Episode 30: Larry Luk

Today’s guest is Larry Luk of the Hawks 6th Man Section and the HawksBros social media accounts.

Larry and I talk discuss the upcoming playoff series between the Hawks and Wizards, including:

1) Kent Bazemore coming off the bench (in Baze’s own words),
2) Dwight Howard matching up against former teammate Marcin Gortat (in Dwight’s own words),
3) And figuring out the backup point guard spot vs. Washington.

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Episode 29: Ben Standig

Today’s guest is Ben Standig of the podcast Locked on Wizards

Ben and I talk discuss the upcoming playoff series between the Hawks and Wizards, including the impact of adding Scott Brooks and Bojan Bogdanovic, which Wizards will be in the rotation, how Washington replaces Ian Mahinmi, and how the Wizards fare against switching defenses.

We also hear a bonus bit from Jose Calderon on a series involving two of his international teammates, and I made some playoff predictions.

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Episode 28: Kris Willis

Today’s guest is Kris Willis, overall guru at Peachtree Hoops

Kris and I talk discuss

1) The Hawks’ 126-125 overtime comeback win over the Cavaliers.

2) His preferred playoff opponent

3) The Hawks’ approach to staggering their starters and backups over the course of the season.

4) What he has seen from Taurean Prince as the rookie has taken on a larger role in recent weeks.

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Episode 27: Reinis Lacis

Today’s guest is Reinis Lacis, NBA historian and host of The Handle podcast.

Reinis and I talk about three things:

1) Recent inductions to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

2) Our choices for 5 NBA people that we’d put in the Hall of Fame.

3) And we finish by asking Taurean Prince about his high-volume of double clutch layups.

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Episode 26: Bob Rathbun

Today’s guest is Bob Rathbun, who does the play-by-play on Fox Sports Southeast for the Atlanta Hawks. We talk about the evolution of the low-post game in the NBA and how it applies to a Hawks’ offense that features two primary interior presences.

We also hear from Dwight Howard and Zach Randolph for their impressions on what it means to be a low-post banger in the year 2017.

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Episode 25: Thomas Jenkins

Today’s guest is Thomas Jenkins, who writes for Peachtree Hoops. We talk about the three-game losing streak that the Hawks currently have going, especially the loss to the Warriors in which Dennis Schroder was benched for the final 20 minutes of the game after losing track of Steph Curry after a dead ball.

We also talk about the ceiling of this year’s Hawks team, as well as the acquisitions of Ersan Ilyasova and Jose Calderon, and how those moves may effect the Hawks moving forwards.

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Episode 24: @thats_so_payton

The Hawks are in the midst of a 6-game homestand and their next 3 games are against CLE, IND and GSW. So in between games against the best team in the East and the best team in the West, the Hawks welcome back Jeff Teague, who played here as a Hawk for seven seasons.

With that in mind, today we welcome Payton (@thats_so_payton), who is undoubtedly one of the best Pacers follows on Twitter, and we’ll talk Teague, what he’s meant to the Pacers, Paul George trade rumors, and Frank Vogel’s move from Indiana to Orlando.

In addition to the Pacers stuff, we also hear from Hawks center Dwight Howard on his approach to training, both in the offseason and during the grind of an 82-game season.

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Episode 23: Jordan Treske

Trade deadline, trade deadline, trade deadline.

It’s all about the trade deadline as we discuss the deals that were made, the ones that weren’t, and the players who were bought out with Jordan Treske, who is a connoisseur of Ersan Ilyasova and a writer for Behind the Buck Pass.

In addition to the trivia, we also hear from Hawks forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. on the team’s acquisition of his former teammate, Ersan Ilyasova.

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Episode 22: Nothing Easy

Today we break stride and go into a full-blown episode of NBA trivia. Our contestants are Michael Gallagher of NBC, Yahoo! Sports and Rotoworld, Greg Wissinger of Sactown Royalty, and my old friend Chris Raleigh, a die-hard Celtics fan.

In addition to the trivia, we also hear from Nuggets coach Mike Malone on center Nikola Jokic adapting to the adjustments that NBA teams make to him.

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Episode 21: Pascal Giberne

We are joined by Pascal Giberne to talk about the Brooklyn Nets. We discuss current Nets’ coach (and former Hawks’ assistant coach) Kenny Atkinson, as well as what useful pieces the Nets have on their roster and how they might escape their draft-pick-impaired future plight.

We also dig into the season that Isaia Cordinier is putting together in France since being drafted by the Atlanta Hawks.

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