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Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective

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Brian Windhorst and a team of ESPN's Insiders sort out life in and around the NBA world.
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All Riled Up

All Riled Up

2019-12-0500:55:532

The Rockets should be "embarrassed" by their behavior this week, explains Jackie MacMullan to Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon. Plus, the crew takes a look at Jimmy Butler's fit in Miami (28:30) and the flaws of the coach's challenge. And, an unbelievable story about Pat Riley (39:23).
The Dawn of Luka Doncic

The Dawn of Luka Doncic

2019-12-0400:21:482

Luka Doncic is having an electric second season in the NBA. He's even in the running for the MVP at just 20 years old. But what makes last season's Rookie of the Year so dominant on the court - and why did the skeptics underestimate him? NBA Draft analyst Mike Schmitz joins Mina Kimes to examine Luka's career so far, and what his ascent means for the rest of the NBA.
Underrated Trade SZN

Underrated Trade SZN

2019-12-0200:52:017

They're two of the NBA's leading candidates in the early MVP race, but is it possible the media has been underrating the performances of James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo? Bobby Marks and Royce Young join Brian Windhorst to answer that question. Plus, the guys discuss Denver's great start (22:14) and some teams that could become real players in the trade market (34:00).
King Slayers

King Slayers

2019-11-2700:57:585

The next Larry Bird? Jackie MacMullan tells Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon why Luka Doncic reminds her of the Celtics legend (15:26). Plus, the crew casts doubt on the proposed rule changes before breaking down the incredible start to the season by Giannis Antetokounmpo (29:46).
Sign Stealing

Sign Stealing

2019-11-2100:44:403

Why settle for two All-Stars when you can have three? Brian Windhorst tells Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon a big name the Clippers should target this season (21:56). Plus, Jackie calls Portland's 'Melo signing a "desperate" move before she and the guys discuss one of the worst stretches for the Spurs in the Popovich era (8:05).
In this annual early-season tradition, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz wonder if James Harden can average 40 points per game, if LeBron James can lead the NBA in assists (9:30) and if the Lakers' defense can continue shutting down its opponents. Plus, they discuss the two most surprising starting units (31:12) and Paul George's GOAT campaign...after two games (53:57).
A New Kind of Amusement Park

A New Kind of Amusement Park

2019-11-1400:40:263

The Knicks are incapable of sticking to a plan says Brian Windhorst, who is joined by Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon to discuss dysfunction in New York (14:37). Plus, does Portland's uninspiring start to the season mean it's time to deal one of their stars (31:31)? And, the crew talks about Boston's strong start to the season and roster changes they need to make to become serious title contenders.
High Bench Marks

High Bench Marks

2019-11-1100:50:052

With the Lakers off to a hot start, Dave McMenamin and Bobby Marks join Brian Windhorst to discuss LA's title hopes and if they can keep this defense up for the entire season (19:38). But before that, what really happened to Dion Waiters -- and what should Miami do about it? Plus, the guys talk about Toronto's stifling defense (32:58) and how Gordon Hayward's injury will impact the Eastern Conference (39:28).
Early Struggle City

Early Struggle City

2019-11-0700:49:051

With so many top players and teams struggling early on, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon join Brian Windhorst to discuss what's wrong with the Rockets, what's right with the Lakers (16:06) and why a few of the league's most notable names can't seem to get it right early on (29:28).
In the modern NBA, the Golden State Warriors have been a dynasty. Appearing in five straight NBA Finals and winning three rings in that span, the team became the stuff of basketball legend. But this season, they've won just two games. And with star Steph Curry out with a broken hand, the Warriors' fate has gone from bad to worse. But could a rough 2019-20 lead to more glory in the future? NBA reporter Nick Friedell joins Mina Kimes to explore what's gone wrong with the Golden State Warriors so far, and why there might just be a silver lining.
The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On

2019-11-0401:12:052

Is it too soon for a curtain call? Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell, Andrew Han and Royce Young ask the question for the Warriors (2:30) and the Bulls (24:50). And what happens if it goes sideways for the Rockets (35:30)? Then, the Blazers get broken down and the guys discuss who will be the best in the West (48:15).
Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

2019-11-0100:52:542

The Warriors have a new normal, and Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Kirk Goldsberry discuss whether Stephen Curry's hand injury really marks the end of an era (27:56). Plus, why this year's T-Wolves are different (18:20), the unexpected hero in Miami (42:57) and much more.
Week One Eyebrow-Raisers

Week One Eyebrow-Raisers

2019-10-2800:54:135

There's no overreacting going on, but Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Ohm Youngmisuk identify a few things they'll be keeping track of with the L.A. teams. Then, the Suns and Heat have started the season impressing the guys (22:10) as they pick a few interesting players that have caught their attention early, including Atlanta's Trae Young (45:30).
Start Your Engines

Start Your Engines

2019-10-2300:37:141

Are Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant finally happy in Brooklyn? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon try to answer that question (12:20) before discussing who could lead the NBA in scoring this season (24:30). Plus, a breakdown of the Lakers performance against the Clippers (29:30) and also the Jaylen Brown and Dejounte Murray extensions.
The Clippers defeated the Lakers on opening night of the 2019-20 season and Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst broke it down from the floor of Staples Center immediately following the game.
Kevin Pelton projects a major shake-up in the NBA's power structure and he joins Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps one day before the tip of the 2019-20 season to discuss his analytics-based conclusions. In the East, Pelton explains his concerns for the Celtics and the guys also dig into how far the Pacers can go (15:19). In the West, the crew lays out expectations for the Clippers (33:05) and Lakers (36:55) after addressing their postseason concerns for the Rockets (28:38).
Un-Beal-Ievable

Un-Beal-Ievable

2019-10-1800:56:152

On the day of an "NBA-shaking" move, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the Bradley Beal extension and how it affects the rest of the league. Plus, the crew breaks down Buddy Hield's pointed comments, the potential of Carsen Edwards (18:34), if Zion Williamson's preseason success will translate to the regular season (27:34), if Kyrie Irving is already dictating orders in Brooklyn (39:29), the underrated draft day trade that could alter the league for years to come and much more.
2019-20 Preseason Preamble

2019-20 Preseason Preamble

2019-10-0900:46:364

Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon break down Kyle Lowry's contract extension and what it means for Toronto's approach this season. Plus, the crew discusses Bradley Beal's trade value (18:42), if the Warriors will eventually trade D'Angelo Russell (30:22), how Kristaps Porzingis will perform this season (38:50) and more.
2019-20 West Season Preview

2019-20 West Season Preview

2019-09-3000:46:485

With the battle for Los Angeles almost underway, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Dave McMenamin and Ramona Shelburne begin by outlining how the Lakers and Clippers can make a deep playoff run this season. Then, they discuss the chances for the new-look Warriors and how continuity can help the Blazers get over the hump (15:20). Plus, the crew takes a look at the Russell Westbrook/James Harden dynamic in Houston (24:46) before diving into the Jazz and Nuggets.
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Kirk Goldsberry, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han debate who is the current best player in the NBA: Giannis Antetkounmpo or Kawhi Leonard? And are we glossing over LeBron too quickly?
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Richard Ottley

what are you talking about.. the ball went in the hoop 🤬🤬

Dec 6th
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Richard Ottley

get Carmelo Anthony 🤨🤔

Nov 17th
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Andy Grundy

best hoops pod in the game!

Oct 28th
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Francis Gonzalez

I love your show, but sad it is not more frequent

Oct 10th
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James Yiqi Low

Was it just me or was this episode like listening to a scratched up record?

Jul 14th
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Joey Elias

excellent analysis.

May 31st
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Darius Crawford

great Hoop Talk"

Nov 11th
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