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(Shouldn’t we have expected the Heat to be this good? Is Erik Spoelstra a good coach? Why does sportswriting suck so hard? Which NBA player’s Wikipedia page would you most like to see in 30 years? Recorded March 26, 2013, 57 min.)
(Do winning streaks matter? Is there any place Dwight Howard could be successful? Plus: Justin relates a courtside tale from a Clippers game and Paul and Justin grill a long-time Celtics homer and wonder if Celtics fans were born this way or if it’s the weather that does it to them. Recorded March 19, 2013, 55 min.)
IMPORTANT: PERTINENT VIEWING MATERIAL FOUND BELOW (Check out the fella in glasses and a blue shirt giving a nifty High Ten at the 12-second mark.)
(Current Events! Tony Parker is hurt, the Heat and Thunder are really good, maybe the Spurs are too? Crushing the Inbox brings a question about current future Hall of Famers who probably won’t win a ring. And, Rudy Gay, seriously, man? Recorded March 6, 2013, 53 min.)
(More special guests! This time, it’s comic/writer Vince Mancini from Filmdrunk and comic/human Joe Sinclitico from stand-up mics the world over. Topics range from Lebron James’s true worth to predictions about the future of, well, predictions. Recorded February 28, 2013, 66 min.)
(A very special guest: the podcast’s first (current) NBA player. He’s from New Hampshire, he plays for the San Antonio Spurs, he finished second in the 2013 NBA Three-Point Contest. He’s Matt Bonner, and he talks with Paul and Justin about the logistics of three-pointers, the Spurs’ reputation in the NBA, and he helps answer a reader question about – fittingly – player interviews. Recorded February 21, 2013, 54 min.)
(LeBron James: pretty good, it turns out. The Celtics without one of their “stars”: can they keep winning? Drugs and the NBA, the debut of Ewan Currie’s jingle for CRUSHING The Inbox, and a special visit from an evil-doing friend. Recorded February 13, 2013, 59 min.)
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(Listener questions! [Hereby deemed, by Listener Dan, CRUSHING the Inbox] Which NBA players have least lived up to their potential? Which NBA players are least like their projected personalities? Do you have to be an egomaniac to succeed in professional sports? With Ewan Currie, lead singer for The Sheepdogs. Recorded February 6, 2013, 56 min.)
(With Rajon Rondo’s injury, is it time to break up the Celtics? Is the All-Star game worth saving? Plus a round of F*ck That Guy. Music by TV On The Radio. Recorded January 29, 2013, 51 min.)
(Current events: the demise of the Lakers, the firing of Alvin Gentry. Paul explains what Amare Stoudemire is really like. Would the NBA be better off with only 20 teams? What’s Brian Scalabrine been up to? Recorded January 24, 2013, 59 min.)
(Current events – the Celtics, Nets, and Lakers. Superteams. Who has the best Dad Game in the NBA? Which NBA player would you least like to hear at the door if you were in bed with his girlfriend? With guest Riley Breckenridge, drummer for Thrice. Recorded January 16, 2013, 54 min.)
(Ways to improve the NBA. Are NBA teams like family vacations? Royce White and mental illness. Recorded January 9, 2013, 51 min.)
(Predictions for the remainder of the 2012-13 season. Would a team win it all if it had 10 Paul Pierces? 10 Danny Grangers? 10 Mike Dunleavys? The debut of F*ck That Guy. Recorded January 4, 2013, 41 min.)
(The Return of Ricky Rubio. Is Jamal Crawford the perfect sixth man? NBA referees: human? Or dancer? Recorded December 18, 2012, 39 min.)
(Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks. Would NBA stars make good serial killers? Are cliches like, “you gotta shoot your way out of a slump,” accurate? Recorded December 13, 2012, 43 min.)
(Dwight Howard is too American. David Stern is an idiot. The Armenian guy who sits next to Justin at Clippers games is hilarious. Recorded December 5, 2012, 48 min.)