The Mismatch

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Kevin O’Connor and Chris Vernon discuss all the news, trends, and transactions happening in the NBA. They also offer their on-court analysis, and occasionally get into heated debates.
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Best Episodes

Bill Simmons on the Harden Fiasco, Teams He’s High and Low on, Rookie of the Year Picks, and More

Dec 8, 2020





Bill Simmons joins Verno and KOC on the brand-new feed to talk about James Harden skipping training camp in favor of the strip club (0:45), the Brooklyn Nets (23:24), teams Bill is higher on and lower on than everyone else (29:18), KOC’s Rookie of the Year pick (40:22), and more. Hosts: ChrisRead more

Biggest Surprises From the NBA Season So Far

Jan 8, 2021

"Madison Square Garden Missing Fans"



Chris and Kevin take a look at how the COVID-19 protocols are working after Seth Curry’s positive test (5:07) and at the massive leak from the Hawks’ locker room reported by The Athletic (13:14). Then they get into the biggest surprises of the NBA season so far, including theRead more

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Where in the League is James Harden Headed?

Dec 11, 2020


Verno and KOC start with Paul George’s shiny new contract with the Clippers (0:41), what in the world the Rockets can do with Harden (8:33), and Kyrie’s $25,000 fine levied by the NBA (18:40), before they get into the teams playing on the first day of preseason games (41:27).Hosts: Chris Vernon andRead more

Ten Early Season Observations

Dec 29, 2020


Verno and KOC talk about 10 observations they've made in the early part of the season, including impressive showings from rookies Precious Achiuwa (18:18) and Tyrese Haliburton (34:45), hot starts by the Cavs (50:30) and Hawks (7:55), and much more.Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Giannis Contract Reaction and Five NBA Preseason Takeaways

Dec 15, 2020


Before the show, KOC gives his instant reactions to Giannis' brand new shiny contract with the Bucks (0:01). Then Verno and KOC get into the new Pelicans offense under Stan Van Gundy (5:52), Talen Horton-Tucker’s breakout preseason with the Lakers (13:32), the challenging conditions for rookiesRead more

Six NBA Players That Deserve More Recognition This Season. Plus: LeBron James Comments on NBA All-Star Plans

Feb 5, 2021

"LeBron says it’s a “slap in the face” that the NBA is having an all star game this year "

Verno and KOC are back this Friday talking about Adam Silver’s LeBron James-induced headache over the NBA’s All-Star plans in Atlanta (0:30) and his MVP-level performance against the Nuggets Thursday night (18:05). Then KOC officially hits the panic button on the struggling Dallas Mavericks asRead more

How Christian Wood, Jerami Grant, and Mikal Bridges Are Lifting Up Their Teams

Jan 29, 2021

" Kevin O’Comrade 😂 😂 "

On this Friday, Chris and Kevin get into the new-look, defensively minded Rockets after the James Harden trade brought them Victor Oladipo (8:00), how good Jerami Grant looks on the "giant killer" Pistons (15:25), and what Mikal Bridges brings to the bright-now Suns (21:35). Then Chris shows us hisRead more

Why Are the Pelicans Playing So Far Below Their Potential This Season?

Jan 22, 2021
Chris and Kevin get into the most interesting games of the week, starting with the Lakers’ lackadaisical win over the not-quite-complete Bucks (0:45). Then they get into Tom Thibodeau’s continually surprising positive effect on the Knicks after a win over the Warriors (18:35), the difference inRead more

Lonzo Ball on Filtering out the Noise, Breaking Down Clutch Plays, and the Best Fictional Coaches | The JJ Redick Podcast

Apr 14, 2020

"“I know his game pretty well, so it might be a tough night for him” - Lonzo Ball on playing LeMelo in the NBA "

JJ and Tommy are joined by New Orleans point guard Lonzo Ball. They discuss Lonzo's transition from Los Angeles to New Orleans, what goes on in his mind during clutch plays, and keeping a strong mentality in the face of adversity and loss. Later, they draft the best TV and movie coaches they wouldRead more
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