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ESPN Front-Office Insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod to discuss the NBA Playoffs, breaking down the coaching searches, tanking, and the race for NBA Executive of the Year.
0:35: The tremendous pressure on the Thunder to beat the Jazz in the first round.
2:28: The Heat having the veteran leadership and coaching to challenge the 76ers.
4:31: Marco Belinelli making a real difference for the 76ers since getting a buyout from the Hawks.
6:29: The Rockets facing championship-or-bust expectations after a great regular season.
7:47: The Warriors needing to be at full strength to beat the Rockets.
12:09: Stan Van Gundy’s future with the Pistons and the start of the coaching carousel.
16:07: The Knicks placing an emphasis on someone fans can get behind in their coaching search.
22:00: Teams waiting to see which coaches become available after the first round or two of the playoffs.
23:16: The Magic being an attractive coaching job because of ownership’s willingness to spend and the city having previous success in free agency.
26:46: The widespread tanking during this season across the league.
30:21: The unlikelihood of another team following the 76ers’ approach of tanking for a prolonged period.
31:55: Daryl Morey being a heavy favorite for Executive of the Year.
33:10: The importance of coaches and GMs being on the same page, like with the Raptors and Jazz.