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An NBA podcast featuring a rotating lineup of the best insiders, writers, and reporters from The Athletic. Monday thru Saturday. Monday: Basketball Buds with Zach Harper and Friends | Tuesday: Tampering with Sam Amick, Anthony Slater and Fred Katz | Wednesday: Hoops Adjacent with David Aldridge and Marcus Thompson | Thursday: Point of Contention with Zach Harper, Marcus Thompson and Special Guests | Friday: Nerder She Wrote with Dave DuFour, Seth Partnow, and Mo Dakhil | And the Saturday Slam & Jam with Andrew Schlecht and Alex Speers. Plus, The NBA Daily Ding, a quick recap of the previous night's action.

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Recent Episodes
  • 5 questionable rotation decisions, does a hot start matter? + Denver Nuggets path to contentions
    Oct 23, 2021 – 50:28
  • They Have A Math Problem Offensively
    Oct 22, 2021 – 59:21
  • Daily Ding: Curry cooks the Clippers, Heat dominate the Bucks & the latest on Ben Simmons
    Oct 22, 2021 – 20:11
  • Daily Ding: Knicks Overtime Spectacular
    Oct 21, 2021 – 15:23
  • Opening Day Extravaganza Mailbag with Nate Duncan
    Oct 20, 2021 – 01:20:50
  • Daily Ding: Nets vs. Bucks, Warriors vs. Lakers, NBA Opening Night
    Oct 20, 2021 – 15:39
  • NBA Starts Today! Zion's Status, Lakers preseason woes, and does Ayton deserve the max?
    Oct 19, 2021 – 01:05:35
  • Daily Ding: "The Intelligence of Anthony Edwards" with Jon Krawczynski
    Oct 19, 2021 – 16:49
  • Tis the Season to Play Basketball!`~~ Commence!
    Oct 18, 2021 – 01:26:19
  • Over Under Locks + Rockets Rebuild
    Oct 16, 2021 – 52:55
  • Awards Predictions! with Ben Taylor
    Oct 15, 2021 – 01:19:03
  • Daily Ding: "Ben Simmons is in the building" with Rich Hofmann
    Oct 15, 2021 – 12:52
  • 90's Knicks, Kyrie Conundrum + Jon Gruden's Crazy Emails with Chris Herring
    Oct 13, 2021 – 56:31
  • Daily Ding: Nets Kyrie Irving suspended react with Alex Schiffer
    Oct 13, 2021 – 13:39
  • West Preview: Contenders, Breakout Players, and Overrated Teams
    Oct 12, 2021 – 01:09:33
  • East Preview: Contenders, Playoff Locks, Play-in teams and the Cellar Dwellers
    Oct 11, 2021 – 01:17:32
  • What NBA Teams will surprise? + Can the Magic get on track?
    Oct 9, 2021 – 01:07:53
  • Daily Ding: Rookies to Watch
    Oct 9, 2021 – 17:13
  • Preseason "Take It Easy" Takeaways with John Hollinger
    Oct 8, 2021 – 53:32
  • Daily Ding: Pelicans Season Preview
    Oct 8, 2021 – 14:33
  • Pau of Contention: --> GM Survey + Deandre Ayton Playin Around, Philadelphia Standoff, Sleep or Keep? & Farewell Pau
    Oct 7, 2021 – 51:20
  • The Quiet Calm, Killer Instinct of Steph Curry
    Oct 6, 2021 – 01:00:14
  • How an NBA Star gets traded
    Oct 5, 2021 – 01:00:24
  • October Chatter - Questions surround Ben Simmons, Tapping Pockets + Zion's Exit Strategy? Candy!
    Oct 4, 2021 – 01:04:02
  • Lakers Star Power, 5 Preseason Storylines, and 3rd year players needing a big season
    Oct 2, 2021 – 57:37
  • 76ers Simmons Saga with Derek Bodner
    Oct 1, 2021 – 44:26
  • Daily Ding: Nets training camp check in with Alex Schiffer
    Oct 1, 2021 – 15:51
  • Daily Ding: "Are we sleeping on the Bucks?" with Eric Nehm
    Sep 30, 2021 – 14:45
  • Title Bound Nets with Sarah Kustok
    Sep 29, 2021 – 51:54
  • Media Day Buffet
    Sep 28, 2021 – 59:24
  • NBA meets NFL: Strategy and Analytics
    Sep 24, 2021 – 45:23
  • Daily Ding: Underrated Teams
    Sep 24, 2021 – 17:49
  • Daily Ding: Timberwolves fire Gersson Rosas, promote Sachin Gupta
    Sep 22, 2021 – 14:33
  • Life, Love, Sopranos and NBA referee Bob Delaney
    Sep 22, 2021 – 50:40
  • Intuit, Clippers, John Wall and other observations
    Sep 20, 2021 – 36:59
  • Eastern Conference Breakout Candidates, Joe Fulks, and the Grizzlies future plans
    Sep 17, 2021 – 01:09:35
  • Daily Ding: New faces, new places, new chances
    Sep 16, 2021 – 13:57
  • Ben Simmons Saga, Death, Taxes and ? ... NBA Title/MVP Odds! with Tas Melas
    Sep 15, 2021 – 43:37
  • Daily Ding: Most Improved Candidates
    Sep 14, 2021 – 13:28
  • Can the Kings get back in the Playoffs? + Donovan Mitchell Interview
    Sep 14, 2021 – 01:14:43
  • Ben Simmons to the Wolves? How the Timberwolves move forward with Jon Krawczynski
    Sep 10, 2021 – 45:11
  • Mailbag: Ben Simmons and Other Things
    Sep 9, 2021 – 46:09
  • Daily Ding: Contenders or Pretenders
    Sep 9, 2021 – 14:30
  • Daily Ding: Rookies poised to surprise
    Sep 8, 2021 – 15:33
  • Can the Knicks sustain their success?, Breakout NBA Players, and Mildly Interesting Storylines
    Sep 3, 2021 – 01:04:19
  • Daily Ding: "Too Early" Western Conference Power Rankings
    Sep 2, 2021 – 13:55
  • The Ben Simmons Soap Opera Part 6 + Confounding Cavs + Where will the Lillard Go? + A Rondo Return + Teachers Get Paid Too Much
    Sep 1, 2021 – 47:30
  • Daily Ding: "Too Early" Eastern Conference Power Rankings
    Aug 31, 2021 – 11:31
  • Bucks Owner Marc Lasry
    Aug 31, 2021 – 45:16
  • Summer League Reflections + Who stood out?
    Aug 27, 2021 – 39:20
Recent Reviews
  • Exelent podcast
    Excellent podcast
    This is a great podcast for me to listen to while I am doing schoolwork and other things. I love how they get into deep conversations about sports and have debates on how a player did every so often on an episode. It is really interesting and informative if you missed your favorite teams game last night they have you covered with comments and debates on highlights the performance of your favorite star player of your team. Overall great listen. I tune in almost everyday and have a good time while listening to their podcast
  • nicknameforreal??
    Recap of all the first night games EXCEPT the Wizards Raptors
    First you take the great Fred Katz off the Wizards beat and kill Wizards After Dark, RIP, and now you go ahead and inflict insult to injury by COMPLETELY omitting any mention of the Wizards route of the Raptors last night. Shame on you (I do love Andrew Schlect tho). You talked about the important games then gave a round up of the others with some short quips, and straight up ignored Wiz Raps. Which is shocking because all you nerds do is talk about how much you love the Raptors. Guess what, they kind of stink. I’ve been screaming at my phone every time I hear you guys putting them ahead of the Wizards in preseason rankings. And Point Of Contention has 3 too many contributors on that show. Y’all are talking over the top of each other and us listeners can’t get a cohesive point from anybody. PS: Marcus Thompson is a real one. That’s all, just want this feed to be better.
  • C__Radd
    Funny and informative
    I’ve only listened to one of the shows on this podcast, featuring David Aldridge & Marcus Thompson, but I guarantee to be back for the next one (especially if it’s hosted by these two.) I was lol at times, but the content was also interesting. Additionally, the chemistry of the hosts was second to none. I’ve never bothered to review a podcast before but once. The latest one here (with Chris Herring, about the 90s Knicks, John Gruden, and Kyrie) was probably the best podcast episode I’ve ever heard. Keep it up!
  • austin99118822
    I only listen to slam and jam
    Alex please throw that game away. “Who will surprise” I’m sorry but that was the worst podcast segment I’ve ever heard
  • JAPL916
    5 Stars!
    For the Hall of Famer David Aldridge & Marcus Thompson!
  • Couchcrashers5
    Enjoyed Steph Curry interview but soundtrack excessive
    Liked the variety of questions from chauffeuring and tutoring kids to Ryder Cup to NBA. Sound effects and background music went on a bit too long.
  • adubsworld
    As a hoops head, just not better insight, candor and humor out there. Love the combination of what DA and Marcus being to the conversation that is both fresh and informative. Really appreciate the effort all! 👏🏼👏🏼
  • thejetliao
    I don’t wanna get a DA whoopin’
    5 stars, 5 stars, 5 stars! Don’t slap me, DA. Or maybe do? Idk I’m a freak. You the 🐐
  • AmericanSojourner
    Generally good discussion and information
    I just recently started listening and just finished the episode with Steph Curry. Unfortunately they asked about the new rule changes without actually knowing the rule changes so they made some incorrect statements. For example, it is still a foul when the defender runs into the player from behind….unless…the offensive player makes an unnatural or non-basketball move such as jumping sideways into the player then it is an offensive foul. It also depends on the degree of the contact as to whether it is a no-call or a foul. Steph was asking for consistency but that will never really happen as these calls are judgement calls which is always going to lead to disagreement, arguments, technical fouls, etc. One of the NBA examples uses a play from Steph and honestly I think that play would be called differently by different officials. I really only mention this because people will walk away with incorrect information about the rule updates.
  • Mommasmith
    Slam and Jam
    Slam and Jam with Andrew and Alex is great. Hard to believe these guys had never met before recording the first episode a few months ago. Even more impressive that they’ve been able to hide their animosity towards each other, although you can feel it bubbling up from just under the surface. This hatred started on a Down to Dunk Thursday pod (my favorite DTD day). It’s commendable that they’ve held it together in order to bring fans of the show their light-hearted yet well thought out and insightful commentary. Must be the great guests that act as glue to keep the whole thing from crumbling. Good work fellas! Jesse Smith
  • Crash test reviewer
    Stop pushing your politics.
    I want sports talk. Not your views on vaccines from arrogant jerks that don’t listen to any scientists with different views.
  • Jwalkny3
    Dying podcast
    This got real boring once Big Wos left. I appreciate them try to fill the offseason but this podcast is just loud sound effects and then laughing at inside jokes
  • A_rob
    hit or miss is the best way to describe it
    as a jazz fan, i absolutely hate this podcast and everyone on it. as a basketball fan, it’s usually a good listen. i agree with other reviewers that i have absolutely no idea who anyone is or whether to care what they say about anything, and the ad breaks could be handled a lot better. i still listen and support because the things they do well usually outweigh my personal qualms with the personalities or production.
  • andybob45
    Really smart people
    Been listening since true hoop days. Smart and funny people. However, the show has steadily become overproduced. Just listened to POC w Tas, couldn’t even focus on what they were saying. You don’t need alarm bells every time someone says Simmons instead of 25. Just let the ppl talk.
  • feel my plums
    Sounds effects
    Sound effects are too much. I often need to skip minutes at a time from the pod. I’m trying to hear a basketball convo but constant sound effects have made it rough. Reducing this would make for a better listening experience and it would make the pod a few minutes shorter.
  • keremozkan
    It brings me no pleasure to write this review, but something has to be done. I regret to report that the producers of this podcast have lost their freaking minds. I get that it's the off-season, I get that it's a running Ben Simmons gag that is arguably in itself a sorta meta-commentary on NBA media's echo chamber madness. But the constant soundboard shenanigans have made this podcast absolutely unlistenable. I'd be seriously curious to hear when the last time any of the pod producers sat down and listened to an episode of their own creation. It's not just kinda unlistenable at this point. It's totally unbearable. I say this as someone who genuinely likes goofy and offbeat NBA pods and as someone who used to love this pod. I'm your target audience. And it's bad. Don't take my word for it. Seriously just go back and listen to the episode from the 10th and see how far you can get.
  • Chuck Beck33
    The podcast is pretty good, but the inside jokes are a bit much.
  • Aesthetics Matter
    From Grating to Great
    Whether or not I listen to an episode of this or any other Athletic pod depends largely on who is on it. Several of these guys have extremely annoying, disproportionately loud voices, particularly Andrew Schlecht, Sam Vecenie, and regular guest Keith Parish. While I can tolerate Mo Dakil’s, uh, quirky voice, his various mannerisms make him almost unlistenable. He is seemingly unable to end a sentence without tacking on some contextually nonsensical or superfluous phrase like “and whatnot” or “and things like that.” And as others have noted, he is one of the worst offenders (of which there are many throughout Podlandia) when it comes to usage of the asinine phrase “yeah, no” and its even more ridiculous variants: “yeah, no, for sure,” etc. None of the above analysts have opinions so valuable that I’ll put up with them, unless they’re on Nerder or Buds, where there are usually enough less irritating people to compensate. One of those is Dave DuFour. Yet he, too, gets on my nerves when he arrogantly suggests that anyone planning to give an Athletic pod a rating of less than five stars should “not bother,” as if they’re above being critiqued. Sorry, Dave: they’re not.
  • Shjejjbfnjdkslskekeoep
    Sound effects….brutal
    They must go! Please…at times it’s too much and I have to turn it off.
  • Moldy Potatoes
    A bit of a mess
    A whole lot of voices making poor takes without much meaningful basketball analysis. The content is not there. There’s no distinct and likable personalities on the show (they all blend in in a meh way), so it’s hard for the listeners to develop any bond with anyone. It’s great to hear personal stories of you care about the people behind the voices (eg No Dunks). But there’s nothing worse than having to hear personal stories of strangers you don’t care about
  • Max RF
    Casual Talk Nonesense
    Point of contention particularly is trash. Nobody is substantiated their wildly ridiculous takes. More concerned with making dumb jokes. I take in basketball content like its my job and I cant even listen to this ha.
  • RamusManners
    Best NBA Podcast
    From Buds to Slam and Jam nothing out there compares to this show. So many voices, excellent production. Diversity throughout. It’s brilliant.
  • Joegunnett
    Sound Effects
    I would really enjoy podcast if it wasn’t laden with sound effects. Why?
  • puladki
    I want basketball
    Once again it was 8 minutes into show before any basketball was discussed. I don’t care about their personal issues or any other nonsense they always seemed to discuss. Why don’t you just let David Aldridge do the show alone. He is the only one that is knowledgeable anyway and the only reason I endure the other knuckleheads.
  • Donny_don
    Not Good
    Boring, hosts and guests admit to not watching games, only bright spot is David Aldridge.
  • Jawa bannn
    Dave Dufour is just spouting off nonsense at first impression in the hot take industry and lack of info for example on Jimmy butlers total minute count he just goes off a easy false narrative instead of a simple search
  • Redblackrrr
    The show is getting worse and worse: a bunch casuals talk nonsense. Sengun who got 15+15 is not good. He sucked. ?? Jarrett Allen’s 100m contract is great. 🤮🤮
  • bruvgotti
    Sound effects gotta go
  • SomTervo
    Point of Contention
    Love all of basketball podcasts on The Athletic except for Point of Contention. Hosts are great, but way too much production. The last podcast was 52 minutes long but only 38 of the minutes were basketball commentary. The rest was commercials and pointless production. Please stop overproducing with annoying sound bites.
  • BuseyBody
    Overproduced but great analysis
    I love this show. All 6 daily shows are great, have unique analysis and fun dynamics between the hosts. I don’t even mind the ads. But it needs to be said: The show is overproduced. The number, length, and choice of producer interjections just don’t fit. The production sometimes makes the hosts’ voices hard to hear (turning down the volume, layering weird sounds over a host talking)…it’s just not necessary. There are niche movie quotes that take up 30 seconds or more. Off-tone musical interludes. I get the intent, but please, just let the hosts talk, keep production to a minimum. Love you guys!
  • Kevin LP fan
    The best
    More jay thibideau please, probably didn’t spell it right but still
  • jake_ford97
    The content seems alright, but these guys are just not it. Just monotone and lifeless. One makes some semblance of a joke and I feel like watching someone cut bread would be more funny. The media space is for charismatic; pulverizing individuals. Steven A., Cowherd, Shannon and Skip, etc.. It’s like if Woj did a podcast without all of his connections. Good but such a snooze at the same time. I wish them luck.
  • HopsFan1234
    Love The Slam & Jam!
    Love this podcast especially the Saturday Slam & Jam with Andrew and Alex. Keeping my fingers crossed that they one day have Hasheem Thabeet on for their “Andrew vs. The Beat” section. In the meantime good luck to Andrew vs. those smart beat writers!
  • Grant Morrison >
    Production Wizardry
    It’s very cool for a 45 minute podcast to open with 8 minutes of advertisements and useless sound effects. Exactly what the listeners come for
  • MoseBag
    Pretty decent analysis but the production is super distracting. Random musical sections and sound effects and it just feels like they are going for “hacky 90’s drive time radio” which is just really not the Athletics brand at all. Also would it kill you to throw to a commercial rather than just insert them mid sentence? You’ve done the hard part about getting talented on mic talent but outside of this specific playoff series I’m not gonna subscribe because it’s just too distracting to vibe with.
  • hrjejwk9871241
    Most entertaining show out there
    Saturday show is by far the most fun sports podcast I have ever listened to, only have one real complaint and that’s that Andrew is simply winning too much for my liking
  • BullsBlog
    Point of contention 🔥
    The whole series is great. But Zach Harper is the best host. Keeps it fun and entertaining. More Travonne and Jay King Thibs impressions too.
  • Zrowling
    Saturday Slam and Jam
    The Saturday Slam and Jam is quickly becoming my favorite basketball podcast. I had honestly never heard of Alex or Andrew before this show, but they’re both great. Their chemistry is noticeable and the show is the perfect combination of entertaining and informative without taking itself too seriously. Plus I’m a sucker for trivia, so it’s just a great listen every week
  • Klacy56
    Slamthrew!!!! Anything with Andrew is amazing can’t wait for the next slam and jam!! #thunderup
  • RobD4477
    Mixed bag
    This is the definition of hit or miss. 50% of the time it’s overproduced garbage with half of the hosts talking over each other. The other 50% of the time it’s a really good basketball podcast. Feels like there’s no rhyme or reason to where the ads are placed. Feels like I’ve listened to multiple episodes where they just cut to an ad in the middle of someone’s thought. Also cannot stand how long it takes to get to the actual meat and potatoes of the episode. There are like 2-3 minutes of ads promoting the other podcasts The Athletic has at the beginning of every show. Most of the time I skip past these but have no clue when the actual episode I want to listen to begins.
  • Around there
    Rachel Nichols
    It is crazy that at the start of every game, Rachel Nichols flashes the white power symbol with her left hand, for a long time during her monologue. You can go back and check. She did it from the preseason on. She obviously does not Want to be around “those” people. It devastated my children and I when we saw it. It is awful to do to the young, full of hopes and dreams. It is clear she wants to do something else. Let her do that something else away from our sons and daughters.
  • zseeker1115
    Good, but overproduced
    The hosts are great, but there’s waaaay too much on top of them, and it takes away from the podcast and just gets on my nerves. Just let the content stand on its own.
  • lame show lame dudes
    Good for background noise
    This is one of those pods that you throw on while you’re waiting for your subs to update. Nothing creative or insightful. They sound like guys who think they are creative or insightful. Maybe in their own circle, but outside of that it’s very boring. Try harder
  • ps19827
    Not clear why Basket Buds or Point of Contention exist; the Ringer does better versions of this genre. Nerder, Hoops Adjacent, Tampering, Saturday Slam and Jam all can be high quality with useful insights, data, etc.
  • Mother Buckets
    Alex, be nice to Andrew
    I enjoy The NBA Saturday Slam and Jam every week and especially like Andrew vs. The Beat. Alex, is it really necessary to show so much delight when Andrew gets an answer wrong? He’s such a nice young man and you weren’t raised like that. Mom❤️
  • Steve29
    Stop trying too hard
    Zach Harper so annoying these guys try to be charismatic but nah
  • bbggfdhj
    Terrible Show
    A group of unintelligent boys talk stupidly about the NBA
  • 65Jim
    Best NBA podcast!
    Love all the different shows! Love listening on my way to work in the morning. It makes you laugh and keeps you updated on all the NBA news going on. Especially, like point of contention. I look forward to new episodes every day!
  • C_hows
    Saturday Slam & Jam
    The Slam and Jam is the most fun NBA podcast. I know this because my wonderful wife, who hates podcasts with all of her being, enjoys listening to Andrew and Al’s awesome show.
  • albanymorris
    Quality dependent
    Quality of show really depends on who’s on it. Shows with Zach Harper and his crew are the terrible. Its basically the worst of NBA Twitter amplified. I subscribe to the Athletic and love their reporting, it’s too bad this podcast so often appeals to the lowest denominator of random egg Twitter.
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