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The Lowe Post

ESPN's Zach Lowe talks to various basketball people about various basketball things.


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Tim Bontemps

Zach and ESPN's Tim Bontemps bounce around the East: the unbeaten Bulls, buzzy Hornets, the clunky Nets start, Boston, Toronto, much more. Plus, some tidbits on the West, including whether the Thunder might sniff 9-73. 
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Chris Herring

Zach and Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring discuss the highs and lows of the first 72 hours of the NBA season.
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Kevin Pelton

Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton discuss the extensions that did and didn't happen -- Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Malcolm Brogdon, Jaren Jackson Jr., more -- and then Kevin picks his 5 Most Intriguing Players for the upcoming NBA season. 
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Kemba Walker and Chiney Ogwumike

Zach talks to Knicks point Kemba Walker about coming home, the highs and lows of his career, and more. Then ESPN's Chiney Ogwumike debates League Pass Rankings with Zach.
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Kevin Arnovitz

Zach talks to Kevin Arnovitz about the latest on Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, and the five most confusing teams headed into the season.
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Bill Simmons

Zach and Bill Simmons bat around the big questions going into the NBA season: Can the Nets win it all without Kyrie? Who gets Ben Simmons? Which West and East powers are in danger of slipping into the play-in? And much more.
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McMenamin and Marks

Zach and Dave McMenamin preview the Lakers season, then Bobby Marks goes inside the Ben Simmons stand-off.
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Friedell, Slater, and Serrano

Zach talks to ESPN's Nick Friedell and Anthony Slater about all things Warriors: Andrew Wiggins and vaccines, Klay Thompson, and how good Golden State can be this season. Then best-selling author Shea Serrano joins to discuss his beloved Spurs. 
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Kustok and Bontemps

Zach talks to Sarah Kustok of the YES Network about Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn's media day, and expectations for the Nets. Then ESPN's Tim Bontemps joins to talk Michael Porter Jr.'s extension, the latest on Ben Simmons, and the Milwaukee Bucks quest to repeat.
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Lopez and Begley

Zach discusses the chaos in Minnesota, then brings on ESPN's Andrew Lopez to talk all things Pelicans and SNY's Ian Begley -- host of The Putback -- to preview the Knicks.
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Marks and Krawczynski

Zach talks to Bobby Marks about Ben Simmons, Damian Lillard, and the temporary death of NBA free agency. Then Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic helps preview the Timberwolves under pressure. 
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MacMahon and Mares

Zach and ESPN's Tim MacMahon discuss John Wall trades, and expectations for the Jazz and Mavericks. Then Adam Mares of DNVR Sports hops on to discuss Aaron Gordon's extension and the upcoming Nuggets season.
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SI's Chris Herring

Zach and Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring pick teams that will be better and worse than expected. 
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Mike Budenholzer

Zach talks to Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer about the team's championship journey, his career, highlights and lowlights from his time with the Spurs, and more.
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Stephen A. Smith and Jeff Van Gundy

Zach talks to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith about the new-look Lakers, the Nets as favorites, the Knicks and Damian Lillard, and more; then ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy stops by to talk about Team USA in Tokyo and the biggest offseason moves. 
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McMenamin, Friedell, and Katz

Zach talks to ESPN's Dave McMenamin about the revamped Lakers roster, ESPN's Nick Friedell about the upgrades for the Bulls and Knicks, and then The Athletic's Fred Katz joins to talk all things Wizards.
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Pelton, Shelburne, and MacMahon on Free Agency

Zach talks to ESPN's Kevin Pelton and Tim MacMahon about winners and losers of early free agency, and Ramona Shelburne stops by to talk all things Lakers -- Russ, Alex Caruso, what this team looks like now.
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Bobby Marks on Draft and Free Agency

Zach talks to ESPN's Bobby Marks about the multitude of moves made on the night of the draft and what it all means for free agency.
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Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz

Zach talks all things NBA draft with ESPN experts Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz.
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Woj and Lowe Draft Special

Zach and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski discuss the latest intel ahead of Thursday's draft, the biggest names who could be on the move, and a crowded point guard market.
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Ted Lasso's Brendan Hunt

Zach talks to Brendan Hunt about the enormous success of Ted Lasso and the many NBA Easter eggs littered throughout the show.
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Bucks Clinch - NBA Finals Game 6 Reaction

Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst are joined by Cleveland Forward Larry Nance Jr. to discuss Giannis? historic performance, the significance of a small market team winning, the Bucks? ability to keep fighting, the coaching redemption in Milwaukee and the future of the Suns.
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Tim Legler and Mike Brown

Zach and ESPN's Tim Legler break down the NBA Finals with the Bucks one win from the title, then Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Brown discusses taking the Nigerian team to the Olympics. 
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NBA Finals Game 5 Reaction

Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst are joined by Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse to discuss the wild ending to Game 5, Khris Middleton?s amazing performance, Jrue Holiday?s clutch play, the level of shot making in the game and how the Suns should feel going into Milwaukee for Game 6. 
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NBA Finals Game 4 Reaction

Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst are joined by Denver Nuggets Head Coach Michael Malone to discuss Khris Middleton?s outstanding performance, how great Giannis? key block was, Devin Booker?s sensational performance, the Bucks? reliance on transition buckets, the Suns? turnovers and Phoenix needing more from Ayton offensively. Then the group talks coach getting into a horse and carriage with Nikola Jokic, get an update on Jamal Murray and discuss the grind of the last two seasons. 
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Kevin Arnovitz on the Finals

Zach talks to ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz about the state of the NBA Finals.
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NBA Finals Game 3 Reaction

Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst are joined by Kings? guard Tyrese Haliburton to talk Giannis? dominant Game 3, Ayton getting in foul trouble, how Game 4 will set the tone for the series and Chris Paul?s leadership.
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NBA Finals Game 2 Reaction

Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst are joined by former Hornets and Magic Head Coach Steve Clifford to discuss the great effort from the Bucks, the amazing offensive response from the Suns, what the preparation is like for the teams ahead of Sunday?s Game 3, the importance of Khris Middleton and the process of making adjustments for coaches.
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NBA Finals Game 1 Reaction

Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst discuss the Suns winning Game 1, Chris Paul?s brilliance, the importance of free throw shooting, what adjustments the Bucks can make and Deandre Ayton stepping up.
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NBA Finals Preview with Kevin Pelton & Marques Johnson

Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton preview the NBA Finals. Then, Milwaukee Bucks legend and broadcaster Marques Johnson on the team's journey here, their battles with the 76ers and Celtics in the 1980s, "White Man Can't Jump" and much more.
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Suns Euphoria and Clippers' Future

Zach talks to ESPN's resident Suns fan Michael Schwartz about what this Finals run means to him, then ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz joins to discuss Chris Paul finally making the Finals, Kawhi Leonard, and what comes next for the Clippers. 
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Herring on Conference Finals & Lillard

Zach talks to SI's Chris Herring about both conference finals and the Damian Lillard situation. 
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Bontemps and Givony

Zach talks to ESPN's Tim Bontemps about the East Finals, then ESPN's Jonathan Givony dishes on the lottery and the draft -- and a special appearance by former Suns coach Jay Triano on the Valley Oop.
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Bobby Marks and Kevin Pelton

Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks discuss what comes next for the Sixers and Jazz after awful playoff losses, then ESPN's Kevin Pelton helps preview Hawks-Bucks and breaks down Game 1 of Suns-Clippers.
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Mavs dysfunction, Injury woes, and Sixers collapse

Zach talks to ESPN's Tim MacMahon about dysfunction in Dallas, ESPN's Baxter Holmes and injury expert Jeff Stotts on the wave of injuries league wide, and Spike Eskin of the Rights to Ricky Sanchez podcast on the Sixers epic collapse in Game 5.
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2021 Playoffs Emergency Pod: Durant's Incredible Game 5

Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst react to Kevin Durant's indescribable Game 5 performance against the Milwaukee Bucks.
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Jeff Van Gundy

Zach and Jeff Van Gundy discuss the three 2-2 series as the second round of the NBA playoffs heats up.
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Arnovitz on Hawks-Sixers and Anderson on Durant

Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz discuss all things Hawks-Sixers, then Sam Anderson of the New York Times magazine joins to talk about his mammoth profile of Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets.
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Nets cruise, Suns take Game 1, and Fake Porzingis Trades

Zach talks to ESPN's Bobby Marks and Seth Partnow of The Athletic about the Nets destroying Milwaukee, Suns-Nuggets Game 1, Clippers-Jazz, fake Kristaps Porzingis trades, much more. 
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Herring and Windhorst

Zach talks to Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring about all things West and then Brian Windhorst stops by to discuss the front office changes in Boston.
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MacMahon, McMenamin, and Pelton

Zach brings in a whole crew to talk Mavs-Clippers, Suns-Lakers and the Anthony Davis injury, Knicks-Hawks -- plus a look-ahead to a potential Nets-Bucks blockbuster.
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Andrews and Woike

Zach talks about Jazz-Grizzlies and Ja Morant, then ESPN's Malika Andrews joins to discuss the Brooklyn Nets and Dan Woike of the LA Times talks Clippers existentialism. 
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Opening Weekend Takeaways: Johnson, MacMahon, and Lopez

Zach talks Suns-Lakers with Eddie Johnson, Clippers-Mavs with ESPN's Tim MacMahon, and Knicks-Hawks with ESPN's Andrew Lopez.
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Annual First Round Playoff Preview with David Thorpe

Zach and TrueHoop's David Thorpe reunite for their annual 8 X 8 preview of every first-round playoff series.
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Jeff Van Gundy On Warriors-Lakers Play-In

Zach and Jeff Van Gundy preview the Warriors-Lakers play-in game, and talk playoffs. 
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Woj and Lowe Play-in and Playoffs Preview

Zach and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski discuss the league's commitment to the play-in tournament, the first round playoff matchups they are most intrigued by, and look ahead to the offseason.
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Kirk Goldsberry On Incoming Hall Of Famers

Zach talks to ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry about new Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, and Kobe Bryant -- plus NBA awards!
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Kevin Arnovitz On Play-In Races & All-NBA Ballot

Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz discuss the play-in races and the All-NBA ballot
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Tim Bontemps on All-Defense & MVP Races and Dallas' Jalen Brunson

Zach and ESPN's Tim Bontemps discuss the MVP and All-Defense races, then Jalen Brunson of the Dallas Mavericks joins to talk play-in, ribbing Luka Doncic, Steve Nash and Allen Iverson as inspirations, much more.
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Howard Beck on Play-In Tournament Dissension, 6th Man of the Year Deep Cuts

Zach and Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated discuss the Lakers' recent struggles, the play-in tournament, all the ongoing races, and Sixth Man of the Year.
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