As we hit the doldrums of the NBA offseason and the smoke clears (for the most part) after the flurry of draft picks, trades, and free agency, Adam Murray and Andrew Riche of Place to Be Nation's NBA-Team have returned to dive in on a whole slew of topics. Riche and Adam discuss the smoke and potential dumpster fire of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the uncertainty of Kyrie Irving's trade request, Kevin Prichard being the worst GM of the summer with simply one bad decision, summer league thoughts, Big3 Basketball versus TBT, and much more! So suit up and take it out with the NBA-Team!"
In this jam-packed, extra-long version of Place To Be Nation's NBA podcast, Adam Murray and Andrew Riche flex their armchair quarterback muscles to talk about every move by every team up to this point. Did teams like the Timberwolves and Celtics strike gold while the still-incompetent New York Knicks find a way to strike out yet again? We also discuss the upcoming Tax-pocalypse that may rain on Golden State's title reign, the Paul George trade, rebuilds, departures, why the previous summer's spending spree will haunt teams for years, and much more. So suit up and take it out with the NBA-Team! "
On the latest edition of Place To Be Nation's NBA-Team Podcast, Riche and Adam try their best to sporadically go around the league to discuss the silly season already beginning after the NBA Draft. Which teams "won" or "lost" after Thursday's events? Have the Chicago Bulls irreversibly damaged their team, and is the clock now officially ticking on Tom Thibideau to get it right in Minnesota after acquiring Jimmy Butler? How did the Charlotte Hornets both win AND lose in our minds last week, and why is Riche so down on the Atlanta Hawks while Adam disagrees? We also talk about the toxicity of the Knicks' situation, lottery picks, summer league, and much more! So suit up and take it out with the NBA-Team!
Editor's note: this was recorded just prior to the 76ers/Celtics trade rumors and subsequent deal.
The 2017 NBA Draft is almost upon us, and Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation’s NBA-Team, is here to break down every pick in the draft team by team. In part one, after some back and forth about the Warriors’ one-sided NBA Finals victory over the Cavaliers, Riche and Adam delve into all fifteen Eastern Conference teams. Who should the new brass in Orlando pick (maybe Jonathan Isaac or Jayson Tatum?) to usher in the re-reboot of the Magic? Why will you very likely not hear the Cavaliers' name in the draft this year despite winning the East for the third straight season? Is it destiny that Malik Monk ends up with the New York Knicks? They also discuss second round picks, the Boston Celtics summer scenario rabbit hole, Milwaukee loading up on athletes, and more! So suit up and take it out with the NBA-Team!
The 2017 NBA Draft is almost upon us, and Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation's NBA-Team, is here to break down every pick in the draft team by team. In part one, after some back and forth about the Warriors' one-sided NBA Finals victory over the Cavaliers, Riche and Adam delve into all fifteen Western Conference teams. Despite the hype, why is Lonzo Ball not just the best choice for the Lakers, but the only choice that makes sense? Why is it so important for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings to get their lottery picks right this year compared to the previous ones? Will Portland trade one, two, or all of their draft picks in the first round, and will the Memphis Grizzlies somehow get back in? They also discuss all the prospects, second round sleepers, the thin international pool, and much more. So suit up and take it out with the NBA-Team!
Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation’s NBA-Team, finish their annual offseason report on every NBA franchise this week, now discussing all 16 playoff teams… with a twist. Riche and Adam will suggest some music for the teams to listen to in the long offseason, and results may vary. Why have the Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz suddenly become the most interesting teams of this summer? Is there anything the Warriors or Cavaliers can do to actually get better? They also discuss the Wizards' bench problem, the Rockets' trade scenarios, the Hawks potentially pushing the reset button again, and much more. So suit up and take it out with the NBA-Team!
After a long and somewhat predictable wait, the NBA Finals, and a third consecutive match-up between the last two NBA Champs in the Cavaliers and Warriors, have finally arrived. Now, Adam Murray and Andrew Riche of Place To Be Nation's NBA-Team are here to break down everything they can imagine from this highly anticipated series. How will the Warriors guard LeBron now that they have Durant at the forward position instead of Harrison Barnes? Will the Cavs' defensive strategy of getting chippy with Steph Curry now work like it did in the previous Finals? Is it possible that leaving Klay Thompson open might be the Cavs' best option? They also discuss who are the "bad guys" of this year's Finals, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and some news and notes to close out the show. So suit up and take it out, NBA Finals style, with the NBA-Team!
Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation's NBA-Team, continue their annual offseason report on every NBA franchise this week, turning to the Eastern Conference teams already sitting at home... with a twist. Riche and Adam will suggest some music for the teams to listen in the long offseason, and results may vary. What Ariana Grande song did Riche use to describe Rob Hennigan, the now former GM of the lowly Orlando Magic? Who is still willing to play the waiting game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers? (Adam makes a passionate case about why the Process may have ultimately failed Sixers fans). They also talk about why we should expect the same ole from the Charlotte Hornets, the heaping pile of toxic waste that is the New York Knicks organization, the resilient Miami Heat, Lonzo Ball's overpriced shoes, Adam Sandler movies, and more. So suit up and take it out with the NBA-Team!
The NBA Playoffs move on to the next round, and Place To Be Nation's NBA-Team of Adam Murray and Andrew Riche are here to provide all of the things you need to know. (Note: This episode was recorded prior to the Clippers/Jazz Game 7, so we talk about the potential matchups of Warriors/Jazz AND Warriors/Clippers). Who gets matched up against whom in the oil vs water series that is Rockets vs Spurs? Will the Cavaliers be able to dispatch the Raptors even more quickly than they did last year in the Eastern Conference FInals, or will Toronto pull off a surprise? Riche and Adam also talk about the testiness of the Celtics/Wizards second round series, John Wall's dominance, the Clippers living in the now, the ESPN layoff and its effect on their NBA coverage, and much more. So suit up and take it out with the NBA-Team!
Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation's NBA-Team, begin their annual offseason report on every NBA franchise this week, beginning with the Western Conference teams already sitting at home... with a twist. Riche and Adam will suggest some music for the teams to listen to in the long offseason, and results may vary. Why does Adam want the Denver Nuggets to rock out to some Metallica while Riche thinks his Pelicans should listen to the "There's a Stranger In My House"? We talk about the ambiguous roster that is the Denver Nuggets, the young and untapped Minnesota Timberwolve, why the Sacramento Kings have 99 problems, but a Boogie ain't one. So suit up and take it out with the NBA-Team!
The NBA's second season, the beloved Playoffs, are about to tip off so Adam Murray and Andrew RIche of Place To Be Nation's NBA-Team are ready to give you every angle, viewpoint, and opinion you need to know about the next two weeks. How will Adam's Boston Celtics handle the pressure of being a 1 seed against Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls? How many games will the Blazers or Grizzlies actually win against the Warriors and Spurs, respectively? Can the starters and offensive firepower of the Washington Wizards take out the flexible, defensively driven Atlanta Hawks? Riche and Adam also discuss the much-anticipated James Harden/Russell Westbrook MVP match-up, the Cavs being able to flip the switch on defense, the young vs old battle between L.A. and Utah, and much more! So suit up and take it out with the NBA-Team!
On this regular season wrap-up edition of the show, Place To Be Nation's NBA-Team of Adam Murray and Andrew Riche give out some hardware of all shapes and sizes. Riche and Adam discuss their choices for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, All-NBA team selections, and the laundry list that is the Sixth Man of the Year. They also talk about biggest surprises and disappointments, why Adam is down on Phil Jackson while Andrew is still down on Boogie with the Pelicans. They also talk about the Orlando Magic whiteboard controversy, LeBron James and Isaiah Thomas' MVP cases, and much more. So suit up and take it out with the NBA-Team!
After a long, March Madness-induced break from the NBA, Adam Murray and Andrew Riche, Place To Be Nation's NBA-Team, are back and ready to talk all things pro hoops, even though many superstar players would rather sit this one out. Is there a fairly simpler solution to the DNP-Rest epidemic that is sweeping the league? (Hint: It involves losing games) Why is Adam convinced that the Phoenix Suns, despite Devin Booker's historic 70-point performance, are having a worse season than the NEts? Riche and Adam also talk about the Piston's struggles, the suddenly tight race at the top of the East (or is it really?), the muddled bottom of the West, and much more! So suit up and take it out with the NBA-Team!
On this NCAA Tournament special edition of the podcast, Adam Murray and Andrew Riche take a short break from the NBA-Team talk to discuss the NBA Draft prospects of the NCAA Tournament and all other topics tourney related. How good can this point guard class at the top of the draft be, and which players can boost their stock in the next week or two (or maybe three)? Riche and Adam also discuss the various prospects by conference, how good Duke truly is as a tournament team and as pros, and a lot of sleepers to keep an eye on. So suit up and take it out college-style with the NCAA-Team!
The beloved trade deadline has passed, but Adam Murray and Andrew Riche of Place To Be Nation's NBA-Team still have some lasting thoughts about all of the deals that went down. Riche and Adam talk about the front office mess with the Lakers, the Sixers pulling off another late season tank job, and the blockbuster trade that united Demarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis in New Orleans... for now. They also talk about potential veteran rentals, the Academy Awards and much more. So suit up and take it out with the NBA-Team!