By Joel C Cordes

Editor in Chief, TBW co-Founder and Co-host of 'Basketball by Association' on TBW. Former Bleacher Report’s NBA Associate Editor (2012-17). Previously served in key B/r NBA columnist, video host and writer training posts (2009-12). Former high school history teacher, basketball coach and play-by-play broadcaster; NBA podcast host, locker room reporter (Minnesota Timberwolves, Vikings, Twins, Wild) and radio host/producer. Former Managing Editor of TravelPulse.com. Appears on NBA radio shows and podcasts across the U.S.

BbA 14: Young NBA Players Facing Career Crossroads

Many players struggle just to carve out an NBA career during their first season or two. However, once establishing themselves, they unlock new pathways and opportunities depending on their talent and production. Whether it’s earning a max contract, a greater role or even just proving to be a “winning” player, life comes fast before earning…

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BbA 11: What We Still Want from ‘The Last Dance’

In this 11th episode of TBW’s Basketball by Association podcast, Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes are joined by Brandon Jefferson to break down what they still want from ESPN’s landmark documentary The Last Dance’. Fueled by Brandon’s “The Last Dance Roundtable: Episodes 1-4”, the guys first discuss what has gone so well already for the retelling of the…

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BbA 10: Favorite Centers of the 90s; Meet Bob Bajek

In this 10th episode of TBW’s Basketball by Association podcast, Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes are joined by Bob Bajek to reminisce about their favorite paint patrollers of the 1990s. Inspired by Bob’s “The NBA I Grew Up Watching: When Centers Ruled the League”, they look back on why they loved (or hated) luminaries…

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BbA 9: Navigating NBA Draft Bias with Adam Spinella

In this ninth episode of TBW’s Basketball by Association podcast, Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes are joined by bballwriters.com‘s Adam Spinella to examine how much bias plays a part in scouting players prior to the 2020 NBA Draft. Centered around Adam’s “2020 NBA Draft: On Bias, Tyrese Maxey & Evaluating Shooting”, we discuss how…

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BbA 8: Re-Examining Stephon Marbury’s Career; Meet Sid Mohapatra

In this eighth episode of the Basketball by Association podcast, Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes are joined by TBW’s Sid Mohapatra to re-assess Stephon Marbury’s career through a less negative light than it’s typically been viewed in. Centered around Sid’s fantastic “The NBA I Grew Up Watching: Stephon Marbury, the Mercurial Superstar”, we look…

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BBA 6: The Bright Future of Women’s Basketball; Meet Huw Hopkins

In this sixth episode of the Basketball by Association podcast, Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes are joined by TBW’s Huw Hopkins to outline the upward trajectory of the WNBA and global women’s leagues, as well as the opportunities and hurdles that lie ahead. Centered around Huw’s fantastic “Meet a Few of the Many Women Creating a Basketball Renaissance”…

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BbA: Are Little Point Guards Endangered Today?; Meet Dan O’Brien

In this fifth episode of the Basketball by Association podcast, Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes are joined by TBW’s Dan O’Brien to discuss their favorite “short” point guards from the past and present. Framed around Dan’s entertaining article “The NBA I Grew Up Watching: The Undersized Underdogs”, the guys reminisce about luminaries like Kevin…

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