Episode 22 – Gregg Popovich vs Pat Riley

We compare 2 all time great coaches in this one for the very first G.O.A.T. coach ‘sode.  Pop is widely considered the greatest coach of the last decade, but is that justified?  Has he really ever had a team that wasn’t really good to great? Riley definitely did more with less, but is the fact that we never got to see Pop in that situation going to hurt him?  Do we talk about how much hatred we have for Pat Riley for faxing in his resignation and now being the architect for the Heat?  You know we do!  It’s all about the X’s and O’s on this episode of The G.O.A.T.!

Episode 21 – Dwyane Wade vs Jerry West

In ‘sode 21 we compare the (mostly) consensus 3rd and 4th best 2s of all time.  This one was tough, even though we had people from both generations say it was a no brainer, maybe biased towards the icon of their time? We try and dissect this one without generational bias, considering The Logo was well ahead of his time in terms of modern guard play.  Who did we choose?  Find out in this episode of The G.O.A.T.!

Episode 20 – Grant Hill vs Penny Hardaway

In this ‘what could have been’ ‘sode, we discuss 2 ballers that had injury plagued careers, and if not for those injuries could have been once in a generation type players.  Also we talk about puppets, err marionettes, and if they’re the same thing?  Is Lil’ Penny the G.P.O.A.T.?  We discuss that very important topic and much more on the 20th episode of The G.O.A.T.!

Episode 19 – Dominique Wilkins vs George Gervin

In this ‘sode, we do possibly our most difficult comparison to date.  Although these guys had different styles, they were both cursed with a severe lack of help – which might have lead to great personal statistics, but never led to rings.  One was an ABA killer, and one was a Human Highlight Reel.   There are some eerily similar statistics in this one – and the deliberation was anything but easy.   Find out who we chose and more on this episode of The G.O.A.T.!

Episode 18 – Allan Houston vs John Starks

In this second Knicks ‘sode, we’re once again joined by James Marceda of Locked on Knicks as we break down two of the most polarizing players in Knicks history.  Fans of the show know that we talk about #3 an awful lot…and usually not in the most endearing light.  #20 had a good run with the franchise, and then crippled them for years by not being healthy after signing a massive deal.   Will John’s two way ability overcome Allan’s marksmanship?  Will 2-18 haunt us so much that nothing else will matter?  Find out all of this and more on todays Knicks-y episode of The G.O.A.T.!

Episode 17 – Chauncey Billups vs Gilbert Arenas

In the 17th ‘sode we discuss 2 polar opposite floor generals.  One was the most exciting player in the gym regardless of who else was there.  The other was the consummate professional, always making his teammates better and winning a finals MVP in the process.  Was it just a matter of circumstance?  If Gilbert was on that Pistons team, would they have still won a championship?  Would they have been a dynasty?  Did Gilberts inability to control himself mean he could never achieve what Chauncey did?  We talk about all of that and much more on this episode of The G.O.A.T.!

Episode 16 – OKC3 vs Run TMC

In this ‘sode we deviate again from the classic player vs. player matchup to compare 2 of the most dynamic trios in basketball history.  Both were relatively short lived, but not short on their ability to light up the scoreboard.   One was OKC (and no we’re not talking about the current Thunder ‘big’ 3), before The Beard became what we know him to be today, and before Westbrook was putting up Big O numbers.  The Warriors on the other hand had a prime Chris Mullin, and  two young dynamic scorers by his side.  Spoiler alert, this episode isn’t about defense.  It’s a highly offensive episode of The G.O.A.T.!

Episode 15 – Joe Dumars vs Paul Pierce

In ‘sode 15 we compare the least bad of the bad boys to the most fugazi of the Celtics (or at least tied with KG).  Could Dumars have been a book bag guy like Pierce was?  Does Dumars getting to be in the perfect situation hurt his argument?  Is Paul Pierce actually underrated in the annals of basketball history?  We answer that, reminisce about how much we hated all the things that both of these dudes did to our favorite teams (Diego excluded), and a lot more on this episode of The G.O.A.T.!

Episode 14 – James Worthy vs Shawn Marion

We know what you’re thinking.  James Worthy is BIG GAME JAMES.  He won 3 championships and a finals MVP!!  He’s on the NBA’s 50 greatest list!  Shawn Marion was a good player sure, who also won a ring, but does he deserve mentioning alongside Worthy?  We talk about stats, defensive versatility, ability to fit in with different teams, and of course who had a better nickname.  How much does it matter that James was put in the absolute greatest situation on one of the greatest teams of all time?  Is Marion WORTHY of being compared to big game James (sorry, we had to)??  Find out what we think (spoiler, YES) and more on this ‘sode of The G.O.A.T.!

Episode 13 – John Stockton vs Karl Malone

For the first time in this lucky 13th ‘sode, we get Jazzy and debate two players who don’t play anywhere close to the same position.  In fact, they make up one of the greatest duos in NBA history, and the numbers are out of control to say the least.  We dug up every insane stat we could find, and decide what came first – the Stockton or the Malone.  Did Stockton make Malone what he was?  Did Malone make Stockton what he was?  Can someone please come up with a better nickname than ‘Stock’?  Is it even possible to say who was better?  Well…the answer is yes.   We divulge that answer and a whole lot more on this killin’ (get it, jazz nerds?) episode of The G.O.A.T.!