The Vertical Podcast, will bring fans closer to the league in this weekly podcast series. Each week you will learn more about the the league and its personalities with in depth conversations with the top names in the game, as well as what's happening around the league.
Joining SI's Chris Mannix this week is Bleacher Report's Howard Beck and ESPN's Ian Begley. Mannix, Beck and Begley dive into the latest Lakers drama, if LA should look outside the organization for a new top exec, David Griffin's hire in New Orleans, the Warriors vulnerabilities (or lack thereof) and more.
Joining SI's Chris Mannix this week is SI staff writer Rohan Nadkarni. Mannix and Nadkarni dive into the best use of instant replay in basketball, Dwyane Wade's final season -- and if he should reconsider hanging 'em up -- the Wade/Paul Pierce debate, LeBron James's curious defense of Luke Walton, top playoff storylines and more.
Joining SI's Chris Mannix in studio this week is actor Jerry Ferrara. Mannix and Ferrara--a gaming enthusiast who moonlights as the head scout for Knicks Gaming, New York's entry in the NBA 2K League, which kicks off its third season on Tuesday--debate the future of e-sports. Is gaming an actual skill? Should kids be encouraged to play it? Should the NBA put its stamp of approval on it? A lot to discuss.
Joining Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports is Yahoo’s NBA draft crew: Pete Thamel, Mike Hopkins and Wes Wilcox. The crew dives into the top of the draft, explore who might be the next Donovan Mitchell, riskiest picks and more.
Joining Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports is former All-Star Caron Butler. Mannix and Butler look at Kevin Durant's two years in Golden State, LeBron James's actions in Game 1, James's future, the market for DeMarcus Cousins and more.
Joining Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports this week are Yahoo NBA writers Shams Charania and Michael Lee. Mannix and Charania discuss Bryan Colangelo’s ouster as GM of the Sixers, Kawhi Leonard’s future in San Antonio, the market for restricted free agents and more. Later, Mannix and Lee dive into the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant’s two years in Golden State and have an extended conversation about how NBA players attack social issues.
Joining Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports this week is Jason Lloyd from The Athletic and Mark Medina from the San Jose Mercury News. Mannix and Lloyd talk about LeBron's performance in the conference finals, what he has left for the NBA Finals, who needs to step up for the Cavs to have a shot against Golden State and more. Later, Mannix and Medina talk about the relationship between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, the health of the Warriors, the bench, more
Joining Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports this week are Jeff Zilgitt from USA Today and Pete Thamel from Yahoo Sports. Mannix and Zilgitt dive into the Cavs-Celtics series, the Bucks hiring Mike Budenholzer, the impact of legalized sports gambling on the NBA and more. Later, Mannix and Thamel sit down at the NBA draft combine and discuss the performances of some of the top prospects, why some choose to skip it, if there is a clear No. 1 and more.
Joining Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports this week is Brian Scalabrine, former NBA forward and NBA Insider for Yahoo and NBC Sports Boston. Mannix and Scal talked Cavs-Celtics, the coaching change in Toronto, the battle over Mike Budenholzer, the Sixers offseason priorities and more