Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong chat with USA Today’s Mark Medina about Golden State’s tumultuous Draft Day. Plus, what’s next for the Lakers, Philly’s retooled roster and what in the world is going on in Houston. … [Read more...] about Thompson’s Injury, Wiseman’s Impact and Where the Warriors Go from Here
Hosts: BJ Armstrong & Eric Newman
The Pure Hoops flagship show covering the most intriguing league topics, high profile guests, 90s look back segments and unique stories from our hosts BJ Armstrong & Eric Newman will highlight each episode.
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong chat with The Athletic's Will Guillory about the Pelicans. Will makes an unusual comparison for Zion Williamson and explains why a Jrue Holiday deal would be tricky. Plus Eric and BJ reflect on the greatness of Isiah Thomas. … [Read more...] about Zion in Year 2 and Stan’s Plan for the Pelicans
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Sekou Smith of NBA.com. They look at the loaded Western Conference and the ceiling for the rehabbing Warriors. Plus, why Indiana may have won the offseason coaching lottery and how Fred VanVleet may upend the Eastern Conference power structure. … [Read more...] about Free Agency, Coaching Changes and What Do the Warriors Do at #2
Eric Newman, BJ Armstrong and Howard Beck discuss whether the Heat have an answer for the Lakers. Plus, offseason priorities for both teams and whether LeBron James can catch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the scoring title and Michael Jordan for the 6th ring. All that and how the heck did the NBA pull off the bubble? … [Read more...] about How Many More Years for LeBron James?
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by LA Times Lakers beat writer Tania Ganguli to discuss whether the Heat can challenge the Lakers and the surprising number of years she thinks LeBron James has left. Plus, Eric and BJ discuss the legendary Pat Riley, the strange Doc Rivers firing, what it mean for Philadelphia and the strange night when BJ's coach threw out the gameplan … [Read more...] about LeBron Closing in on Title #4; Making Sense of Doc’s Firing
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Ethan Skolnick, founder and CEO of Five Reason Sports. They discuss Miami Heat culture and why the bubble was a perfect set up for the team. Plus, why Jimmy Butler makes every team he plays on better, Bam Adebayo on the verge of a breakthrough and of course Herro ball. And lastly (44:20), four teams that will be in the mix for Giannis … [Read more...] about Ethan Skolnick on Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and the Heat Culture. Plus Where Will Giannis Go?
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Chris Marlowe, the voice of the Denver Nuggets on Altitude TV. They discuss what makes Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray a special tandem, why Michael Porter Jr. is 'a Maserati in the garage', and who guards LeBron James in the Western Conference Finals. … [Read more...] about Nuggets Broadcaster Chris Marlowe on Denver’s Star Turn
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Celtics radio voice Sean Grande to break down the coaching X's and O's heading into Game 7, why Jayson Tatum needs to show more fire and why Jimmy Butler presents major problems for whichever team advances. Plus, BJ and Eric discuss how Miami dismantled Milwaukee and what the Bucks need to do to advance further and entice Giannis … [Read more...] about Game 7 with the Voice of the Celtics and What’s Next for Giannis and Bucks?
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times. They discuss the late game impact of Kawhi Leonard and the deals the last two years that brought in Marcus Morris, Sr. and Ivica Zubac. Plus, is LA ready for a Clippers-Lakers showdown and what would be a Laker fan’s worst nightmare? … [Read more...] about Clippers Hit Their Stride; LA Braces for Showdown
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Chris Mannix. They discuss the abrupt halt to the NBA Playoffs, why Adam Silver's absence from the bubble may be a problem and what players want to happen next. … [Read more...] about The NBA World Stops. What Happens Next? A Conversation with Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.