Open Floor: SI's NBA Podcast

Open Floor: SI's NBA Podcast

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Hosted by SI senior writer Lee Jenkins, SI’s Open Floor podcast features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the NBA.

Episodes

KD and Russ, NBA Buy or Sell, and the State of Draymond  

With NBA season finally (almost) here, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss the launch of The Crossover at Sports Illustrated, and the dueling Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant cover stories that hit newsstands last week. Plus: buy or sell for the Clippers, Blazers, Jazz, Hornets, and more. And at the end, some thoughts on Draymond Green and his role in Golden State.

NBA Preview: Title picks and 20 questions before the year to come  

In the final installment of this year's NBA Preview, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver field 20 questions from the rest of SI's NBA staff. Topics include: Steph vs. Durant, coaches on the hotseat, lockout discussion, Blake vs. Draymond, life with Rajon Rondo and much more.

West preview: Wolves arguments, Warriors titles and more  

In part two of their NBA Preview, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are back to preview the Western Conference. Questions include: Will the Lakers keep their (top-3 protected) pick this year? Who finishes higher between the Jazz and Blazers? How good can the Wolves be in Year 1 with Thibs? And what's the over/under for Warriors titles in the KD era?

Eastern Conference Preview: LeBron's future, Boston's present and more  

In part one of their eastern conference preview, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver look at the East from top to bottom. Questions include: Will LeBron win another title before he's done? When will the Sixers make the playoffs? Can you name the starters for the Nets? And can the Celtics steal the East?

The Sixers, the Pistons and some preseason hot takes  

In this week's episode of Open Floor, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver start with the Sixers, suddenly at the center of the basketball universe. How excited should we be about Joel Embiid's return, and how depressed should fans be about Ben Simmons' injury? And where do they trade Okafor? Plus, a look at the Pistons in the wake of Reggie Jackson's injury, the Cavs and the latest standoff between Rich Paul and Dan Gilbert, and some snap judgments after a week of preseason basketball.

Breaking down SI.com's Top 100 NBA players of 2017  

After a month off from the Open Floor Podcast, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver reunite to argue about Sports Illustrated's Top 100 NBA players of 2017 rankings.

USA Basketball winners and losers in Rio  

After Team USA's dominating gold medal win over Serbia, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver catch up to talk about the past month of USA hoops. Who made the most of this experience, who struggled and who's coming next in 2020? Also, a quick programming note: Open Floor will be on break until mid-September.

Team USA's problems and a medal round preview  

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the developments in Rio, including the Brazil-Argentina thriller, Spain's resurgence in the field and the perplexing struggles of Team USA. At the end, they preview Wednesday's medal round marathon, including a dramatic reunion of Spain and France after 2014 and the cheapshot heard round the world.

Olympic hoops, Westbrook's Return and Team USA hypotheticals  

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk about the scene on the ground in Rio and the international hoops competition in this Olympic field. Plus: They get into Russell Westbrook's return, and which Team USA stars would make the best football players.

Open Floor: Rio, Draymond drama, and LeBron vs. ghosts  

Sports Illustrated's Andrew Sharp made the trip Rio for the 2016 Olympics, and he is joined Ben Golliver to talk about the hectic days before the opening ceremony and the first games for Team USA. Within that discussion, they catch up on Draymond Green's snapchat incident, discuss Carmelo Anthony's evolving legacy in the NBA and beyond.

Goodbye Summer League, Hello Team USA  

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the Summer League playoffs, including the unfairness of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the future frontline of the Bulls. Plus: Team USA comes together in Las Vegas, Coach K is not a kindergarten teacher, and Kevin Durant sees the future with Brandon Ingram.

Tim Duncan's legacy, summer league standouts, Westbrook rumors and more  

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are in Las Vegas for the week, where they discuss the D'Angelo Russell and the Summer Lakers, Ben Simmons and the Sixers, and more from summer league. Plus: They talk through Russell Westbrook Celtics rumors, argue about Tim Duncan's legacy, and recap Adam Silver's press conference in Vegas. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

Dwyane Wade goes home, plus a free agency roundup  

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through Dwyane Wade's decision to leave Miami for Chicago, Pat Riley's role in the decision, and what it means for the Bulls. Plus: Beyond Durant, what happened in free agency? It's time to nerd out and talk Spurs, Jazz, Wizards Grizzlies, Magic, Pistons, and more. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

Kevin Durant chooses the Warriors, let chaos reign  

In the wake of Kevin Durant's free agency decision, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver debate what this means for Durant, Steph Curry, and the rest of the NBA. Questions: Is this a good thing? How will it work? Was Nike involved? What will the Thunder do now? And finally, where should we send Russell Westbrook? If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

Kevin Durant sweepstakes and more free agency questions  

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver catch up after a few days of vacation (and jury duty) to talk Kevin Durant and NBA Free Agency. They begin with a farewell to the KD2DC era, then dig into some general free agency questions. Are this year's B-List stars worth the investment? Should Mike Conley and Al Horford leave? Where will Hassan Whiteside land? Who is winning the Allen Crabbe sweepstakes? And, of course, what happens with Durant? If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

NBA draft week winners and losers  

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver get together late night to talk through the biggest winners and losers after a week of trades, surprises and nationally televised Sacramento Kings decisions. Includes thoughts on the Celtics draft, the OKC/Magic trade, the Wolves/Bulls trade that didn't happen, the Lakers, Sixers, Bucks and more.

NBA draft stock watch: Buy or sell?  

With the 2016 NBA Draft just a day away, Andrew Sharp and Jeremy Woo run through some of the bigger names in the First round (Ben Simmons, Jaylen Brown), and some of the not so big names (Dejounte Murray, Pat McCaw), and decide whether to buy or sell the hype.

LeBron and the Cavs get a perfect ending  

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss the Cavs title and the crowning achievement for LeBron in the NBA Finals. Plus: How good can Kyrie Irving be over the next few years? How much blame do Steph Curry the Warriors deserve for their Finals downfall, and what do they do from here? Does losing a title help their chances at Kevin Durant?

LeBron is not human, Steph is not happy, and Game 7 is here  

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss LeBron's historic performance in Game 6, and what's at stake headed into Game 7. Plus: they look at the ejection of Steph Curry, the conspiracy theories of Ayesha Curry, and what's been going wrong for the Warriors over the past week. Then, at the end, they make their picks for Sunday night.

NBA Mock Draft: Projecting every pick in Round 1  

SI.com's NBA crew gets together for a special Mock Draft edition of Open Floor. Mainstays Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are joined by draft experts Matt Dollinger, Jeremy Woo and David Gardner to project every pick in Round 1 of the draft. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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