“Defending NBA champions” has become a term associated with the Golden State Warriors the past few years, but the upcoming 2018-19 season will have plenty of intrigue as free agency and player acquisitions have shifted the landscape of the entire league.
The Warriors will be seeking their third straight championship but will have to overcome one of the greatest players of all time taking his talents to their Western Conference — LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.
A considerable void will be experienced in the Eastern Conference because of James’ departure from Cleveland — a team he took to the NBA Finals four consecutive years.
The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers are the early favorites in the East to reach the Finals. Here are a few podcasts to listen to get you ready for the new NBA season, which opens Oct. 16.
The Woj Pod
Considered the authority when it comes to reporting on the NBA, Adrian Wojnarowski gives you the latest inside information on the league on The Woj Pod. From the commissioner to general managers to coaches and star players, Wojnarowski dives into the personas and stories of the NBA. Recent episodes include: “Masai Ujiri,” “Grant Hill” and “Adam Schefter.”
Find it: https://apple.co/2Og6sEe
The Ringer NBA Show
Produced by Bill Simmons’ TheRinger.com, hosts Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the latest storylines, trends and important developments around the league. Along with diving into the storylines and what they mean, Vernon and O’Connor also welcome guests from around the NBA to give listeners an inside look. Recent episodes include: “Jimmy Butler Trade Talks and Media Day Takeaways,” “Wizards Chemistry Experiment, Suns-Rockets Trade, and Are We Sure?” and “LeBron Gives Back.”
Find it: https://apple.co/2Ol4Usw
J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas host The Starters Podcast, which is produced by NBA TV. Skeets and Melas break down the NBA’s off-court antics, storylines, biggest games and best rivalries. They are also joined by players, coaches and league officials for lively discussions on the news of the day. Recent episodes include: “The Advice Guys,” “The Crazy Life of Cameraman Ric” and “Would You Rather.”
Find it: http://www.nba.com/the-starters-podcasts
From detailed game breakdowns to salary cap analysis to in-depth scouting, host Nate Duncan gives NBA fans an extensive look into the league. Duncan features everything from season outlooks for each team to a detailed analysis of every trade and roster moves. Recent episodes include: “CLE Outlook/ATL Outlook,” “Kawhi Leonard to TOR From Every Angle” and “Capela Re-Signs.”
Find it: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/duncdon