“I’m Not Sure Ernie Grunfeld Can Read” Feat. Deadspin’s Albert Burneko

The guys welcome Deadspin’s Albert Burneko to the pod following a loss to the Heat to discuss the roots of his Washington Wizards fandom, the final shreds of optimism left in the season, best outcomes for this year, if John Wall is sticking around after this contract is up, Ben’s Chili Bowl, thoughts on Westworld and how much Ernie Grunfeld sucks.

Later the guys get into how CT embarrassed himself in front of another guest, ZardCast joining ABPN’s A Team, losing to Miami even with big performances from Wall and Bradley Beal, This Week in John Wall and his career 52-point night in a loss to the Magic, a win over the Denver Nuggets, a career night from Kelly Oubre against the Milwaukee Bucks, the next four games on the schedule. They close the show out with Pop Culture Detour and how everyone involved with the Washington Wizards organization has never seen Star Wars.

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It Might Be Ok, Wiz Cut Down Nets, Can’t Close Against Spurs and Thunder, Westworld Finale Recap

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Gary convene following a Wizards win over the Brooklyn Nets on the road. The guys start out by discussing ideas for a new podcast for whenever the season bottoms out – ideas they formulated while the Wizards were losing to the Nets. Later they get into tight losses to the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs, and how important the next few weeks are for turning the season around against Eastern Conference competition. Gary also brings up his gripes with NBA League Pass and the guys ponder if it’s incompetence, indifference or something slightly more sinister. The last 20 minutes or so is a full recap of the Westworld season finale (All the spoilers, FYI) and hype for The Young Pope.

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Back From Thanksgiving, Wiz Go 4-2, “All You Need Is Love And A Cat”

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Gary convene following a Thanksgiving break to discuss all of the Wizards action over the last week-plus, including wins over the Knicks, Suns, Magic and Kings, as well as losses to the Heat and Spurs. Plus, looking ahead to the next three games, Gary takes umbrage with how NBA teams take last second shots to avoid playing defense, what the guys did over Thanksgiving, Ian Mahinmi’s return, Brad Beal dropping 30 multiple times, Russell Westbrook averaging a triple double, This Week in John Wall and Pop Culture Detour.

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Stinking It Up Against The Sixers, Big Four Game Stretch Upcoming, TAI’s Adam McGinnis

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Gary convene following a brutal loss to the 76ers along with Truth About It’s Adam McGinnis to sort through the wreckage and evaluate the Wizards 10 games into the season. Plus, the guys discuss Ted Leonsis needling the fans, bright spots on this team, various other rants and complaints, and a big four game stretch against the Knicks, Heat, Suns and Magic upcoming.

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Same Old Frown and Poop

Today on ZardCast, the CT, Dave and Gary convene following a loss to the Houston Rockets, and ask, is it possible this team is worse than last year’s? They examine, show their work and try to pull out some positives. Plus, the guys decide 76er trade options are more interesting than the Wiz, at least for a bit, they look back on a win over Atlanta and a loss against Orlando, discuss a harrowing lizard vs. snake clip from Planet Earth II and what they’ll talk about on the show should the Wizards go belly up.

Wading Through the Wizards 0-3 Start, Almighty Ballin’s Chris Axmann on Washington and the Early NBA Season

Today on ZardCast, CT and Dave are joined by Almighty Ballin’s Chris Axmann following the Washington Wizards loss to the Toronto Raptors. The guys sort through the game, the 0-3 start and Axmann’s thoughts on the Zards at this very young point in the season. Plus, Axmann shares his concerns for Russell Westbrook’s health, why he can’t wait for a Chicago Bulls shooting slump, if this is the year his Mavericks finally miss the playoffs and that time his dog KD foreshadowed a big move by Kevin Durant. Later, CT and Dave revisit the overtime loss to Memphis, discuss John Wall’s first solid game of the year and his interview with Andrew Sharp, and look ahead to a tough slate of games.

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Wizards Are Back, Joel EmBEEF with Jake Whitacre, Goodbye to the Old Apartment

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Gary convene following a Washington Wizards loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the season opener. Bullets Forever boss Jake Whitacre joins the show later to discuss taking L’s online, what went wrong against Atlanta, if he still believes the Wizards are just “fine” and the stewing beef between him and Gary. Plus, the guys look ahead to the next week of Wiz action, and CT and Dave are moving out of their apartment. They say goodbye to their apartment and an old couch.

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Welcome to ZardCast: Previewing the 2016-17 Washington Wizards

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Gary gather for the first show of the season to preview the 2016-17 Washington Wizards.

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Topics discussed include:

  • The guys return from a long, hot offseason
  • Wizards were perfectly average last year at 41-41, had a very active offseason. The guys give their 30,000 foot views on the team
  • Randy Wittman was sacked, Scott Brooks is the new boss in D.C.
  • Early takes on Brooks’ suit game
  • John Wall has surgery on both knees during the offseason. Had the best statistical year of his career, but also had to carry the team for a lot of last season
  • Dave is no longer friends with Wall, he’s now closer with Bradley Beal
  • Wall was not efficient, true shooting percent last year was garbage. He can be better if his teammates are better. Gary makes a good LeBron James-Miami-Big Three comparison
  • Wall was roasting people on Twitter over the Cowboy jersey flap, Dave is terrified of being owned online
  • The guys revisit the “John Wall and Bradley Beal aren’t the best of friends” story from the summer
  • Gary thinks Wall shouldn’t have used the word sidekick
  • The Wizards signed Beal to the max, the weight of the franchise’s imminent future is kind of on his shoulders
  • Dave thinks the Beal injury talk is a little overstated, Gary wishes he wasn’t quite a max player so he could avoid some of the flack that comes with that
  • What’s the outlook for Otto Porter? What’s free agent Porter look like? He came on really strong after the All Star break, but he was also very much a one half player
  • There’s talk of Porter playing more power forward, opens the door to a lot of interesting lineups. We’ve been seeing Markieff Morris at center, too
  • Ian Mahinmi is the Wizards big free agent signing, but he’s out for the first 4-6 weeks of the season with a meniscus tear. Whenever he returns, he will be a big boost off the bench
  • Tomas Satoransky finally joins the Wizards, looks good, very intriguing addition to the team
  • The guys think Marcin Gortat will have a spring in his step with Wittman gone. Those two constantly clashed
  • Why do people hate on Gortat so much?
  • If Beal can stay healthy, it will be helpful for everyone’s offensive game, including Gortat’s
  • Markieff Morris is the team’s draft pick. Everyone is excited to have him after a preseason with squad. Also nice to have a legit power forward. Haven’t had one in recent years. Got lost in last year’s attempt to make the playoffs
  • Kelly Oubre is set to become a factor on this team. Dave likes his defense and that he’s learning not to jack up a bunch of shots
  • Though the guys didn’t know who Andrew Nicholson when he was signed, they now they feel like he could be a useful backup to Morris. Gary isn’t confident in him, thinks he’ll have minimal impact
  • Nobody likes Trey Burke
  • Marcus Thornton didn’t even make the note sheet
  • We’re going to see a lot of Jason Smith with Mahinmi out
  • The Vegas win total is 42.5 – What’s everything think?
  • Wizards have a tough 8 games to start the season
  • Predicting end of season awards, Dave is still haunted by his selections last season
  • Gary gushes about Joel Embiid
  • Other thoughts on the Eastern Conference

Free Agency Pod: No Seat at the KD Table, Ian Mahinmi Signs, #NicholasAnderson, A Lot of Wallowing

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Duncan discuss the ups and mostly downs of Washington Wizards free agency, including not getting a shot at Kevin Durant, just missing out on Al Horford, settling for plan-D in Ian Mahinmi, not knowing who Andrew Nicholson is (#NicholasAnderson), Jason Smith looking like the generic white player in NBA 2K and much more.

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Topics discussed include:

  • The guys are back to talk free agency
  • Big announcement: ZardCast will now be known as GoldCast, covering the guys’ new favorite team the Golden State Warriors
  • What mundane thing were you doing when Kevin Durant announced his decision
  • The Wizards don’t get a meeting with Durant, when did the dream actually die? Was it ever realistic?
  • Washington had a damn good shot at nabbing Al Horford, it hurts that he chose Boston a.k.a. EnTitled Town
  • Reactions to Durant going to Golden State: Dave is pumped to watch, Duncan is disappointed because he believes there will be fewer intriguing NBA games on the schedule this year
  • Ernie Grunfeld had to spend his money on a Plan D, paying $64 million for Ian Mahinmi to play backup center
  • Acquiring Mahimni and Jason Smith has fired up Marcin Gortat trade talks. Those will probably loom all the way to the trade deadline
  • Who’s Andrew Nicholson? None of the guys knew at first glance. Duncan is a Sporkle quiz champion and has never heard of Nicholson. Dave plays a lot of NBA 2K and also never heard of him
  • The Utah Jazz trade Trey Burke to the Wizards for a 14-year-old. It’s kind of interesting?
  • Tomas Satoransky also provided some drama with initial reports saying he might not leave Barcelona
  • It’s not a good thing when you’re adding more Orlando Magic players
  • Jason Smith looks like the generic, NBA2K white player
  • The guys take a look at the rest of the Eastern Conference and their big moves in free agency
  • “We’re on a sinking ship talking about how there aren’t sharks in the water”
  • Retiring Alan Anderson and Gary Neal’s sounds, adding an Ian Mahimni drop
  • Dave’s proud of Dwayne Wade for spurning Pat Riley and going to Chicago, dramatically reads Riley’s drunken text
  • Dwight Howard to the Hawks, Dave wants to trade for Paul Millsap
  • Bulls, Knicks, Grizzlies and Mavericks talk
  • Duncan gets 76 seconds to talk about the Philadelphia 76ers, the excitement around Ben Simmons, and finally seeing Joel Embiid play
  • Durant to should be booed every time he comes to D.C.
  • Pop Culture Detour: O.J. Made in America, Pokemon Go

Wizards Postmortem Podcast

Today on ZardCast, the guys convene following the end of a disappointing season and on the heels of the news that head coach Randy Wittman will not return next year. The pod dives into all manners of dysfunction with the Wizards, running through potential coaching candidates, collectively shaking their heads over the retention of Ernie Grunfeld and defending John Wall.

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