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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: How to defend Luka Doncic Where teams should be positioning themselves for the playoffs The Warriors latest run of good play Rebranding the Clippers See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.بقلم Henry Abbott
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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 now See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.بقلم Henry Abbott
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On today's show Jarod Hector and Henry Abbott discuss: All the handwringing over All-Star weekend Who is the weekend for and what's it really about? The NBA and innovation or lack thereof NBA and misogyny See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.بقلم 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 See …
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informa…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The fallacy of the NBA trade deadline and what teams and fans miss about the day. The challenges of player development and what teams get wrong Top 5 NBA teams right now See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.بقلم Henry Abbott
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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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: Holiday plans The difficulty of being a lead ball handler in the NBA The return of Ja Morant Kawhi Leonard's greatness Christmas Day games preview Top 5 NBA teams See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.بقلم Henry Abbott
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informa…
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener …
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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 candidates See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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On today's show Henry Abbott, Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: Thanksgiving plans "Ask Coach Thorpe" David's big basketball brain answers your questions. To submit a question email truehoop@truehoop.com NBA things we are thankful for Top 5 NBA teams right now See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for pr…
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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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On today's episode Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: David's early season observations. What is he seeing with individual offense? Parity in the NBA and how that impacts coaching decisions in the short-term and long-term Jalen Duren is an exciting young player The NBA's next media rights deal is an opportunity for the league to go all in on in…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: Opening night in the NBA. The Nuggets are champs for a reason but David says their bench will need to improve. The Lakers are a good team but what version of Anthony Davis will we see and has Darvin Ham improved as a coach? Does Evan Mobley have too many tools? Are they preventing him from succ…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: Win projections for NBA teams and why David does not see any juggernauts running away with the regular season Grizzlies lose Steven Adams for the season, what does it mean? Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett say Victor Wembanyama is a top-5 player based on skills, does David agree? The NBA is hoping…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: ESPN published a story about Ja Morant and Grizzlies fans are calling it a "hit piece." David's preseason observations, including Ben Simmons The potential of the Phoenix Suns Five bold predictions See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: Sam Cassell's addition to the Celtics coaching staff and the potential impact on Jayson Tatum and Joe Mazzulla More on the NBA's claim that science doesn't support load management Jarod is having fun watching Victor Wembanyama James Harden trade talk and the problem with NBA "newsbreakers" See …
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On today's special episode Jarod Hector is joined by Professor Ibram X. Kendi, the director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research and the host and executive producer of the ESPN+ series "Skin In The Game." They discuss: Prof. Kendi and his center have been in the news for layoffs amid raising $55 million over three years, and a lack of research …
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The NBA says scientific data doesn't support load management Chet Holmgren vs. Victor Wembanyama for the future of NBA supremacy Preseason thoughts on Zion Williamson, Zaire Williams, Tyler Herro, Thomas Bryant and Scottie Barnes See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: Ben Simmons and the importance of empathy and clear communication between an athlete and a coach Monty Williams poor framing of analytics Parity in the league Suns, Raptors and Mavericks preseason play See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: Teams in the NBA trade contracts but there are people and real lives involved Are the Bucks "hiding" the truth about Khris Middleton's injury? David's article on 64 good and getable players this season The top 15 players at the end of the season See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informati…
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On today's show Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The Jrue Holiday trade and what that means for the Celtics The Portland TrailBlazers present and future Best starting five units in the NBA Latest on James Harden and Philadelphia Early MVP discussion See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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On today's TrueHoop Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The Damian Lillard trade and what it means for this year's title chase and the future of the Blazers Jabari Parker has thoughts on the NBA Burning questions for the Warriors, Clippers, Lakers, Suns, and Kings ahead of training camp See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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On today's TrueHoop Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The latest around the Damian Lillard trade and what people should and shouldn't believe It's been quiet in Philadelphia, and David wonders why Burning questions for the Mavericks, Rockets, Grizzlies, Pelicans, and Spurs ahead of training camp See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informat…
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On today's TrueHoop Henry Abbott and Jarod Hector discuss: Henry's obsession with tolerance of the lumbar spine to shear...it's for his amazing book, due out in 2024! The Nuggets were sublime in last season's playoffs, can they recapture similar magic this season? Burning questions for the Timberwolves, Thunder, TrailBlazers, and Jazz ahead of trai…
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On today's TrueHoop Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: Nikola Jokic's popularity. Jarod saw a tweet from a Denver sports fan and media member, that got him thinking. Why doesn't the league prioritize his games? What role does Jokic play in his own popularity? David makes an argument that every player in the league is tradable Burning questions …
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