The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez discuss Chris Paul returning to Los Angeles with the soaring Rockets (0:20), speculate on the possibility of DeAndre Jordan joining his old teammate in Houston (6:36), examine the cratering young Lakers (9:12), and consider the significance of Derrick Rose returning to the dominant Cleveland Cavaliers (13:30). Then, they detail the feud between Andre Drummond and Joel Embiid (18:33), debate the best big men in the league (21:17), recount the bizarre story of Nerlens Noel getting a hot dog during a game (28:38), and run through this week’s most exciting games (32:09).
‘Heat Check’ — Old Friends and New Foes
Joel Embiid feuds with Andre Drummond and Nerlens Noel grabs a halftime hot dog
Verno and KOC also discuss the wild ending to the Knicks-Pistons game, the weird state of the Nets franchise, Trae Young’s surgery, and how well Jaime Jaquez Jr. has performed this season
Juliet and Amanda analyze the Jennifer Lopez we see in her new documentary, ‘The Greatest Love Story Never Told’
Tate Frazier and KOC break down the recent happenings around the NBA, and Cousin Sal comes on to do over- and underreactions to the most recent news in the sports world
An excerpt from Tricia Romano’s oral history of the famed alt-weekly, ‘The Freaks Came Out to Write,’ featuring Kevin Smith, Amy Taubin, and Colson Whitehead
The legendary actor’s turn in ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ is singular, the result of decades of work across genres and sensibilities, even if the journey at times plunged him into the depths of mediocrity