We’ve got the NBA covered from A to Z with this inside look at the Association from veteran journalists Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt. Great guests and gab for the hoophead in you.
In the NBA A to Z debut podcast, USA TODAY Sports writers Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt talk to Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford about his where he learned his coaching philosophy, his new team and how he thought the Los Angeles Lakers, who he was an assistant for last season, don't get enough credit for how they finished.
USA TODAY Sports NBA reporters Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt pick their favorites for this year's most valuable player with USAT's Kevin Spain. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard weighs in on who he thinks should get the nod. Sam Amick interviews Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
USA TODAY Sports reporters Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick discuss the battle for the bottom seeds in each conference with USAT's Kevin Spain. Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel and Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford talk to Jeff Zillgitt about what their teams need to do to make the playoffs in the East. Fat Lever talks to Sam Amick about how well Russell Westbrook has been of late. Sam Amick talks to Vlade Divac, who is back in the NBA, as an executive with the Sacramento Kings.
Should the NBA change the playoffs format to put the top 16 teams in regardless of conference? The A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss with Kevin Spain from USA TODAY Sports. The always opinionated Jeff Van Gundy weighs in as well. Amick talks to NBA legend Jerry West about the Golden State Warriors and the idea they might be getting a little cocky. DeAndre Jordan discusses his chase of Wilt Chamberlain's field goal percentage record and free agency with Amick.
The NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers being the team we thought they would be with USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Spain. LeBron James has a couple comments on how he feels and when he knew the team was locked in. The guys also discuss what the return of Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets means for MVP candidate James Harden. Amick talks to Mike D'Antoni about the retirement of Steve Nash. Amick and Spain talk about how voting has gone for power rankings and MVP for the USA TODAY Sports panel this season with Adi Joseph, who has put those together all season.
A current and a former teammate of LeBron James are playing their best basketball in the final weeks of the season and A to Z guy Jeff Zillgitt discusses that with USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Spain. James Harden talks to Sam Amick about his season. Kevin Spain talks with NBA draft guru Derek Bodner about some of the big names and not so big names in this year's draft.
The teams in the Western Conference who are in the playoffs are fighting for position as we move into the final week of the season and A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss that with USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Spain. Sam Amick talks to Andrew Bogut about how he changed as a player and his Golden State Warriors. Kevin Spain and Sam Amick talk to Oklahoman reporter Darnell Mayberry about the Oklahoma City Thunder. The guys discuss the sale of the Atlanta Hawks and the players association announcement of awards voted on by players. Jeff Zillgitt and Kevin Spain talk to USA TODAY Sports colleges reporter Nicole Auerbach about top talent from the NCAA Tournament.
It's awards time and NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss how they voted with USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Spain.
The guys discuss the most valuable player, rookie of the year, coach of the year, sixth man, most improved and executive of the year. Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer gives his thoughts on being nominated by the team as executive of the year.
The seedings are set and the NBA playoffs are about to begin. The NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break it all down with Kevin Spain of USA TODAY Sports. They take a look at the first round, what are some of the compelling matchups and then look down the road at who will advance to the conference finals and the NBA Finals. Their resistance to pick a winner is futile.
The NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt talk about some great performances of the playoffs so far with USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Spain. They also discuss the schedule reform and owners' discussion of playoff reform and we hear from commissioner Adam Silver on that subject. We also hear a little of the conversation Sam had with New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis and Toronto Raptors Lou Williams.