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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.

    Free Agency Shuffles, Surprise Contracts, and NBA Draft Reactions

    Free Agency Shuffles, Surprise Contracts, and NBA Draft Reactions

    KOC and Verno rejoin after the draft and the first night of free agency to discuss the big trades and deals that went down. They start in Miami, where Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry got excellent deals (01:19), then move on to Chicago, which L.A. favorite Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball will now call home (06:29). They also talk about their favorite surprise contracts out of the first night (19:50) as well as their reactions to the NBA draft (31:18).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor
    Producer: Steve Ahlman
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Memphis Trades Up to the Top 10, and Top Prospect Info

    Memphis Trades Up to the Top 10, and Top Prospect Info

    As the NBA draft nears, Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor talk about all of the big moves the top teams are looking to make, including Memphis making a big trade to move to the top 10 in picks (01:46). Also Chris talks about some inside info he's gathered on some of the top players to watch for and what some teams and execs think about them (30:58).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor
    Producer: Steve Ahlman
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Draft-Night Trade Conversations Reach a Crescendo and the Restricted Free Agency Market Is Hot

    Draft-Night Trade Conversations Reach a Crescendo and the Restricted Free Agency Market Is Hot

    First, Verno and KOC dive into all the action surrounding the upcoming draft, with Cleveland fielding trade offers for their pick and Collin Sexton, the Raptors trying to move up from the fourth pick, and so much more (0:30). Then they talk about whether we could see an undue amount of action on the restricted free agent market this offseason (42:35) and the precarious situation in New Orleans with their new head coach Willie Green (50:30). 
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Giannis Drops 50 Points and the Bucks are NBA Champions

    Giannis Drops 50 Points and the Bucks are NBA Champions

    Verno and KOC start by breaking down Giannis' historic Game 6 (0:51) and everything else that helped push the Bucks past the Suns in the Finals (9:40). They also discuss what went wrong for the Suns (40:00) and which teams are built to slow down Giannis (46:30). Finally, they prepare for the offseason by talking a little bit of Damian Lillard (57:30), Ben Simmons (1:01:50), and the NBA Draft (1:07:30).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor
    Producer: Carlos Chiriboga
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    The Bucks' Adjustments, Kawhi Leonard Speculation, and Late First-Round Sleepers

    The Bucks' Adjustments, Kawhi Leonard Speculation, and Late First-Round Sleepers

    KOC and Verno start by discussing the adjustments the Bucks have made to tie the series (1:25). Then they discuss why they think Giannis doesn't appear to get the same hype from his peers that other players get (23:30). Then they talk about Kawhi Leonard's future with Clippers after his knee injury and rumored unhappy experience with the Clippers medical staff (42:18). They wrap up by talking about a couple of potential late first-round prospects in Ayo Dosunmu and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (49:10).

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    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Clippers’ Future Is Uncertain After Kawhi Leonard Undergoes Surgery to Repair a Partial ACL Tear. Plus: Team USA Struggles and the 76ers Make Ben Simmons Available.

    The Clippers’ Future Is Uncertain After Kawhi Leonard Undergoes Surgery to Repair a Partial ACL Tear. Plus: Team USA Struggles and the 76ers Make Ben Simmons Available.

    Chris and Kevin kick off the episode talking about Kawhi Leonard’s recently reported ACL repair surgery and what that means for him and for the Clippers’ next season (0:40). They talk a little bit about what they’ve taken away from the first three games of the NBA Finals and what they expect from Game 4 (20:28). Then they hit on Team USA’s losses in the exhibition games prior to the Olympics (37:23), the 76ers opening up trade talks for Ben Simmons (49:02), and some of Kevin’s draft thoughts from the past couple of weeks (55:30).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
    Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall
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    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4.6K Ratings

4.6K Ratings

simonhenrygeorge ,

Great Pod

Been listening for a few years now and it never gets old. These guys really are the mismatch and for all the good reasons!

Rodgers Mustache ,

Good pod you know what I mean?

I like the pod you know what I mean. KOC is solid and Verno is good as well you know what I mean. I like the breakdowns you know what I mean. Overall keep up the great work. You know what I mean??????

Halestorm555 ,

It’s ok. But

This really is a mismatch but not in a quirky fun way. KOC is a basketball analytic nerd and Vernon is ESPN-type talking head headline news. Both have value but it’s a tough listen on the same show. I can see KOC’s eye rolling in his voice as Vernon wants to talk click bait stuff while KOC only wants to analyze games. KOC doesn’t play ball with Vernon’s convo topics and just says “We’ll see” over and over again. Again, both styles are good but not together. Tough listen.

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