Brian Windhorst The Hoop Collective

Brian Windhorst and a team of ESPNs Insiders sort out life in and around the NBA world.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Dave McMenamin to talk his sit down with LeBron, the Lakers five game win streak, if our expectations for LA should change, why there is belief within the locker room and what moves the team could make.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to the NBA All-Star fan vote standings, who they think deserves to be an All-Star and what the lineups might look like. Plus, who may be the odd man out in the starting lineup in the Eastern Conference?

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Andrew Lopez and Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss the insane performances weve seen in the NBA lately including Donovan Mitchells 71-point outing, LeBrons efficiency, the Warriors impressive homestand and the significance of Zions injury for the Pelicans.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Bobby Marks to discuss Minnesotas struggles, what they can do to correct them and the moves on the table for them. Plus, what players are eligible to be resigned and will their team do so, including if the Mavs will resign Wood for Luka.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss Lukas historic performance against the Knicks, changing fortunes for New York, Brooklyn continuing to stay hot, how the Suns can make some trades to booster their bench and what to make of the Nuggets.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss what players have a chance to become their franchises all-time leading scorer for their current teams. Which records are out of reach and which ones will go down soon?

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview the NBA Christmas Day slate including the matchups to watch and what teams are trending up and down.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kirk Goldsberry and Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss stories from Chris Pauls graduation ceremony, the impressive turnaround for the Nets, what they need to become legitimate contenders, Donovan Mitchells interview about his time in Utah, the success of the Cavs and Mobleys development.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kevin Pelton to react to the Anthony Davis injury news, what direction the struggling Bulls should go in, a surprising win streak from the Magic and what Memphis needs for postseason success.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to Bontemps first MVP Straw Poll of the 2022-23 season including why some stars are lower than expected and why some may not be as far ahead as expected. Plus, the guys react to Steph Currys injury timeline, including what this means for the Warriors planning for this season.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Ohm Youngmisuk and Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss how formidable the Clippers look when Kawhi and Paul George are healthy, John Walls return to D.C., where the Knicks stand and discuss if there is more pressure to win in New York than anywhere else.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Nick Friedell to remember NBA Legend Paul Silas including stories regarding his career in coaching. Then, the guys break down the recent success in Brooklyn and what this team needs to be successful on the court before discussing the myriad of ways this season could go come the trade deadline.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk why the Mavs need to get Luka a co-star, what it means for their future if they dont, what has changed with the Suns since last season, the potential danger of the Pelicans roster and how the Heat can move forward with all of their injuries.

Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscapes Marc J. Spears and ESPNs Kevin Pelton to talk Joe Mazzullas coaching style, the Celtics insane offensive efficiency, new NBA Awards that may indicate changes to come, Alperen ^engns unique skillset for the Rockets and the challenges in comparing eras in the NBA.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Bobby Marks to discuss if AD and the Lakers can keep up their elite play, what moves they may make, how concerned Hawks ownership should be about Trae Young and what moves are available to the Warriors. Plus, discussion on the current state of the next CBA.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the significance of the Celtics extending Al Horford, their early domination, Tatum taking another step forward and the teams impressive shooting. Plus, we take a look back at the 2020 NBA draft including a the player picked outside the Top 10 who may be the best in the class and the biggest bust.

Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscapes Marc J. Spears and ESPNs Andrew Lopez to talk Herb Jones superb defense, the Pelicans finding their groove, the future growth of NBA talent in the world and the surprising start from the Wizards including if they have a potential Big 3 brewing.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kirk Goldsberry to talk what we should make of the Lakers resurgence, what we will learn about the team in their next tough stretch and why the Pacers are a potential trade partner. Plus, does Indiana have the best young backcourt in the league and some other young stars who are putting it all together.

On the CJ McCollum Show, CJ McCollum and Izzy Gutierrez welcome Brian Windhorst for a Hoop Collective crossover episode! They discuss cryptocurrency in the NBA, strategies for gambling in the casinos (06:50), and how dangerous the Pelicans are with Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson (23:40). Plus, what teams to watch as the season moves full steam ahead (44:03).

Brian Windhorst is joined by a roundtable of ESPN NBA reporters for a special Thanksgiving episode including Tim Bontemps, Tim MacMahon, Ohm Youngmisuk, Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Nick Friedell. The crew talks Ben Simmons & the Nets struggling in his return to Philadelphia, continued health issues for the Clippers, what expectations are within the Lakers organization, Kyries return, best Thanksgiving foods and more!

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Jamal Collier to talk the struggles for the Bulls, Lonzos uncertain injury timeline and Zach LaVines slow start. Plus, reaction to a strange incident with Giannis in Philadelphia and how the Bucks have persevered through injuries this season.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk Shai Gilgeous-Alexanders historic start to the season, if he is speeding up OKCs timeline, the waiting game for the Clippers with Kawhis slow progression, Victor Wembanyamas latest dazzling display of talent and if Portlands start to the season is sustainable enough to make them contenders in the West.

Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscapes Marc J. Spears and ESPNs Kirk Goldsberry to talk a fantastic start from the Celtics, how they have flown under the radar, if the Cavs are legitimate title contenders, if it is time to be concerned about the Warriors and if this is the year the Kings return to the playoffs.

In an annual tradition, Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kevin Pelton to discuss some of the leagues statistical anomalies and whether theyll hold up. Is Portlands defense sustainable? Will Utah regress back to the mean or are they a playoff team? Are the Warriors in serious trouble? All that and more in the small sample theater.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the Suns strong start after a tumultuous offseason, if it is time for concern about Chris Paul, the awful start for Minnesota including a lack of leadership and if the Grizzlies will contend for the top seed in the West.

Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscapes Marc J. Spears to talk potential expansion destinations for the NBA down the line including Mexico City, a return to Seattle, a jumpstart in Vegas among others. Plus, will there be a future for Ime Udoka in Brooklyn?

Brian Windhorst is joined by Attorney Alex Spiro to explain how to handle crisis management in high profile situations including big NBA scenarios. Then ESPNs Bobby Marks joins the show to tell us which New York franchise hed rather work for before explaining the futures for both of them.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to Kyries suspension from Brooklyn and discuss his future with the Nets and the response from the NBA. Plus, key injuries for the 76ers and continuing early struggles for the Warriors.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk Steve Nash & the Nets parting ways, Brooklyn pursuing Ime Udoka, the issues surrounding Kyrie Irvings tweet and discuss a general lack of accountability- .

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kirk Goldsberry and Marc J. Spears to talk about the biggest underachievers and overachievers so far this season. The crew discusses Portlands impressive start, the surprise in Utah and a strong start for the Spurs before talking a lack of identity for the Clippers and struggles for the Heat & Warriors.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the 76ers limping out of the gates this season, what issues they are able to address, concerning +/- stats for some star lineups in Brooklyn, an awkward call out in Minnesota and some young rookies making an early statement.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Andrew Lopez and Nick Friedell to discuss what potential exists for the Pelicans this season after a strong debut, the flaws on the Nets that need to be addressed to make the team a legitimate contender and What Is Going On In Utah after an unexpectedly successful start.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the start of the NBA season including an potential tone setting comeback for the Suns, the strength of the Eastern Conference, if the Knicks could finish higher than the Nets and assess LeBrons thoughts on the state of the Lakers.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk who will have the most regular season wins this season. The guys each select a team in a snake draft of all 30 NBA teams to build a group of 10 teams who will have the most wins this year.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the drama surrounding Draymond Greens altercation with Jordan Poole, if the team was right to call it a crisis situation, how things are meshing together with the Lakers and talk What Is Going On In Minnesota as we head into the season.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk Victor Wembanyamas impressive debut, what teams may be tanking this year and What Is Going On In Orlando. Plus, the guys talk about the dust up between Draymond Green and Jordan Poole.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk Embiids comfort coming into the season, lingering issues with the Suns following last years collapse and what the potential looks like in Minnesota. Plus, will the fans get the play time they want for young talent in New York?

Brian Windhorst is joined by our ESPN NBA Reporters at a variety of locations from Media Days across the league. First, Tim Bontemps joins to talk the tone in Boston and what the outlook is in Phoenix. Then, Nick Friedell joins to discuss what Brooklyn could be this season before Andrew Lopez joins to break down the excitement in New Orleans. Lastly, Dave McMenamin lets us know how expectations are shifting in Los Angeles.

Brian Windhorst and ESPNs Tim MacMahon get together in-person in LA to preview the Western Conference with our NBA reporters. Dave McMenamin joins first to talk on-court expectations for the Suns and what the ceiling is for the Lakers. Then, Kendra Andrews joins to talk the Warriors upcoming trip to Japan and how long their title window can last before Ohm Youngmisuk joins to break down if the Clippers or Nuggets can be serious contenders. Lastly, Andrew Lopez discusses what Zion could be this season and if the Mavs or Grizzlies will take the next step.

Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscapes Marc J. Spears and ESPNs Ramona Shelburne to react to Robert Sarver announcing his intention to sell the Phoenix Suns & Mercury and the implications across the NBA.

Brian Windhorst and ESPNs Tim Bontemps get together in-person in LA to preview the Eastern Conference with our NBA reporters. Nick Friedell joins first to talk if the Nets can play cohesive basketball and if the 76ers can take the next step with a full year of Harden. Then, Kevin Pelton joins to talk how offseason moves in the conference could impact the season before Jamal Collier joins to talk injury concerns for the Bulls and if people are forgetting about the Bucks.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to Suns Owner Robert Sarvers one-year suspension from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Silvers comments at the recent press conference. Then, the guys talk What Is Going On In Portland and Brians trip to Cleveland.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss some standout performers from EuroBasket, including dazzling displays from Luka & Giannis before talking what players may be earning themselves contracts in the NBA. Plus, how concerning Lonzos return timetable is for Chicago, What Is Going On In Atlanta after their offseason moves and Patrick Beverley and Russell Westbrooks friendly intro.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to the trade sending Donovan Mitchell to the Cavs. The guys talk what this means for the future in Cleveland, why the Knicks couldnt land the plane to get a deal done, the next moves for the Jazz to continue to acquire picks and if this changes the landscape of the Eastern Conference.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss how RJ Barretts extension with the Knicks impacts Donovan Mitchell trade talks, if it is a good contract for New York and talk what is going on in Sacramento including if playoff expectations are legitimate for the Kings. Plus, the guys talk the results of the Offseason NBA Survey article done by Bontemps.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss when Donovan Mitchell will be on the move and if it will certainly be to the Knicks, before talking a different trade from Utah sending Pat Bev to LA. Then, the guys talk what the basketball may look like on the court this season in Brooklyn with Kevin Durant locked in. Plus, reaction to Chet Holmgrens injury.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss LeBrons extension with the Lakers, what potential moves this leaves for Los Angeles, how his opt-out clause keeps the possibility to play with Bronny and what to make of the past 4 seasons for the Lakers. Then, the guys break down what the expectations should be in Cleveland for this season and what teams are All In this year.

Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscapes Marc J. Spears to break down what is next for the Nets and Kevin Durant, including if they think he will be at Brooklyns training camp. Plus, the guys share their thoughts on throwback jerseys and discuss what you learn from NBA practices.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss if the Celtics should actually make a move for Kevin Durant and how important Jaylen Brown is to Bostons future. Then, the guys dive into the winners and losers of the offseason including how the 76ers upgraded their roster and why the Suns and Mavs needed to do more to stay in contention.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss how Hardens new contract impacts the future of the 76ers and what the present state of the Lakers means for Westbrook including his interesting change of agents.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss Deandre Ayton signing back with Phoenix, what this means for Kevin Durants trade possibilities, if KD and Kyrie may wind up back together again in Brooklyn after all and if Donovan Mitchell could be a Knick by next week.

Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscapes Marc J. Spears to talk his standouts from the NBA Summer League so far, including Keegan Murrays fantastic play and if the Kings could be a playoff team this season. Then, ESPNs Kevin Pelton joins to discuss if the budding relationship between Josh Giddey and Chet Holmgren is for real before talking the Deandre Ayton situation in Phoenix.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the key notes from the NBA free agency contracts. The guys break down Ja Morant not getting a player option, what protections the Pelicans put in Zions contract, Bradley Beal being the only player in the league with a no-trade clause and Zach LaVine getting all he wanted from Chicago. Plus, could Donovan Mitchell be in the Empire State soon?

If you were on social media at all last weekend, youve seen the clip of Brian Windhorst on First Take  palms in the air, looking to the heavens like hes the subject of a Renaissance painting and questioning what exactly the Utah Jazz were planning following the trade of Royce ONeale. Hours later, Jazz All Star Rudy Gobert was traded to Minnesota, and Windhorst instantly became Twitters NBA Nostradamus. Given his new fame, Windhorst took the time for us little people at ESPN Daily, and tells us about how hes handled life in the limelight&oh, and also whats going on with the Brooklyn Nets. Check out our favorite episodes of 2022. Subscribe to ESPN Daily: Spotify Apple Podcasts Amazon Music iHeartRadio TuneIn ESPN PodCenter Download the ESPN App

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Andrew Lopez and Dave McMenamin to discuss the latest on the Kevin Durant rumors, a big step for the Pelicans, what may happen with Kyrie including who may want to trade for him, a cryptic tweet from the Lakers and what else is now going on in Utah. Plus, the guys react to Brian becoming a meme.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to a wild day in NBA free agency led by Kevin Durant requesting trade from the Brooklyn Nets. The guys talk possible destinations for what could be an unprecedented haul before diving into what this means for Kyrie, how much better the Hawks got, if a rebuild is upon us in Utah and more!

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Nick Friedell and Marc J. Spears to react to Kyrie Irving opting into his contract with the Nets before talking about how that impacts his future in Brooklyn or potentially elsewhere. Plus, the significance of John Wall to the Clippers.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to the 2022 NBA Draft including Paolo Banchero jumping up to the top pick, the biggest surprises of Round 1, what exactly the Knicks were doing and the latest on the Kyrie saga with the Nets.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kevin Pelton to talk the logistics of where Kyrie could go outside of Brooklyn and the chances he remains with the Nets. Plus, the guys get you ready for Thursdays NBA Draft with who could go 1 and some players who will greatly outperform their selection.

Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe react to the Warriors winning the NBA Finals in Game 6 from the floor of the TD Garden. The guys discuss the level of difficulty for Golden State to win this title, Draymond showing up big time, the Warriors savoring this one, this being the crowning moment of Steph Currys career, Boston looking totally discombobulated, Tatum struggling down the stretch and how many times Klay has said Holy Cannoli before.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview Game 6 of the NBA Finals including how Steph Curry will bounce back, why Ime Udoka says Boston likes doing things the hard way and the key to the series that continues to pop up. Plus, how Golden States smart financial decisions continue to set the team up for success.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps on the floor of the Chase Center to react to a massive win for Golden State in a weird game. The guys break it all down including a sensational performance from Andrew Wiggins, Steph going cold from 3, the Celtics offensive struggles in the 4th quarter and why Boston missed a big opportunity in this game.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview Game 5 of the NBA Finals including how the turnovers for the Celtics remain the key to the series, the brilliance of Steph Curry, if Steph still has another level to reach in the Finals, the difference Kevon Looney has made for the Warriors, what Tatum needs to do to step up for Boston and the status of Rob Williams injury.

Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe react to Game 4 of the NBA Finals from the floor of the TD Garden. The guys discuss Steph Currys incredible performance, Steve Kerrs decision to bench Draymond Green for a crucial stretch in the 4th quarter, the huge put backs by Andrew Wiggins, and Jayson Tatums disappointing second half.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview Game 4 of the NBA Finals including Draymond Greens struggles, Jayson Tatums potential to elevate his standing in the league, if Steph Curry can carry the Warriors and why Rob Williams is such a difference maker for Boston.

ESPNs Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe react to Game 3 of the NBA Finals from the floor of the TD Garden. The guys discuss Boston overcoming big performances from Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, the Celtics managing their turnovers being the key to the series, Tatums ability to move the ball and if Curry can overcome being an underdog in a series.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview Game 3 of the NBA Finals including how Klay Thompson is attempting to get himself going, the new battle cry for Boston and if Draymond Green has put himself in a precarious position with the officials including Scott Foster. Plus, a new head coach in Los Angeles, Russell Westbrooks future with the Lakers and Quin Snyder officially stepping down in Utah.

Brian Windhorst is joined on the Chase Center court by Andscapes Marc J. Spears immediately following the Warriors statement victory over the Celtics to talk Golden States strategy change, how Boston let Draymond win the mental battle, changes in officiating after 1 technical foul and how the Celtics sloppy play cant repeat in Boston. Plus, a special appearance from Warriors super fan Jimmy Goldstein.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview Game 2 of the NBA Finals including why the Celtics are uniquely suited to guard Golden State, how the Warriors advantage in experience is irrelevant, how Boston can take punches without falling over, what version of Tatum the Celtics need and why Kevon Looney needs more minutes.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kendrick Perkins courtside at the Chase Center immediately following Game 1 of the NBA Finals to react to a historic 4th quarter performance from Boston. The guys talk how the Celtics continue to bounce back in games this season and who needs to step up for the Warriors to respond.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to give their predictions for the NBA Finals matchup between the Celtics and Warriors including what to expect in Game 1 of the series. Plus, they discuss the new perspective Golden State has on this season and if Boston is ready for the moment before talking about some news regarding the future of the Jazz.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the Warriors advancing to their 6th NBA Finals in 8 years, Klay Thompsons joy in the win, what is next for the Mavs, if the league will trend away from Super Teams going forward, how the Suns will manage Ayton in the offseason and the ability of Boston to shut down any half-court offense from the Heat.

Brian Windhorst talks with Kirk Goldsberry and Ohm Youngmisuk dive into the Miami Heats rash of injuries, why its not a competitive series even though the series is tied 2-2 with home court advantage. Plus, are the Dallas Mavericks out matched against Golden State now that the Warriors are finding a rhythm?

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the Celtics making a bounce back statement in Game 2 against Miami, Bostons evolution over the course of the season, why the Heat need Lowry, the similarities between Ime Udoka and Jason Kidd, if Luka can carry the Mavs again and the prolific nature of this Warriors team. Plus, a league executive who may be on the move.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kevin Pelton and Marc J. Spears to react to the Mavs dismantling the Suns, Luka making a statement, the future in Phoenix, Boston closing out the Bucks despite a massive series from Giannis and what to expect from the NBA Lottery.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the Heat eliminating the 76ers, if Harden will give Philly a discount and how long The Process can continue. Plus, can the Mavs take down the Suns in Game 7, which player will make a statement in the decisive game and if Boston can avoid elimination.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Bobby Marks and Nick Friedell to react to Jokic winning the MVP again, talk the upcoming offseason contract decisions for Zach LaVine and James Harden, the 76ers resurgence, how Portland can maximize Dame, injury designations in the NBA and flopping in the postseason.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss if Harden has officially started to regress, what the Mavs can do to get back into the series with the Suns historic shooting, if the Celtics can win it all with an all-time level defense and how the Warriors can defend Ja.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Marc J. Spears and Andrew Lopez to talk Zions thoughts on the Pelicans postseason performance, the future in New Orleans, the Bucks physicality against the Celtics, the Warriors escaping with Game 1 and Devin Bookers competitiveness.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss Dallas closing out Utah for Lukas first playoff series win, the future of the Jazz, the 76ers avoiding a Game 7, why Harden is the key to success in Philly and Chris Paul putting on another masterclass performance for the Suns to eliminate the Pelicans.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Dave McMenamin and Kevin Arnovitz to talk the matchup issues Minnesota creates for Memphis, the Pelicans making it a series with the Suns, the potential of the youth in New Orleans and if Trae Young can overcome the swarming Miami defense.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss Bostons transformation from the start of the season, the squads sensational defense on Kevin Durant, Booker & Middletons injuries and Joel Embiid making a statement in Toronto.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Marc J. Spears and Kirk Goldsberry to talk the significance of the Celtics epic Game 1 win over the Nets, Kyries engagement with the Boston fans, Minnesotas statement win against Memphis and Chris Pauls mastery of the point guard position.

Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps are reunited with the legend Jackie MacMullan to break down the NBA Playoff picture including if the Celtics should be favored over the Nets, how key injuries will impact a few key series and if Harden and Embiid can make a statement. Plus, the crew talks Jackies podcast series Icons with the Ringer.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Nick Friedell and Andrew Lopez to break down everything you need to know about the NBA Play-In Tournament including if Ben Simmons or Zion may return and who has the most to prove. Plus, should teams have tanked to avoid the Nets and what matchup has the most exciting potential.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to break down which teams have the best betting odds to win the Eastern and Western Conferences including why the Nets are being wildly overvalued. Plus, MacMahon hands out his monthly major award.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Ohm Youngmisuk and Bobby Marks to talk Magics comments about the Lakers, the significance of Ben Simmons filing a grievance against the 76ers, the Nets playoff potential and the chances Kawhi comes back.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the final NBA MVP straw poll results including reacting to a new leader at the top before talking seeding in the Eastern Conference and the Suns dominance.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Marc J. Spears and Kirk Goldsberry to talk the impact of the Celtics losing Rob Williams to injury, when Ja Morant may return, which team is most susceptible to a 1st Round upset this season and who will be the 7 & 8 seeds.

Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the argument on the Heat sideline involving Jimmy Butler, Udonis Haslem and Erik Spoelstra, who the favorites are in the Eas.