Current NBA Players as RAPPERS

This week on the Shoot or Pass podcast, the crew was joined by Ben Berry, host of the Sixers Talk podcast on NBC Sports Philadelphia!

Not only did he share his thoughts on the Sixers going into next season, he also gifted us with some hard-hitting analysis that perfectly blends the worlds of basketball and music. Naming current NBA players as RAPPERS!

Here is Ben Berry’s list of current NBA players as RAPPERS:

Jamal Crawford = Busta Rhymes

Both are legends in the game, still putting in work. It’s not unusual for Busta to have the best verse on any given song. However, if you look at his catalog, you probably won’t find an album you care to listen to from beginning to end. Similarly, Jamal Crawford can drop 50 points any given night, but when you look at his stats at the end of the year, you will see him only averaging 16.7 points per game.

Lebron James = Jay-Z

Undoubtedly, both are arguably the G.O.A.T. at what they do. LeBron is still putting together MVP-caliber seasons and winning rings. Jay-Z’s last album, 4:44, won Album of the Year and its title track was nominated for Song of the Year. Granted, they each have their detractors, but both should be regarded one of the G.O.A.T.s and if you think otherwise, you’re just a hater!

Steph Curry = Kendrick Lamar

Dominant, humble, transcending and ahead of their time are the perfect words to describe this duo. Steph Curry and Kendrick Lamar are both at the top of their games and yet, are STILL underrated. Steph can pass, play defense, and shoot like the best of them. Kendrick can battle rap, put together an album, and make a commercial song better than anyone else. 

Both Lamar and Curry went from limited success to major success seemingly overnight. Kendrick Lamar was K-Dot well before he broke out onto the scene with a Dr. Dre co-sign. Curry dealt with ankle injuries before he and the Warriors put it all together. To add, both have revolutionized the game for music and basketball but never seem to let it get to their heads. These guys are hard to hate in spite of all of their achievements!

Kevin Durant = Kanye West

You can’t deny their greatness, but both Kevin Durant and Kanye West are becoming less and less likable by the day. Hopes were high when Durant and West got onto the scene and have earned many accolades throughout their careers. However, both seem to to have a hard time managing their egos and can act like prepubescent children – ready to fight and argue over ANYTHING with ANYONE. With injuries and public meltdowns to boot, it is hard to determine where their legacies will lie once they hang it up. One thing’s for certain, we miss the old Kanye and the old Kevin!

Giannis Antetokounmpo = J. Cole

Humble superstars, true to their roots and the soil that bred them. Both possess tremendous work ethic and the ability to elevate those around them. Giannis is one of the only players in the NBA averaging more than 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Cole consistently dishes out plenty of assists on features including some fire bars on Jay Rock’s “OSOM.” He’s even featured on 21 Savage’s “A lot.”

But, don’t let the smile and even temperament fool you. If you push them far enough, they’ll get gully on you real quick. These stars are giving but they don’t have a problem shouldering a superstar’s burden. Giannis has been vocal about not wanting to team up with other marquee players in the league, rather wanting to beat them. Similarly, Cole had an album go platinum with NO FEATURES. 

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Shoot or Pass Podcast – Episode 40: A Philly Special with Ben Berry

The Sixers got some ‘splainin’ to do and we’ve got the perfect guest to help us sort it all out! Ben Berry from the Sixers Talk Podcast on NBC Sports Philadelphia tells us how to fix his home team in a new segment called N.E.M.A. (10:10). Ben joins Chevy, Gabe, and Rhoby in naming some new NBA Team Soundtracks for the Pistons, Pelicans, and the Sixers (28:50). They also name their All-NBA Finessin’ teams (46:40), their Starting 5 TV shows (1:13:00) and Ben gifts us with NBA players-rappers comparisons (59:25)

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Views from the Baseline – Episode 27: Respect the King

Chevy is joined by DeMario and a special guest Chris Cormier. These three guys represent “James Gang” and here to bring you an uncut version of praising the almighty KING LeBron James. The fellas chat about what championship number four means to LeBron’s legacy, the return of the Lakers becoming a storied franchise, and debunking all of the hate LeBron has received for being a Laker. DeMario and Chris feature a special segment called “Receipts” where they both give real quotes of bad takes from personal friends and major media. The trio also praises the NBA and Adam Silver on a job well done on the season restart.

NBA Team Soundtracks – Warriors, Cavaliers, Hawks

With the off-season officially underway, the Shoot or Pass podcast crew name the soundtracks that best describe each NBA team’s 2019-20 season.

In their latest episode (OUT NOW), they name the NBA Team soundtracks for the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Atlanta Hawks.


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“Here I Go Again” – Whitesnake

Off the top of my head, here’s what I came up with for the first of my NBA team soundtracks. I am taking it back to the year 1982 with “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake. I feel like Golden State may have felt a little slighted before Kevin Durant arrived and more so now that he is gone. Was it all just a flash in the pan for the Warriors?

Chorus –

“And here I go again on my own,

Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known,

Like a drifter, I was born to walk alone,

And I’ve made up my mind,

I ain’t wasting no more time,

But here I go again.”

The Golden State team returning next season will be playing with a chip on their shoulders, fighting to get back to the top of the West again the only way they know how. The lyrics in the chorus describe just that (in this context). In reality, this song is actually about the breakdown of Whitesnake’s lead singer David Cordell’s marriage.

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“Bounce Back” – Big Sean

The Golden State Warriors took a BIG L this season after losing Kevin Durant in a sign-and-trade deal with the Brooklyn Nets. Not to mention, they lost Klay Thompson for the season to a torn ACL, which he suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. To add insult to injury, Steph Curry was also out for a while after breaking his hand. An aging Andre Iguodala was sent to Memphis, where he didn’t stick around for too long before bolting to paradise in Miami. Needless to say, the 2019-20 season was a wash for the Warriors. However, with the return of their star players and the second pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, the boys from the Bay are expected to “bounce back”.

Chorus –

“Last night took an L but tonight I bounce back”

First verse –

“Clique star-studded like the Paramount mountain,

Everything I do is righteous,

Betting on me is the right risk, even in a fucking crisis..”

Second verse –

“N**** I’m takin’ back control,

The under dog just turned into the wolf and the hunger steady grows,

Yeah, I call shots while you call off,

Never takin’ summer or fall off,

When you stay that committed to it, you just fall down and never fall off..”

The Warriors are looking to regain control of Western Conference, now as underdogs, to the Lakers. I think we can all agree that there will be many jumping on the bandwagon next season because that is the team they are betting on to dethrone LeBron James and the Lakers out West. Assuming they achieve this, then we can say that their 2019-20 season was just them falling down, but not falling off.

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“California Love” – Tupac

The Golden State Warriors are in need of some “California Love” after a long (and unexpected) losing season due to trades and injuries. Honestly, who the hell was starting for this team aside from Draymond Green? I don’t know.

I think the Warriors are getting a lot of love right now. For one, Stephen A. Smith decided to jump on TV right after the Lakers won the NBA Finals to warn the newly-crowned champs about this team next season. This song represents a state that is stacked with three competitive NBA teams with the Lakers, Clippers, and the team from the Bay who love to win and love to party. I mean, look at the last 5-6 seasons, all of whose NBA champions came from the state of California!



“1st of Tha Month” – Bone Thugs N Harmony

I’m sorry, but I am going to have hit you with Bone Thugs’ “1st of Tha Month” here. That was best I could come up with as far as NBA Team soundtracks for the Cleveland Cavaliers are concerned. The only thing I can correlate this to are three words: first-round picks. They are going to have to hit the jackpot with them to win again.


“Brand New Day” – Sting

Obviously, since the departure of LeBron James (again), the Cavaliers were expected to be in full rebuild mode for a while. They ended this season with a 19-46 record which is TECHNICALLY an improvement over the 19-63 record they had in the previous season (as they got to those 19 wins in 17 fewer games). Another positive for this season – Collin Sexton, who really progressed in his second year, averaging 20.8 ppg (up from 16.7 in his rookie season). Who knows? Maybe he and Darius Garland are the backcourt of the future for the Cavs!

They also got rid of John Beilein and replaced him with J.B. Bickerstaff for head coach, whose record stood at 5-6 before the hiatus. That record may not be a vast improvement, but it appears that the players are happier playing under him, so far at least. Andre Drummond has also been a good addition to this team. Perhaps, this will be enough for Kevin Love to stick around, as this team has some pieces that look promising.

First verse –

“How many of you people out there been hurt in some kind of love affair?

And how many times do you swear that you’ll never love again?

How many lonely, sleepless nights?

How many lies, how many fights?

“How could it be that what you need the most,

Can leave you feeling just like a ghost?”

Chorus –

Why don’t we turn the clock to zero, honey?

I’ll sell the stock, we’ll spend all the money,

We’re starting up a brand new day,

Turn the clock all the way back.

A lot of the lyrics in this song point to heartbreak from a loved one hurting and leaving one “feeling like a ghost” (thanks, LeBron). However, the chorus makes it clear – “We’re starting up a brand new day”. Cavaliers fans should look ahead, for there is hope.


“Memories” – Maroon 5

Hear me out, guys. This song right here gets me every time, I can only imagine what it does for Cavaliers fans (in this context)! I bet it brings back a lot of nostalgic memories. In case you missed it, there’s a man out there who just raised his fourth Larry O’ Brien trophy in one arm and his fourth NBA Finals MVP trophy in the other just four years after he left you for the second time! All the while, your team has done nothing more than sit around and watch. Undoubtedly so, LeBron James is sorely missed. MEMORIES are all the city of Cleveland has left.



“Welcome to Atlanta” – Ludacris featuring Jermaine Dupri

Once again, another lazy choice from me. I promise to do better in the next round. But hey, “if the shoe fits,” right?


Welcome to Atlanta, where the players play,

And we going for that dub like every day,

Big beats, hit streets, see gangsters roaming,

And parties don’t stop ’til eight in the morning..”

Let’s pretend for a moment that instead of rapping about the Falcons, Luda and J.D. are rapping about the Hawks. Trae Young is the guy leading this team to these “dubs like every day” with BIG plays and BIG shots, always striving for more. Maybe the “gangsters roaming” here can refer to the other teams making waves in the Eastern Conference (like, you know, those Goons from Dade-County, perhaps?)


“Glowed Up” – KAYTRANADA featuring Anderson .Paak

This was one was tough. I have to admit, I did not follow the Hawks much other than when they played against my HEAT this season. In my research for NBA team soundtracks, I just kept coming back to one name – Trae Young. This season, it was all about the leap he made to becoming an All-Star starter.

With the suspension of John Collins early on (and even after his return), the Hawks were relying heavily on Young to get them over the hump each night. Being the team’s biggest and most consistent weapon (offensively at least), it was easy for opponents to shut the team down. This was even more apparent when closing out games, as the Hawks struggled the most down the stretch.

Second Verse –

“Full power until we reach the maximum,

Gone are all my worries, I’m looney, absolutely out my dome,

Stackin’ my capital, while carving my legacy,

Now tell me, is you with me, with me, with me? Chaperone.”

That verse right there, is Trae putting his teammates, his peers, and the NBA world on notice!


“We Are Young” – F.U.N.

I also took the “Atlanta Hawks 2019-20 season was all about Trae Young” angle, choosing F.U.N.’s “We Are Young”. This is simple. The Hawks have a young core of Trae Young and John Collins leading the way. Maybe in this context, we can correlate the song title “We are (Trae) Young” to how this team should be describing themselves.

Honestly, I don’t really to watch anything Hawks-related unless it is involving him. I mean, they were figuratively “carried home” when the NBA season went on hiatus and didn’t even get an invitation to play in the NBA Bubble. Perhaps, that has them angry enough to “set the world on fire”? I guess we will find out next season!

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Shoot or Pass Podcast – Episode 39: All-NBA Clutch Teams & California Loving

Just because the season is over doesn’t mean we’ve run out of content over here! Chevy, Gabe, and Rhoby debate on whether Ty Lue is an upgrade at head coach for the Clippers (06:00), whether Morey ball is a failure or not (10:30), and if Victor Oladipo is worth the risk for the Miami HEAT (15:20). The gang also introduces two new segments, choosing NBA soundtracks for Warriors, Cavaliers, and Hawks (18:05) and sharing their All-NBA Clutch teams (34:30).

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Anthony Davis’ Playoff Run: Better than KD’s 2017 run?

There is no doubt that Anthony Davis’ playoff run with the Los Angeles Lakers cemented his legacy as one of the greats. But, how does it stack up against Kevin Durant’s incredible 2017 playoff run with the Golden State Warriors? The Shoot or Pass crew break it down below.

Chevy, Gabe, and Rhoby SHOOT if they agree or PASS if they disagree on the following statement:

Anthony Davis’ playoff run this season is not as great as Kevin Durant’s 2017 playoff run.

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When Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors – the dude was UNSTOPPABLE! I mean, he was all over the freaking court. It’s close, but Durant was shooting effectively from ANYWHERE on the court. To guard this guy, you either had to trap him half court or try to get the ball out of his hands.

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I have to shoot here for two simple reasons:

1) KD has one more ring and

2) I think you always have to lean more toward the better shot-creator and primary ball-handler, who in this case is happens to also be KD.

However, if you look at both of their stats in the playoffs, they are very similar. They are both playing 35-36 mins a game – with Davis averaging 27.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg, and 3.4 apg vs. Durant’s 28.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, and 4.3 apg. Now that Anthony Davis has a ring, the debate definitely gets tougher, as you can certainly make a compelling argument on his behalf.

Ultimately, the success both of these guys have had comes down to how well they complemented their respective teams. It was easier for KD be a pure scorer on that Golden State team, and I saw a really good comment on Reddit that described AD on this Lakers team – “AD plays like Dirk on offense and Time Duncan on defense.”

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Kevin Durant is a special player, arguably one of the best when healthy. Everyone was picking on him when he made the choice to join the Golden State Warriors as him riding coattails and taking the easy way out.

But, let’s not forget – KD was absolutely, hands down, the best player on the court during the NBA Finals that year. Remember the go-ahead three pointer he hit over LeBron James to complete the comeback and get a win in Game 3 against the Cavaliers?

It settled the case for his NBA Finals MVP bid and rightfully so. The man was hard to beat. He might have his own thing going with burner accounts on social media and all that, but it is not hard to give him credit for his contributions to the game, particularly during his 2017 playoff run. It’s kind of funny how that works, because other guys (LeBron James), are still having to demand respect despite their accomplisments.

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LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan – The G.O.A.T. Debate gets settled

ICYMI: LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are the 2020 NBA Champions!

Therefore, it’s only right we revisit the debate that is by now INGRAINED in every single NBA fan. LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan. The Shoot or Pass podcast crew settle it for once and for all it in their latest episode.

LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan. Who is the undisputed G.O.A.T. of NBA basketball? In the latest episode of the Shoot or Pass podcast, the crew puts the ultimate NBA debate to bed. Or, do they?

Chevy, Gabe, and Rhoby SHOOT if they agree or PASS if they disagree on the following statement:

LeBron winning his fourth ring cements him as the Greatest NBA player of all time.

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I’m not hating! Just let me just make my case.

It’s hard to compare players over different eras. We’ve had this conversation many times, you know what I mean? If I had to pin it down, I will say LeBron James is one of the top four or five players in NBA history. You’ve got Tim Duncan in there and of course, Michael Jordan as well. Don’t forget about Bill Russell and his contributions to the game on and off the court throughout the Civil Right Movement throughout the 1960s.

(Front row) Bill Russell joined many black athletes and Muhammad Ali at the famed “Ali Summit” on June 4, 1967 | Bettmann/Corbis / AP Images

Needless to say, LeBron belongs in the conversation. Four-time regular season AND NBA Finals MVP on three different teams. Over the course of his career, he is averaging 27 points per game and holds countless records. I just cannot say he is the greatest because it is so hard to compare players across different eras. The rules were different, the levels of physicality and the disparity between teams vary. But, I won’t deny that he’s up there.

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I just want to preface this by saying: I HATE THIS FUCKING DEBATE.

There are just so many variables that come into play here, the most obvious one being – LEBRON ISN’T EVEN DONE PLAYING YET! It really comes down to what each one of us value the most when settling scores.

Do you look at the more obvious in the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate?

Michael Jordan

  • 6-0 record in the Finals and 6 rings
  • 6 NBA Finals MVPs
  • Accomplished the above on the same team (and even won more after coming out of retirement)
  • Was the better pure isolation scorer against tougher defenses
  • Arguably the better defender (he did win Defensive Player of the Year after, and LeBron hasn’t as of yet)

OR – Do you value longevity/consistency more than peak performances?

LeBron James

  • 4-6 record in the Finals and 4 rings
  • 4 NBA Finals MVPs
  • Accomplished the above on THREE different teams, most recent one in his 17th NBA season at the age of 35
  • Is the better facilitator (and better in pretty much every other category aside from scoring)
  • Playing with arguably weaker supporting casts
  • Faces more strategically complex offenses and defenses than that of the 1990s

Personally, I believe Kobe Bryant (RIP) also belongs in this conversation.

But at the end of the day, this debate will NEVER get squashed in its entirety.

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Honestly, I have to agree with a lot of what you’ve both said here. I think what’s terrible about this question, like Gabe is saying, is the idea of comparing players over different eras. Obviously, in this era, LeBron James is hands down DOMINATING it.

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The older fans cry “revisionist history” and bring Michael Jordan to the conversation to try and discount the King. However, in this day and age, 17 seasons down and 35 years old LeBron is still playing at an elite level. His name is always going to be in the record books. He owns or ranks high in pretty much every NBA record – minus the shooting records, which I will admit belong to Steph Curry. Sooner or later, the younger guys in this league are going to be chasing the King in all of these All-time rankings and records.

I have to favor versatility and longevity here, but it truly is a silly debate. There’s room to honor all of the greats here. Today, we honor LeBron James after winning his fourth NBA Title with the Lakers. Earlier this year, we got relive the Chicago Bulls dynasty and honor Michael Jordan’s legacy thanks to The Last Dance.

Now, when we think about who LeBron James passes the torch of greatness to next – we can all agree it’s going to Luka Doncic.

The heir to the throne, Luka Doncic. | Associated Press

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Miami HEAT’s Playoff Run – NBA Bubble Eulogies

The Los Angeles Lakers hold Jimmy Butler and the Miami HEAT to just two wins in the 2020 NBA Finals, winning their 17th title on Sunday night.

Regardless of the end result, the Miami HEAT’s playoff run was nothing short of MAGICAL at Disney World. We send the last team eliminated from playoff contention home with a very heartfelt NBA Bubble Eulogy.

Describe the Miami HEAT’s playoff run in one word. MEMORABLE! REMARKABLE! INCREDIBLE! (I can keep going if you want).

A team with NO SUPERSTARS (though Jimmy Butler deserves some damn respect) who had no chance to win a game vs. LeBron and the Lakers in the 2020 NBA Finals won TWO.

Think I’m discrediting LeBron James? I’m not (sort of).

However, if you take a look at the players who had a big role in the HEAT’s playoff run, you’ll see a couple of late lottery picks in Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, and Jimmy Butler. You will also find some second-rounders (Jae Crowder and Goran Dragic) and of course, the diamonds in the rough – Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn who went UNDRAFTED.

While they were a shoo-in for the NBA Playoffs in the Eastern Conference, no one saw them getting too far. Sure enough, the “Goons from Dade-County” put T.J. Warren’s hot streak in the bubble on ice, sweeping the Indiana Pacers in the first round.

Up next for Jimmy Butler was the Milwaukee Bucks, who found themselves struggling in the bubble, but were still the top seed in the East. No way he could get past this season’s MVP and DPOY Giannis Antetokounmpo. The road should end here. Challenge accepted. Even when Khris Middleton lead a furious rally for a potential comeback by winning Game 4, the HEAT staved them off to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Up next, their toughest opponents yet – the Boston Celtics.

The HEAT were finding themselves in quite the scoring deficits early and with their Zone D unlocked by Gordon Hayward, but came back. EVERY. TIME. Even with a win in Game 5 that included a 41-point third quarter led by Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo finished the Celtics with a 32-point performance in Game 6. The 5th-seeded Miami HEAT were about to face the man they made an NBA Champion twice – LeBron James.

Walt Disney could not have written a better script for this team. Or perhaps, he could have because as the fairytale season continued, shit started getting real dark for this Cinderella team. Bam, Goran, and Jimmy all got knocked out in Game 1 and the HEAT found themselves completely over-matched by the Lakers. After falling 0-2, the series was practically over. But, HEAT Culture would not allow a sweep. This is a team with grit, heart, and hustle. A team who defied the odds all season and now that they got a taste of success, wanted to chug the entire bottle of it – Meyers Leonard style.

Enter JAMES BUTLER. The man who willingly came to Miami in a trade from Philadelphia to party in paradise but instead, put the team on his back, gifting us all with some iconic performances in Games 3 and 5. Granted, even that would not be enough, but the HEAT did push the Lakers further than any other opponent they faced in the playoffs this season.

No “good riddance’s”, only a celebration of the HISTORIC playoff run

With that said, this NBA Bubble Eulogy is a celebration, meant to highlight the accomplishments of the Miami HEAT’s playoff run. Nothing to be ashamed of here, a bright future awaits. Thank you, HEAT Nation. Can’t wait to be back in the NBA Finals next season!


We are here to celebrate a remarkable run by the Miami HEAT,

Who shouldn’t have made the Finals & after Game 1, should’ve gone up in flames,

But they swept the Pacers, beat the Bucks up, & sent the Celtics home crying,

Undersized, overmatched, short-handed, they managed to push the Lakers to 6 games.

So let us remember the men who defied all odds to make this happen,

Like the baby G.O.A.T. Tyler Herro, whose cojones grew three sizes with every shot he took,

& Duncan – who Miami still runs on when he shoots, but runs away from when he plays defense,

We will never forget the wrist-bending block by Bam that left the entire city of Boston damn near shook.

Shout out to the Dragon, whose contributions were instrumental with 20 ppg before he got hurt,

& to Kendrick Nunn, who played his best in the Finals and is hopefully back to being a top rookie,

Special thanks to the mid-season trade that brought us Jae Crowder, a washed-up Iggy,

& a Solomon Hill who looks like a homeless guy on the court but can still shoot that big threeeeeee!

What more can we say about JAMES BUTLER? Who should’ve been drowning in cocaine and strippers,

Instead, he embodied the HEAT culture, put the team on his back & faced LeBron with absolutely no fear,

Don’t be fooled by his tears, Coach Spo showed us all he is the commensurate mastermind,

Who will use this as motivation and lead the Miami HEAT back to the NBA Finals again next year!

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Shoot or Pass Podcast – Episode 38: Crown the King

HEAT Nation’s Gabe and Rhoby are in mourning but don’t tell that to LA-Bron fan Chevy. He kicks off the show with DOS MINUTOS to express his feelings of joy over the Lakers BIG WIN (01:40). The crew also settle the infamous G.O.A.T. debate (04:35), argue over the expectations set for Kyle Kuzma (17:30), Tyler Herro vs. Jayson Tatum’s rookie playoff runs (22:10), and the NBA Bubble’s success (30:35). They also announce their STUDS & DUDS of the Bubble overall (35:30), give one last heartfelt NBA Bubble Eulogy to the Miami HEAT (44:40), and tease some offseason content (48:00)!

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2020 NBA Playoffs Bracket

2020 NBA Playoffs Podcaster Bracket Challenge

Congratulations to Sports on Tap – That Being Said Podcast – 2020 NBA Playoffs Podcast Bracket Challenge Champions!

Welcome to the inaugural NBA Playoffs Podcaster Bracket Challenge! We’ve partnered up with a few other podcasts to share series predictions throughout the 2020 NBA Playoffs.

Each podcast has collectively chosen series winners and series lengths for each round up until the Finals, where they have predicted their 2020 NBA Champions.

Follow along as each podcast team makes their picks, brings you some crossover content (and tons of trash talk) on upcoming episodes of the podcasts below!

*Each podcast has agreed to collectively pick teams for each round


Current as of 10/12/20

Sports on Tap2700
NRQ Podcast2400
The Dime2100
Shoot or Pass Podcast1500
Close up Magic1300

Scoring System

Game RoundPoints
First Round100 points for each correct Series prediction (800 total points possible)
Conference Semi-Finals Round200 points for each correct Series prediction (800 total points possible)
Conference Finals Round400 points for each correct Series prediction (800 total points possible)
NBA Finals Round800 points for a correct Series prediction (800 total points possible)
Series Length Prediction100 points for a correct Series Length prediction (1,500 total points possible)

NBA Finals 2020 Bonus Round

Each team will be presented an Over/Under total score amount to try and earn their way back into wining the challenge. Below is the scoring for each team who guesses the correct Over/Under per game!

Game RoundPoints
Game 1100 points for guessing correct Over/Under 217
Game 2200 points for guessing correct Over/Under 216.5
Game 3300 points for guessing correct Over/Under 219.5
Game 4400 points for guessing correct Over/Under 218.5
Game 5500 points for guessing correct Over/Under 215
Game 6600 points for guessing correct Over/Under 214.5

(Actual Combined Score: 214)

PodcastOver/Under 217 – Game 1 Total Score
Sports on TapUnder = 100 Points2200
NRQ PodcastUnder = 100 Points1700
Shoot or Pass PodcastOver = 0 Points1500
The Close Up MagicOver = 0 Points1100
The Dime Under – 100 Points1200

(Actual Combined Score: 238)

PodcastOver/Under 216.5 – Game 2 Total Score
Sports on TapUnder = 0 Points2200
NRQ PodcastOver = 200 Points1900
Shoot or Pass PodcastUnder = 0 Points1500
The Close Up MagicOver = 200 Points1300
The Dime Under = 0 Points1200

(Actual Combined Score: 219)

PodcastOver/Under 219.5 – Game 3 Total Score
Sports on TapOver = 0 Points2200
NRQ PodcastOver = 0 Points1900
Shoot or Pass PodcastOver = 0 Points1500
The Close Up MagicOver = 0 Points1300
The Dime Under = 300 Points1500

(Actual Combined Score: 198)

PodcastOver/Under 218.5 – Game 4 Total Score
Sports on TapOver = 0 Points2200
NRQ PodcastOver = 0 Points1900
Shoot or Pass PodcastOver = 0 Points1500
The Close Up MagicOver = 0 Points1300
The Dime Over = 0 Points1500

(Actual Combined Score: 219)

PodcastOver/Under 215 – Game 5 Total Score
Sports on TapOver = 500 Points2700
NRQ PodcastOver = 500 Points2400
Shoot or Pass PodcastUnder = 0 Points1500
The Close Up MagicUnder = 0 Points1300
The Dime Under = 0 Points1500
PodcastOver/Under 199 – Game 6 Total Score
Sports on TapOver = 0 Points2700
NRQ PodcastOver = 0 Points2400
Shoot or Pass PodcastOver = 0 Points1500
The Close Up MagicOver = 0 Points1300
The Dime Under = 600 Points2100

Podcaster’s Brackets

The Contestants (Listen and follow!)

The Dime with Josh Rodriguez
Podcast Links: iTunes Spotify
Twitter: @TheDimeNBA
Instagram: @TheDimeNBA

The Close Up Magic
Podcast Links: iTunes Spotify
Twitter: @TheCloseUpMagic

Sports on Tap – That Being Said Podcast
Podcast Links: iTunes Spotify
Twitter: @TheSportsonTap

NRQ Podcast
Podcast Links: iTunes Spotify
Twitter: @NRQ_Podcast

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