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?
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 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.
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong with first impressions of the Playoffs. Why Jayson Tatum is BJ's MVP for NEXT season, and how the pre-Draft trade that put him in Celtics green can make or break a franchise. Plus, how everyone missed on Donovan Mitchell, what the Lakers need to do fend off the Blazers and insights on all eight Playoff series. … [Read more...] about Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell and the Importance of Drafting Well
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by ESPN analyst Tim Legler. They discuss Western Conference teams the Lakers and Clippers should fear, plus what we'll be saying in a decade about Luka Doncic, the Raptors' take-no-prisoners attitude and how the role of shooters has changed since BJ and Tim played. … [Read more...] about Tim Legler on Playoff Matchups to Fear; Dame on Fire; Luka an All-time Great
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Ryan Wolstat of The Toronto Sun. They discuss the Raptors’ strong play in the bubble, the amazing rise of Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam’s rise to stardom. Plus, who can derail Toronto’s championship defense, TJ Warren saving the Pacers’ season and the Sixers’ prognosis without Ben Simmons - it might not be as bad as you think. … [Read more...] about Raptors Rolling Inside the Bubble