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The Step Back Day-to-Day NBA Podcast is a daily fun and thoughtful conversation about the NBA. Powered by Fansided. Hosted by Jason Mann.

Latest Episodes

Day-to-Day: The Indiana Pacers are creating separation

The Indiana Pacers are putting themselves in the conversation for the top half of Eastern Conference withgreat play from Paul George, Myles Turner and Jeff Teague. We look at how it'sbeen happeningin the latest episode of The Step Back's Day-to-Day NBA Podcast, hosted by Jason Mann. Ben Gibson, contributor to8 Points, 9 Seconds, joins the program to talk about the team's changes from last year, whether George is holding back a little bit, Turner's progress and whether belongs in the conversation with the other crop of exciting young bigs like Joel Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis,Teague's improved playmaking and great play after a rough start, what Thaddeus Young has brought to the table, and how Nate McMillan has performed as a coach so far replacing Frank Vogel. We also discuss Glenn Robinson III's slam-dunk contest potential, CJ Miles spreading the floor, the Monta Ellis experience, the Al Jefferson three-seasons rule, possible needs coming into the trade deadline, frosty feelings f...

37 MIN2017 FEB 7
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Day-to-Day: The Indiana Pacers are creating separation

Day-to-Day: How good can the Jazz get?

We look at how far the Utah Jazz can go this season and whether Gordon Hayward was the right Jazz player chosen for the All-Star Gamein the latest episode of The Step Back's Day-to-Day NBA Podcast, hosted by Jason Mann. All That Amar, editor of SLC Dunk, joins the show totalk about how the Jazz has finally caught up with expectations despite dealing with injuries,Hayward's excellent season and embracing a go-to role, Rudy Gobert's penchant for using snubs as motivation and his case for the All-Star Game, Derrick Favors' disappointing season and reduced role on the team, George Hill bringing savvy point-guard play to a mostly young team, Joe Johnson and Boris Diaw finally being on the same team, Rodney Hood stalling and Joe Ingles' corny sense of humor. We also look at whether the Jazz should make any moves at the trade deadline and how dangerous they could be as a playoff team, especially if Favors gets healthy.

31 MIN2017 FEB 5
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Day-to-Day: How good can the Jazz get?

Day-to-Day Weekend Review: Long games, hot Heat, trade talk and more

Miss this week’s episodes of The Step Back’s Day-to-Day NBA podcast? Catch up with the Weekend Review, a compilation of what we talked about during the week. It’s idealfor weekend listening. This week we looked at the longest NBA games ever, made sense of the latest NBA trade rumors, dove into the suddenly hot Miami Heat, daydreamed about the best NBA Finals stories, and considered Carmelo Anthony leaving the Knicks. First, Jason Mann and his Over and Back Classic NBA podcast co-hostRich Kraetsch talk about last weekend's four-overtime classic between Atlanta and New York and discuss the other 13 games in NBA/ABA history that have gone four overtimes or more. NextBryan Toporekjoins us to figure out which NBA teams might be buyers and sellers and look at the trade talk surrounding Carmelo Anthony, Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade, DeMarcus Cousins, Serge Ibaka, Nerlens Noel, Paul Millsap and Ricky Rubio before the Feb. 23 trade deadline. ThenDavid Ramil, co-host of the Locked on Heat pod...

164 MIN2017 FEB 4
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Day-to-Day Weekend Review: Long games, hot Heat, trade talk and more

Day-to-Day: Dion Waiters brings joy to the Heat (and our hearts)

The Miami Heat,in the Eastern Conference cellarjust weeks ago, have won nine in a row and are in the postseason hunt. We look at why it's happening in the latest episode of The Step Back's Day-to-Day NBA Podcast, hosted by Jason Mann. David Ramil, co-host of the Locked on Heat podcast, joins the program to discuss why exactly this dramatic turnaround has taken place, the excellent play of reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week Dion Waiters, how Goran Dragic makes the most of what he's given, Hassan Whiteside playing more disciplined basketball, James Johnson being a versatile playmaker, the Heat finding more diamonds in the rough like Rodney McGruder and Okaro White, and whether Miami should be in the trade market. Speaking of trades, we also discussthe recent deal between Milwaukee and Charlottesending Miles Plumlee to the Hornetsand Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes to the Bucks, what (if any) difference it might make at the bottom of the Eastern playoff race, and if it's a ta...

36 MIN2017 FEB 3
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Day-to-Day: Dion Waiters brings joy to the Heat (and our hearts)

Day-to-Day: Making sense of NBA trade talk

With plenty of NBA teams clustered on the fringes of the playoff hunt or the lottery, it's harder than ever to guess who might be a buyer or seller before the Feb. 23 trade deadline. We attempt to make sense of it all in the latest episode of The Step Back's Day-to-Day NBA Podcast, hosted by Jason Mann. Bryan Toporek joins us to look at trade talk surrounding Carmelo Anthony, Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade, DeMarcus Cousins, Serge Ibaka, Nerlens Noel, Paul Millsap and Ricky Rubio. Will the Clippers or Cavs make a deal for Anthony without giving up a star? Will the Celtics or someone make a huge offer to get Butler? What would the Suns have to give up to get Cousins? We also look at:Would the Raptors give up enough to getIbaka or Millsap for a rental? Are the Sixers still motivated to trade Noel or Okafor now that they are playing better? Are there any other NBA teams who should be looking at improving or blowing things up?

38 MIN2017 FEB 2
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Day-to-Day: Making sense of NBA trade talk

Day-to-Day: NBA games with four overtimes (or more)

The Hawks and Knicks dueled in a four-overtime classic Sunday, with Paul Millsap giving an iron-man performancein60 minutes with 37 points and 19 rebounds and Carmelo Anthony scoring 45 and twice forcing extra periods with clutch shots. With only 14 games in NBA/ABA history that have gone four overtimes or more, we thought it appropriate to look back atwho stood out in these battlesin the latest episode of The Step Back's Day-to-Day NBA Podcast, hosted by Jason Mann. Who better than Rich Kraetsch, co-host of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, to lend some historical expertise to the proceedings? We start withthe only six-overtimegame in NBA history (Indianapolis vs. Rochester in 1951), a 75-73 pre-shot-clock yawner in which future legendary Knicks coach Red Holzman reportedly played 76 minutes and scored 3 points. We also discuss the only two five-OT games: Dolph Schayes leading Syracuse past Anderson (Ind.) 125-123 in the newly merged NBA's first season in 1949, and Dale Ellis ...

39 MIN2017 FEB 1
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Day-to-Day: NBA games with four overtimes (or more)

Day-to-Day: Best potential NBA Finals stories

We're at the point in the NBA season where we can't help daydream a little. So we're looking ahead a few monthsat what potential matchups we think would be most interesting in the NBA Finals, from likeliest to literally impossible, in the latest episode of The Step Back's Day-to-Day NBA Podcast. Matt Rutkowski of The Step Back joins the program to look at the various storylines we'd expected inCavaliers vs. Warriors Part 3 or LeBron James vs. Spurs Part 4: James chasing Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant in number of rings, Kevin Durant battling James in the Finals again, Golden State attempting to rebound from blowing a 3-1 lead, Steph Curry attempting to have a better Finals, andthe Spurs proving they could win a championship without Tim Duncan. We also look at storylines involving the Rockets (redemption for James Harden and Mike D'Antoni), the Raptors (Canada's team and the friendship of Kyle Lowry and Demar DeRozan), the Clippers (from loved to hated to loved?), the Jazz and Celtic...

41 MIN2017 JAN 31
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Day-to-Day: Best potential NBA Finals stories

Weekend Review: NBA Draft prospects, surging Wizards, parity and faster games

Miss this week’s episodes of The Step Back’s Day-to-Day NBA podcast? Catch up with the Weekend Review a compilation of what we talked about during the week. It’s idealfor weekend listening. This week we looked at 2017 NBA Draft prospects, the surging Washington Wizards, parity vs. mediocrity, and if the NBA needs to speed up its games. First,host Jason Mann talks withChris Stoneabout Markelle Fultz’s athleticism and complete offensive game, Josh Jackson’s outstanding wing defense but weird shooting motion, Lonzo Ball’s incredible court vision and why he is so fun to watch, and much more. Next,Chris Barnewelljoins the program tolook at the distribution ofNBA teams in tiers in 2017, finding major changes in the number of teams between .501 and .600 winning percentagesand between .301and .400 from a seasonago. We contrast those numbers with averages for the past five years and see if we find any patterns. Then,Jen Julie SmithofWizOfAwes.comjoins the show to talk what explains the...

124 MIN2017 JAN 29
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Weekend Review: NBA Draft prospects, surging Wizards, parity and faster games

Day-to-Day: Melo trade rumors and bad D in the East

We discuss the seemingly realistic possibility of Carmelo Anthony being traded by the New York Knicks and the top three Eastern Conference teams being subpar on defense in the latest episode of The Step Back's Day-to-Day NBA Podcast, hosted by Jason Mann. Jared Dubin, host of the Locked on Knicks podcast, joins the program to talk about signals that Anthony is willing to waive his no-trade clause and that Phil Jackson is willing to trade him, looking at the trade possibilitieswith the Los Angeles Clippers, whether the Knicks are better without Anthony no matter the return, why other rumored deals to Boston and Cleveland aren't likely, how bad the Knicks have been at trades and free agency during the Melo era, and what is Anthony's legacy in New York. We also talk about Jared'srecent piece at The Step Backabout how Boston, Cleveland and Toronto, the top three teams in the East, are struggling on defense. We discuss how much the Cavaliers really need a playmaker (as requested by LeBro...

31 MIN2017 JAN 28
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Day-to-Day: Melo trade rumors and bad D in the East

Day-to-Day: What's gotten into the Wizards?

The Washington Wizards have quickly gone from what looked like another lost season to contending for the upper half of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. We examine why on the latest episode of The Step Back's Day-to-Day NBA Podcast. Jen Julie Smith ofWizOfAwes.com joins the show to talk what explains the Wizards' turnaround,how John Wall and Bradley Beal are gelling on the court, Otto Porter having a career season and sparking the team with his shooting and cutting, Kelly Oubre breaking out over the past month, what Scott Brooks is doing differently than Randy Whitman, and how Markieff Morris is fitting in. We also discusswhat was up with the all-black funeral clothing vs. the Boston Celtics and what the Wizards' needs might be before the trade deadline.

26 MIN2017 JAN 27
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Day-to-Day: What's gotten into the Wizards?

Latest Episodes

Day-to-Day: The Indiana Pacers are creating separation

The Indiana Pacers are putting themselves in the conversation for the top half of Eastern Conference withgreat play from Paul George, Myles Turner and Jeff Teague. We look at how it'sbeen happeningin the latest episode of The Step Back's Day-to-Day NBA Podcast, hosted by Jason Mann. Ben Gibson, contributor to8 Points, 9 Seconds, joins the program to talk about the team's changes from last year, whether George is holding back a little bit, Turner's progress and whether belongs in the conversation with the other crop of exciting young bigs like Joel Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis,Teague's improved playmaking and great play after a rough start, what Thaddeus Young has brought to the table, and how Nate McMillan has performed as a coach so far replacing Frank Vogel. We also discuss Glenn Robinson III's slam-dunk contest potential, CJ Miles spreading the floor, the Monta Ellis experience, the Al Jefferson three-seasons rule, possible needs coming into the trade deadline, frosty feelings f...

37 MIN2017 FEB 7
Comments
Day-to-Day: The Indiana Pacers are creating separation

Day-to-Day: How good can the Jazz get?

We look at how far the Utah Jazz can go this season and whether Gordon Hayward was the right Jazz player chosen for the All-Star Gamein the latest episode of The Step Back's Day-to-Day NBA Podcast, hosted by Jason Mann. All That Amar, editor of SLC Dunk, joins the show totalk about how the Jazz has finally caught up with expectations despite dealing with injuries,Hayward's excellent season and embracing a go-to role, Rudy Gobert's penchant for using snubs as motivation and his case for the All-Star Game, Derrick Favors' disappointing season and reduced role on the team, George Hill bringing savvy point-guard play to a mostly young team, Joe Johnson and Boris Diaw finally being on the same team, Rodney Hood stalling and Joe Ingles' corny sense of humor. We also look at whether the Jazz should make any moves at the trade deadline and how dangerous they could be as a playoff team, especially if Favors gets healthy.

31 MIN2017 FEB 5
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Day-to-Day: How good can the Jazz get?

Day-to-Day Weekend Review: Long games, hot Heat, trade talk and more

Miss this week’s episodes of The Step Back’s Day-to-Day NBA podcast? Catch up with the Weekend Review, a compilation of what we talked about during the week. It’s idealfor weekend listening. This week we looked at the longest NBA games ever, made sense of the latest NBA trade rumors, dove into the suddenly hot Miami Heat, daydreamed about the best NBA Finals stories, and considered Carmelo Anthony leaving the Knicks. First, Jason Mann and his Over and Back Classic NBA podcast co-hostRich Kraetsch talk about last weekend's four-overtime classic between Atlanta and New York and discuss the other 13 games in NBA/ABA history that have gone four overtimes or more. NextBryan Toporekjoins us to figure out which NBA teams might be buyers and sellers and look at the trade talk surrounding Carmelo Anthony, Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade, DeMarcus Cousins, Serge Ibaka, Nerlens Noel, Paul Millsap and Ricky Rubio before the Feb. 23 trade deadline. ThenDavid Ramil, co-host of the Locked on Heat pod...

164 MIN2017 FEB 4
Comments
Day-to-Day Weekend Review: Long games, hot Heat, trade talk and more

Day-to-Day: Dion Waiters brings joy to the Heat (and our hearts)

The Miami Heat,in the Eastern Conference cellarjust weeks ago, have won nine in a row and are in the postseason hunt. We look at why it's happening in the latest episode of The Step Back's Day-to-Day NBA Podcast, hosted by Jason Mann. David Ramil, co-host of the Locked on Heat podcast, joins the program to discuss why exactly this dramatic turnaround has taken place, the excellent play of reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week Dion Waiters, how Goran Dragic makes the most of what he's given, Hassan Whiteside playing more disciplined basketball, James Johnson being a versatile playmaker, the Heat finding more diamonds in the rough like Rodney McGruder and Okaro White, and whether Miami should be in the trade market. Speaking of trades, we also discussthe recent deal between Milwaukee and Charlottesending Miles Plumlee to the Hornetsand Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes to the Bucks, what (if any) difference it might make at the bottom of the Eastern playoff race, and if it's a ta...

36 MIN2017 FEB 3
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Day-to-Day: Dion Waiters brings joy to the Heat (and our hearts)

Day-to-Day: Making sense of NBA trade talk

With plenty of NBA teams clustered on the fringes of the playoff hunt or the lottery, it's harder than ever to guess who might be a buyer or seller before the Feb. 23 trade deadline. We attempt to make sense of it all in the latest episode of The Step Back's Day-to-Day NBA Podcast, hosted by Jason Mann. Bryan Toporek joins us to look at trade talk surrounding Carmelo Anthony, Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade, DeMarcus Cousins, Serge Ibaka, Nerlens Noel, Paul Millsap and Ricky Rubio. Will the Clippers or Cavs make a deal for Anthony without giving up a star? Will the Celtics or someone make a huge offer to get Butler? What would the Suns have to give up to get Cousins? We also look at:Would the Raptors give up enough to getIbaka or Millsap for a rental? Are the Sixers still motivated to trade Noel or Okafor now that they are playing better? Are there any other NBA teams who should be looking at improving or blowing things up?

38 MIN2017 FEB 2
Comments
Day-to-Day: Making sense of NBA trade talk

Day-to-Day: NBA games with four overtimes (or more)

The Hawks and Knicks dueled in a four-overtime classic Sunday, with Paul Millsap giving an iron-man performancein60 minutes with 37 points and 19 rebounds and Carmelo Anthony scoring 45 and twice forcing extra periods with clutch shots. With only 14 games in NBA/ABA history that have gone four overtimes or more, we thought it appropriate to look back atwho stood out in these battlesin the latest episode of The Step Back's Day-to-Day NBA Podcast, hosted by Jason Mann. Who better than Rich Kraetsch, co-host of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, to lend some historical expertise to the proceedings? We start withthe only six-overtimegame in NBA history (Indianapolis vs. Rochester in 1951), a 75-73 pre-shot-clock yawner in which future legendary Knicks coach Red Holzman reportedly played 76 minutes and scored 3 points. We also discuss the only two five-OT games: Dolph Schayes leading Syracuse past Anderson (Ind.) 125-123 in the newly merged NBA's first season in 1949, and Dale Ellis ...

39 MIN2017 FEB 1
Comments
Day-to-Day: NBA games with four overtimes (or more)

Day-to-Day: Best potential NBA Finals stories

We're at the point in the NBA season where we can't help daydream a little. So we're looking ahead a few monthsat what potential matchups we think would be most interesting in the NBA Finals, from likeliest to literally impossible, in the latest episode of The Step Back's Day-to-Day NBA Podcast. Matt Rutkowski of The Step Back joins the program to look at the various storylines we'd expected inCavaliers vs. Warriors Part 3 or LeBron James vs. Spurs Part 4: James chasing Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant in number of rings, Kevin Durant battling James in the Finals again, Golden State attempting to rebound from blowing a 3-1 lead, Steph Curry attempting to have a better Finals, andthe Spurs proving they could win a championship without Tim Duncan. We also look at storylines involving the Rockets (redemption for James Harden and Mike D'Antoni), the Raptors (Canada's team and the friendship of Kyle Lowry and Demar DeRozan), the Clippers (from loved to hated to loved?), the Jazz and Celtic...

41 MIN2017 JAN 31
Comments
Day-to-Day: Best potential NBA Finals stories

Weekend Review: NBA Draft prospects, surging Wizards, parity and faster games

Miss this week’s episodes of The Step Back’s Day-to-Day NBA podcast? Catch up with the Weekend Review a compilation of what we talked about during the week. It’s idealfor weekend listening. This week we looked at 2017 NBA Draft prospects, the surging Washington Wizards, parity vs. mediocrity, and if the NBA needs to speed up its games. First,host Jason Mann talks withChris Stoneabout Markelle Fultz’s athleticism and complete offensive game, Josh Jackson’s outstanding wing defense but weird shooting motion, Lonzo Ball’s incredible court vision and why he is so fun to watch, and much more. Next,Chris Barnewelljoins the program tolook at the distribution ofNBA teams in tiers in 2017, finding major changes in the number of teams between .501 and .600 winning percentagesand between .301and .400 from a seasonago. We contrast those numbers with averages for the past five years and see if we find any patterns. Then,Jen Julie SmithofWizOfAwes.comjoins the show to talk what explains the...

124 MIN2017 JAN 29
Comments
Weekend Review: NBA Draft prospects, surging Wizards, parity and faster games

Day-to-Day: Melo trade rumors and bad D in the East

We discuss the seemingly realistic possibility of Carmelo Anthony being traded by the New York Knicks and the top three Eastern Conference teams being subpar on defense in the latest episode of The Step Back's Day-to-Day NBA Podcast, hosted by Jason Mann. Jared Dubin, host of the Locked on Knicks podcast, joins the program to talk about signals that Anthony is willing to waive his no-trade clause and that Phil Jackson is willing to trade him, looking at the trade possibilitieswith the Los Angeles Clippers, whether the Knicks are better without Anthony no matter the return, why other rumored deals to Boston and Cleveland aren't likely, how bad the Knicks have been at trades and free agency during the Melo era, and what is Anthony's legacy in New York. We also talk about Jared'srecent piece at The Step Backabout how Boston, Cleveland and Toronto, the top three teams in the East, are struggling on defense. We discuss how much the Cavaliers really need a playmaker (as requested by LeBro...

31 MIN2017 JAN 28
Comments
Day-to-Day: Melo trade rumors and bad D in the East

Day-to-Day: What's gotten into the Wizards?

The Washington Wizards have quickly gone from what looked like another lost season to contending for the upper half of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. We examine why on the latest episode of The Step Back's Day-to-Day NBA Podcast. Jen Julie Smith ofWizOfAwes.com joins the show to talk what explains the Wizards' turnaround,how John Wall and Bradley Beal are gelling on the court, Otto Porter having a career season and sparking the team with his shooting and cutting, Kelly Oubre breaking out over the past month, what Scott Brooks is doing differently than Randy Whitman, and how Markieff Morris is fitting in. We also discusswhat was up with the all-black funeral clothing vs. the Boston Celtics and what the Wizards' needs might be before the trade deadline.

26 MIN2017 JAN 27
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Day-to-Day: What's gotten into the Wizards?
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