Jimmy Butler is in Philadelphia. Carmelo Anthony is in Houston, but not for much longer. And the Lakers have Tyson Chandler and a three-game winning streak — there is never a dull moment in the NBA. Kurt helin of NBC Sports welcomes in Eric Pincus, who covers the Lakers for Bleacher Report plus is a salary cap expert you have seen on NBA TV, to talk about it all. The pair talk about what the Sixers need to do next to capitalize on their window with Butler, are there landing spots for Carmelo Anthony, and then a deep dive on the Lakers: What is the team doing right? Does Lonzo Ball fit with LeBron James? What about Brandon Ingram? And who is the next big star the Lakers will be able to add to their mix?
The Sacramento Kings have been the biggest positive surprise in the young season, a 6-4 start that includes wins over the Thunder, Grizzlies and Heat. This is now De'Aaron Fox's team and the Kings are running — the second fastest pace in the NBA, and that has become their identity. With Buddy Hield running to the arc and knocking down threes, and Willie Cauley-Stein rim running, the Kings have become a solid team that puts pressure on its opponent. Can it last? Kurt Helin of NBC Sports welcomes in James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area to talk about the fast start, what's working, why the Kings will not be tanking, and why you should expect the Kings to be active at the trade deadline.
Last season Victor Oladipo burst on the scene, making the leap from solid rotation player to All-NBA level star who could score and defend, and he dragged the Pacers up to being a solid playoff team with him. The Pacers were the surprise of the NBA, which leads to the question: Can they do it again? More than that, how can they take a step forward? Kurt Helin of NBC Sports talks with J. Michael of the Indy Star about the Pacers and their key role players — Myles Turner, Tyreke Evans, Thaddeus Young and more — and what has to happen to move this team into the top three or four of the East. The pair also discusses the East a little, including whether Toronto is for real, and how big a threat will Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks be.
Luka Doncic? Marvin Bagley III? Jaren Jackson Jr.? If you were in the shoes of Vlade Divac and the Sacramento Kings, who would you draft No. 2? Kurt Helin and Rob Dauster of NBC Sports get into that topic as well as breaking down the rest of the draft such as the risers, the sleepers, and is Michael Porter Jr. worth the risk? Also, in the bigger picture, are we focused too much on the bigs at the top of this draft — the majority of guys who will go in the top six — when we just saw in the last two rounds of the NBA playoffs that a lot of bigs can't stay on the court in those situations? Which of these draftees can?
Golden State vs. Cleveland. Again. LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry.
Or, more accurately, LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Which is why when Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports starts breaking down the 2018 NBA Finals there's a lot of talk about what needs to go perfectly for Cleveland. They need Kevin Love back (and ideally Andre Iguodala to miss some time). They need to hit their threes. The role players have to step up. Their defense needs not to regress against a much better offense. The Cavaliers have no margin for error, the Warriors have a big one, and we break down why.
Also, the first 10 minutes of the podcast is a discussion of the hot water Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo finds himself in after a story pointing to a lot of circumstantial evidence that he was running a series of secondary Turner Burner Twitter accounts that were critical of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, Masai Ujiri others. While it's led to a lot of jokes (and good ones), this is serious for Colangelo and the Sixers and it could cost someone their job.