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Kevin O’Connor and Chris Vernon discuss all the news, trends, and transactions happening in the NBA. They also offer their on-court analysis, and occasionally get into heated debates.

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Chris and Kevin get into the most interesting games of the week, starting with the Lakers’ lackadaisical win over the not-quite-complete Bucks (0:45). Then they get into Tom Thibodeau’s continually surprising positive effect on the Knicks after a win over the Warriors (18:35), the difference in development between RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson, and the Pelicans’ struggles this season (30:00). Finally, they get into the generally unremarked-upon success of the Utah Jazz and Shaq’s bizarre interaction with Donovan Mitchell after their win over the Pelicans (44:00), and the late-night trade of Kevin Porter Jr. from the Cavaliers to the Rockets for a protected second-round pick (54:00). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Chris and Kevin dive into the emerging story lines in the league, starting with how James Harden and KD played together against the Bucks on Monday (1:00), how CJ McCollum’s injury, in conjunction with Nurkic’s injury, will affect Portland’s playoff aspirations (12:15), and Jamal Murray’s disconcerting step down from his bubble play in contrast to Paul George’s step up (16:45). Then they talk about whether the Suns are getting the most out of Devin Booker (29:00), how the Grizzlies are playing with Ja Morant back in the fold (37:00), and the Warriors’ win over the Lakers on Monday (50:30).  Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Chris and Kevin discuss the details of the intricate and wide-reaching James Harden trade on Wednesday (0:40). Then they get into a conversation about what the nature of Harden’s trade request says about the changes that have occurred across the NBA and NBA coverage, including player empowerment, the media boom, and shifts in fandom (12:30). They cap it all off with a conversation about the specific on-court and off-court chemistry concerns for the Nets with their new star-studded roster (40:30). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Since it’s still early in the season, Chris and Kevin play a game of “Do You Believe..?” to discuss emerging trends across the NBA.  Do you believe that the season will go on without having to take a long stoppage or delay for a period of time? (3:10) Do you believe that the Nets are not going to be able to reach their best? (8:20) Do you believe that the Raptors can get it together? (17:59) Do you believe LaMelo Ball will run away with Rookie of the Year? (20:46) Do you believe Jerami Grant is proving he’s more than a role player? (26:56) Do you believe that Zion Williamson will ascend to superstardom like we thought? (32:21) Do you believe that Bradley Beal could be moved? (40:48) Do you believe that Cade Cunningham from Oklahoma State is the guy and there will be no argument about who will go no. 1 in the draft? (46:08) Do you believe that 1 percent of NBA fans could name the Oklahoma City Thunder coach? (51:02) Do you believe that Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, and Jimi Hendrix are the three best guitarists ever? (54:21) Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Chris and Kevin take a look at how the COVID-19 protocols are working after Seth Curry’s positive test (5:07) and at the massive leak from the Hawks’ locker room reported by The Athletic (13:14). Then they get into the biggest surprises of the NBA season so far, including the Brogdon-and-Sabonis-led Pacers glow-up (31:43), Lou Dort’s stellar 3-point shooting (37:43), Julius Randle’s Knicks (47:14), and more. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Chris and Kevin go through all the big games and story lines in the NBA, kicking it off with a discussion about Tom Thibodeau’s 4-3 Knicks and their win over the Hawks on Monday (0:39). Then they get into Steph Curry’s incredible performance over the past couple of games and what the Warriors need to do to reach the postseason (15:30), the Kings’ abysmal start to the season (27:31), and Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum’s tag-team takedown of the Raptors (36:16).  Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Verno and KOC talk about 10 observations they've made in the early part of the season, including impressive showings from rookies Precious Achiuwa (18:18) and Tyrese Haliburton (34:45), hot starts by the Cavs (50:30) and Hawks (7:55), and much more. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Verno and KOC go through the slew of extensions and deals that have and haven’t closed over the past week (0:36). Then they get into the 10 teams in each conference they think will make the playoffs and play-in (29:25) as well as their awards predictions (1:04:46).  Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
After Verno attends his first live basketball game in person since March, the boys get into the Grizzlies-Hawks game (0:47) and the Twitter kerfuffle last night about Ben Simmons potentially being available in a trade for James Harden (6:50). Then Nick Wright of ‘First Things First’ joins Verno and KOC to talk about how he got into the industry (20:19), the Harden situation (42:22), the Clippers' demise (50:43), the best teams in the Western Conference (57:46), and the bets he’s put down for the 2020-21 season (1:22:58). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Guest: Nick Wright
Before the show, KOC gives his instant reactions to Giannis' brand new shiny contract with the Bucks (0:01). Then Verno and KOC get into the new Pelicans offense under Stan Van Gundy (5:52), Talen Horton-Tucker’s breakout preseason with the Lakers (13:32), the challenging conditions for rookies this season (25:34), the fun and fancy-free LaMelo Ball (32:27), the Bucks’ new roster (44:47), and much more. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Verno and KOC start with Paul George’s shiny new contract with the Clippers (0:41), what in the world the Rockets can do with Harden (8:33), and Kyrie’s $25,000 fine levied by the NBA (18:40), before they get into the teams playing on the first day of preseason games (41:27). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Bill Simmons joins Verno and KOC on the brand-new feed to talk about James Harden skipping training camp in favor of the strip club (0:45), the Brooklyn Nets (23:24), teams Bill is higher on and lower on than everyone else (29:18), KOC’s Rookie of the Year pick (40:22), and more.  Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Guest: Bill Simmons
Verno and KOC get into the nitty gritty of the Westbrook-Wall trade (3:00), then talk over the latest news around the league, including the LeBron and AD signings (42:30), Paul George’s recent comments about his role on the Clippers, and the NBA season schedule. Thank you for listening to 'The Mismatch'! If you haven't already, please subscribe to this new feed and we'll have episodes for you every Tuesday and Friday. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
That's right, NBA fans! 'The Mismatch' now has its very own feed, where you can find Verno and KOC getting in fights and making up, as they always do. Welcome to 'The Mismatch.' Follow on Spotify or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
JJ and Tommy sit down with sports journalist and ESPN personality Bomani Jones to talk about the return of sports as the NBA restart nears (04:15). They also discuss why people should be experts in their fields and how athletes can use—and misuse—their platforms (28:08). They also talk about Steph Curry and different ways to understand a player’s greatness (49:40), all before drafting their favorite movies involving planes (67:13). Hosts: JJ Redick & Tommy Alter Guest: Bomani Jones
JJ and Tommy are joined by LA Clipper Patrick Beverley to discuss the updates from the bubble and what's in store for the NBA. Beverley talks about coming up in the game in Europe and revelations he had while striving to get to the NBA (10:13). He then reveals his motivations and how he stays focused by setting goals (37:24). Patrick then shares his preparation for dealing with defenders and how he differentiates his process (47:23) Hosts: JJ Redick and Tommy Alter Guest: Pat Beverley
Twelve-year NBA vet Rex Chapman joins JJ and Tommy to discuss all things NBA now that players have arrived in Orlando for the NBA's return (03:43). Rex also breaks down his growth into a social media star and how he's created an online community (18:28). Lastly, they draft their favorite NBA shooting guards of all time (41:31). Hosts: JJ Redick & Tommy Alter Guest: Rex Chapman
JJ and Tommy are joined by Grammy winner and Arcade Fire lead singer Win Butler. They discuss some of the cities they have traveled to and stories from the road. They also touch on Win's love of basketball, the politics of playing in an NBA celebrity all-star game, and the importance of the NBA returning to the masses. All before power-ranking their favorite condiments.
JJ and Tommy are joined by broadcaster and sports journalist Taylor Rooks to talk about the upcoming return of the NBA in Orlando and the unknown variables that some might not have taken into account. They also discuss the importance of Black voices in sports broadcasting and promoting diversity of thought. Finally, they pick their top five favorite ’90s movies.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Pat Connaughton sits down with JJ and Tommy talk about the return of the NBA in Orlando. Then they talk about having vital conversations about race after the killing of George Floyd along with the ways of addressing and acknowledging white privilege. Then Connaughton breaks down his personal passion for real estate and how he was almost a professional baseball player before coming to the NBA.
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Comments (27)

Brooks Foster

I'd put money on Kyrie contracted COVID and he's trying to cover up the maskless video leaked. Call it what you want; walking it back, misinterpreted etc. etc. Children lie. Lying is a sign of immaturity. Kylie is immature. When you can't blame the media, hide. My respect for him would bump from -100 to -99 if for once he would just say "I fucked up." CLEARLY, Kyrie doesn't make mistakes though.

Jan 12th
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Peter MacRaild

Wow, that 10 minutes of PS5 content to begin was ABSORBING.

Dec 30th
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Michael Jacques

Hi ! Thanks guy for your content. You are the bright light in this dark times. Not only you adress basketball topics in beautiful ways, on top of that you provide human content and perspective on many aspect of life. Thanks for sharing your life and thought with us. Keep on rockin Congrats for your own feed! Well diserved 🙌🙌

Dec 13th
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Cory Hester

I love this podcast. you guys do a great job with content and guests. I plan on listening to every one. My only suggestion would be to try and limit the total amount of people on the podcast to 3. I think 4 is too many as often the people seem to be fighting over each other to speak and people get interrupted often. Other than that it's awesome!

Mar 3rd
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Duda Pereira

ei JJ, we gonna miss you in Philly!! Good luck!!! Eduardo, from Brazil.

Jul 10th
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Scott U

I'm sure there's many Aussie listeners that would love to hear your teammates Ben Simmons and James Ennis III on the show

May 8th
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Patriotic Lion

Today I got to listen to two of my heroes growing up, LOVED every second of this!

Mar 27th
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BR Smith

Catching up on my JJ Redick Podcast and loved that he listed The Holiday (#1 all-time), The Family Stone and Love Actually as his top Christmas movies. How serendipitous.

Feb 5th
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Bradley Thorne

JJ can we here more about duke on your podcast. thanks

Jan 4th
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Tommy :c

fo fo fo prediction moses malone

Aug 2nd
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Tommy :c

control gx

Aug 2nd
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Tommy :c

Innovative Shampoo

Aug 2nd
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Leon Hassid

Yellow card for the comment about wedding crashers not having aged well. Totally unfounded

Jul 29th
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Duda

I absolutely love this podcast! Love from Brazil

Jun 15th
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Shacur Ali

love this one

May 31st
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Shacur Ali

we need a big star to be on the show, another one, I love the podcast though, especially Kyrie

May 30th
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Jake Jenkins

Longer episodes are awesome. When will Coach K or Shane Battier be on? Boozer?

Mar 1st
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Leon Hassid

The pod with Henry and the discussion/comparison between the two sports was absolutely fantastic. Btw great guest. I would bring him back. Very comfortable with the mic

Jan 19th
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Austin Moore

lol dinosaurs are real. They were just called dragons. thats why almost every culture and society has dragons in them and their art work. Biblically, the earth is at least 6000 years old. The great flood happened 4000 years ago Jesus died and rose again 2000 years ago.

Jan 14th
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Leon Hassid

Good stuff JJ.

Jan 12th
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