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There are few NBA writers with the breadth and depth of Sam Amick, and as a Friend Of The Breakdown sits down with his insider’s knowledge of the inner workings of the Lakers and Celtics as they jockey for position in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes, as well as the Grizzlies intentions to move either Mike
Coach Nick is joined by New York Knicks beat writer for The Athletic Mike Vorkunov, who gives his perspective on the bombshell trade that just happened between the Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks. Jared Weiss also weighs in on how the trade works for Dallas as well, and the prospects for a Doncic Porzingis pick
Pelicans Beat Writer for The Athletic Will Guillory joins Coach Nick to give his insider’s analysis on why Anthony Davis suddenly wants out of New Orleans after 6 1/2 years. And as a bonus, Jared Weiss of The Athletic fills in more of the blanks about potential destinations that both fit Davis’s playing style and
Coach Nick welcomes Friend of the Breakdown Jovan Buha, Clippers beat writer for The Athletic, to discuss what has happened to the hot start of the Clippers. Jovan explains why Avery Bradley has become a four letter word on #NBATwitter, and what potential trades they might explore to upgrade the roster for a strong playoff
Welcoming Dave DuFour back, he and Coach Nick show you how to do a pod: They examine how DeMarcus Cousins looks on the floor for the Warriors, whether CP3 can come back and help the Rockets with Super Saiyan Harden, and we answer a ton of questions from the live Periscope Broadcast.
Coach Nick is joined as always by The Athletic’s Jared Weiss to discuss Kyrie’s comments that he called LeBron James to commiserate, are the Mavericks seriously thinking about trading Dennis Smith Jr, and should the Rockets cut down on their three point attempts?
The reporter that broke the news of Team President and Head Coach Tom Thibdeau’s firing from the Minnesota Timberwolves was none other than Jon Krawczynski, and he joins Coach Nick to discuss what it all means and the state of the franchise going forward. Then, Jared Weiss joins Coach Nick to go into more depth about
Paul George is having an MVP caliber year, and deserves to be in the discussion for the award. The Grizzlies had a physical altercation after a bad loss to Detroit, and Coach Nick and Jared discuss whether it’s even a good idea to have a meeting immediately after a game. Anthony Davis puts up monster
Coach Nick is joined by The Athletic’s Jared Weiss to discuss the newest defensive adjustments made against the Warriors, and whether the Trail Blazers are on solid footing in the West. Plus, Adam Silver’s memo urging players from refrain from recruiting each other publicly was a direct shot at LeBron James and his comments regarding
Coach Nick is joined by The Athletic’s Jared Weiss to discuss the Sixers issues down the stretch with a non shooter like Ben Simmons in the lineup. They also go in detail about the necessity to play Justise Winslow at point guard and how it has unlocked a lot of things for the Heat who
With Chris Paul’s hamstring injury, it places the Rockets in real peril of missing the playoffs. The league continues to draft traditional big men at the very top, does De’Andre Ayton deserve that spot? And Joel Embiid is one of the most dominant big men in the NBA, but there’s a big issue with his
With the firing of Fred Hoiberg and replacing him with Jim Boylen, John Paxson has ushered in a new era for the Chicago Bulls. They seem to have gotten the message, as the team is playing with lots more intensity and passion, but is it sustainable? Senior NBA Writer Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic brings
Best friend of the breakdown Jared Weiss joins Coach Nick in a weekly show to discuss his breaking news on the Markelle Fultz situation, from his wrist injury to the nerve damage that has caused his shot to get so funky. And Fred Hoiberg was fired early Monday morning, and the only surprising thing might
The Celtics have surprisingly struggled this year considering all the talent they have. Celtics beat reporter for The Athletic Jared Weiss joins Coach Nick to discuss the lineup changes Brad Stevens has played with, and whether Kyrie needs to be more of The Man in the offense to get them going in the right direction.
Marcus Thompson of The Athletic was one of the first to report on the rift between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, and what it means to the dynamic of the team. Will it hold them back from another title? Will it cause Durant to leave in free agency? Find out from one of the most
When Draymond blew up at Kevin Durant at the end of regulation versus the Clippers, it brought up a lot of issues that had been bubbling to the surface regarding KD’s free agency. Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group joins Coach Nick to give us his insider’s analysis.
Coach Nick welcomes back Friend Of The Breakdown Spencer Dinwiddie to discuss his game saving and game winning heroics on Halloween as he carried his Brooklyn Nets in crunch time over the Detroit Pistons. He also discusses how the new rules emphasis has affected his play, and the league in general. A must listen to
Joe Vardon has been on the Cleveland Cavaliers beat for years, and now covers them and National NBA News for The Athletic. In a candid conversation, Vardon details the events surrounding the slightly surprising termination of Tyronn Lue as head coach of the Cavs. After leading the team to 4 straight finals and one title,
Join Coach Nick and Dave DuFour as they go around the horn answering the best questions they got in their live post game show, ranging from Should Billy Donovan Be Fired, to whether Rondo and Ingram will start when they return from suspensions, and what’s wrong with the Boston Celtics offense?
Get into the mindset of one of the winningest players in the NBA – having won 2 NBA titles with the Rockets and one with the Spurs, Mario Elie has a unique perspective on the league having been a player and an assistant coach. Coach Nick discusses how the Rockets were the progenitors of volume
While the first game in Boston was sloppy, the Celtics proved they are the class of the East as they blew out an undermanned Sixers team. In the night cap, the Thunder gave the Warriors a run for their money behind Paul George’s hot second half, but Steph Curry and Kevin Durant were too much
Have you ever wondered how Steph Curry trained himself to be the all time best shooter the NBA has ever seen? Get a rare glimpse behind the curtain as Coach Nick discusses Curry’s training with his personal player development coach Brandon Payne. They discuss what Steph has added to his game this year, and the
When the video of Ted Alexandro’s comedy bit comparing his sexual prowess to the Celtics-era Shaq went viral, Coach Nick felt compelled to reach out to Ted to break down the process of writing this as well as a funny take on Steve Kerr’s coaching.
When Coach Nick was a young student manager for the Men’s Basketball Team at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, little did he know years later that he’d be able to interview his former boss. From being head coach of the Knicks, the GM of the Vancouver Grizzlies, and Vice President of the NBA itself,
Coach Nick and Dave DuFour are back together again for a new NBA Season! Find out their expert opinions on what the Lakers have in store for them in the West, and how LeBron James will integrate his game and also allow Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Lonzo Ball to flourish at the same time.
Once an unshakeable pairing, Jimmy Butler has decided he wants out of Minnesota now. As Darren predicted back in July. With more information, we discuss how Butler and Thibs went from a love affair to a messy divorce – and who gets custody of the kids.
After a long layoff, Dave DuFour is back on the show to discuss a variety of topics, based on questions from twitter and Periscope. We ran the gamut, across both conferences. Keen insight into the Western playoff race and which very good teams might end up being sorely disappointed at the end of the year,
The WNBA Semifinals just saw TWO epic 5 game series take place, and it’s just a prelude to what will undoubtedly be a Finals for the ages. Now that the WNBA has embraced the pace and space and 3 point shooting of the modern game, it has unlocked a whole new level of excitement
Coach Nick just dropped a video comparing and contrasting Nuggets center Nikola Jokic to the Sixers Joel Embiid, and TJ McBride, editor and Nuggets beat writer for Mile High Sports, joins him to discuss. They also go in depth on the expectations of this team, and how, fully healthy, they could contend for home court
Did the Rockets improve by adding Melo but losing Trevor Ariza and luc Richard Mbah a Moute? That’s a lot of defense to make up, but perhaps Anthony’s role in the Rocket’s high powered offense, plus the support of PJ Tucker, CP3, and Clint Capela can get them over the hump and defeat the Warriors
Coach Nick sparked a bit of a debate by disagreeing with LeBron’s use of the F-bomb when giving a great speech to his son’s AAU team, and Dave DuFour gives the counter point. Plus, we break down Kevin Pelton’s Western Conference predictions, which leaves the Lakers out of the playoffs.
Does Kawhi tilt the balance of power from the Boston Celtics to the Toronto Raptors? Can the Sixers improve upon last year? Who is the best defender of this generation? Jared Weiss of The Athletic joins Coach Nick to solve these questions and more. You In?
Find out which rookies show promise for the upcoming NBA season,as well as a good discussion on which action generates the best three point shots as Mo Dakhil (former video coordinator for the Spurs, Clippers, and Australian National Team) joins us.
Have the Raptors finally exercised their demons now that LeBron has gone to the West and they’ve added a top 5 player in the league when healthy? Find out when Coach Nick is joined by the Toronto Star’s Doug Jones – who’s been on the Raptors beat ever since their inception.
Darren Wolfson, of the Minneapolis local ABC Affiliate as well as ESPN Radio Twin Cities, joins Coach Nick to discuss why Jimmy Butler refused to sign a contract extension, and what this means for Andrew Wiggins, Karl Anthony Towns, and Tom Thibodeau’s career.
Michael Lee, NBA Senior Writer For Yahoo Sports, and Friend of the Breakdown, hops on the show to discuss why DeMarcus Cousins chose the Golden State Warriors, what the heck they’re trying to do in Los Angeles, and where Kawhi will end up and how it turned so sour between him and the Spurs.
The Lakers seemed primed to sign DeMarcus Cousins and pair him alongside LeBron James, but the Warriors went stealth mode and swooped in, signing him to a one year deal and giving them the ability to put 5 All Stars in their prime on the floor together (provided Cousins recovers from his achilles tear).
Join Coach Nick as he sits down with Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com as he lays out the entire Kawhi Leonard saga, Dave DuFour reports from his car on the latest in LeBron’s decision 2.0, and Jeff Diependbrock lends his expert analysis on some real draft sleepers.
Did DeAndre Ayton deserve to go number one? Will Marvin Bagley live up to the hype? How has the NBA style of play trickled down to the high school level? The only question left is: You In?
Relive the 2018 NBA Draft 1st round as Coach Nick, Dave DuFour, and Adam Stanco offer unparalleled analysis and information with the kind of detail you won’t find anywhere else.
Duncan Smith of the Athletic Detroit and bballbreakdown.com joins Coach Nick to discuss what happened to Stan Van Gundy and why they chose Dwane Casey. Dave DuFour breaks down his favorite picks of the NBA Draft, and Derek Bodner walks us through the crazy story of Bryan Colagelo’s demise in Philadelphia.
Safa Kamalian is an assistant coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the G-League, and discusses his experience working in the Rockets organization. HoopHype’s Alex Kennedy discusses where LeBron might go, and Dave DuFour gives us some insights into the Finals and the intriguing Free Agent storylines this summer.
Coach Nick got back to his roots with a solo live show where he offers his immediate reaction to the events that led to the Warriors beating the Cavaliers in Game 4, as well as answering a ton of questions posed in the Periscope comments.
The Cavaliers played their best first quarter of the series, yet could not get any separation. And the game wore on, Kevin Durant got more and more vicious, carrying the Warriors as Steph Curry had his worst shooting game of his career, culminating in a contested 30 footer over LeBron that iced the game, and
Coach Nick broke down the key elements to this series – how they affected the first two games (Korver not playing enough, Curry fire from 3) and what to expect in tonight’s Game 3 matchup in Cleveland. Joining the show: Mike Zavagno of FearTheSword.com and the Cavalytics Podcast, Mark Medina – Warriors Beat Writer for Mercury
While it seemed like the Cavaliers were going to get blown out early as the Warriors hit over 65% of their shots, LeBron James and Kevin Love kept them close through 3 quarters until the inevitability of the Warriors dominance overtook them and it turned into a blow out. Coach Nick and Dave discuss adjustments
Mark Jones has been part of the A Team on ESPN and ABC, doing play by play alongside the legend Hubie Brown, and he joins Coach Nick today to discuss in depth what he thinks will happen in the Finals. We also discuss what will happen with the Sixers organization considering their GM Bryan Colangelo
Join Coach Nick as he lends his expert opinions to the discussion on the Cavs vs Warriors NBA Finals rematch IV. Mike Zavagno of Fear The Sword weighs in from the Cleveland side, while Eric Apricot of BBALLBREAKDOWN and GoldenStateOfMind.com discusses what the Warriors need to do. And to top it off, Dave DuFour comes
The Celtics again looked like world beaters in dispatching the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston. What looked like a lost series now has the Green in the driver’s seat, only needing one win to get back to the NBA Finals for the first time in 9 years.
The Cavaliers took Game 4 and even the series at 2-2 versus the Boston Celtics. While that is certainly a positive thing for Cleveland, Boston played about as poorly as a team could play for certain stretches, causing all to stare at the screen with the “Who Farted?” expression on our faces.
The Warriors rode another 3rd quarter wave, including a Super Saiyan performance from Steph Curry, to a big win versus the Rockets. With a 2-1 lead and another game at home, Golden State is in good position to take this series. Coach Nick and Dave also go through Game 3 of the Cavaliers Celtics series
The Rockets continued to mercilessly attack Steph Curry in isolation, and their role players went super nova from all over the floor. The Warriors need a couple of solutions defensively, and clean up their unforced turnovers. The Rockets can breathe a little bit, knowing they stood up and took a must win game heading into
While the Cavaliers came out strong behind some incredible scoring by LeBron, the Celtics slowly pulled away throughout the 2nd half. They now have a strangle hold on this series, and find out why Brad Stevens has got his guys executing exactly the way he wants them.
As part of our live post game coverage of each of the Conference Finals games, Coach Nick and Dave DuFour go in depth to explain how Kevin Durant exploded for 37 points to lead the Golden State Warriors over James Harden’s 41 points and the Houston Rockets. They also discuss Game 1 between the Cavaliers
The trend in the NBA, based on advanced analytics, is to shoot more 3s and shots in the paint, and avoid the midrange long 2’s like the plague. In a shocking development, the Golden State Warriors of all teams bucked that trend this year, getting tremendous results in the process. Ben Cohen of the Wall
Join Coach Nick as he welcomes Brady Klopfer (NBA Writer for BBALLBREAKDOWN and SBNation) to discuss the Sixers rousing Game 4 win. Mike Zavagno of FearTheSword.com and Cavalytics Podcast goes in depth on the Cavaliers and what they were doing with their Xs and Os to beat the Raptors. And Jared Weiss (Celtics writer for
Coach Nick welcomed on the show BBALLBREAKDOWN Senior Writer Bryan Toporek to discuss the Sixers issues in Game 1. Associate editor of Salt City Hoops Dan Clayton broke down how the Jazz brokedown in their opener. And Best Friend of the Breakdown Jared Weiss (The Athletic) joins us to discuss the Rockets and the Celtics.
On the show today, Yahoo NBA Senior Writer Michael Lee discusses what the Wizards have done to get back in their series, OKC Thunder Beat Writer Erik Horne discusses the Thunder series. And Dylan Hughes of 8points9sesconds.com joins us for an informative session on what the Pacers have been doing to combat the Cavaliers. BBall
Coach Nick welcomes on the show Dave DuFour to run down Sunday’s games: The surprise Bucks get back in the series, the Raptors getting a little tight in the collar, the Spurs hang on, and the Cavaliers avoid catastrophe. BBall Breakdown NBA Basketball Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and the CLNS Media Mobile App.
Is there any hope for the Miami Heat? Can the Sixers make a run to the finals? Will OKC make it past the Jazz? BBall Breakdown NBA Basketball Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and the CLNS Media Mobile App. Twitter: @bballbreakdown
As part of his weekly SBNation Radio Show, Coach Nick welcomed on Eli Horowitz, an assistant coach at Cal Tech and WNBA Writer, to discuss how the Warriors have won 2 games against the Spurs, as well as the intriguing Rockets vs Timberwolves matchup. Tommy Tempesta comes on to discuss functional movement of NBA Players
Is AAU culture ruining basketball as we speak? Coach Nick welcomes JAG, a former AAU Coach from Los Angeles. He recounts his experiences with shoe companies and colleges infecting the system with money, cars, and other gifts. Currently, JAG is a musical artist, and his current album is “Dalton Ave.” The duo discuss the ins
The NBA Playoffs are finally here! After a wild race to the finish the teams are set and ready to go. Coach Nick welcomes on James Holas, AKA @SnottieDrippen, to go through all the matchups. Find out who we think will be an upset and which series we’re looking forward to most. Full details available
The NBA playoffs right around the corner! Coach Nick and the crew previews what should be a wild postseason. Coach Nick welcomes on the show today Ronnie Nunn (@NunnBetterRefs) – NBA referee for 19 years and Head Of Officials for 5 more, to discuss the growing animosity between the players and the referees. Plus, Pacers
NBA Playoff spots are up in there with just a few more days left in the regular season. Coach Nick welcomes on the show Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) to go over the Eastern Conference playoff race. It should be noted that the six through eighth spots are almost interchangeable at this point. Plus, Dave DuFour (@DaveDuFourNBA) to
As the NBA regular season dies down, the crew discusses who should win what award. It has been an interesting NBA season for sure. Coach Nick breaks down the best rookie class since LeBron entered the league, discusses with Jeff Diepenbrock (@jeffd08) what it’s like to prepare for the NCAA Tournmanet from a video coordinator’s perspective
Don’t miss the latest from Coach Nick on tons of NBA analysis. YOU IN? The crew discusses how the league’s style is not only shifting to more 3 pointers, but the game is being refereed differently as well. David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) of Bleacher Report joins him to give keen insight into prospects who will get drafted
Are the Lakers going in the right direction? Who are the free agents they realistically have a chance at getting? Can the fans stay with them long enough to get back to winning time? The only question left is: You in? Coach Nick has Matt Bilinsky (@mattbilinsky) on the show to talk about the state of the
Coach Nick’s live SBNation Radio show, brought to you without interruptions. Sean Highkin (@highkin) broke down what’s going on with the surprise Trail Blazers. Also, Coach Nick believes Damian Lilliard should receive MVP votes. Plus, Adam Stanco (@NaismithLives) discussed the shocking upset of Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. UMBC is the first 16 seed to
Why has Tyronn Lue Stepped down temporarily as the Cavs Coach? What does this mean fro the title hopes in Cleveland? Did you see the biggest upset in March Madness history? The only question left is: You in? Tyronn Lue has lead to the Cavaliers to three straight NBA Finals appearances. However the NBA Champion coach has
Who is getting upset in the NCAA tournament? What is the real value of a basketball scholarship? What was it like playing in the NBA in the 90s? Coach Nick is joined by former NBA center Jim McIlvaine (@JimMcIlvaine) to discuss several topics around the NCAA basketball scene. Also they talk about the Plus, the center position
Coach Nick has a slew of guests on this episode. Mike Zavagno (@MZavagno11) of Fear The Sword give his X’s and O’s insights into what is wrong with the Cleveland Cavaliers. This may be the first time in years where Cleveland doesn’t have a clear path to the NBA Finals. Emio Tomeoni (@mrtomeoni) AKA The
Who are the MVP candidates behind James Harden? Can the Spurs be a factor when Kawhi comes back? Is there a battle being waged for the soul of basketball? Coach Nick is joined by Dave DuFour to discuss the MVP “race.” Although James Harden is running away with it, there has to be runner-ups. Also it will
In episode 3 of Coach Nick’s new SB Nation Weekly Radio show, he welcomes Jeff Diepenbrock (@jeffd08) to discuss several NBA topics. Diepenbrock’s talks about what he’s seeing in the resurgent Lakers (Randle, Ingram). Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) of the Celtics Wire and CLNS Media gave his insider information on where Boston is heading. And Dave
How did the Cavaliers pull off this insanity? Can anyone compete with them in the East? What about all the other trades made today? The only question left is: You in? The Cavaliers got right back into relevancy with a stunning set of trades, completely revamping their roster for one last shot at a title
Why did Jason Kidd get fired? Has a cloud been lifted over the team? What has their new coach to lead to better results? The only question left is: You in? Coach Nick is joined by Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez), the Bucks beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The two go into depth on the
How will the Clippers look after the trade deadline passes? Can Kawhi be seen as a bad guy? And how can anybody beat the Warriors? Only question left is: You in? Coach Nick is reunited with friend Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) as the two discuss several topics. The LA Clippers are in no-mans land as they
How surprising was the Blake Griffin trade? Who got the better of the deal between the Pistons and Clippers? And who else is on the trade block? The only question left is: You in? Coach Nick is joined by James Holas (@SnottieDrippin) discuss the surprising trade that sent Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons. Just
What does Boogies achilles injury mean for his career and free agency? How does OKC handle the season-ending injury of Andre Robertson? What trades will get done by the trade deadline? The only question left is: You in? Coach Nick is joined by Dave Dufour in this edition of the BBall Breakdown. The show kicks
What happens if you don’t make the opening night roster of an NBA team? How does four years of college prepare you for the NBA? What really happened when some Rockets stormed the Clippers locker room? The only question left is: you in? LA Clippers guard Ty Wallace joined Coach Nick on this edition of
Have you heard Jason Kidd just got fired? Do you want to know why? Who should replace him? The only question left is: You in? Ownership had grown weary of the lack of progress shown this season after expectations rose from last season. With the Bucks hovering around the 8th seed, and being so close
AUTO-PLAY -> Coach Nick and his guest Danny LeRoux had a ton of topics to discuss in this edition of The BBall Breakdown Podcast. The crew starts off at looking at who the winner of the Victor Oladipo / Paul George trade was. Oladipo has shined this season with an expanded role in Indiana, improving
The struggling Cavaliers were taken down by Golden State for their eighth loss in ten games. What needs to change for the Cavs to right the ship? Following another lopsided loss, this time to Golden State, the aging Cavaliers seem lost and need answers. Cleveland has lost four games by double digits in their last