Basketball podcasts to check out during the coronavirus shutdown

There is always plenty to talk about in the world of English basketball.

Rising stars, veteran trophy hunters, NBL, BBL, national teams - hopes and dreams, pride and passion, frustration and sacrifice.

Basketball England is joining the conversation via a new platform after launching the podcast 'Timeout'.

We have already chatted with Myercough College's young coach Neal Hopkins, experienced beyond his years; former Leicester Riders media maestro Joe Pinchin on his journey to the Chicago Bulls; and Ipswich youngster Harriet Welham, already thinking about how she can help the next generation.

You can listen to them here and via iTunes and Spotify - tell us who you would like to hear in future episodes on our social media channels.

There are plenty of passionate UK podcasters spreading the word about our game.

Here are a handful for your listening - tell us if we've missed any gems!

TUBPodcast

Around since 2012 via various guises (such as FBBL and Sixth Man), The Undersized Basketball stable focuses on the BBL, WBBL and national teams with its Below The Rim pod, featuring lively in-house chat and guests aplenty with presenter Pablo.

Listen here

FocusHoops

Darren Paul wears many hats - he has a hand in Splitfocussports.com and FocusHoops.com and isĀ producer for a variety of pods - including the UK-focused, interview-based Focus Hoops.

Listen here

Hoopsfix Podcast

Via the sister podcast to the respected Hoopsfix website, Sam Neter - 'British Basketball Advocate, Blogger and Thinker' - has chatted to the great and the good of of the UK scene for more than 50 episodes meaning there's a ton of material to delve into in the Hoopsfix library.

Listen hereĀ 

MVP Cast

Presented by long-time Brit sports journalist Mark Woods via his MVP website, this pod features short(ish) chats and is, in his own words 'your regular basketball podcast, covering the game in the UK and elsewhere, with interviews and in-depth conversation'. Stand-in GB head coach Marc Steutel is the latest interviewee.

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Brand161Mcr

From short post-match chats with Manchester's Magic, Mystics and Giants players and Great Britain's men and women, to long-form 'One On One' interviews with the likes of LA Lakers coach and former Giants star Phil Handy and GB guard Georgia Jones. The enthusiastic Adam Masters is master of ceremonies for the YouTube-hosted talking shop.

Listen here

Makem Takem

Mark Mills and Chris Mayes tackle the British basketball questions of the week - BBL, NBL, national teams and more - every week. Reasoned observations and almost 70 episodes.

Listen here

Double Clutch

These NBA obsessives describe themselves as 'a UK-based podcast covering all the goings-on in the National Basketball Association. Home of #NBAintheUK'. Partner pod to the Double Clutch website, they have been doing their thing on the world's greatest league since 2012.

Listen here

Grit N Grime

Another NBA basketball podcast 'as told from a UK perspective'. On the mic are @sagoe_david @northernnerd @abarri_ @thomasarnal @iam_ayo.

Listen here

Got any favourites we've missed? Tweet @bballengland.

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