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Go beyond the box scores and talking-head hype as Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes break down the NBA's biggest on-court storylines. Get the full context and nuances of pro basketball while meeting up-and-coming content creators and experiencing a behind-the-scenes look at sports media. You can find Basketball by Association's video versions at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeFhDvkOpbWmITJqHANSTWA
 
From the NBA draft to the playoffs and back again, Open Floor takes you on a ride across the NBA standings, laying out the latest news and rumors along the way and leaving no basketball conspiracy theory stone left unturned. Join hosts Michael Pina, Chris Herring and Rohan Nadkarni as they let their imaginations run free up and down the court and around the world. Welcome to the Open Floor Globe.
 
We have a strong love for basketball and the doors that it can open outside of the game itself. We love to give current and former players, coaches, artists, and historians their credit and the platform they deserve to tell their story and teach our listeners about the game and applying lessons we learn from hoops to everyday life. We don't care for hot takes, we don't care for debates but we do care about giving people the recognition they deserve for their hard work, dedication, their expe ...
 
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The NBA named 76 players to its 75th anniversary team. Time to argue about it. On the latest ProBasketballTalk Podcast, Dan Feldman and Kurt Helin discuss the biggest snubs, surprising inclusions, surprising exclusions, the entire 50 Greatest Players list making it, Andre Iguodala's top-20 endorsement of Kyrie Irving, several other borderline candi…
 
Which fast starts to the 2021-22 NBA season should be taken seriously and which are frauds? Which slow beginnings are no cause for alarm versus those that portend long-term struggles? Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes discuss all that plus the biggest storylines from the league's opening week.Door CrezArk Productions
 
On today's episode, Michael and Chris break down the first power ranking of the season. Which team has been the most disappointing? Which undefeated team is for real? Who's the best team in the league? They then have a discussion about the best positionless lineups in the league, and which player (current or retired) could best lead them down a You…
 
Old School is in the house! Kelvin Davis joins us to share his hoops journey; one that isn't quite finished yet. You may have heard his name in the news the last few months and if you haven't then you're going to LOVE this story! Kelvin Davis is the oldest rookie in professional basketball history. At age 47 his professional career began in the ABA…
 
On today's episode, Michael and Chris talk about the NBA's Top 75 team and rank their five best players of all time. Then it's a breakdown of Thursday night's doubleheader (Warriors-Clippers, Hawks-Mavericks), a conversation about when Frank Vogel should bring Russell Westbrook off the bench, Knicks praise, and more! Learn more about your ad-choice…
 
Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes predict every aspect of the 2021-22 season, including division and conference standings, NBA Playoffs results and award winners. Plus, find out how the biggest names like Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Steph Curry, Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Trae Young, Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis and many more will fare this y…
 
On today's episode, Michael, Rohan, and Chris Herring are joined by Sports Illustrated Senior writers Howard Beck and Chris Mannix to preview the Western Conference! Can the Lakers miss the playoffs? Are the Nuggets contenders? Will Ja Morant make the All-Star team? Who's the best player in the conference right now? All that and more, before tomorr…
 
Who will win NBA MVP? Probably not Luka Doncic. Probably not Giannis Antetokounmpo. Probably not Stephen Curry. Probably not Joel Embiid. Probably not Kevin Durant. Probably not Damian Lillard. Probably not LeBron James. Probably not Nikola Jokic. Probably not James Harden. Probably not Anthony Davis. At minimum, 90% of those predictions will be co…
 
What an honor this is! We got a Chicago Hoops legend, the Crown Prince of Basketball of Illinois, Doc himself! Marcus Liberty is in the house today to share his hoops journey with us in an episode that we know you will enjoy. Marcus Liberty is without a doubt in the conversation for the best prep player to ever come out of Chicago. The accolades ne…
 
In today's episode, Michael and Rohan open up the mailbag and discuss annoying coaching trends, teams that will surprise people for the better (Sacramento?), the one GM who's the best drafter in the league, and, of course, horror movies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
Are the Atlanta Hawks a lurking threat in the Eastern Conference? What's the outlook for big names like Trae Young, Jimmy Butler, Bradley Beal, LaMelo Ball, Bam Adebayo, Kyle Lowry and Gordon Hayward? Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes also break down what to expect from the Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic in 2021-22.…
 
In today's episode, Michael and Chris discuss the latest developments with Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons (including a brief discussion on why they haven't been traded for each other yet), and then open up the mailbag to talk about 5-man units they can't wait to see, and active players who can potentially crack all-time Top 10 conversations. Learn mo…
 
The kids know him as Old Man Dan. They got to know real quick though that he could hoop and he earned the respect from many across the world. That’s why we had to track down Old Man Dan himself and learn all about his journey. Dan Stoddard shares his story with us and it’s truly an inspiring one. Dan Stoddard is our first Canadian born guest and gr…
 
On today's episode, Michael and Chris open up the mailbag to answer a couple questions before diving into the NBA's annual GM survey, including who is most likely to have a breakout season, this years MVP, the 2022 NBA Finals winner, and the one player you would sign if you were starting an NBA franchise today (Spoiler: the Celtics will be the best…
 
Steve Kerr is expected to soon be named the USA Basketball head coach to succeed Gregg Popovich, but Kerr's journey to this place is unlike any other. Kerr was barely recruited out of high school as a player, ended up becoming a legend at Arizona under Lute Olsen, and went from being a second-round NBA pick to 15 years in the league, five rings, an…
 
In today's episode, Michael and Rohan open up the mailbag and wonder if the Portland Trail Blazers are better than everybody thinks they'll be, discuss which team would be the best if every player on it were in their prime, debate Trae Young vs. Bradley Beal, and rank the NBA's current rebuilds. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.ihear…
 
Can the Denver Nuggets get over the hump in their division and finally win the West? What's the outlook for big names like Nikola Jokic, Damian Lillard, Karl-Anthony Towns, Donovan Mitchell, Jamal Murray, Rudy Gobert and Anthony Edwards? Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes also break down what to expect from the Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesot…
 
Age is just a number and today’s guest proved that to be true. We’ve got basketball history in the house! Ken Mink is the oldest college basketball player to ever score in a game and we get to hear all about it. Ken Mink was born in 1935 and grew up in Tennessee. He starred on his high school team that led him to a scholarship to play at Lee’s Coll…
 
Magic forward Jonathan Isaac and Wizards guard Bradley Beal said plenty about coronavirus vaccines. As Kent Bazemore showed, there's value in engaging on the topic with people who aren't vaccinated. On the latest ProBasketballTalk Podcast, Dan Feldman and Cassie Scarfone – an infection preventionist and registered nurse in critical care with a mast…
 
Duke legend, basketball Hall of Famer, and now the president of USA Basketball Grant Hill joins Kurt Helin at NBC Sports to talk about a number of topics. that includes picking a new coach for USA Basketball in the next few months, plus what the Hawks need to do to build off last season.Door NBC Sports
 
In today's episode, Michael and Rohan discuss the NBA's anti-vaccination problem, why the regular season isn't appreciated like it should be, what the perfect lineup around Zion Williamson would look like, Ja Morant's apparently controversial ranking on SI's Top 100 list, and Michael's new magazine feature about Karl-Anthony Towns Learn more about …
 
Can the Brooklyn Nets run away with a tough Atlantic Division? What's the outlook for big names like Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum and Joel Embiid? Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes also break down what to expect from the Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors in 2021-…
 
We are blessed to have Guice in the house today! If you’re not familiar with Jermaine Barnes then now is a good time to change that. It’s one of those basketball stories that every young hooper should hear and one that everyone will respect. Jermaine Barnes has always been a student of the game. Of course his explosive dunks raised plenty of eyebro…
 
On today's episode, Michael is joined by SI staff writer Jeremy Woo to break down the rest of Sports Illustrated's Top 100 list! They get into KD vs. Giannis vs. LeBron, whether Trae Young is too high, if Zion Williamson is too low, why Carmelo Anthony was never considered (sorry Melo!) and so much more Learn more about your ad-choices at https://w…
 
The Bulls added Lonzo Ball – a move highly praised in some corners (including this one) and deeply panned in other corners. The Bulls added DeMar DeRozan – a move highly praised in some corners and deeply panned in other corners (including this one). Dan Feldman and K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago discuss the Bulls' eventful offseason (which als…
 
Are the Los Angeles Lakers actually the favorites to win the Pacific Division this season? What's the outlook for big names like LeBron James, Steph Curry, Devin Booker, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Klay Thompson? Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes also break down what to expect from the L.A. Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns…
 
In today's episode, Rohan and Michael introduce the first half of Sports Illustrated's Top 100! They explain how the list was put together, break down snubs and players they wish were higher or lower, debate which fanbase will be the most upset, and so much more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
We finally got Philly represented on the podcast! Marc Jackson joins us to share his inspiring hoops journey and plenty of amazing stories that involve some of the best players from that early 2000’s era. Jacko is a player that every team loved to have and we know you will understand why after you give this one a listen. Jackson grew up in Philly i…
 
In today’s episode, Rohan takes over hosting duties and is joined by The Ringer’s Paolo Uggetti. They settle the 1-on-1 debate tearing apart the Open Floor family, discuss the Aaron Gordon extension, look back on the LA basketball rivalry that never happened, and ruminate on the latest round of Kyrie Irving rumors. Learn more about your ad-choices …
 
Did the Dallas Mavericks do enough to win the division again around Luka Doncic? What's the outlook for big names like Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, Brandon Ingram, Dejounte Murray, Kristaps Porzingis and No. 2 pick Jalen Green? Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes also break down what to expect from the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelica…
 
We got an Australian Basketball legend joining us today. We have former NBA and NBL player Lanard Copeland in the house! He is one of the NBL’s great high-flyers and automatic scorers and he has an inspiring journey that is like no other. Trust us! Lanard Copeland was cut every single year from his high school team. In fact, the very first jersey t…
 
In today's episode, Michael welcomes special guest Jake Fischer to the show! They discuss his wonderful new NBA book "Built to Lose: How the NBA's Tanking Era Changed the League Forever", Ben Simmons trade rumors, the Brooklyn Nets, and so much more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
The Cavaliers shortchanged their final year of title contention with LeBron James by not trading the Nets pick. Then, they undercut their rebuild before it even began by giving Kevin Love a massive contract extension. Since those highly consequential era-ending and era-opening blunders, Cleveland had been mostly quietly rebuilding. Until this year.…
 
In today's episode, Michael and Rohan open up the mailbag to discuss who they think would win a hypothetical 1 on 1 tournament, why Uncut Gems is in fact a basketball movie, whether the Bulls would be better off with Zach LaVine or Ben Simmons, and so much more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
How will the defending champs and big names like Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan, Collin Sexton, Zach LaVine, Domantas Sabonis, Lonzo Ball and No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham fare? Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes break down what to expect from the Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers in 2021-22.…
 
The real hoopers know just how special this one is. However, not all know just how incredible his journey in basketball, life and transformation is. We are blessed to have Jelani Gardner join us for a conversation that will move and motivate you in whole different way than what you’re used to on this podcast. Jelani Gardner grew up in the Los Angel…
 
In today's episode, Michael and Chris unpack new developments in the Ben Simmons saga, including a closer look at which team he will be on when the season begins. They then open the mailbag up and answer a few questions about the Spurs, this upcoming season's least predictable teams, Anthony Davis, and more! Learn more about your ad-choices at http…
 
Ben Simmons, seeking a trade from the 76ers, is threatening not to report to training camp. Joel Embiid is tweeting about it. Other teams are trying to entice Daryl Morey with their not-so-great offers. How did Philadelphia get here? Dan Feldman and Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philadelphia discuss Doc Rivers' infamous comment about Simmons, the Simmo…
 
In today's episode, Michael and Rohan break down the Lauri Markkanen three-team trade before they open up the mailbag to rank their all-time favorite basketball-related movies, explain why the Mavericks should (or shouldn't?) be urgent building around Luka Doncic, and so much more! Send your questions in to OpenFloorMail@gmail.com Learn more about …
 
Do the Philadelphia 76ers have the assets to pair Damian Lillard with Joel Embiid this offseason? Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes also break down the latest NBA Free Agency signings, including Rajon Rondo joining the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls giving up on Lauri Markkanen.Door CrezArk Productions
 
We got Seattle’s finest in the house today! Seattle is an absolute hotbed for basketball and has cooked up some of the best players around the league including Jamal Crawford, Isaiah Thomas, Nate Robinson and many others. One player was coined “a man amongst boys” during his playing days and ranks at the very top of most hoopers lists when you talk…
 
In today's episode, Michael and Rohan hit the mailbag! They talk about the C- grade Michael gave the Lakers in his most recent offseason report card column (available to read on SI.com), what some of their favorite starting lineups for the upcoming season might look like, why Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum didn't crack their top 10 dynamic duo rank…
 
Were the offseason trade rumors around Pascal Siakam legitimate, or was it just a lot of media speculation gone wild? How did Alabama guard Joshua Primo vault up to the No. 12 pick and surprise pundits? NBC Sports' Kurt Helin asked the agent for both men, Todd Ramasar, about all that, plus they talk draft prep for players, some Thomas Bryant, and e…
 
Damian Lillard remains with the Trail Blazers – for now. Ben Simmons remains with the 76ers – for now. Bradley Beal remains with the Wizards – for now. On the latest ProBasketballTalk Podcast, Dan Feldman and "Built to Lose: How the NBA’s Tanking Era Changed the League Forever" author Jake Fischer discuss the offseason's lingering star drama and, o…
 
In today's episode, Michael and Chris take a long look at the 2021-22 season's MVP race, using the latest betting odds in Las Vegas to frame their discussion. Would you rather have Giannis Antetokounmpo at +800 or Chris Paul at +10000? Why are Russell Westbrook's odds so high? And why is this Jayson Tatum's race to lose? Learn more about your ad-ch…
 
Anytime we ask former guests about the best high school basketball players they played against in the early 90’s, there is always one name that is mentioned immediately. Jerod Ward is that name and we are beyond blessed to have him on the podcast today. The message is clear in this one. Never Be Average and “Eat Adversity.” Ward was the number one …
 
Should the Boston Celtics retire Kevin Garnett's jersey despite only five years played there? Why haven't the Minnesota Timberwolves done so? Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes also break down the NBA's Opening Day and Christmas Day schedule, Patrick Beverley's new home and why we disrespect stars from the league's earlier eras.…
 
Draymond Green and Kevin Durant made major waves in their recent Bleacher Report interview. On the latest ProBasketballTalk Podcast, Dan Feldman and Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area discuss: Fallout from Green's and Durant's comments in Golden State, especially with Bob Myers and Steve Kerr Green's infamous blowup at Durant When Durant decided to…
 
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