On The Ball with Ric Bucher
The Officiating in the Lakers-Warriors Series
Ric discusses the controversy over how the playoff series between the Lakers and Warriors is being officiated.
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What Team USA Told Us about the NBA28:53Ric discusses why Team USA finished fourth in the recent FIBA World Cup and the ongoing campaign to elevate LeBron James above Michael Jordan.
The Player Team USA Needs Most30:56Ric discusses the vast difference between NBA and FIBA competition, the challenge directors Grant Hill and Sean Ford faced building the current US team competing in the 2023 FIBA World Cup and the one player he'd like to see on the 2024 Olympic squad.
Noah Lyles Was Right31:28Ric discusses the performance of Team USA in the FIBA World Cup and US sprinter Noah Lyles questioning the validity of NBA champions being referred to as world champions.
James Harden Should Be Mad34:21Ric discusses why James Harden called Philadelphia 76ers president Daryl Morey a liar and has demanded a trade, as well as perspective on the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback situation.
The Kumbaya of Draymond Green and Chris Paul32:15Ric explains why Draymond Green and Chris Paul will be successful as teammates for the Golden State Warriors, why he's not impressed with Aaron Rodgers as a New York Jet and the real reason behind the US women's national team failed to win a third World Cup.
Joel Embiid: Troll or Champion?22:34Ric discusses recent comments by reigning MVP Joel Embiid on where he hopes to win a championship and Tracy McGrady comparing himself to the late Kobe Bryant.
Why the Warriors Chose Draymond Over Jordan25:47Draymond Green punched teammate Jordan Poole in a practice last October. The Golden State Warriors decided this summer to re-sign Green and trade Poole. Ric explains why.
Wemby Comes To America25:36Ric discusses the NBA summer-league debut of No. 1 pick Victor Wembanyama.
The Clock is Now Ticking for Giannis29:44Ric discusses the state of American basketball development and the implications of Giannis Antetokounmpo's offseason knee surgery.