are LeBron's goals at this stage of his career?
    25:15- Are the Lakers and Warriors latest stretch sustainable?
    30:05- The Warriors commitment to build a contender around Steph.
    39:49- John Hollinger joins
    40:00- Brandin Podziemski replacing Klay Thompson in the starting lineup
    46:45- Keyonte George, Taylor Hendricks, and the Utah Jazz
    54:30- GG Jackson Jr. and the Memphis Grizzlies
    1:01:45- Concern level for Milwaukee
    1:07:35- Brandon Miller's impressive season
    1:17:50- Scoot Henderson's confusing rookie year
    1:20:30- Houston Rockets' Guard Room
    1:24:40- Rapid Fire Rookies
    1:32:24- Rookie of the Year debate
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    • 1 hr 47 min
    The Five Biggest Questions Remaining

    The Five Biggest Questions Remaining

    Zach and Steve Jones Jr. of The Dunker Spot pick their 5 Biggest Questions for the rest of the NBA season: Bucks, Suns, home-court in the West, Knicks, Sixers, Lakers and Warriors figuring things out, Trae Young's future, much more. Then Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com joins to discuss the red-hot Cleveland Cavaliers: Are they contenders?

    What are the Bucks? (1:29)

    Who wins the West? (11:10)

    How good are the Suns? (19:52)

    Are you starting to believe in the Lakers or Warriors? (25:24)

    Can the Knicks and Sixers hold on? (41:59)

    Can Boston avoid getting in its own way? (47:41)

    What's the plan with Trae Young? (51:01)

    Who wins coach of the year? (1:04:05)

    Fedor (1:07:28)

    How is the reintegration of Garland and Mobley going? (1:12:30)

    Cavs have the inside track at the #2 seed in the East (1:17:14)

    Is this team a legitimate championship contender? (1:21:48)
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    • 1 hr 45 min
    Bobby Marks and Kevin Pelton on the NBA Trade Deadline

    Bobby Marks and Kevin Pelton on the NBA Trade Deadline

    Zach breaks down all the deals that happened and didn't happen at the NBA trade deadline with ESPN's Bobby Marks and then ESPN's Kevin Pelton coming out of the bullpen in a mega-episode. The guys hit every move, every big non-move (Lakers, Warriors, Bulls again!, Clippers, more) -- and almost every team. 

    2:50- The Knicks "Home-run" deadline moves.
    15:45- The Detroit Pistons confusing deadline.
    25:00 The Lakers quiet trade deadline.
    30:00- Atlanta Hawks not moving Dejounte Murray
    42:00- What is Chicago's direction?
    54:20- Analyzing Dallas' moves at the trade deadline
    1:10:00- Kevin Pelton joins the podcast
    1:11:00- Utah Jazz and Toronto Raptors trade
    1:20:00- Warriors standing pat.
    1:25:00- The Brooklyn Nets holding onto their assets.
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    • 1 hr 41 min
    Surgery for Embiid, Trade Deadline Chatter, and MVP Candidates with Tim MacMahon

    Surgery for Embiid, Trade Deadline Chatter, and MVP Candidates with Tim MacMahon

    Zach and ESPN's Tim MacMahon discuss Joel Embiid's upcoming surgery, ramifications for the Sixers going forward, all things trade deadline, All-Star snubs, MVP candidates, and much more. 

    Embiid to have surgery (1:02)

    Zach's tweak to the 65 game rule (9:22)

    How Sixers will approach trade deadline (15:20)

    Big picture on the trade deadline (21:28)

    Possible moves for the Mavs (28:59)

    Rockets, Cavs, and Nets (39:20)

    Jazz (49:56)

    Clippers (56:19)

    MVP candidates (59:25)

    Nuggets (1:05:34)

    All-Star injury replacements (1:10:10)
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    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
7.3K Ratings

7.3K Ratings

Mr. Money-Trees ,

New terrible intro music

Why did you add the 5 second melody at the beginning? Leave it as it was since the beginning of time

Led Gozeppelin ,

He’s become unlistenable

I used to like him but now he invites guests in and talks over them. Its a slog to get through. He and Simmons used to do a nice home and home exchange but last time he was talking over Simmons and almost pouting when Simmons disagreed

This pod has reached a new Lowe and I’m out

Peter Guillam ,

‘I Was Chet! Chet! Chet!’

… Zach claimed Feb 17. Until my Disney owners ordered me to be Victor! Victor! Victor! For Rookie of the Year. And better ratings. And high ad prices. And greater return on shareholder investment. *** Sistah Embiid CHICKENED OUT on the Joker in Mile Hile City for the FOURTH STRAIGHT SEASON and Lil’ Zach ain’t got word one to say about it. *** “I took a lot of heat from Tyler Herro fans,” Zac whined on Jan. 25, 2024. What, Zac? Zero’s mama and boyfriend sent a text threatening to slap you? Hard? *** Miami don’t need a Tyler Herro/‘Cause he’s such a Bleepin’ Zero/All the Heat want/Is tough 3-and-D (h/t - Tina Turner, RIP) Belongs on one of the Tokens: Southies or Mormons. *** May 24, 2023: Davy Mc whines, Oh no! If The Queen quits, I’ll be back covering the San Quentin Back Door Bangers in the California Lifers League!

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