Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to chat about the ballooning hype for Joel Embiid (1:20), the possible precariousness of the "new old-look" Cleveland Cavaliers (8:50), and the awkward roster fits for the revamped Minnesota Timberwolves (18:55). Then, they bring on Paolo Uggetti to debate the meaning behind Kyrie Irving’s bizarre comments regarding the Cavs (26:10), whether Kyle Kuzma can maintain his impressive preseason performance (35:55), and if Carmelo Anthony will be good for the Oklahoma City Thunder (38:35).
Joel Embiid Returns, Kyle Kuzma’s on Fire, and More Preseason Talk
Plus: Examining the Cavs, Wolves, and Thunder as tip-off night approaches
Both the Los Angeles Lakers and James can put a positive spin on their new two-year deal, but they’ve also potentially locked themselves into a tricky predicament for the future
Cris Collinsworth on New Partners, a Bengals Super Bowl, John Madden’s Legacy, and the Fate of the Collinsworth Slide
The longtime broadcaster breaks down his three-decade career
Puck’s legal expert, Eriq Gardner, joins Matt to discuss Dominion Voting Systems’ lawsuit against Fox News, which states that Fox aired false, far-fetched, and exaggerated claims about Dominion and its supposed role in helping steal votes from Donald Trump