September 2, 2020
We've got lots of game action to discuss and preview, but first, a conversation about the games that weren't played on schedule: the Bucks' refusal to take the floor in protest of the Jacob Blake police killing sparked a wildcat strike that yielded major results, both in the commitments NBA players were able to secure from the league as well as powerful demonstrations that reverberated throughout the sports world and beyond. We fully support the players' actions and are proud to be loosely affiliated with this sport. Plus, a look at the two Western Conference first round Game 7s (one of which has already concluded) and a preview of the conference semifinals.
August 26, 2020
The 2020 NBA playoffs are finally underway and they are spicy—at least in the Western Conference. We empty our notebooks on Luka's scintillating playoff debut, the sluggish Clippers, a tight Rockets-Thunder matchup, Donovan Mitchell's torching of Denver (NOTE: recorded prior to the Nuggets' G5 win), the Lakers finding their footing, and....the sweeptastic Eastern first round. Tune in to catch that August basketball fever.
August 18, 2020
Playoff basketball is underway and we are HYPE to dive into each of the first-round matchups....okay, maybe not Bucks-Magic or Raptors-Nets. Definitely all the other ones though! But first, we pay tribute to the Suns' remarkable 8-0 bubble performance and Damian Lillard's heroics that denied Phoenix a spot in the play-in game despite their shocking play.
August 16, 2020
After many not-so-coy allusions to betting lines and over/unders in prior episodes, ShotTakes finally steers into the skid of degeneracy and dedicates the entirety of the program to gambling talk. We've got Brother of the Pod, longtime podcast financier, and America's most transparent sports gambler Ryan Lynch here to offer his finely tuned playbook on how to beat the house (sometimes) and bets to watch for in the upcoming NBA playoffs. (NOTE: any tips dispensed by Mr. Lynch on this program do not constitute financial advice on the part of ShotTakes, LLC and should not be relied upon to generate income, etc.)
August 5, 2020
Following the soap opera of The Bubble's initial weeks was entertaining, but now we get the real show: actual, regular season, NBA basketball games! The league returned to official action last Thursday, and we jump on the air to offer our thoughts on the unique environment, quality of play, standout performers, and social justice demonstrations that have marked the first week of play (aka The T.J. Warren Era) in Orlando.
July 28, 2020
ShotTakes often shouts out the WNBA in passing but, candidly, we've been negligent when it comes to giving the league its proper due over the years. So in this episode, it's all women's basketball all the time—and we have just the special guest for the occasion. We were honored to (finally!) welcome former Penn State Lady Lion Sarah McMurtry to the program to discuss her experiences in the women's basketball ecosystem and offer her perspective on the significance of the WNBA for girls across America. Plus, a look at the 2020 WNBA season, which kicked off over the weekend at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and features a heavy focus on Black Lives Matter + the broader social/racial justice movements. Tune in for a long overdue discussion!
July 21, 2020
We're just over a week from the NBA's return, and while each of the 22 teams only has eight regular season contests on their slate, there's still plenty left to be decided in those games. We ran through the teams, players, matchups, playoff races, and miscellaneous storylines we've got our eyes on when the season picks back up—spoiler: the Sixers are mentioned. Plus, Zion leaves the bubble for a family matter (best wishes to him/them), Dwight Howard says some dumb stuff (who could have guessed?), Elena Delle Donne pens a powerful essay about her struggle with Lyme disease (take that, WNBA), and a wonderful announcement from Jrue & Lauren Holiday (#BLM). Tune in!
July 15, 2020
The NBA is hunkering down in Walt Disney World ahead of the league's scheduled July 30 return to play, and we are BACK on the airwaves to talk all things bubble. But first: we are very pleased to announce that ShotTakes has officially added former Charlotte and current Chicago correspondent Jesse Poljak to the rotation for the remainder of the season (with a mutual option for 2020-21....or whenever the next season is played). Big welcome to Jesse, who we're thrilled to have in the lineup on a full-time basis. Let's hope the NBA returns according to plan [fingers crossed].
May 21, 2020
ESPN's 10-part series on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty has reached its conclusion, and we don't know what to do with ourselves now. Tune in for our thoughts on how the series wrapped up.