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BJ Armstrong has done it all in the world of basketball. From starting point guard on Michael Jordan's first three championship teams to front office executive, and now NBA agent with Wasserman. Each Friday on the Pure Hoops Podcast, BJ will be joined by co-host Eric Newman for an insider's perspective on every major issue that hoop fans care about.
 
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Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Sekou Smith of NBA.com. They look at the loaded Western Conference and the ceiling for the rehabbing Warriors. Plus, why Indiana may have won the offseason coaching lottery and how Fred VanVleet may upend the Eastern Conference power structure.
 
Eric Newman, BJ Armstrong and Howard Beck discuss whether the Heat have an answer for the Lakers. Plus, offseason priorities for both teams and whether LeBron James can catch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the scoring title and Michael Jordan for the 6th ring. All that and how the heck did the NBA pull off the bubble?…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by LA Times Lakers beat writer Tania Ganguli to discuss whether the Heat can challenge the Lakers and the surprising number of years she thinks LeBron James has left. Plus, Eric and BJ discuss the legendary Pat Riley, the strange Doc Rivers firing, what it mean for Philadelphia and the strange night when BJ's…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Ethan Skolnick, founder and CEO of Five Reason Sports. They discuss Miami Heat culture and why the bubble was a perfect set up for the team. Plus, why Jimmy Butler makes every team he plays on better, Bam Adebayo on the verge of a breakthrough and of course Herro ball. And lastly (44:20), four teams that w…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Chris Marlowe, the voice of the Denver Nuggets on Altitude TV. They discuss what makes Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray a special tandem, why Michael Porter Jr. is 'a Maserati in the garage', and who guards LeBron James in the Western Conference Finals.
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Celtics radio voice Sean Grande to break down the coaching X's and O's heading into Game 7, why Jayson Tatum needs to show more fire and why Jimmy Butler presents major problems for whichever team advances. Plus, BJ and Eric discuss how Miami dismantled Milwaukee and what the Bucks need to do to advance fu…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times. They discuss the late game impact of Kawhi Leonard and the deals the last two years that brought in Marcus Morris, Sr. and Ivica Zubac. Plus, is LA ready for a Clippers-Lakers showdown and what would be a Laker fan’s worst nightmare?…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Chris Mannix. They discuss the abrupt halt to the NBA Playoffs, why Adam Silver's absence from the bubble may be a problem and what players want to happen next.
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong with first impressions of the Playoffs. Why Jayson Tatum is BJ's MVP for NEXT season, and how the pre-Draft trade that put him in Celtics green can make or break a franchise. Plus, how everyone missed on Donovan Mitchell, what the Lakers need to do fend off the Blazers and insights on all eight Playoff series.…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by ESPN analyst Tim Legler. They discuss Western Conference teams the Lakers and Clippers should fear, plus what we'll be saying in a decade about Luka Doncic, the Raptors' take-no-prisoners attitude and how the role of shooters has changed since BJ and Tim played.…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Ryan Wolstat of The Toronto Sun. They discuss the Raptors’ strong play in the bubble, the amazing rise of Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam’s rise to stardom. Plus, who can derail Toronto’s championship defense, TJ Warren saving the Pacers’ season and the Sixers’ prognosis without Ben Simmons - it might not …
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are fired up for the return of the game. BJ has a bold prediction for next year’s MVP, and the guys discuss why the champion might not be from LA or Milwaukee. Plus, how do the Pelicans use Zion Williamson - win now or focus on the future. And what BJ doesn’t want to hear on NBA telecasts.…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. They discuss the return of Russell Westbrook to the bubble, how the Rockets intend to go even faster on-court and whether that style will hold up in the Playoffs. Plus, revisiting an overlooked Hall of Famer and BJ reflects on an unusual scrimmage he ran with the B…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by USA Today's Mark Medina, who's still in quarantine in the NBA bubble in Orlando. They discuss the technology the NBA is using, and with the games less than two weeks away, they discuss LeBron without two of his running mates and what to make of the 76ers.
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Antonio Davis for a discussion on what it was like to face bangers like Charles Oakley, dominant bigs like Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon plus the next generation of skilled bigs like Chris Webber. Plus, the legendary battles between the Pacers and Knicks and the role of players as leaders in getting th…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong welcome Celtics great Cedric Maxwell to the show. They discuss everything from the racism Maxwell experienced growing up in the south to his “that white boy can play” reaction the first time he guarded Larry Bird in practice. Plus a look back at what might have been the greatest playoff series in NBA history - the 1981 …
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Bleacher Report Senior NBA Writer Howard Beck. They discuss the plan to re-start the NBA season in a bubble in Orlando. Plus a look back at the 2002 Lakers-Blazers Western Conference Final, how it launched the Shaq-Kobe-Phil Threepeat and the dynasty that could have been in Portland.…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong discuss episodes 7 & 8 of The Last Dance, including BJ's starring role in Game 2 of the 1998 Eastern Conference Semis. They look at the emotional cost of winning, Michael Jordan's defensive dominance and the battles with Patrick Ewing and the Knicks.
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong discuss the circumstances surrounding Michael Jordan's retirement in 1993 and his subsequent return 18 months later. BJ remembers losing a one-on-one game to Jordan in street shoes and the bold move by Jerry Reinsdorf that opened the door to Jordan's return.
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by BJ's former teammate Will Perdue. In Part 2 of the interview, they discuss Will's departure for San Antonio, comparing the winning culture in both cities and how Phil Jackson's relationships with players were strictly professional. Plus BJ on the dirty work that goes into building a championship team.…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong will be showcasing the best rivalries of the last 40 years. On this episode, former player, coach and GM Dave Wohl joins the guys to discuss everything from Dr. J, Bird, Magic and the Bad Boys up to the reasons why rivalries aren't so intense now.
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Bob Delaney, who in addition to being a former NBA referee also worked as a New Jersey State trooper and infiltrated the mob as an undercover agent. He speaks to groups about PTSD and has a unique perspective on the challenges facing the country (4:00) and the sports world (15:10). He also shares classic s…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong discuss Milwaukee's upcoming clashes with title contenders, a sneaky scary team out West, Russell Westbrook's heart, and BJ's lessons in leadership from Jerry West and Pat Riley.
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are wowed by Jayson Tatum's play. Plus, BJ says the Bucks need to chase 70 wins and he issues a challenge to Philly's star tandem. Also why Nikola Jokic could bust up the all-LA party in the West and why Zion Williamson is going to be a problem for teams to handle.
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Heat broadcaster Jason Jackson to talk Jimmy Butler, Pat Riley and the Heat. Plus the guys marvel at what Brooklyn has done without their two stars and look at what Golden State should do about theirs.
 
BJ Armstrong and Eric Newman talk All Star, including why the All Star Game was actually important to Michael Jordan. Plus, can the Sixers live up to expectations, and which Eastern Conference team can challenge the Bucks. Plus, what to make of Victor Oladipo's slow start.
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong discuss a busy trade deadline. Are the Clippers now the team to beat out West? Plus it's time to take the Heat seriously, the Rockets go all-in on small ball and BJ reminds us all that in words of Michael Corleone, when you get traded "it's not personal, it's strictly business."…
 
BJ Armstrong and Eric Newman discuss whether Kyrie Irving has lost his locker room, how Markelle Fultz can build on his big night vs the Lakers, what we can expect from Zion Williamson and the fun Memphis Grizzlies. Plus, a reflection on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. Eric and BJ disagree on Kemba Walker's ejection, Howard likes what Jimmy Butler is bringing to Miami and how Kyrie Irving may be a changed player when he comes back. Plus who might be making deals at the deadline.
 
BJ Armstrong and Eric Newman discuss the flawed roster in Philly and how Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have trouble working together. Plus the Thunder’s three-guard lineup is giving teams fits, what to do with Kevin Love and how did the Clips give up 272 points to the Grizz and Knicks?
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong discuss David Stern's powerful legacy and look back at the past decade. From Ray Allen's corner 3 to Kawhi Leonard's corner 3 to the night when Kobe and the Warriors went for 60 and 73. Plus Miami LeBron vs. Cleveland LeBron, Linsanity vs Isaiah Thomas and a prediction that will change the NBA in the next decade.…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong discuss best holiday movies and all the NBA action. Are the Lakers ready for the street fight the Clippers are going to bring and is Giannis ready to take over the league?
 
Kendra Andrews of The Athletic joins Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong to discuss Nikola Jokic's slow start, Will Barton's swagger and what to expect from Michael Porter, Jr. Plus the guys look at the LeBron/Doc war of words over load management and the Mavs without Luka Doncic.
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by USA Today NBA writer Mark Medina to talk expectations for the Lakers and Rockets, plus what’s wrong with the Jazz. And the guys look at Milwaukee’s unsung hero, the mess in the Garden and what to do with Kyrie Irving.
 
BJ Armstrong is joined by Gerald Brown, host of The Bottom Line Sports Show on Sirius/XM NBA Radio. The guys discuss the trade-off of revitalizing the LA market with declining national ratings. Plus Gerald says load management is nothing new and they discuss the problems plaguing the Knicks.
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong look at some of the performances of the week, including Carmelo Anthony making an impact in Portland. Plus the Lakers miss an opportunity to send a message to the young Mavs and Giannis doing freaky things as he gets set to face Kawhi and the Clips.
 
BJ Armstrong and Eric Newman break down the latest Patrick Beverley/Russell Westbrook showdown and why the Clippers are simply better than anyone else. BJ is on the Luka Doncic bandwagon, the guys break down the offseason Lakers-Pelicans trade as those teams get ready to meet, and look at the reported schedule changes the NBA is considering (spoile…
 
Eric Newman is in LA to visit BJ Armstrong and to take in Celtics-Clippers. Kawhi Leonard is a superstar and Eric's not too bummed by the loss. Plus, Luka Doncic is putting up amazing numbers, Pat Riley has a team in his image in Miami and appreciating the career of Pau Gasol.
 
Eric Newman and 3-time NBA Champion BJ Armstrong discuss the versions of LeBron James we've seen, the impact of Team USA on the Celtics' fast start, Pascal Siakam learning how to be great, Patrick Beverley vs Russell Westbrook and the recent rash of injuries.
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong look at Utah and Denver as contenders in the West. Plus whether it's time to panic in Portland and if there's any hope for the Knicks. And BJ loses it while telling a legendary story about Darryl Dawkins.
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey to discuss Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and the Sixers' need for a shooter. Plus, looking at young guards, Gordon Hayward's recovery and remembering Magic Johnson's retirement due to HIV.
 
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