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A daily breakdown of the latest story lines, trends, and important developments in the NBA. We promise to keep the Sixers and Celtics discussion to a reasonable amount … or to at least try.

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A daily breakdown of the latest story lines, trends, and important developments in the NBA. We promise to keep the Sixers and Celtics discussion to a reasonable amount … or to at least try.

    How Will the Last Eight Games Affect Playoff Seeding?

    How Will the Last Eight Games Affect Playoff Seeding?

    We discuss how some of the lower seeds might get shuffled in the final eight games of the regular season before locking in the playoff matchups (10:30). Then, with no show scheduled for Friday, we dive back into the mailbag early this week, answering your questions about players from the last four drafts who we haven’t given up hope on, biggest underachievers in NBA history, what games we’re best at, and more (37:17).

    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

    • 1 hr 4 min
    J.R. Smith Might Be Joining the Lakers to Replace Avery Bradley. Which Other Players Sitting Out Will Have the Biggest Impact? | The Mismatch

    J.R. Smith Might Be Joining the Lakers to Replace Avery Bradley. Which Other Players Sitting Out Will Have the Biggest Impact? | The Mismatch

    After the first wave of news about which NBA players are opting out of the Orlando bubble plan for the season’s restart, we discuss whether our view of the competitive landscape of the league has changed at all (1:20). Then, we open back up the mailbag to answer your questions on Vince Carter, the NBA teams left out of the bubble plan, tampering in Orlando, and more (27:50).

    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Five Players We’re Most Intrigued by Post-Quarantine | The Mismatch

    The Five Players We’re Most Intrigued by Post-Quarantine | The Mismatch

    A lot can change in an unprecedented, three-month interruption of the NBA season. After not seeing much of anything from players on social media since the NBA shut down, Chris and Kevin each list the three players they’re most excited to see when basketball returns.

    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

    • 56 min
    The NBA’s Orlando Health Guidelines, the 2009 Memphis Draft, and More Mailbag | The Mismatch

    The NBA’s Orlando Health Guidelines, the 2009 Memphis Draft, and More Mailbag | The Mismatch

    We run through some of the details of the NBA’s 100-page booklet of health guidelines for when the league returns in Orlando (2:00), before revisiting the Memphis Grizzlies' choice to taken Hasheem Thabeet second overall in 2009 (22:36). Then we answer your questions about which rookies are in the best and worst situations, which teams have the brightest decades ahead of them, and which two teams from NBA history we’d want to watch face off (35:40).

    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

    • 1 hr 7 min
    A Growing Contingent of NBA Players Is Wondering If the League Should Return at All | The Mismatch

    A Growing Contingent of NBA Players Is Wondering If the League Should Return at All | The Mismatch

    A group of players reportedly led by Kyrie Irving held a phone call to discuss whether returning to play—amid the COVID-19 pandemic and continued social unrest surrounding police brutality—is the best course of action. Is this a representative sample of what NBA players want to do, and will this mean we won’t see some players make the trip to Orlando when the ramp-up begins at the end of June?
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

    • 52 min
    How Will the NBA Handle Growing Concern Over Its ‘Campus’ Environment? | The Mismatch

    How Will the NBA Handle Growing Concern Over Its ‘Campus’ Environment? | The Mismatch

    As the restart of the NBA season gets closer and closer, there are rumblings among some players about how comfortable they will be about staying in the campus environment of Disney World without the freedom to leave for two months (0:33). Plus, we answer your questions about which underdog could win the title when basketball comes back, fixing the Knicks, ‘The Bachelor,’ and more (35:12).
    Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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7.5K Ratings

7.5K Ratings

Hlkggfbn ,

Taking a hiatus

I am a big fan of KOC and Verno and I love that you guys so often have differing opinions and come at the basketball debates from different angles. However, I’m going to have to take a break until you guys get back to talking about sports.

As someone who has voted democrat in the last 2 presidential elections, and probably will make it 3 in a row this year, I feel that KOC has gone off the deep end recently with his liberal viewpoints. This is pretty consistent with the Ringer as a whole, so I can’t say it is surprising. Again, as someone who is for the most part on the same page, I think you are in danger of completely alienating your moderate and conservative audience, and if that’s ok with you guys then by all means carry on.

thank you for your candor ,

Can we please have someone other than Verno?!?

This used to be a variety of nba writers discussing the league. When did it turn into The Chris Vernon Show. No one cares about the Grizzlies. Please stop comparing every thing that happens to the grit and grind era. It was an outdated, uninteresting system then, let alone in a modern nba where few if any of the grit and grind principles apply.
Can you please give us back some opinions other than Verno, because his takes are terrible. I stopped listening as soon as you got rid of everything but the mismatch. If you took him off, more people would listen

Nik34hil ,

Great pod

I love how you guys connect the real world with podcasts. I do think you should talk more about basketball though

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