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The Sports Media Backhaul takes you into the most interesting parts of sports, media, technology, and culture. Hosted by sports media expert Dr. Galen Clavio, the Backhaul includes everything from 5-minute podcasts discussing interesting sports media stories to hour-long interviews with industry leaders and researchers. Send us questions at @doctorgc on Twitter!
 
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On our new Friday edition of the show, Howard Beck welcomes Tag Team – DC The Brain Supreme and Steve Rolln – to discuss their incredibly popular Geico ad, the boost it's given their careers and their NBA fandom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesBy SI NBA
 
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina gather themselves during a storm of NBA news to discuss LaMarcus Aldridge's sudden retirement due to an irregular heartbeat. How will Aldridge be remembered? How will the Nets adjust without him? From there, Michael presents his research findings on Joel Embiid's incredible shooting numbers. Which factors are driving E…
 
This week Mannix and Beck discuss A-Rod's surprise entrance into the NBA ownership ranks (with an assist from The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski), the state of the MVP race and just how serious a threat is Utah to win the Western Conference? Plus your Twitter questions on offseason shakeups, the Bulls roster issues, R.J. Barrett's play with the Knicks …
 
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina catch their breath during the dog days of the NBA's regular season to look ahead to the 2021 NBA playoffs. Which players are looming as X-factors in the title chase? Can LaMarcus Aldridge hold up against big centers or will size be the Nets' undoing? Is Bojan Bogdanovic the key to a properly-balanced offense for the Ja…
 
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take stock of the Phoenix Suns after a signature win over the Utah Jazz. Should Chris Paul be an all-NBA selection? Can Devin Booker be trusted in the clutch? Will Deandre Ayton be their playoff X-factor and did his play against the Jazz inspire newfound confidence? Who can the Suns beat in the first round and would dr…
 
Mannix and Beck dive into Milwaukee's decision to extend Jrue Holiday -- and go all-in on the Giannis/Khris Middleton/Holiday core -- and what it means if the team comes up short in the playoffs, how significant a rough stretch could be for the Lakers, what it would mean for LeBron James's legacy if he takes an eighth seed to a championship, how Go…
 
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open by recapping Baylor's NCAA title game triumph over Gonzaga and discussing Jalen Suggs' strong tournament run. Does Suggs have a shot at being the first pick? Did the NCAA tournament prove its worth from a visibility standpoint compared to the G-League? Then, the guys dig into Suggs' best NBA fits. Should he ride s…
 
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take a look at the NBA's best and worst contracts after the trade deadline and the round of buyout agreements. Who is delivering the most value in the league this year? Should LeBron James be the automatic No. 1? Or should all-stars on rookie deals like Luka Doncic and Zion Williamson top the list? Which veteran all-st…
 
Joining SI's Chris Mannix this week is Dan Woike, Lakers beat writer for the LA Times. Mannix and Woike discuss the Kyle Lowry trade that wasn't, the impact of Andre Drummond, how concerned the Lakers are about Anthony Davis's leg injury and just how bad could things get for LA with Davis and LeBron James out; later, SI NBA Draft analyst Jeremy Woo…
 
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina analyze the latest buyout moves, including LaMarcus Aldridge to the Brooklyn Nets and Andre Drummond to the Los Angeles Lakers. What roles will Aldridge and Drummond play in the postseason? Which factors influenced their decisions? Does the recent acceleration of buyouts harm small-market teams? Should the NBA institut…
 
Mannix and Beck discuss a wild NBA trade deadline, from the Raptors decision not to move Kyle Lowry, the Heat’s pivot to Victor Oladipo, the Nuggets arming up for a run in the Western Conference, the Rockets (seemingly) pathetic final haul for James Harden, the Clippers adding a playmaker, the Celtics adding a scorer and a look ahead to the impact …
 
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina react to Thursday's NBA trade deadline, handing out their grades for a busier-than-expected day and running through the winners and losers. Were the Orlando Magic smart for pulling the plug? How do Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier fit in their new homes? Which aspiring contenders in the West made moves th…
 
The trade deadline is upon us! Where will Oladipo land? Who’s getting Aaron Gordon? Should the Knicks buy or sell? Mannix and Beck dive into the biggest storylines as we head toward Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. Also, Beck chats with NBA officiating chief Monty McCutchen – on player complaints, fanless games, the unique challenges of this se…
 
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina dig into a depressing weekend of NBA injury news concerning LeBron James and LaMelo Ball. How will the Lakers manage without LeBron James and how far will they slide in the standings? Does the high ankle sprain end his MVP pursuit, and which players are the new favorites? Will top teams try to tank down the stretch to …
 
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open with an extended discussion of the Milwaukee Bucks' trade with the Houston Rockets for P.J. Tucker. How does Tucker fit with Milwaukee on offense and defense? Was the price fair? Does Milwaukee have a shot at the No. 1 seed? From there, the guys check in on the Rockets' rebuilding plans and the Miami Heat's trade …
 
Ben Golliver is joined by special guest Jack McCallum, a former NBA writer at Sports Illustrated, to discuss season two of his podcast series: "The Dream Team Tapes: Kobe, LeBron and The Redeem Team." What were Jack's first impressions of covering a young Kobe Bryant and a young LeBron James? How did Jack track down Phil Jackson for an interview ab…
 
On this week’s pod, Mannix and Beck dive into Chris Webber’s case for the Hall of Fame – and why his college basketball accomplishments should be counted – the team that needs to make a deal before the March 25th trade deadline (hint: one is in L.A.) and take a long look at the MVP race—and if Chris Paul belongs in it. As always, support the pod by…
 
With little buzz building before the March 25 trade deadline, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina try to decide which bigger names should actually be moved. Ben makes the case for 10 players to be traded and Judge Pina renders his verdicts. Why are the Wizards clinging so desperately to Bradley Beal? Have the Raptors officially reached the point where th…
 
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina are back from the All-Star Break and ready to look ahead to the March 25 trade deadline. But first: they reflect on the one-year anniversary of the NBA's March 11, 2020, shutdown due to the pandemic. From there, they dig into Brooklyn's addition of Blake Griffin and ask whether LaMarcus Aldridge and Andre Drummond shou…
 
This week, Mannix and Beck dive into the one-year anniversary of the NBA's decision to shut down its season, from what we thought was going to happen back then to how the NBA has handled in its attempt to exist during a global pandemic. Plus the future of LaMarcus Aldridge -- and could a reunion in Portland be in the offing? -- the sustainability o…
 
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina recap the 2021 NBA All-Star Weekend by answering 20 burning questions. Does the Skills Challenge need to be fixed or dumped? Was Stephen Curry's Three-Point Contest title the highlight of the night? What grade did the Slam Dunk Contest deserve? Did Anfernee Simons deserve to win? Was the Dunk Contest's new final round …
 
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina dig into the Utah Jazz's extended criticism of the officiating during their loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Are the refs out to get the Jazz? Do their complaints about the officiating reflect frustration over the skepticism they face over their playoff chances? Do these comments deserve substantial fines a…
 
On this week’s Crossover, Mannix and Beck explore the Knicks’ fantastic resurgence and whether it’s sustainable. They also discuss the Hawks’ firing of Lloyd Pierce, the Kristaps Porzingis trade rumors and whether Kobe should be the new NBA logo. Then, Beck interviews J.A. Adande about his new podcast with Jack McCallum about Kobe, LeBron and the 2…
 
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