SI's Chris Ballard talks Monty, Hinkie, Kobe, Dirk, and pick-up hoop ethics
On today's show Ben Golliver chats with SI senior writer Chris Ballard. Why is Ballard drawn to weighty topics like suicide (Ryan Anderson), tragedy (Monty Williams) and a mid-career crisis (Sam Hinkie), and how does he get his interview subjects to open up on such personal material? What is it like inside the Spurs' secret curtain? After writing countless Kobe Bryant stories over the last 17 years, which version of the Lakers star is his favorite? Will Dirk Nowitzki be properly remembered once he retires? What does a person's pick-up basketball game say about his character? Where does Ballard see long-form journalism headed in the mobile era? Note: Andrew Sharp is on vacation.
Rob Mahoney joins for a deep dive into SI's Top 100 NBA Players list
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About The Show
From the NBA draft to the playoffs and back again, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take you on a ride up and down the NBA standings, laying out the latest news and rumors along the way, and leaving no basketball conspiracy theory stone left unturned. Strap on your tinfoil hat and welcome to the Open Floor Globe.