Limited Upside

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Oleh Kosel and Kevin Barrios from SB Nation's Pelicans site The Bird Writes join Mike to talk about what caused Anthony Davis' down year, whether New Orleans' free-agent signings can change the culture, why Buddy Hield will or won't be a bust and why fans shouldn't expect to see much from Tyreke Evans this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Mavericks have quietly embraced an on-the-fly youth movement and are in a position where expectations are relatively low. That's a new world for Mavs fans, and they're embracing it. SBNation.com's Tim Cato and Mavs Moneyball's Kirk Henderson join Mike to discuss the following topics:The Mavs have an actual future now! Maybe not like a future title winner, but a fun youngish core nonetheless.Are we getting too far ahead of ourselves with Dennis Smith Jr., or should we shut up and just enjoy him? (The latter).What's going on with Nerlens Noel? Why hasn't he re-signed yet? Are fans worried?How good is Harrison Barnes, exactly?Has management done enough to regain the trust of the fanbase after Plan Powder kinda fell flat year after year?Oh yeah, let's talk about Dirk. Suppose you put Dirk at his absolute best (whenever that is) on this Mavs team. How high would they be in the West?What will Dirk's next job title be once he retires?If Mavs fans had a chance to do it all over, would they have preferred keeping the 2011 championship team together or breaking it up like they did?Which three Mavs would you want on your banana boat? (Dirk and Steve Nash should be shoo-ins, but who else joins them?)Plus, predictions, best/worst case, making fun of Tim being super young, and way more. This is the eighth of Limited Upside's 30 team previews leading up to next season. We're bringing together representatives from all 30 SB Nation team sites and other team-specific experts from the SB Nation/Limited Upside community to gauge the temperature of the fanbase heading into the season. PREVIOUSLY: Kings NEXT UP: Timberwolves Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mike and Ben take a deep dive into the Conference Finals and other topics. We break down Warriors-Thunder Game 2 (3:20 mark), list Russell Westbrook and energy as the keys to OKC's chances (21:12), show empathy for Kyle Lowry needing to "blow off steam" in the middle of a game (26:30), look ahead to a Cavs-whoever Finals (35:50) and congratulate Ben for the 76ers winning the lottery (48:35). We also imagine a world where the NBA is like European soccer, with no draft or salary cap(52:23). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ben Epstein and Mike Prada dive through the NBA Playoff picture, why we hope the matchups we currently have don't change much, why Jazz-Clippers excites us more than Harden vs. Westbrook (sorry, Rockets-Thunder), unwritten rules of basketball, the tank-off at the bottom and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Surya Fernandez, the managing editor of Hot Hot Hoops, joins the show to discuss the sad Chris Bosh situation, why the Heat moved on from Dwyane Wade and what Heat fans should expect from the rag-tag group that remains. Plus: everyone congratulate Ben, who will be away from the pod for the next month for a very good reason. This is the 21st of 30 podcasts previewing each team with writers from SB Nation's communities. We're going roughly in reverse win order from last year. Click this link for past episodes. http://www.sbnation.com/limited-upside-nba-podcast Next up: the Charlotte Hornets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The SB Nation NBA writing team takes over the podcast to talk about the latest Paul George rumors, the D'Angelo Russell trade to the Nets, the sad Dwight Howard deal, these ridiculous Kristaps Porzingis rumors, and more. Featuring Ben Epstein (@EppyBen), Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN), Whitney Medworth (@its_whitney), Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed), and Tim Cato (@tim_cato). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Sixers are actually winning, so we had to indulge Ben's appetite and talk about them for a whole podcast. Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck), the managing editor of SB Nation's 76ers blog Liberty Ballers, joins the show to talk about Joel Embiid's emergence, Ben Simmons' impending return, Jahlil Okafor's awkward state, Bryan Colangelo's rep in Philly, and #RaiseTheCat Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Grit 'N Grind is truly dead in Memphis with the departures of Tony Allen and Zach Randolph. What's the new identity that replaces it? And who are all these dudes around Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, anyway? Joe Mullinax, site manager for SB Nation's Grizzlies site Grizzly Bear Blues, joins us for a wonderful discussion about a franchise at a crossroads. Among the topics:This is now David Fizdale's team. No more of the old guard to stop him and add tension to the transition. Will it work? Will there be blowback if the team struggles?Why so much of the Grizzlies' success depends on Chandler Parsons ... and why that makes everyone nervous.Mike Conley and Marc Gasol deserve more love, so let's give it to them. Especially Conley. Did y'all realize how good he was last year? Can they duplicate that effort? Is there any chance Gasol gets traded if things go south?Who else will start alongside those two? Who will finish games? Can they get something out of players like Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans, etc.?If you had to bet your house on a player being Memphis' third-leading scorer this year, who would you put your money on? Mike capes for Wayne Selden, which means he's probably losing his house.We run through our favorite Grit 'N Grind moments and the enduring legacy of that core of players.The all-important banana boat question.Predictions, etc. For once, we're more optimistic than Joe is.This is the 20th of Limited Upside's 30 team previews leading up to next season. We're bringing together representatives from all 30 SB Nation team sites and other team-specific experts from the SB Nation/Limited Upside community to gauge the temperature of the fanbase heading into the season. PREVIOUSLY: Hawks NEXT UP: Thunder Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Zach Oliver and Cory Hudson from SB Nation's Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post join the show to talk about the Magic's baffling summer. Why are they making so many moves that don't make sense together? Bismack Biyombo? Jeff Green? Is there any reason to expect that this strange roster actually comes together? Who is supposed to score on this team? Can Aaron Gordon at least make a jump into stardom? We also talk about Orlando's awful new alternate uniforms, declining stadium experience and why they need a sponsored giveaway to encourage the team to get to the free-throw line. Plus, Zach compares the team's summer to bitter craft beers over-stuffed with hops. Everything's going GREAT in Orlando. This is the 11th of 30 podcasts examining each team's offseason and 2016-17 prospects with the members of SB Nation's team sites. We're going roughly in reverse win order from last year. Click this link for past episodes. http://www.sbnation.com/limited-upside-nba-podcast Next up: the Utah Jazz Just for the record, here are the BeerAdvocate pages for the drinks Zach mentioned: https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/27077/81301/ https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/31805/113976/ https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35575/127384/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Wizards are Mike's favorite team, so this is the episode of the Limited Upside countdown we've long anticipated. To help us, Michael Sykes and Lyndie Wood from SB Nation's Wizards blog Bullets Forever jump on to discuss what went wrong last year, why this summer's Kevin Durant whiff stings, what the offseason additions (and new coach Scott Brooks) can do to improve the team and whether there's any reason to worry about the tension between John Wall and Bradley Beal. Plus, plenty of Xs and Os talk, your questions and an odd sequence where the one non-Wizards fan (Ben) predicted a better win-loss record than the three Wizards supporters. This is the 13th of 30 podcasts examining each team's offseason and 2016-17 prospects with the members of SB Nation's team sites. We're going roughly in reverse win order from last year. Click this link for past episodes. http://www.sbnation.com/limited-upside-nba-podcast Next up: the Chicago Bulls Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mike, Ben, and Alex discuss the factors behind the Timberwolves' improvement, why we're often slow to acknowledge them, why Karl-Anthony Towns gets nitpicked, Andrew Wiggins' struggles, and more. Plus, a Heat-Raptors discussion that predates Tuesday night's fight, Steph Curry is STILL underrated, and what the Lakers should do about LaVar Ball, if anything. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hey, we went an hour without talking about the Warriors! The Internet's Michael Pina joins us to talk about the ferocious Clippers, the fun-loving Lakers, the brilliant James Harden, and the red-hot DeMar DeRozan. Plus, can the Pelicans help Anthony Davis, and will the Kings ever stop being the Kings? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We chat with Jake Pavorsky and Harrison Faigen, the editors of SB Nation's 76ers and Lakers sites, about their team's lottery victories, their emotions as the ping-pong balls dropped, the state of their teams' unique rebuilding projects, why Ben Simmons should have the edge on Brandon Ingram and why lottery reform is a bad idea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mike and Ben return to the recording studio to talk about the 2015 NBA rookie class. With so many top picks impressing, is this the best draft in recent memory? Is it too early to freak out about D'Angelo Russel, the one top rookie playing poorly? We also ponder an interesting hypothetical: would you rather have Blake Griffin or Kevin Durant from this day forward? For more great NBA features and information, check out www.sbnation.com/nba Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ben is joined in studio by SB Nation's own Seth Rosenthal as well as friends of the pod, and LA residents, Mo Dakhil and Anthony Irwin, to breakdown the big Blake trade, and what it means for the great LA Hoops narrative.   Topics touched on: - The Blake era in LA; was he the greatest Clipper ever? - The Pistons have a one way ticket to the middle of the NBA - Is LA now back to being a 100% a Lakers town? Was it ever not a full on Lakers town? - What's next for the Clippers, more moves, DJ, Lou Will... - Listener questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mo Dakhil (@theJumpBallnet), a former video coordinator for the Spurs and Clippers, joins the show to dissect the biggest questions in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs. This is Part II of our two-part NBA Playoff preview podcast. Check back in the feed for the East preview. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
James Dolan did it. He really fired Phil Jackson. Now, Knicks fans have hope again. Award-winning MMA journalist and longtime Knicks fan Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) joins Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN), Ben Epstein (@EppyBen), and SBNation.com NBA staff writer Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) to celebrate the news, ponder what's next for their beloved franchise, and ignore Mike's desperate attempts to pour cold water on their joy. You should also check out our podcast with Max Croes of SB Nation's Rockets site The Dream Shake on the Chris Paul trade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What a damn first week in the NBA! SBNation.com writer at-large Zito Madu joins the show to discuss the Warriors' early struggles, Kawhi Leonard's career highs, Anthony Davis' sad plight in New Orleans, whether the Thunder's performance actually matters to those of us just here for Russell Westbrook's revenge tour, and the irony of the league having so many different teams with stars despite its "superteam" reputation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Spurs looked like they'd make a big splash this summer. Instead, they've brought the band back together, including a surprise contract extension for LaMarcus Aldridge. Are Spurs fans worried, or has the team bought itself enough goodwill. We brought on J.R. Wilco and Bruno Passos of SB Nation Spurs site Pounding the Rock to discuss the following:INSTANT REACTION to LaMarcus Aldridge's new 3-year, $72.3 million extension. And we do mean instant, because we began recording minutes after the news broke.Why didn't the Spurs make the big move that many expected? Why re-sign Pau Gasol and Aldridge with their cap space? Are they playing a different game that we can't see? Kawhi Leonard's gonna be OK health-wise, right? This quad issue isn't a long-term thing, is it? Assuming not, what can he possibly do for an encore?Rudy Gay seems like an interesting fit. How will that work? And will the Spurs play more of a modern style after playing very traditionally last year? Why are Spurs fans going gaga over DeJounte Murray?Over/under six long Gregg Popovich screeds against Donald Trump? (That doesn't count the one from today, which dropped after we recorded). Which game will he unleash his grumpiest sideline interview?The all-important banana boat question.Are the Spurs still the toughest matchup for the Warriors? Did this summer get them closer or further away to the Warriors? Why do they seem to have more success than most against them? How do Spurs fans feel about the Warriors?More worried about the Rockets or Thunder as a challenger?Assuming Kawhi is healthy, he's definitely winning MVP, isn't he?Plus, more dumb things to bet on. Recreationally, of course. This is the 29th of Limited Upside's 30 team previews leading up to next season. We're bringing together representatives from all 30 SB Nation team sites and other team-specific experts from the SB Nation/Limited Upside community to gauge the temperature of the fanbase heading into the season. PREVIOUSLY: Rockets LAST UP: Warriors Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Suns are finally taking it slow and steady, much to their fans delight. It's birthed a new hashtag rally cry: #TheTimeline. But what is #TheTimeline and will a trade for Kyrie Irving potentially disrupt it? It's our Suns preview with Dave King (@DaveKingNBA) and Evan Sidery (@esidery) from SB Nation's Suns blog Bright Side of the Sun. Among the topics discussed:Where did #TheTimeline come from? Who are the core pieces of #TheTimeline?Why most Suns fans are down on the idea of trading for Kyrie Irving right now. (If you're a Suns fan tired of beating this topic into the ground, skip ahead to the 23-minute mark).What kind of coach is Earl Watson and why are so many missing the mark with him?Let's say you have to choose between Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss. Who do you take? Who are most Suns fans taking?What kind of season does Devin Booker need to put together to show he's taking the next step?Is Eric Bledsoe long for Phoenix? Why is he always on the block? Then, we have some fun with the following topics:Do/Marry/Kill: 1992-93 team, 2004-05 team, 2009-10 team?You can change one of the following four moments in recent Suns history: Joe Johnson's face injury in 2005, Robert Horry hip-checking Steve Nash in 2007, Tim Duncan hitting a game-winning 3 in 2008, or Metta World Peace's miracle tip-in in 2010. Which is it and why? And does Amar'e Stoudemire's knee surgery trump all of those?The Suns have asked you to pick this year's jersey sponsor. Who is it and why?Who is on your all-time Suns banana boat? (This led to Evan's odd fascination with reuniting Bledsoe, Goran Dragic, and Isaiah Thomas). Plus, predictions, best/worst case, and more. This is the third of Limited Upside's 30 team previews leading up to next season. We're bringing together representatives from all 30 SB Nation team sites and other team-specific experts from the SB Nation/Limited Upside community to gauge the temperature of the fanbase heading into the season. PREVIOUSLY: Lakers NEXT UP: 76ers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Daniel Reynolds, the editor of SB Nation's Raptors HQ, jumps on to discuss if Toronto can duplicate its franchise-best season. Why did Raptors fans perceive disrespect during Toronto's playoff run? Can Kyle Lowry match his amazing 2015-16 season? Should the Raptors have ponied up for DeMar DeRozan instead of letting him walk? How will they replace Bismack Biyombo? What's the fanbase's feeling on Dwane Casey? Plus, key playing time issues and an in-depth discussion about Drake's dwindling role as the team's ambassador. This is the 26th of 30 podcasts previewing each team with writers from SB Nation's communities. We're going roughly in reverse win order from last year. Click this link for past episodes. http://www.sbnation.com/limited-upside-nba-podcast Next up: the Oklahoma City Thunder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Mike and Ben recap the boring NBA trade deadline for Facebook live. How did the Pistons swipe Tobias Harris? What's next for Dwight Howard? Will Markieff Morris work out in Washington? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ethan Rothstein of SB Nation's Rockets site The Dream Shake joins the show to discuss last year's clown show, the hiring of Mike D'Antoni, the impact of new additions like Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon, and, most importantly, why James Harden is poised to return with a vengeance this year. For once, Mike actually agrees that a team will overachieve! This is the 15th of 30 podcasts examining each team's offseason and 2016-17 prospects with the members of SB Nation's team sites. We're going roughly in reverse win order from last year. Click this link for past episodes. http://www.sbnation.com/limited-upside-nba-podcast Next up: the Memphis Grizzlies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It feels weird talking about the Kings without talking about DeMarcus Cousins Boogie "15", but it's a new era and it's time for everyone to move on. Tony Xypteras of Sactown Royalty and Kenny Caraway from the K.C.'s Corner podcast join Mike to preview the new era of the Kings. Among the topics discussed:The mood of the fanbase in a word and the fanbase's appetite for a fresh start.Why it meant a lot that De'Aaron Fox explicitly wanted to be drafted by the Kings.What's the level of confidence in the Kings' long-unstable front office?How much of an impact will the new old heads the Kings signed (Z-Bo, Vince, George Hill) make? Did the Kings go too far in signing vets, or are they exactly what the team needs?Can Kings fans take anything away from the performances by the young guys down the stretch last year?Max/Play/Trade: Buddy Hield, Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein.Is there too much pressure on Fox to be the face of a new era amid all the dysfunction that came before him?If Fox is the first jersey Kings fans should buy, who is No. 2? It might be a name you wouldn't expect.OK we talk about Boogie "15" one more time with a fun hypothetical: what if he and Chris Webber switched eras? How would both of their careers be impacted? How would Boogie "15" impact the harmony of the early-00s Kings and how would Webber deal with the dysfunction of recent teams?Kenny thought way too hard about the three Kings in franchise history that he'd add to his banana boatPlus, predictions, best/worst case scenarios, and all that other good stuff. This is the seventh of Limited Upside's 30 team previews leading up to next season. We're bringing together representatives from all 30 SB Nation team sites and other team-specific experts from the SB Nation/Limited Upside community to gauge the temperature of the fanbase heading into the season. PREVIOUSLY: Magic NEXT UP: Mavs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Podcast Details

Started
Dec 4th, 2014
Latest Episode
Apr 17th, 2018
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
179
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
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