December 21, 2020 - Michael Pina on Anthony Davis, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard

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The NBA season starts Tuesday, and Monday provided plenty of action, as the last set of rookie contract extensions dominated the news. Of course, the Lakers took care of that on Sunday, with Kyle Kuzma re-upping for three years and $40 million. We start the show talking about the deal, and why it was supremely sensible for all parties involved.

Everyone wins, here.

Next, SI's Michael Pina, who did some of the best writing around the action in the playoff bubble, joins to talk about Anthony Davis and expectations for him this season. Is an MVP a realistic possibility? How about the Clippers? Are they a real challenger to the Lakers? He thinks so, and also makes a compelling argument for Kawhi Leonard as the best player in the NBA, entering a season tailored to him winning an MVP.

Finally, we cap off that conversation with speculation on where James Harden might land.

Andy and Brian wrap the show reacting to Michael's choice of the Clippers to win a title. If it's not the Lakers, they're one of two teams (Milwaukee being the other) with what seems to be the best shot as we kick things off this year.

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