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On today's episode Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: A loyal TrueHoop listener "asks Coach Thorpe" who will be the next star young coach in the NBA like the Thunder's Mark Daigneault? To submit a question to ask Coach Thorpe send it to truehoop@truehoop.com Who will be the west's no. 1 seed? The Wolves and Nuggets play each other this week in …
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On today's TrueHoop Henry Abbott and Jarod Hector discuss: The play-in and playoffs are rapidly approaching and while the NBA is hoping for another LeBron vs. Steph showdown, is it good for the league? What makes LeBron and Steph more interesting than KD? Why aren't Luka and Giannis bigger stars? The NBA's next media rights deal Suns' owner Mat Ish…
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On today's episode Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The Mavericks are now the hottest team in the NBA after snapping the Rockets' 11-game win streak. Is Dallas peaking at the right time? What's changed? The Cavaliers are headed in the wrong direction Alabama is headed to its first Final 4 and David has "NBA eyes" on the Crimson Tide Why is Ni…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The Raptors' Jontay Porter is being investigated in connection to gambling Are players happy with the way the game is officiated? Draymond Green was ejected in the opening minutes of a pivotal game for the Warriors. Who's to blame? The OKC Thunder's playoff limitations The Rockets have won 10 s…
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On today's episode Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The absurd amount of free throws the Lakers took in a win over the Pacers. The Warriors might fall out of the play-in and some wonder if Steph Curry is playing enough minutes. Henry Abbott's MVP article Current playoff scenariosبقلم Henry Abbott
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The NBA has gone all in on gambling, players and coaches already think we're headed for disaster. David's article on the five players on the brink of success Ime Udoka's turnaround job in Houston Top 5 NBA teams right nowبقلم Henry Abbott
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The future of Bronny James and David's advice for the young baller. The Clippers have lost four of five and headed in the wrong direction, what's going on? Is Zion peaking at the right time? The brilliance of Kyrie Irvingبقلم Henry Abbott
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: Senior Night at Florida State for Max Thorpe It's the final quarter of the regular season, which teams are playoff ready? Which teams are in trouble? Rudy Gobert fined for flashing money sign at an NBA official. Does the league have a problem?بقلم Henry Abbott
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: TrueHoop founder and CEO Henry Abbott was at the Sloan conference last week and wrote an article about 3s, are they overvalued? Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton has been struggling lately, David wrote an article on how to get him back on track. Karl-Anthony Towns has a meniscus injury and is out i…
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On this special edition of the TrueHoop podcast Henry Abbott and Jarod Hector are joined by Julie Kliegman, author of the new book Mind Game. They discuss the changing landscape of elite athletes' relationship to their mental health, and the public challenges and struggles with the subject.بقلم Henry Abbott
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: David's article on his pick to win the western conference. The LA Clippers. Does he feel differently after they lost a 21-point lead to the LA Lakers? Bol Bol has been a net negative player his first five years in the league, but he's been a positive for the Suns in limited action this year Jai…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and Coach Thorpe discuss: David's suggestion on improving All-Star weekend The future of G League Ignite What is David focused on with the contending teams over the final third of the season? Top 5 NBA teams right nowبقلم Henry Abbott
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On today's show Jarod Hector is joined by Henry Abbott! They discuss: Henry's recently completed book writing sabbatical and why this book is important. The EPM metric is dominated by players in their 20s, yet the players who dominate the headlines are all in their mid to late 30s, what's the deal? Violence in the NBA Top 5 NBA teams right now…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: "Ask Coach Thorpe" if you want to tap into David's big basketball brain please submit questions to truehoop@truehoop.com David's article on who won the trade deadline Which teams can go on a run post All-Star break? Player spotlight: Jalen Brunson…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The days and week leading up to the trade deadline and All-Star break and the impact on players. What's going on with the Bucks? Joel Embiid might miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, what does this mean for the 76ers? What are the Jazz, Thunder, Pelicans, Nets, and Knicks think…
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On a special bonus episode Henry Abbott and Jarod Hector have a wide ranging conversation with former professional basketball player Rod Benson. Rod has played overseas and in the D league (now G league). He speaks candidly about the business of basketball and believes that approach hampered his chances of being in the NBA. He is also the author of…
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On today's episode Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: "Ask Coach Thorpe" send your questions to truehoop@truehoop.com to tap into David's big basketball brain. David's article on the end of the Warriors dynasty The problem with the NBA's 65-game threshold for player awards The real reason we are seeing individual scoring explosions Top 5 NBA te…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: NBA title contenders in the east and west. Jarod and David each draft four teams per conference, and give their reasons why. What is David seeing with the Clippers and Pacers that has him excited? Draymond Green has been a plus/minus rockstar his whole career, can he still help the Warriors? Th…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: Doc Rivers is in as the new head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, what does it mean? Is Doc still a good coach? What's next for former Bucks' head coach Adrian Griffin? The Heat traded for Terry Rozier, David likes it but doesn't love it. What else do the Heat need to do? A new "Rapid Fire" segmen…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The Pacers' long-term and short-term futures and why the Pascal Siakam trade works now and for the future. What is David seeing on the court? The Suns are one of the hottest teams in the league, what has sparked their recent good play and is it sustainable? Top-15 in EPM The Clippers could be t…
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On this special edition of the TrueHoop podcast Jarod Hector is joined by author and the Andrew Mellon Professor of Humanities at Emory University, Valerie Babb. Valerie's latest, The Book of James: The Power, Politics, and Passion of LeBron is the subject of today's episode.بقلم Henry Abbott
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The Pascal Siakam trade to the Indiana Pacers, how does this help boost the team's title chances in the short and long-term? Plus David's fantastic article with even more insight. The Suns had a historic fourth quarter comeback this week, can they takeaway anything from that improbable win? Vic…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: A listener question on advanced stats overvaluing role players. If you'd like to ask Coach Thorpe a question, send your question to truehoop@truehoop.com David thinks it will be a busy trade season. What's real and what's not? What should the six NBA title contenders focus on in the second half…
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On today's episode Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: A listener question about closing out on defense. To ask Coach Thorpe a question, send to truehoop@truehoop.com David's article on why the Thunder need to make a move now The Timberwolves are elite on defense and average on offense with two excellent offensive players, how can this be? What'…
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Closing in on the halfway point of the regular season, the Celtics, 76ers, Thunder, Nuggets, and Clippers look like contenders. Which means several of the most expensive teams in NBA history (remember all the excitement about the superteams in Golden State, Phoenix, and Milwaukee?) are not, right now, credibly contending. David saw Stephen Curry lo…
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Henry Abbott and David Thorpe discuss: A listener question about playing with joy (email your question to truehoop@truehoop.com) which absolutely matters in the case of Immanuel Quickley. How the Raptors are different after trading OG Anunoby. Why the TrueHoop podcast doesn't have sports gambling ads. Why Pascal Siakam would be amazing on the Thund…
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On this special edition of the TrueHoop podcast Henry Abbott and Jarod Hector are joined by author Rafi Kohan. Rafi's latest book Trash Talk: The Only Book About Destroying Your Rivals That Isn't Total Garbage is the subject of today's episode. How far back does trash talk go? The "Dozens" and the racial components of trash talk? How does trash tal…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: "Ask Coach Thorpe" where you the audience get to tap into David's big basketball brain. Send questions to truehoop@truehoop.com Derrick White and winning NBA players Should the Thunder go all in now to find an All-Star to slot next to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chet Holmgren? The psychology of…
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On this special edition of the TrueHoop podcast Henry Abbott and Jarod Hector are joined by author and sportswriter Roland Lazenby. Roland has written books about the greatest gladiators in the NBA. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Jerry West and Phil Jackson. Lazenby's latest book MAGIC: The Life of Earvin 'Magic' Johnson is the subject of today's epi…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The injury bug that has hit the Cavaliers and Suns and what, if anything, can either team do? The Clippers are the hottest team in the league and David thinks they can be the no. 1 seed in the west Trade ideas for the Heat, Knicks, Pacers, Wolves, Thunder, and Mavericks The importance of the G …
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The NBA's popularity, continuing a great conversation you can read here The Warriors have always had a Draymond Green problem but now it might cost them Steph Curry. David wrote about trading Steph here Giannis Antetokounmpo was very mad about the game ball after his career scoring night Top 5 …
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The In-Season Tournament championship and possible tweaks going forward The disposition to dominate as seen in Anthony Davis and LeBron James What's next for the Indiana Pacers? Troubling signs with Zion Williamson The Grizzlies will get Ja Morant back and the Suns will get Bradley Beal back, w…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: "Ask Coach Thorpe" tap into David's big basketball brain by sending questions to truehoop@truehoop.com David's article on the Pacers as Harden's Rockets 2.0 How did the Pacers beat the Celtics? Can they defeat the Bucks? Bucks' elite offense Lakers vs. Pelicans, which Zion will show up? Top 5 t…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: "Ask Coach Thorpe" tap into David's big basketball brain by sending questions to truehoop@truehoop.com Which teams have an advantage in the quarterfinal round? Celtics vs. Pacers, Pelicans vs. Kings, Knicks vs. Bucks and Suns vs. Lakers MVP ladder…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The Josh Giddey situation Some coaches and players are upset over the point differential in the In-Season Tournament Zion Williamson and offensive efficiency on high usage Fine line between coaching and ego management David's Rookie Roundup Top 5 NBA teams right now…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: "Ask Coach Thorpe" tap into David's big basketball brain by sending questions to truehoop@truehoop.com The Magic and Suns are the hottest teams in the league, is their play sustainable? An early look at MVP candidatesبقلم Henry Abbott
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On today's show Jarod Hector and Coach Thorpe discuss: The Oklahoma City Thunder look like a serious playoff team, but David says "curb your enthusiasm." The Warriors have lost six straight, is it time to worry? Frank Vogel has played Kevin Durant and Devin Booker heavy minutes and the Suns have an interesting scheduling concern this week Update on…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: "Ask Coach Thorpe" David's big basketball brain answers your questions. To submit a question email truehoop@truehoop.com Tyrese Haliburton is special. How good is he and who is his Hall of Fame comp? In-Season Tournament update Top-5 teams in the NBA right now…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The Timberwolves have the best defense in the league so far and have beaten the Celtics, Nuggets and Warriors, are they a legitimate contender? The Rockets were at or near the bottom of the league last year in every relevant metric. They're more competent this season. What's working for them? I…
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On today's podcast Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: David's article on the beautiful dancing of Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren Adam Silver thinks NBA media coverage and analysis should be more like the NFL, is he right? Cam Thomas and the player that can only score Early impressions of the Bucks and 76ers The Nuggets without Jamal Murray…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The In-Season Tournament and what people are missing with all their complaining. Player development is not always linear but it can be accelerated for special players. Does David think Chet Holmgren and Victor Wembanyama can develop on a faster trajectory? Dillon Brooks, the art and science of …
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On today's TrueHoop Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The ramifications of the James Harden trade for the 76ers and Clippers and why did this deal happen when it did? Thorpe Theory on early season play from his recent article KD and the Suns Warriors chemistry Nikola Jokic is getting love from his peers The In-Season Tournament The death of Bo…
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