Chris and Kevin start off by reflecting on the legacy of the late, great Kobe Bryant a year after his death (3:00). Then they get into the pure fun of the Lakers-Cavaliers game Monday night, in which LeBron James went for 46 points in a dominant performance (12:15). In an episode all about the surprises of the season, a not-so-surprising surprise is that LeBron has not been coasting, and the Lakers look like clear favorites (14:30). But the Clippers are not too far behind, with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George playing out of their minds after faltering in the bubble (18:45). Other surprises of the season include the little separation between teams and how many squads are trying to make a playoff run (22:45), Tom Thibodeau’s defensive impact on the Knicks (29:30), Jaylen Brown’s explosion toward greatness (37:00), and the NBA’s plans for a potential All-Star Weekend in Atlanta in February (46:00). And finally, Chris and Kevin give their awards predictions a quarter of the way through the season (51:45).
Jaylen Brown Is Making the Leap Toward Greatness Before Our Eyes
Chris and Kevin also reflect on the legacy of the late, great Kobe Bryant a year after his death
Some guys are lifting cheese, one guy is somehow the only one who came down with a highly contagious virus, and another guy is being a total baby back bitch
Mike and Jesse discuss Fernando Tatis Jr.’s and Zach Wilson’s card values
Trump Is Back in the News Cycle, How to Talk to an Embattled Quarterback, and the Return of Harry Caray
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