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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.

    Don’t Count Out Hawks Just Yet, the Lakers' Brodie Trade Decision, and a Surprise Guest

    Don’t Count Out Hawks Just Yet, the Lakers' Brodie Trade Decision, and a Surprise Guest

    Verno and KOC begin the show discussing the up-and-down season from Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks (02:31). They also discuss the importance of De'Andre Hunter. The Bulls' injury woes continue, as Alex Caruso is out again after a hard foul from Grayson Allen. The guys discuss Allen’s hard foul before going into Ayo Dosunmu’s surprise rookie season (10:27). All signs point to Frank Vogel staying, but the guys are more interested in discussing the rumor of a John Wall–for–Russell Westbrook swap (15:13). The guys debate what moves the Celtics can make that don’t include Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown (30:45). They are last joined by 'NBA on TNT' host Adam Lefkoe (36:12). They discuss working on set with Shaq, the situation with Ben Simmons, thoughts on James Harden if he gets traded to the 76ers, and Adam's football knowledge.
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Guest: Adam Lefkoe
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    How the Suns are Maintaining Success, Laker Woes, and the Continuing Uncertainty With Ben Simmons

    How the Suns are Maintaining Success, Laker Woes, and the Continuing Uncertainty With Ben Simmons

    We’re just past the halfway point of the NBA season and the Suns have yet to hit double-digit losses, so Verno and KOC detail how Phoenix has been able to maintain its success this season (01:47). After the Warriors lost to a banged-up Pacers squad, the guys discuss the recent issues facing Steph and the rest of the team (14:03). The Lakers have had several struggles this season, but the latest controversy revolves around head coach Frank Vogel (24:09). Will he remain the Lakers head coach? They also debate whether Russell Westbrook can adjust his game to fit with LeBron (32:39). Lastly, they discuss whether Ben Simmons could get traded to the Kings before debating whether Simmons should return at all to the 76ers if he remains with the team (48:36).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Finding Hope in Detroit and Looking Back at the 2021 NBA Draft Class With Nick Henkel | The Void

    Finding Hope in Detroit and Looking Back at the 2021 NBA Draft Class With Nick Henkel | The Void

    Welcome to ‘The Void,’ where Kevin O’Connor brings you deep inside the NBA with the people who know it best. In today’s episode, KOC welcomes Nicolas Henkel, who covers the NBA and the Pistons for Piston Powered and Wave.TV. They discuss Cade Cunningham’s improvement before debating whether anyone else can win Rookie of the Year besides Evan Mobley (09:03). Looking back at the draft, the guys are in agreement that the Bulls got the best steal with Ayo Dosunmu (20:24). They next debate whether Killian Hayes and Cade can coexist (29:45) before discussing the best fit for Jerami Grant (43:24). They last look at the NBA landscape and debate who’s going to the Finals this season (50:39).
    Host: Kevin O’Connor
    Guest: Nicolas Henkel
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Heating Up in Miami, Whether Harden Can Lead the Nets, and Mavs Are Turning the Corner

    Heating Up in Miami, Whether Harden Can Lead the Nets, and Mavs Are Turning the Corner

    With the Bulls and Nets dealing with key injuries, Verno and KOC debate whether the Heat can take advantage and become the 1-seed in the East (03:45). They explain how "Heat Culture" keeps the team competitive. They also take a look at the resurgence of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and discuss whether the Cavs can maintain this success and end the season as a top-six team in the East (14:27). With KD out and Kyrie playing only in road games, the guys debate whether James Harden can lead the way for the Nets (26:34). After the Mavs beat the Grizzlies over the weekend, they discuss how Luka and the rest of the team are starting to click (39:27). The Lakers got a good win over the Jazz last night, but KOC points out that the Jazz need to make a move to truly compete for a title (52:17).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Hawks and Knicks Swap Players, Dray’s Importance to the Dubs, and the Two Sides of All the Ben Simmons Talk

    Hawks and Knicks Swap Players, Dray’s Importance to the Dubs, and the Two Sides of All the Ben Simmons Talk

    Verno and KOC react to the Knicks-Hawks trade involving Cam Reddish and Kevin Knox. They debate the low-risk move and discuss how Reddish can succeed in New York (05:49) before asking whether there is any hope left for Knox (11:58). The Grizzlies continue their tear across the league, beating the Timberwolves to extend their win streak to 11, and the guys take a closer look at the Wolves' roster (25:38). They also highlight Draymond Green’s importance to the Warriors after their blowout loss to the Bucks (30:05). Should the Warriors trade some of their young players and find impact players to extend their championship window? With Dame now out indefinitely, the guys discuss the next potential moves for the Blazers (46:28). Lastly, they debate whether all the Ben Simmons talk is tiring or fascinating (58:19).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    In the Heart of Mavs Country With Jonathan Tjarks | The Void

    In the Heart of Mavs Country With Jonathan Tjarks | The Void

    Welcome to 'The Void' as Kevin O'Connor brings you deep inside the NBA with the people who know it best. KOC goes deep into the state of Texas for today’s guest as he is joined by The Ringer's Jonathan Tjarks, host of 'Upside High.' They go into the Mavericks' improvement on defense under Jason Kidd and compare his coaching style to Rick Carlisle (05:19). Tjarks also points out how Kidd uses Luka Doncic differently on offense before answering if Luka needs to fail in order to achieve in the NBA (13:14). They speak the truth when it comes to Kristaps Porzingis (19:21). With the trade deadline looming, they debate which teams (if any) are a perfect fit for Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner (23:44). Lastly they discuss Draymond Green’s low-key resurgence and why he’s key for the Warriors to win it all (37:02).
    Host: Kevin O'Connor
    Guest: Jonathan Tjarks
    Producer: Jessie Lopez
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4.8K Ratings

4.8K Ratings

Chidozie47 ,

The Void

I really enjoyed the Void episode with Nick Henkel breakdowns of the NBA 2021 rookie class. Gave phenomenal insight on what improvements they can make.

ChickenDinnerReviews ,

Your mom’s fav NBA pod

See some negative reviews underneath mine that have no basis. KOC’s intelligent and analytical thoughts and views on today’s NBA is unparalleled. Chris Vernon is a Memphis hometown hero and continues to add joy and laughter to the show. They keep it real and always stand by their opinion. If they are wrong later on… they will gladly acknowledge it. KOC and Verno are professionals that deserve every penny and more from the Ringer.

Sincerely,
Tim Monroe (Listener from Tennessee)

Blakzak11 ,

Best hoop podcast

One of my favorite podcasts, I wish these guys were on everday. Love the dynamic between KOC and Verno. KOC should be a therapist, great tone, Articulation and expertise! Keep up the great work guys!

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