The State of the MVP Race, The Heat in D.C., Contextualizing Luka and Trae
On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with news that Ben is on LinkedIn and would love to add you to his professional network. Then: Before Harden and Giannis face off Tuesday night, they talk through the MVP cases for both players, including Houston's adversity this season, Milwaukee's continued dominance, the source of Harden ambivalence, whether Giannis' numbers could be even more impressive, and why the race is still a toss-up as we enter the final weeks of the season. From there (34:00): Some thoughts on the Heat after their visit to DC, including the progress of Justise Winslow and Bam Adebayo, the legacy of Dwyane Wade, an interlude to argue about conferences, and Thomas Bryant with the greatest flop of the season. Then (55:00): Clarification on Luka takes after a weekend of feisty listener responses, some extended thoughts on his future, and the debate surrounding Doncic, Trae Young, and the rookie of the year award. At the end (1:20:00): Pacers culture, Justin Timberlake comps, and a brief follow-up to last week's Lantern™ segment.
The Rejuvenation of Doc Rivers, Drafting Lonzo vs. Trading Russell, USS Zion Returns to Sea
The Devin Booker Super Bloom, The Loss of Nurkic in Portland, Lottery Reform One Year Later
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.