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Overview

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 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.

364 Episodes

Lakers Hire JJ Redick

Chris Mannix is joined by Dan Woike of the LA Times to break down what led to the Lakers hiring JJ Redick as their new head coach, why the job isn't all it's cracked up to be, and what moves the team may make going forward to compete in the western conferenceSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 21 June 2024

Celtics Win 18th Championship

Chris Mannix and Mark Medina break down the Celtics win over the Dallas Mavericks for their 18th title and why you can't buy a championship anymore, the narrative that they only played easy teams, and what the future is for both teams going forwardSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 18 June 2024

Celtics Near Title & Hurley Turns Down LA

Chris Mannix us joined by The Athletics Jovan Buhato break down the Celtics dominant Finals performance that has them one win away from a title before getting into the Lakers coaching search and why UConn's Dan Hurley turned them downSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 13 June 2024

Caitlin Clark & The WNBA's Expansion

Chris Mannix is joined by Howard Megdal from the IX Sports to discuss Caitlin Clark's first month in the league, other players rough play, the media's coverage of her, and the national explosion of the league as a whole this seasonSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 5 June 2024

NBA Finals Preview w/ Rachel Nichols

Chris Mannix is joined by Rachel Nichols to discuss if the Timberwolves can really run it back and possible trade destinations for Karl-Anthony Towns before getting into the finals matchup and Kyrie's growth as a member of the MavericksSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 3 June 2024

Celtics Finals Run & Lakers Coaching Search

Chris Mannix and Mark Medina break down the Karl-Anthony Towns led Wolves victory in game five and whether they can win in Minnesota to force game six. We also get into if the Celtics run to the finals was really that easy and if the Lakers head coaching position is really all that it's cracked up to be See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 29 May 2024

Conference Finals Preview

Chris Mannix breaks down the Timberwolves huge comeback win against the Nuggets and why Denver's lack of bench help may be a problem for them going forward. Chris also welcomes Chris Forsberg from NBC Sports Boston to discuss the return of Kristaps Porziņģis, Tyrese Haliburton's impact on the game, and why Aaron Nesmith will be the x factor in this seriesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 20 May 2024

Bronny James Draft Stock

Chris Mannix is joined by SI's Kevin Sweeney to break down Bronny James performance at the draft combine, the uncertainty about who will be taken with the first pick, where Zach Edey will be taken, and why some prospects draft stock fell in the last yearSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 17 May 2024

Knicks/Pacers & Trading Kevin Durant

Chris Mannix is joined by Mark Medina to break down if JJ Redick is really the best candidate for the Lakers head coaching job, how a healthy Indiana Pacers team has found themselves losing to an injury ravaged Knicks, if the Lakers can keep LeBron with a sizable pre draft trade, and if the Suns can salvage their immediate future by trading Kevin DurantSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 15 May 2024

Playoff Punishments & NBA TV Rights

Chris Mannix breaks down the questionable decision by the NBA to fine and not suspend Jamal Murray after the Nuggets guard threw a heat pack onto the court during play in the team's gams two loss to Minnesota. He also discusses Patrick Beverley being dealt a four game suspension for throwing a ball at a fan before bringing in the NY Post's Ryan Glasspiegel to discuss the developments in the league's new TV rights dealSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 9 May 2024

The Future of First Round Cast Off's w/ Brian Scalabrine

Chris Mannix talks to NBA veteran and current Celtics analyst Brian Scalabrine about if Paul George would find more success with the Magic or Sixers, what the Clippers and Lakers can do with a lack of immediate home grown talent, and how much the Celtics will be miss an injured Kristaps Porziņģis in their second round matchup against the CavaliersSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 6 May 2024

Introducing: Four Years of Heat

Hi, Open Floor fans! Listen to Four Years of Heat hosted by Israel Gutierrez! The new hit sports podcast will leave you on the edge of your seat. A podcast that dives into the behind-the-scenes story of what happened during the time LeBron James spent with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and the Miami Heat. Don't just take our word for it, check out the trailer to decide for yourself! About Four Years of Heat: "Four Years of Heat" is an 8-episode limited series narrative podcast launching the week of May 23rd (Around NBA Finals). It is written and hosted by South Florida native, ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez. The show dives deep into the behind-the-scenes story of what happened during the four years LeBron James spent with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and the Miami Heat. It chronicles the inside stories from “The Decision,” the loss to the Mavs in the 2011 Finals, the Back-to-Back tiles in 2012-13, and LeBron’s choice to go “Home” to Cleveland in 2014. The release coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the Heat's epic 2013 NBA Finals win over the Spurs and Ray Allen’s amazing Game 6 tying shot. Israel recounts his own first-hand experiences covering the team, as well as gathering interesting perspectives from players, coaches, and journalists in and around the Heat at the time. Listen to Four Years of Heat on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 24 May 2023

MVP Race Tightens & MJ'S Hornet's Legacy

REMINDER: Open Floor will be moving to the Crossover feed starting next week so please subscribe and join us there! Mannix is joined again by Rohan Nadkarni and Chris Herring to break down how the MVP race between Nikola Jokić & Joel Embiid has gotten even closer, if the Lakers are really a contender with Anthony Davis missing crucial games, the failure of Michael Jordan during his tenure as the owner of the Charlotte Hornets as he looks to sell the team, and what the Grizzlies will look like going forward with the return of Ja MorantSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 22 March 2023

How The West Could Be Won

Rohan and Chris and joined by Chris Mannix again on this week's Open Floor where we break down a wide open western conference and why the Kyrie Trade hasn't worked out so far in Dallas, how a once dead in the water Lakers team has become competitive with their retooled roster, the weaknesses of the Denver nuggets, and how the how far the Cavaliers defense could take them in the playoffsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 16 March 2023

Ja Morant's Consequences & The Surging Knicks

Chris Mannix joins Rohan & Herring to get into both the real life and basketball consequences that Ja Morant could face after his gun related IG live controversy. We also discuss the red hot NY Knicks and how the Celtics have slid in the standings after a tough post all star game scheduleSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 8 March 2023

Are the Lakers’ Playoffs Hopes Done?

On today’s show, Rohan and Chris react to the news of LeBron’s ankle injury and if the Lakers can still make the playoffs. Then they discuss a fun weekend of hoops, including Nikola Jokic’s 40-point triple double against the Clippers and his budding MVP case. After that, they hop around the league to marvel at the very fun Knicks, the depth of the Bucks, and the emergence of the Kings. And finally, Rohan closes the show with the return of the Love Island minuteSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 1 March 2023

Previewing the Final Stretch of the Season

On today’s show, Rohan and Chris preview the final quarter of the NBA season. They run through their thoughts on the Warriors and Stephen Curry, the Clippers deciding to sign Russell Westbrook, Nikola Jokic’s MVP case, if anyone can compete with Boston and Milwaukee in the East, and much more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 23 February 2023

Trade Deadline Megapod Pt 2: Why Didn't They Make a Deal?

Rohan Nadkarni and Chris Herring are joined by the Crossover podcasts Chris Mannix and Howard Beck for part 2 of our trade deadline megapod to break down some of the biggest storylines from the trade deadline. In this episode, Rohan is attacked for his lukewarm feelings on the Lakers’ moves. Everyone is surprised by the lack of action from the Toronto Raptors. And the group wonders if the Warriors received enough in the James Wiseman trade. Also on the agenda: the Jae Crowder saga, the Bulls, and much more!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 10 February 2023

The Aftermath of the Kyrie Trade

On today’s show, Rohan and Chris react to the Kyrie Irving trade. They discuss their skepticism about the trade on and off the court, whether it was worth the risk for the Mavericks, and if Dallas can make it further than it did in last year’s playoffs. Then they wonder what the Nets should do with Kevin Durant, and if Brooklyn potentially got better as a result of this trade. They also break down what the deal means for the Lakers. Finally, they state their appreciation for LeBron James as he approaches the league’s all-time scoring recordSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 7 February 2023

Where Should OG Anunoby Go?

On today’s show, Rohan and Chris start by discussing the OG Anunoby-mania surrounding the trade deadline. They break down whether he will be worth the seemingly high trade price, and which teams they would most like to see him play for. Then they praise Joel Embiid for his performance against Nikola Jokic, and wonder if it will be enough for him to win MVP. Also, are the Sixers now the Celtics’ biggest threat in the East?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 31 January 2023

A NBA Rivalry Week Recap

On today’s show, Rohan is joined by Sports Illustrated senior writer Chris Mannix. They begin by discussing some of the week’s rivalry games, including Nets-Sixers and Warriors-Grizzlies. Topics include the future of Ben Simmons and if the Grizzlies would be favored in a playoff rematch against the Dubs. Then they break down Anthony Davis’s return and what it means for the Lakers. Finally, the duo go through their All-Star rosters and who should or should not make the teamSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 27 January 2023

What's Causing The Scoring Boom?

On today’s show, Rohan and Chris start by discussing some notable performances from MLK Day, including Walker Kessler’s big night against the Wolves. Then they ruminate on the league’s scoring boom and what it means for how players of this era will be judged. And finally, they dive in deep on the Knicks and what they expect from the team moving forwardSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 17 January 2023

NBA Season Halfway Point Surprises

On today’s show, Rohan and Chris begin by discussing their observations from Thursday night’s games, including Luka’s minutes and the third-quarter Thunder. Then they break down some surprising trends from the first half of the NBA season, such as the Bucks’ struggling offense, the under .500 Raptors, the MVP race, and moreSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 13 January 2023

Trae Young for Karl-Anthony Towns?

On today’s show, Rohan and Chris begin by discussing the Nuggets’ blowout win over the Clippers, if it holds any significance, and the experience of watching Kawhi Leonard. Then they break down how Zion Williamson’s absence may or may not affect the Pelicans before returning to Rohan’s hot take about Trae Young, which leads to some thoughts about the futures of the Hawks and TimberwolvesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 6 January 2023

New Contenders in the New Year

On today’s show, Rohan and Chris run over Rohan’s list of contenders headed into 2023. Which of the Grizzlies, Clippers, Warriors and Nuggets is the best team in the West? Are the Cavaliers and Pelicans too young to make a title run, or are they ready now? Have the Nets overtaken Bucks as the second best team in the East? Rohan and Chris break down all of these questions and much more!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 3 January 2023

Christmas Day NBA Preview

On today’s show, Rohan and Chris look ahead to a few of the Christmas Day games, starting with the heavyweight tilt between Boston and Milwaukee. Is the Celtics’ recent slump any cause for concern? Then they discuss the emergence of the Knicks and their ceiling in the East, as well as Joel Embiid’s spectacular season. They also touch on their hangups with the Suns and Nuggets before reminiscing about the Tony Scott classic “Man on Fire.” See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 23 December 2022

What Happened to Kevin Arnovitz? featuring Kevin Arnovitz

On today’s show, Rohan is joined by former ESPN NBA writer Kevin Arnovitz. They discuss Kevin’s experience of watching the NBA as a casual fan and the frustrating nature of the NBA regular season. Later, they wonder whether parity has actually hit the NBA and if current stars mean as much as they used to. Finally, they predict the battlegrounds of the ongoing CBA negotiations, and Kevin provides an update on his current careerSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 16 December 2022

A Tribute to Grant Wahl

On today’s show, Rohan is joined by Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim to celebrate the life of their friend, Grant Wahl.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 13 December 2022

Revisiting the Biggest Offseason Trades

On today’s show, Rohan and Chris begin by discussing the early returns of Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, and Dejounte Murray trades from the summer. Which team is best positioned to go further in the playoffs than last season? Rohan hits Chris with one more nuclear take, this time regarding Karl-Anthony Towns. Chris makes a shocking discovery about the Beam in Sacramento. And then thanks to Mike Brown and Mike Budenholzer, Dick’s Last Resort gets dragged through the mudSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 9 December 2022

The Anthony Davis Revival

On today’s show, Rohan and Chris hop around the league to discuss several teams. They start with Anthony Davis’s recent hot stretch and what it means for the Lakers. Then they wonder what’s going on with Trae Young and the Hawks, during which Rohan hits Chris with a nuclear take. The duo also sing the praises of two early season surprises, the Thunder and Pacers, before taking a trip down Pacers Memory LaneSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 6 December 2022

Checking In On The Heat & Nuggets

On today’s show, Rohan and Chris dive deep on a team they’ve both written about recently: the Miami Heat. They break down the team’s overwhelming use of zone, the breakout of Bam Adebayo, and what the roster’s ceiling is with Jimmy Butler. Then, they discuss the title prospects of the Denver Nuggets, and how they’ve reaped the benefits of the signings they made in the offseasonSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 2 December 2022

Our Quarter Season Awards

On today’s show, Rohan and John revisit Lakers trade rumors and a potential Kemba Walker signing before handing out their Quarter Season Awards. They debate whether there is an obvious MVP favorite, which postseason award Shai Gilgeous-Alexander most deserves, and Rohan is once again forced to confront the success of Daniel Ray AingeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 28 November 2022

Injuries Ravage the League Already

On today’s show, Rohan and John begin by discussing the returns of Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving and what they mean for their respective teams. They also touch on Kyrie’s apology, and if the reasons for his suspension are truly behind him. The they highlight all the major injuries across the NBA and the impact they could have on various teams. Finally, they close with a breakdown of Laddergate, aka the incident between Giannis and some Philadelphia arena workersSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 21 November 2022

Light the Sacramento Beam!

On today’s show, Rohan and Chris start with a spirited discussion about one of the most fun teams in the league, the Sacramento Kings, and what makes them so exciting. They also wonder whether or not the East has already become a two-team race, with Boston’s offense and Milwaukee’s defense separating themselves early in the season. The duo also try to fix the Warriors, respond to some emails, and more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 18 November 2022

The Anthony Davis Fake Trade Machine

On today’s show, Rohan and John start by running through some Anthony Davis fake trades the Lakers may need to consider. They also briefly discuss the Nets’ recent success before wondering when the Wolves should pull the plug on Rudy Gobert and if anything is real from this NBA season. The duo are also forced to acknowledge the success of the Celtics before trying to figure out a new name for the Heat’s home arenaSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 14 November 2022

What’s Wrong with the Wolves?

On today’s show, Rohan and Chris start by discussing the continued success of the Utah Jazz. Should the front office keep the team together? And is Lauri Markkanen now definitively a part of the future? Later, they touch on the dispiriting start to the season from the Timberwolves, and how the Gobert-Towns experiment hasn’t worked well so far. The duo also lend their thoughts to the best NBA antics, why more players haven’t spoken up about Kyrie, and more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 11 November 2022

Can Anyone Stop the Bucks (or Jazz)?

On today’s show, Rohan and John start by discussing the remedial measures the Nets have laid out for Kyrie Irving while he’s suspended from basketball. They also wonder whether it’s already time for the Nets to end the KD-Kyrie experiment. Later, they check back in on the still struggling Warriors, ask themselves if the Jazz are legit, and try to figure out if any team in the East can challenge the BucksSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 7 November 2022

A Rough But Also Great Start To The Season

On today’s show, Rohan and Chris start by discussing the latest news regarding Kyrie Irving and Josh Primo. Then they open up the mailbag to get into some basketball talk, including their favorite teams to watch early in the season, and their thoughts on the returns of the Towns-Gobert experiment. The Rip City Royston Report also makes its long awaited return before Rohan and Chris close the show wondering if the Lakers are showing signs of lifeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 4 November 2022

Warriors Temperature Check w/ Dan Devine

On today’s show, Rohan is joined by Yahoo Sports’s Dan Devine. They begin by discussing the mess with the Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie Irving, both on and off the court. Then they dive into the Warriors’ recent struggles, and whether the two-timeline approach will create problems for them. They also discuss the success of the Cavs and Donovan Mitchell, if the Suns are legit, if they want to change their Finals picks, and more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2022

Let's Give Ben Simmons Some Time

On today’s show, Rohan and Chris start by discussing the slight improvements they’ve seen from Ben Simmons, and whether or not he can ultimately make a difference for the Nets. Then they open up the mailbag to determine their level of concern for the Clippers, and whether or not LeBron is a good stats-bad team guy. They also touch on the Suns, the Wizards, favorite Halloween costumes, and more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 28 October 2022

Adam Silver Hates Tanking & Teams To Worry About

Rohan & John discuss Adam Silver's comments about relegating bad teams to discourage tanking, the early struggles of the Sixers and Heat, and how the title contending Nuggets looked against the defending champs See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 24 October 2022

First Week Breakdown & League Pass Draft w/ Ian Karmel

John & Rohan break down the struggles of the Lakers and Sixers in their first two games before 'The Late Late Show' and 'All Fantasy Everything's' Ian Karmel joins the show to do a fantasy draft of NBA League Pass rankingsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 21 October 2022

NBA Preview Roundtable: Eastern Conference

Rohan Nadkarni & Chris Herring are joined again by the Crossover podcast's Chris Mannix and Howard Beck as they switch sides and break down the major contenders and storylines in the eastern conference as the season gets underwaySee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 18 October 2022

NBA Preview Roundtable: Western Conference

Rohan Nadkarni & Chris Herring are joined by the Crossover podcast's Chris Mannix and Howard Beck to break down the major contenders and storylines in the western conference as the season gets underway. Stay tuned for our eastern conference roundtable out tomorrowSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 17 October 2022

Five Big Questions with Ben Golliver

On today’s show, Rohan is joined by former Open Floor host and Washington Post writer Ben Golliver. Rohan presents Ben with five big questions before the NBA season, touching on topics such as LeBron’s future, the lack of pressure on Nikola Jokic, if the Celtics are still contenders, and so much more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 14 October 2022

Top Ten Duos with Andrew Sharp

On today’s show, Rohan is joined by GOAT podcast host Andrew Sharp for the annual ranking of top ten duos. First they start by discussing who didn’t make the list, including some surprising picks from Andrew. Then they run down their top tens, with many twists and turns along the waySee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 12 October 2022

The Top 100 Ranking: Part 2

On today’s show, Rohan is joined by Chris Herring. After a brief detour into their billion-dollar reality TV idea, they discuss the news of the Draymond Green-Jordan Poole fight, and what they expect regarding both players’ contract situations. Then, they break down the top ten of SI’s Top 100, including how they settled arguments, why Stephen Curry wasn’t ranked first, and much moreSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 7 October 2022

The Top 100 Ranking: Part 1

On today’s show, Rohan is joined by Jeremy Woo. The two dive deep into SI’s Top 100 list, revealing some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into the project. They discuss how they came up with their lists, which players were the hardest to rank, and explain why who ended up where. They also talk about some players they expect to make the list in the future, why Russell Westbrook was left off, if Victor Wembanyama can be the first rookie to make the list next season, and much more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 4 October 2022

Our Big Training Camp Takeaways (So Far)

On today’s show, Rohan is joined by Chris, and after a brief detour into “Don’t Worry Darling” drama, they react to some early training camp storylines. Topics include Anthony Davis’s wrist and future MVP hopes, if Ben Simmons will really play the five, if Jimmy Butler really won’t play the four, James Wiseman’s preseason debut, and Zion Williamson running with the Pelicans’ startersSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 30 September 2022

Messy Media Day Roundup

On today’s show, Rohan is joined by John Gonzalez and the two react to various NBA Media Day happenings. They start in Boston, where the Celtics continue to offer few details regarding the suspension of Ime Udoka, apparently to their own players as well. Then, Rohan & John break down the drama in Brooklyn, wondering how Kevin Durant’s trade request, Kyrie Irving’s unreliability, Ben Simmons’s availability, and the calls for Steve Nash’s firing will affect the team. They also discuss issues with the Lakers, Sixers, Suns and much moreSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Transcribed - Published: 27 September 2022

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