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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.

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

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English


Episodes

Warriors and Rockets (and Clippers), Reliving Lillard Euphoria, Dame Moments Through History

4/26/2019
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On today’s show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with some leftover thoughts from Damian Lillard’s 50-point game five and mind-boggling game-winner. Then (8:00): the Rockets and Warriors in first round, Harden’s shooting against the Jazz, the Clippers are amazing (again), the Warriors look lost (again), Steph Curry needs to be better, and Steve Kerr is preparing an instructional video. From there (38:00): If you don’t like Damian Lillard you don’t like basketball, more thoughts on the...

Duration:01:31:09

The End of Westbrook's Prime, Celtics Sweeping Toward Milwaukee, Donovan Mitchell and D'Angelo Russell

4/23/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking Russell Westbrook in the middle of a difficult first round series. Topics include: Whether this postseason marks the end of Westbrook's prime, ongoing battles with Damian Lillard, last year's Jazz series, not making the Carmelo mistake, playing with *a* purpose, the origins of Westbrook backlash, and what all of this might mean for the future in Oklahoma City. From there (34:00): Why does everyone continue believing in Celtics...

Duration:01:15:48

Two Versions of Kevin Durant, Derrick White Breaks Out, Ben Simmons Destroys Brooklyn

4/19/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by processing the week of Kevin Durant scrutiny, from Monday's Game 2 collapse to Thursday's response in Game 3, which was the single most impressive performance of the playoffs so far. From there (37:00): Shoutout to Jackb Poeltl and the Open Floor Globe in Austria, Spurs hypotheticals, and a nod to Derrick White after a few dominant performances to open the playoffs for San Antonio. Then (49:00): Additional thoughts on Jamal Murray and...

Duration:01:08:04

Shock and Awe and the Sixers, First Round First Impressions, Blazers/Thunder War

4/16/2019
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On today show's Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by considering the bigger picture for the 76ers. Topics include: Saturday's disastrous Game 1, Monday's Game 2 victory, the price of Ingram over Simmons stock, D'Angelo Russell's proper rating, Elton Brand's last 6 months, the ominous next contracts for Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and JJ Reddick, how much has changed for this team in the past 12 months, and how much of Philly's problem comes down to bad luck with two franchise players....

Duration:01:23:20

Impromptu Dirk Farewell, Big Picture Playoff Questions, Kings and Lakers Chaos

4/12/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with some thoughts on Dirk Nowitzki and everything that made his career so enjoyable. Then (17:00): Finals predictions and various narrative arcs at war in Sharp’s head, the final day of the regular season, the playoff outlook for Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets, and how we might remember this Warriors era. From there (42:00): Making sense of the Kings coaching change and then shifting to the Magic Johnson resignation, what’s wrong in LA, and...

Duration:01:30:18

Revisiting Preseason Over/Unders, Ominous 'Bad Take' Hubris, Open Floor Book Club

4/9/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with an elaborate mid-April hypothetical involving LeBron James, Tim Duncan, career swapping, King Arthur's sword, and religious icons. Then (13:00): Revisiting the preseason over/unders, including some Celtics thoughts, the Bucks, the Wizards and Pelicans, and the Pacers. From there (23:00): The Magic and what to make of this playoff run, the pecking order in the Eastern Conference and dangerous "bad take" hubris, and Pascal Siakam vs....

Duration:01:18:39

History's Least Enjoyable All-Time Greats, Robot Referees, The State of 12-Time Tatum

4/5/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin taking stock of the April angst that is sweeping the basketball internet as the regular season winds down. Then (5:00): Who are the least enjoyable great players throughout history? Nominees include Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Karl Malone, Tim Duncan, James Harden, Ralph Sampson, Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, and basically the entire Eastern Conference from 2001-2008. Then (35:00): Do the Rockets have buyer's remorse...

Duration:01:20:19

All the Angles on Zion Williamson, Live Reaction to Ernie Grunfeld News, Golden State vs. the Refs

4/2/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by disregarding the depressing state of the NBA and talking all things Zion Williamson. What did we learn from his weekend in DC? What weaknesses will he bring to the NBA? What's his best comp among NBA stars? How much can we blame Duke's failures on Coach K? Should Zion sign with Nike or Adidas? And who will have a better career: Zion Williamson or Ben Simmons? Then (37:00): Breaking news hits the podcast and Sharp processes the Ernie...

Duration:01:15:11

The Devin Booker Super Bloom, The Loss of Nurkic in Portland, Lottery Reform One Year Later

3/29/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by noting the parallels between the California super bloom and the annual March tradition of gigantic Devin Booker games in the midst of meaningless Phoenix Suns losses. Topics include: How do we explain the lack of progress in Phoenix? Could Booker be more valuable in a different context? And what will Ben do when YouTube mixtapes drive him from journalism? Then (25:00): What's the best round to face the Warriors this spring? Does player...

Duration:01:03:42

The State of the MVP Race, The Heat in D.C., Contextualizing Luka and Trae

3/26/2019
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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...

Duration:01:28:49

The Rejuvenation of Doc Rivers, Drafting Lonzo vs. Trading Russell, USS Zion Returns to Sea

3/22/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by highlighting Allen Crabbe's work in his neighborhood back in Los Angeles and Ben's time with Doc Rivers across town. What has changed with the Clippers over the past few years? What's possible this summer? And how many times can the Clippers dunk on the Lakers before this season is over? Then (25:00): A quick look at the Nets and Knicks as free agent targets, and then second-guessing some of this week's Lakers second-guessing. Is it fair...

Duration:01:26:21

An Early All-NBA Conversation, Bucks-Sixers Takeaways, Pistons Nation Strikes Back

3/19/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by taking an early look at the All-NBA candidates across the NBA. Who wins the battle between Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic on the first team? What about Paul George and Kevin Durant? Then: Kawhi vs. Blake on the second team, where to put LeBron, and what to do about that final guard spot on the third team. From there: Giannis was in kill mode, the Sixers had an A+ game, Milwaukee's supporting cast lacks athletes, and other takeaways from...

Duration:01:12:09

The NBA's Existential Concerns, "Prove It" Winners and Losers, Sixers Alternate Timeline

3/15/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver lose track of time and accidentally record a 90 minute podcast. First, they talk Westbrook in Utah and whether the NBA has bigger problems on the horizon. Then (16:00): Among NBA players who signed one-year deals, who are the biggest winners, and who are the biggest losers? From there (30:00): Devin Booker vs. LeBron James for the saddest promise of the year, generic praise for the Detroit Pistons, an intriguing what-if scenario for the 76ers,...

Duration:01:32:58

The NBA's Second Best Team, The Third Seed in the West, Loans in Basketball

3/11/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with a major announcement from Golliver that is, unfortunately, premature. Then: Who is the second best team in the NBA? What are the red flags in Milwaukee? And what about the Rockets and Celtics? From there: The Nuggets are now underrated and the middle of the West is a mess. At the end: The Clippers are good clean family fun, Patrick Beverly should be the next commissioner of the NBA, and a loan system in the NBA is a great idea that...

Duration:01:06:48

LeBron Passes Jordan, Viking Funeral for the Lakers, D'Angelo vs. Kyrie

3/8/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin the show by agreeing that this is the last week of Lakers takes, but on the way out, there has to be one, final deep dive. At the start: Reconsidering LeBron James and the night he passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list, whether he was crying into that towel, and a conversation about what we've learned about LeBron over the past 16 seasons. From there: Whether Lakers will boo when LeBron passes Kobe on the all-time scoring list,...

Duration:01:15:09

The Impending LeBron Vacuum, The Suns in the Sarver Wilderness, Other Hot Early March Topics

3/5/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by thinking ahead to the playoffs and confronting the reality that LeBron probably won't be there. Who will we focus on instead? Which stars will assume the spotlight? Will casual fans be less interested? And how much of the story could change by this time next season? Then: Reaction to Kevin Arnovitz's excellent story on Robert Sarver and the Phoenix Suns, whether Sarver is the worst owner in the NBA, and whether Suns fans enjoyed reading...

Duration:01:14:01

Kyrie's February vs. LeBron's February, The Clippers as a Sleeping Giant, The New Best Player Alive

3/1/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with a discussion of the great LeBron/Kyrie leadership and accountability summit and its disastrous bi-coastal aftermath. First, in Boston (6:00), the Celtics have lost four straight games since the All-Star Break, but Sharp makes a case for believing in their ceiling regardless and not falling into the trap of Celtics hater hubris. Then (20:00): Jayson Tatum vs. Brandon Ingram after three scintillating weeks in Los Angeles, a brief call...

Duration:01:22:06

The Playoff Race Out West, De'Aaron Fox and the Kings, Your Best Pilgrimages

2/26/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through the dog days of the NBA before shifting their attention to the playoff race out West. Topics include: The struggling Lakers, LeBron's comments on commitment to basketball, and the year of De'Aaron Fox and the Kings as Sacramento makes its own playoff push. Then: Boogie is struggling, Draymond has a new agent, and the future in Golden State remains as uncertain as ever. At the end: Reputation vs. identity, Duke basketball...

Duration:01:14:15

Scenes from UNC-Duke, USS Zion Explodes a Sneaker, The NBA's Age Limit Question

2/22/2019
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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver did not have an opportunity to watch games Thursday, so instead they talk UNC-Duke for a mini-episode that eventually became a full hour. First: the atmosphere at Cameron, parallels from their past experiences, and whether Duke fans actually like basketball. Then: USS Zion explodes a sneaker and the world thinks he should shut it down for the rest of the season. From there: The NBA is set to lower its age limit to 18 years old. Is that a good...

Duration:00:58:47

Recapping All-Star Weekend, Trade Demand Dystopian Scenarios, Visiting Basketball Mecca

2/19/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by recapping All-Star Weekend 48 hours later. Topics include: Charlotte as a host city, whether Giannis was robbed of MVP, whether Steph Curry should be recruiting another superstar, and Kevin Durant assuming the throne in the most Kevin Durant way possible. Then (30:00): Anthony Davis needs some PR advice after a weekend of questionable choices. From there (45:00): The controversy surrounding trade demands and considering the possibility...

Duration:01:29:27