The Mismatch podcast

The Mismatch

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.

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.

 

#325

The Six Most Interesting Teams Down the NBA’s Final Stretch

Verno and KOC are back from the All-Star break and they each name the three teams they are most interested in as teams gear up for the playoff push (08:48). Is this the best Mavs team that Luka Doncic has had? Are the Warriors starting to figure things out? Is Russell Westbrook going to hold the Clippers back from winning it all? The guys discuss all this and more. Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming, please checkout [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

23 Feb 2024

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:06

23 Feb 2024


#324

Trae Young Trade Rumors, Grizzlies Silver Linings, All-Star Festivities, and Does Pop Still Got It?

Verno and KOC discuss the Grizzlies' upset win over the Bucks as well as Klay Thompson’s hot performance after getting benched (00:24). Next, they have a leaguewide check-in entering the All-Star break, starting off with all the noise surrounding the Warriors after it was reported that they looked into LeBron James's availability (25:05). They debate whether Victor Wembanyama is a top-20 player (39:00), wonder how far the 76ers could fall in the standings (01:04:01), discuss what they are looking forward to in this weekend’s All-Star game festivities (01:11:20), and so much more. Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Feb 2024

1 HR 25 MINS

1:25:16

16 Feb 2024


#323

Wolves and Bucks Pick Up Statement Wins, Quick Rookie Check-in, and Reacting to the Second MVP Straw...

Verno and KOC begin the show by talking about the games they attended last night, starting with the Timberwolves' victory over the Clippers. Then they discuss the Pelicans' win over the Grizzlies (12:31). Next they talk about what kind of statement the Bucks made with their win over the Nuggets (18:40). After that, they talk about a few other notable results and performances, specifically from a handful of rookies (39:16), before wrapping up by giving their reactions to the second MVP straw poll results (55:17). Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Feb 2024

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:39

13 Feb 2024


#322

Believing in the Thunder, Why the Knicks and Mavs Won the Day, and Recapping a Mediocre Trade Deadli...

Verno and KOC discuss a mediocre NBA trade deadline that saw no real impactful moves made. They go through the winners of the deadline, including the Knicks and Mavericks, as well as their disappointment with the Lakers and Warriors for not making any moves (08:40). Next, they discuss what kind of impact Gordon Hayward will have with the Thunder, and debate whether Oklahoma City can make a Finals run (24:35). Also, they discuss what Royce O'Neale brings to the Suns, Xavier Tillman’s fit with Boston, and other smaller deadline deals (38:07). Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Feb 2024

57 MINS

57:53

09 Feb 2024


#321

NBA Trade Rumor Recap, Embiid’s Surgery, and Draft Talk

Verno and KOC go through KOC’s recent article (found [here] (https://www.theringer.com/nba/2024/2/5/24062099/joel-embiid-meniscus-injury-philadelphia-76ers-trade-deadline) ) and discuss the 76ers' next move after Joel Embiid’s injury, whether the Hawks should consider trading Trae Young instead of Dejounte Murray, LeBron’s pressure on the Lakers, and so much more (02:02). With the trade deadline this week, the guys discuss some of the names that are rumored to be moving, including Grant Williams (44:08). Also, Verno discusses what he likes from prospect Matas Buzelis after watching him play in person, and KOC shares his experience testing out the new Apple Vision Pro headset (52:29). Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

06 Feb 2024

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:05

06 Feb 2024


#320

LeBron’s Future, a Brunson State of Mind, and Embiid’s Wild Week

Verno and KOC discuss the selection of the All-Star reserves, starting in the East with the Knicks’ Jalen Brunson, before moving on to discuss Joel Embiid’s injury and what it means for the 76ers (01:25). The guys discuss the snubs in the West and debate what changes can be made to accommodate the most worthy players (28:23). Also, the clock is ticking for LeBron James and the Lakers, and the guys debate what the right move is for both (39:26). Read KOC’s article about LeBron and the Lakers [here] (https://www.theringer.com/nba/2024/1/30/24055444/lebron-james-los-angeles-lakers-trade-deadline-future) . Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet at @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming, please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

02 Feb 2024

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:48

02 Feb 2024


#319

Do the Heat Need to be Fixed? Plus, Doc’s Debut, Knicks Without Randle, and Yet Another 70-Point Per...

Verno and KOC discuss Doc Rivers’s debut coaching the Bucks, explain why Paolo Banchero will eventually be a top-five player in the league, as well as the Timberwolves' impressive win over the Thunder (03:24). As the Heat losing streak hits seven, the guys debate whether another move is inevitable, and discuss what Julius Randle’s injury means for the Knicks (19:50). Also, are the Cavs really starting to turn the corner? After Luka Doncic scored 73 points over the weekend, the guys debate if the high scoring offenses from the modern NBA are good or bad for the future of the league (41:08). Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

30 Jan 2024

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:48

30 Jan 2024


#318

LeBron’s All-Star Achievement, the Unmotivated Heat, and Did the Bucks Screw This Up?

Verno and KOC discuss the Heat’s recent skid, losing five straight; OG Anunoby’s impact with the Knicks after blowing out the Nuggets; and the Pacers' impressive win over the 76ers despite not having Tyrese Haliburton (03:25). Next, everyone’s favorite game: That’s True, That Might Be True, or That’s Ridiculous (12:44)! They discuss LeBron’s 20 All-Star game appearances, Doc Rivers to the Bucks, this year's Olympic team, and, of course, Bill Belichick. Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

26 Jan 2024

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:54

26 Jan 2024


#317

Embiid Scores 70, KAT Drops 62 (But Loses), and Risers Across the NBA

Verno and KOC discuss Joel Embiid’s dominant 70-point performance against the Spurs, and debate what the Sixers need to fully capitalize on Embiid’s monster season (01:05). Despite a 62-point effort from Karl-Anthony Towns, the Timberwolves lost to the Hornets as the guys explain why this loss highlights what Minnesota needs the most (19:25). Also, after winning eight straight, are the Cavs among the true contenders in the East (30:03)? If they continue to win without Evan Mobley or Darius Garland, would Cleveland entertain trade offers for either player? The guys then discuss the Bucks' interest in Dejounte Murray, the importance of the next two weeks of the season, and why you should be paying attention to the Knicks (38:27). Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

23 Jan 2024

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:44

23 Jan 2024


#316

Pascal Siakam Trade Analysis, Plus NBA Season Midway Check-In

Verno and KOC react to Pascal Siakam finally being traded to the Pacers to team up with Tyrese Haliburton (03:15). They break down the trade from both sides, discuss Siakam’s fit with the Pacers, debate whether the Raptors will flip Bruce Brown, and so much more. Now that we’ve hit the midpoint of the season, the guys take a look at the overall standings, as well as the championship odds, to debate which teams have the best chances to reach the Finals (25:37). Next, they take a look at the awards odds and discuss which players are ranked properly and which are too low (40:40). Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Jan 2024

1 HR 08 MINS

1:08:26

19 Jan 2024


#315

Are the Jazz Buyers or Sellers? Plus: Trade Targets for the Kings, and Why the Spurs Should Trade fo...

Verno and KOC discuss the Martin Luther King Day slate of games, beginning with the Grizzlies' upset over the Warriors and G.G. Jackson’s breakout game (05:20). They then move on to the scorching-hot Jazz team and debate whether they'll be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline (22:15). The guys also discuss the Cavs' hot run despite being without Darius Garland and Evan Mobley, before discussing the trade rumors surrounding Dejounte Murray and the Spurs (29:50). Does it make sense for the Spurs to reunite with Murray? Next, they discuss other potential trade targets for the Kings if Sacramento can’t get a deal done for top target Pascal Siakam (45:42). You can read KOC’s article mentioned in this episode [here] (https://www.theringer.com/nba/2024/1/15/24038442/nba-trade-rumors-deadline-spurs-lakers-dejounte-murray-trae-young) . Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Jan 2024

1 HR 08 MINS

1:08:54

16 Jan 2024


#314

Imagining Siakam With the Warriors, the Bucks' Championship-Caliber Defense, and Why a Two-Day Draft...

Verno and KOC discuss the silver linings for the Grizzlies after Ja Morant suffered a season-ending injury before moving on to the dominant wins by the Bucks and Thunder (02:28). The guys break down Kawhi Leonard's contract extension with the Clippers and discuss why the Warriors are right in making everyone except Steph Curry available ahead of the trade deadline (22:40). Next, KOC explains why expanding the NBA draft to two days is a good idea before the guys discuss what the Bulls should do with DeMar DeRozan (40:19). Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Jan 2024

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:59

12 Jan 2024


#313

Do the 76ers Need to Make a Move? Questions from Around the League, plus Lakers and Warriors' Concer...

Verno and KOC go through 10 burning questions from around the league. They discuss which team in the West they have the most confidence in besides the Nuggets. They also discuss whether the 76ers should make a move to ensure a Finals run with the way Joel Embiid is playing, Draymond Green's return, the league's most impressive head coach, and so much more. Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Jan 2024

1 HR 08 MINS

1:08:47

08 Jan 2024


#312

How Long Does Darvin Ham Have? Plus: Bucks Survive Wemby and the Wide-Open Championship Landscape

Verno and KOC react to the thrilling game between the Bucks and Spurs that saw Victor Wembanyama go toe-to-toe with Giannis (01:08).. They next discuss last week’s trade between the Knicks and Raptors that saw OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa, and Malachi Flynn get shipped to New York for RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and a second-round pick (19:21). With the championship window wide open in the league, the guys discuss which teams will make the necessary moves to elevate themselves into true Finals contenders (34:31). After a disappointing loss to the Jimmy Butler–less Heat, it was reported that there is growing distrust with Lakers head coach Darvin Ham as the guys debate where the team could go if it does decide to let him go and what it needs to do if t keeps him (46:45). You can read KOC's article [here] (https://www.theringer.com/nba/2024/1/4/24025022/nba-trade-rumors-warriors-kings-thunder) Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming, please checkout [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

05 Jan 2024

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:19

05 Jan 2024


#311

Porzingis’s Rim Influence, Luka’s Dominance, Emerging Rookies, and New Year’s Resolutions

Verno and KOC react to the Christmas Day slate of games, beginning with last night’s monster performance by Luka Doncic as he carried the Mavs to a victory over the Suns (04:27). Are the Suns still viewed as a title contender? The guys move on to the Celtics' decisive win over the Lakers and discuss Kristaps Porzingis’s influence at the rim, as well Derrick White's continuing emergence as a key player (24:25). While looking at the Warriors-Nuggets and 76ers-Heat games, the guys discuss the impact of rookies Brandin Podziemski and Jaime Jaquez Jr. (36:38). Next, can Jalen Brunson be the best player on a championship team (01:01:10)? Also, the guys give out their New Year's resolutions (01:07:32). Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

26 Dec 2023

1 HR 30 MINS

1:30:13

26 Dec 2023


#310

Was This Zion’s Plan All Along? Plus: Early MVP Candidates and the Loser Pistons.

Verno and KOC discuss Ja Morant’s return for the Grizzlies as well as the Pacers' continuing struggles since the IST, before explaining why the Pistons are that bad after they lost to the injury-riddled Jazz, extending their losing streak to 25 games (01:04). They then move on to discuss the news about Zion Williamson’s contract not being fully guaranteed anymore and what it means for the Pelicans (22:37). Also, the guys discuss Tim Bontemps’s first NBA MVP straw poll of the season (32:26). Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming, please checkout [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Dec 2023

49 MINS

49:24

22 Dec 2023


#309

Thunder Trade Targets, Lauri Markkanen’s Value, Should the Cavs Reset, and Other League Observations

After the Bulls upset the 76ers, Verno and KOC discuss the promising development of Coby White before giving credit to James Harden and Clippers, as it seems they have finally figured it out (02:32). Verno shares what he expects from Ja Morant as he's set to make his season debut against the Pelicans (14:00). Next, the guys discuss KOC’s latest article detailing possible trades for the Thunder this season (21:24), Danny Ainge’s price tag for Lauri Markkanen (26:16), what do the Cavs do with Donovan Mitchell (34:38), Luka Doncic and Anthony Davis’s offensive seasons (41:48), as well as the Pistons' continued struggles, and Bradley Beal is injured again (49:10). You can read KOC’s article [here] (https://www.theringer.com/nba/2023/12/18/24006001/nba-trade-rumors-oklahoma-city-thunder-lauri-markkanen) Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Dec 2023

1 HR 10 MINS

1:10:39

19 Dec 2023


#308

Warriors' Silver Linings, the Clippers Are Back, and NBA Trade Season Is Here

Verno and KOC discuss what Draymond Green’s indefinite suspension means for the Warriors as well as Green himself (01:22). Can he control his emotions on the court? Or will there be another incident? Next, the guys discuss the odd behavior from Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Pacers after he broke the Bucks' franchise record with 64 points in a game (23:59). Despite the pettiness the Pacers showed, the guys hope this can develop into a legit rivalry. After a rocky start for James Harden and the Clippers, they seem to be steering the ship back in the right direction (33:16). Also, the guys discuss where Zach LaVine, Pascal Siakam, and other players end up as trade season will soon be underway (39:13). Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Dec 2023

1 HR 15 MINS

1:15:02

15 Dec 2023


#307

NBA Standings Check-in, Zion’s Comeback, DeRozan Trades, a Lakers Master Class, and a Tournament Rec...

Verno and KOC give their final thoughts about the in-season tournament after the Lakers defeated the Pacers to claim the first ever NBA Cup (01:09). They discuss the Lakers’ dominant defense, what the Pacers lack, as well as ideas for future tournaments. The guys take a look at the standings and debate which teams could potentially fall and which teams could rise by the time the season ends (24:24). Despite an injury-filled roster, Luka Doncic showed why he’s amazing in a win over the Grizzlies (34:20). After being completely embarrassed by national media, the guys explain why they were excited to see Zion play the way he did in a win against the Timberwolves last night (41:18). Also, the latest trade news surrounding DeMar DeRozan (49:05). Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming, please checkout [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Dec 2023

58 MINS

58:12

12 Dec 2023


#306

Tournament Instant Reaction: Haliburton's Rising Star Power and Lakers Dominance

Verno and KOC are live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as they react to the semifinal round of the in-season tournament! They first discuss the Pacers’ resiliency and Tyrese Haliburton’s continuing rise as a star as the team eliminates the Bucks (01:19). After a disappointing end to the Bucks' tournament run, the guys discuss what has been going wrong for them and what needs to change for the Bucks to reach the Finals. Next, the guys discuss the Lakers' complete and utter dominance over the Pelicans (21:28). Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Dec 2023

48 MINS

48:44

08 Dec 2023


#305

Recapping the Awesome NBA Knockout Round: Pacers Upset Celtics, Pelicans Stop the Beam

Verno and KOC discuss Tyrese Haliburton's amazing performance as the Pacers defeat the Celtics to advance to the semifinals of the In-Season Tournament (01:31). KOC also explains why Kristaps Porzingis is an X-factor for any Celtics' title hopes. The guys discuss Ime Udoka’s ejection over the weekend against the Lakers, and Sam Amick’s interview with James Harden (24:40). After the Kings got outmatched by the Pelicans, the guys debate the Kings' need for size to truly compete for a title, and why Verno believes the Pels can cause trouble for either the Lakers or Suns in the next round (36:44). Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [http://theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

05 Dec 2023

1 HR 12 MINS

1:12:28

05 Dec 2023


#304

The NBA’s Biggest Surprises and Disappointments So Far, Plus An In-Season Tournament Preview

Verno and KOC go through the night's slate of NBA action before discussing what they would change for future in-season tournaments (02:11). They next discuss KOC’s article detailing the need for the Warriors to reinvent themselves around Steph Curry (18:17). Also, the guys give their biggest surprises (34:17) and disappointments from the season so far (48:47). You can read KOC’s article [here] (https://www.theringer.com/2023/11/29/23980835/golden-state-warriors-trade-rumors-klay-thompson-steph-curry) . Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Dec 2023

1 HR 22 MINS

1:22:02

01 Dec 2023


#303

Can Devin Booker Win MVP? Plus, KOC’s Power Rankings, the Surging Sixers, and True Contenders

Verno and KOC discuss the dominant performance by Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey, and the rest of the 76ers as they blew out the Lakers by 44 points on Monday night (01:05). After watching the Suns and Timberwolves over the weekend, both teams look like legit championship contenders (21:47). Next, the guys dive into KOC’s power rankings after the first month of the season (30:08). Also, they discuss their concerns about the Pistons, debate whether CJ McCollum should come off the bench when he returns from injury, and the bad optics the league is putting themselves in with the Josh Giddey investigation (41:39). You can read KOC’s First Month NBA Power Rankings [here] (https://www.theringer.com/nba/2023/11/27/23977800/nba-power-rankings-denver-nuggets-boston-celtics) Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

28 Nov 2023

59 MINS

59:29

28 Nov 2023


#302

Thanksgiving Week Mismatch Mega-Pod

Verno and KOC go through last night’s in-season tournament play, starting with the Pacers, who clinched their spot in the knockout stage, and the growing star power of Tyrese Haliburton (02:57). The guys explain the 76ers’ struggles and debate whether Zach LaVine could help turn them around (26:11). They also dive into the Suns' success even though they didn't have Bradley Beal, Chet Holmgren’s game against the Warriors, and the great week for the Pelicans (39:07). Finally, with Thanksgiving tomorrow, the guys give out what they are most thankful for this NBA season (57:32). Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Nov 2023

1 HR 22 MINS

1:22:21

22 Nov 2023


#301

Are the Warriors Dead? Plus, the Loaded Celtics, Haliburton's Ascent, and Detroit’s Breakdown

Verno and KOC open up the show by discussing the bad as well as some good about Draymond Green’s suspension for choking Rudy Gobert (01:13). The guys dive into Kelly Oubre Jr.'s strange situation after he was (or wasn't) hit by a car (13:23). Also, they discuss some of the things they like and dislike about the NBA season so far (24:12). Got a question for Verno and KOC? Send them an email at [nbamailbag@gmail.com] (mailto:nbamailbag@gmail.com) ! Or you can send the guys a tweet @ [ChrisVernonShow] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVernonShow) and @ [KevinOConnorNBA] (https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA) ! The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please check out [theringer.com/RG] (http://theringer.com/RG) to find out more, or listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Producer: Jessie Lopez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

17 Nov 2023

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:32

17 Nov 2023