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Our friend and fellow Bloguin writer Philip Rossman-Reich, who does great work over at Orlando Magic Daily and Crossover Chronicles, joined James and myself to talk about his experience at the Orlando Summer League, and what he thinks of the Magic's offseason moves.

*Note* We recorded before the Magic signed Luke Ridnour, so forgive us for not seeing the future.

We talk extensively about the Orlando Summer League, and Philip shared an unique perspective having been amongst the teams, players, scouts, and other writers. If you've ever wondered how things go on in the Summer League (specifically one that is closed to the public) this is the podcast for you.

It was great to have Philip back on, and for those who missed his first appearance on the podcast, here is a link (if you're a Magic fan, you'll want to check it out). And as always, the estimated time stamps are listed below, for you listening pleasure.

  • What we think of the Aaron Gordon selection - 5:00
  • Orlando Summer League - 11:00
  • Nerlens Noel's SL performance - 12:50
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's SL performance - 14:00
  • Marcus Smart's SL performance - 15:20
  • James Ennis' strong performances, and his chances of making a roster - 24:40
  • James does a little word association with Philip on different players - 26:00
  • Orlando's offseason moves - 46:30
  • Arron Afflalo trade - 47:20
  • Channing Frye's contract - 52:20
  • Ben Gordon's contract *shudders* - 57:00

And remember folks, if you like what you hear subscribe on iTunes and follow us on Podbean. Last week's episode had over 2,200 hits, shattering our previous record. Whether you are a first time listener or tune in every week, we sincerely thank you.

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Jul 6th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 7:46 am

In the latest edition of The Lottery Mafia podcast, James and Nick were reunited for the first time in weeks, and were joined by Amar of SLC Dunk, the SB Nation blog for the Utah Jazz. The three discussed a number of hot topics (but not hot takes) surrounding the Jazz this summer, and as always they are listed below with their estimated time stamps:

  • Quin Snyder's Hiring - 4:00
  • Gordon Hayward's Restricted Free Agency - 18:00 
  • Dante Exum and Trey Burke's partnership - 38:00
  • Enes Kanter/Derrick Favors (are they the future frontcourt?) - 49:00
  • Alec Burks improvement last season - 1:00:00
  • Rudy Gorbert's potential - 1:04:00

It's a long podcast but a good one. We'd like to thank Amar for joining, and we thank you for listening. If you like what you hear, subscribe on iTunes and/or follow us on Podbean.

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Jun 23rd, 2014 by lotterymafia at 9:32 pm

The draft Thursday. 60 picks will be made. Being the The Lottery Mafia, we picked the first 14. Editor Aaron Fischman and writer Joe Atmonavage joined Nick Denning for a mock draft addition of TLM Podcast. The three of us rotated through each pick, justifying it no matter how far-fetched it sounded. Below are estimated time stamps for each pick, so if you're curious which player we dropped on your favorite team, you'll know where to jump to. Or, if you're a real NBA fan (or have an hour to kill) you'll listen to the whole thing.

*Spoiler Alert* Dario Saric was picked at some point in the mock draft. Of course, Saric waited about 12 hours after we recorded to sign a three year deal with Anadolu Efes in Turkey and pull out of the NBA Draft. Oh Dario, we could've been somebody.

Anyways, listen, enjoy, comment, critique. Subscribe on iTunes and follow us on Podbean. As always, thank you for listen. You rock.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  1. Cleveland - 3:00
  2. Milwaukee - 6:30
  3. Philadelphia - 8:30
  4. Orlando - 12:30
  5. Utah - 19:00
  6. Boston - 21:30
  7. Los Angeles - 28:30
  8. Sacramento - 36:00
  9. Charlotte - 40:30
  10. Philadelphia - 44:20
  11. Denver - 47:00 (This is purely a guess)
  12. Orland0 - 53:30
  13. Minnesota - 56:15
  14. Phoenix - 1:00:00
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Jun 17th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 8:32 am

James Plowright is joined by Kris Habbis of NBA Draft Insiders to discuss the 2014 NBA Draft. Among the topics cover:

  • Marcus Smart
  • Late Lottery Shooting Guards
  • International prospects
  • Adreian Payne, can he get into lottery
  • Second round sleepers
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Jun 6th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 8:02 am

The Sacramento Kings have a lot of questions heading into the offseason. To help answer them, we had Aaron Fischman, our new lead editor, join us. Along with his work for The Lottery Mafia, Aaron works as an editor for ESPN True Hoop Network's Cowbell Kingdom and Clippers Blog. We cover plenty of Kings related topics this week, and below as always are the estimated time stamps:

  • Mike Malone's job performance - 4:30
  • Rudy Gay (does he opt in, how successful was the trade) - 10:15
  • Derrick Williams (what went wrong, and what's his future) - 20:00
  • Ben McLemore (his rookie season, and how he can improve for next year) - 28:00
  • Isaiah Thomas (His restricted free agency, his potential as a "pizza guy") - 35:20
  • Ray McCallum (his potential w/ team, how long they coveted him out of school) - 43:00
  • 2014 NBA Draft (who do they take) - 52:30

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May 30th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 2:01 pm

The Celtics find themselves in unfamiliar territory — the lottery. To find out how Boston fans are reacting, John Karalis of joined us to speak for all Celtics fans (not really).

Of the topics covered (time stamps estimated):

  • Brad Stevens (his job this year, and how he fits long term) - 3:40
  • Rondo’s future - 18:15
  • Avery Bradley - 27:30
  • Kelly Olynyk - 37:40
  • Jared Sullinger - 43:45
  • Chris Johnson and Phil Pressey - 47:00
  • 2014 NBA Draft - 53:20

A lot is talked about in between, but those are the main points. I had more written down, but my notes are completely unreadable. The podcast however, is brilliant, all thanks to John’s A+ analysis. We thank him for coming on, and we thank you for listening. Enjoy your weekend people.

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May 18th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 12:23 am

With the combine going on this week and the draft about a month away, we brought back Ed Isaacson of NBA Draft Blog to give his take on what he saw at the NBA combine, while also picking his brain about a few draft prospects.

Here are the list of topics, with estimated time stamps:

  • This draft vs. recent ones (2:00)
  • General thoughts on the combine (7:00)
  • Dante Exum (12:40)
  • Julius Randle (16:00)
  • Nick Johnson vs. Garry Harris (22:40)
  • PJ Hairston (29:00)
  • Jordan Adams (32:20)
  • Ed's under the radar draft picks (37:00)
  • Quick thoughts on T.J. Warren (51:00)

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May 13th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 7:43 am

Carter Rodriguez is back on the podcast as we discuss Mike Brown's second firing from the Cavaliers. There's some speculation as to who could replace him, who shouldn't replace him, and what its going to take to get Cleveland headed in the right direction.

From that point, we discuss the Chicago Draft Combine and why it's good Wiggins, Parker, and Embidd aren't attending, and why it's good Exum is. And as a final note, we briefly discuss the two remaining lottery teams of last year (Portland and Washington) and their slim playoff chances going forward (thank you Portland for staying alive).

As always, subscribe on iTunes and follow us on Podbean. Have a wonderful Tuesday.

Time Stamps (estimated):

  • Mike Brown/Cavs talk (up until the 30:00 minute mark)
  • Draft Combine (31:00)
  • Blazers/Wizards Playoff talk (40:00)
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May 8th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 10:15 am

This week James solo hosts, luckily for him (and the listeners) he wasn’t alone, Tom Pruitt of Bullets Forever joined him to talk about the Washington Wizards season and their playoff series. James and Tom touched on a number of interesting topics, even the legendary Adam Morrison managed to crop up at some point, how? We’re not quite sure…

This week’s conversation topics were as follows:

- The Wizards play-off run so far.
- Beal & Wall’s development, are they the best young backcourt in the league?
- Randy Wittman’s job this season.
- Trevor Ariza’s free agency.
- The Wizard’s strong veteran bench.
- Drew Gooden’s emergence as a key contributor.
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Apr 28th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 3:53 pm

James and Nick talk playoff basketball, specifically looking at the success Portland, Washington, Toronto, and Dallas have had thus far. We'd love to talk about the Bobcats success but well...what a great regular season they had!

The two also relive the preseason predictions we got wrong (in hindsight, maybe Earl Clark wasn't the best signing for Cleveland), take our shots at Donald Sterling, and James goes on a rant to defend Randy Wittman. Quick summarization, all of you are haters.

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