The Woj Pod
Get the inside scoop on all the biggest NBA news, as the biggest names in the game join ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski for "The Woj Pod" featuring in-depth conversations, breaking news reaction and analysis, and coverage of the biggest events on the NBA calendar, as well as an occasional deep dive into some of the most notable events in NBA history.
Bobby Marks on Harden blockbuster : 1/13/21
ESPN's Front-Office Insider Bobby Marks joins a special edition of the Woj Pod to breakdown the blockbuster, four-team deal sending All-NBA guard James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets to join Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Houston's Christian Wood: 1/12/21
Houston Rockets center Christian Wood joins The Woj Pod to discuss his breakthrough season in the NBA, the chemistry with James Harden, his incredible journey as an undrafted journeyman to a big free agent contract this summer, and much more.
Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith: 1/6/21
New Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith joins The Woj Pod to discuss transforming his fandom into buying franchise, arriving along with Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert extension talks, leveraging NBA platform for social equality and charity and translating success of his tech empire into Jazz culture.
Kings GM Monte McNair: 12/22/20
Sacramento Kings GM Monte McNair joins The Woj Pod to discuss the challenges of taking over a franchise with a 14-year playoff drought, working with Vivek Randadive and Luke Walton, the craziest idea he remembers working in the Rockets front office, his Jim Harbaugh fandom and much more.
Ian Eagle: 12/17/20
Turner Sports and Brooklyn broadcaster Ian Eagle joins The Woj Pod to discuss the most anticipated Nets season in history, traveling with the 90s Nets of Derrick Coleman and Chris Morris, drinking with Bill Raftery, broadcasting in the age of COVID and much more.
Doris Burke on Giannis and Harden: 12/10/20
ESPN's Hall of Famer Doris Burke joins The Woj Pod to discuss Giannis and the suspect impact of the super max contract on keeping stars in small markets, James Harden and the Rockets, the Lakers becoming even better, and the league's future with its fans.
Blazers President Neil Olshey : 12/4/20
Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey joins The Woj Pod to discuss the importance of established players for teams in a pandemic, retooling the Blazers in free agency, the impact of Carmelo Anthony on his organization, remembering The Bubble and preparing for the chaotic possibilities of a 2020-2021 season amid a raging pandemic.
THE GIANNIS DRAFT Ep. 1: Who is Giannis?: 11/16/20
He was a Greek teen of Nigerian descent, hocking trinkets on the streets of Athens. And when he started playing basketball, few people knew what to make of Giannis Antetokounmpo. The only thing the scouts could see was that he was all arms and legs. The only thing Giannis could envision was an opportunity for his family.
THE GIANNIS DRAFT Ep. 2: Shut him down: 11/16/20
After a showcase in a coastal Italian town, the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks had seen enough. And yet, it was the Hawks' courtship that secured a promise for the franchise to believe they had an inside track on drafting Giannis. And when Giannis touched down in Atlanta prior to the draft, the organization became even more obsessed with making this Greek teen a Hawk.
THE GIANNIS DRAFT Ep. 3: And with the 15th pick: 11/16/20
From Atlanta to New York, Giannis' new American journey delivered him to the NBA draft. First, he needed to understand how it all worked. He needed a suit. He needed a Greek flag. And he needed a team. No one knew who would be selected no. 1. As the picks started to come off the board, Giannis Antetokounmpo finally wondered whether this grand plan would all come together.
ESPN's Tim MacMahon : 10/28/20
ESPN NBA reporter Tim MacMahon on Daryl Morey's move to the 76ers, Stephen Silas' hiring in Houston, James Harden's future, a new Jazz owner, what's at stake for the NBA in restarting next season before Christmas, and much more.
Lakers EVP and GM Rob Pelinka: 10/23/20
The Los Angeles Lakers Executive VP and GM Rob Pelinka on The Woj Pod: Inside the championship season, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Kobe and Gigi Bryant, Magic Johnson, chasing big free agents, growing on job and much more.
Toronto coach Nick Nurse: 10/13/20
Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse joins The Woj Pod on his new book, "Rapture," what most bothered him about life in the bubble, his pilgrimage to visit Phil Jackson, proving yourself to players as an NBA coach, and much more.
The Undefeated's Marc Spears : 10/7/20
The Undefeated and ESPN's Marc Spears on the dynamic of the LeBron James and Kobe Bryant relationship, his new book, "The Spencer Haywood Rule," NBA hiring practices of minority candidates and much more.
Brooklyn coach Steve Nash: 9/29/20
Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash, a Hall of Fame guard, joins The Woj Pod to discuss Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the leap into coaching, the influence of Steve Kerr and Mike D'Antoni, his final years with the Lakers, and much more.
David Fizdale on Heat-Lakers : 9/28/20
David Fizdale joins The Woj Pod to discuss the Lakers-Heat NBA Finals, including LeBron James burden to deliver a title in LA, the trying early days of the Big 3 in Miami, Erik Spoelstra's place among elite of the coaching profession, the evolution of the Pat Riley-Spo dynamic and much, much more.
Front-Office Insider Bobby Marks : 9/23/20
ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod to discuss the Chicago Bulls hiring of coach Billy Donovan, the 76ers coaching search including Mike DAntoni and Ty Lue, the emergence of the Denver Nuggets as a sustainable NBA force, and how the pandemic could impact free agency and roster spending in the 2020-2021 season.
Nuggets President Tim Connelly on advancing to the Western Conference Finals: 9/16/20
Denver Nuggets President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly joins The Woj Pod to discuss the Nuggets' wild ride to the Western Conference Finals, constructing the best young roster in the league, resisting trading Jamal Murray for established veteran All-Stars, fighting self-doubt as a young GM, turning down offers to leave Denver, and much more.
CNN's Daniel Dale: 9/6/20
CNNs Daniel Dale the presidential fact-checker talks about his intense Raptors fandom, his appreciation for Kyle Lowry, Masai Ujiri and Kawhi Leonard, how the popularity of his responsibilities grew at CNN...and a dog named Breezy.
Brooklyn GM Sean Marks on Steve Nash : 9/3/20
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks joins The Woj Pod for his first interview on the hiring of Steve Nash as the franchises head coach. Marks describes the 20-year relationship with Nash that kick-started the conversation, what Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving told him were important to find in the next coach, and why Marks believes that Nash can make a rapid transition into the head coaching role.
ESPN's Malika Andrews: 8/27/20
ESPN NBA reporter Malika Andrews joins The Woj Pod to go inside the intensive 24 hours inside the bubble that could shape the future of the league - beginning with the Milwaukee Bucks' decision to boycott a playoff game, the domino impact it had on the rest of the teams and an emotional league-wide meeting on Wednesday night that left the league uncertain that it would complete the playoffs in the wake of more police brutality in America.
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic : 8/14/20
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic joins The Woj Pod to discuss the how the Miami Heat are isolated in The Bubble, his indelible place in European basketball lore, why Jimmy Butler's confrontational style fits the franchise, his mentorship and the genius of countryman Luka Doncic, and much more.
Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander : 8/11/20
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander joins The Woj Pod to discuss lessons learned under Chris Paul, his rookie indoctrination into the NBA with the Clippers and Patrick Beverley, Canadian basketball, the AAU tournament feel of The Bubble and much more.
Phoenix's Deandre Ayton: 8/10/20
Phoenix Suns star Deandre Ayton joins The Woj Pod to discuss the Suns' remarkable run in The Bubble, shaking the label of losers, how Monty Williams won him and his teammates over and much more.
ESPN's Rachel Nichols: 8/8/20
ESPNs Rachel Nichols joins The Woj Pod to discuss Bubble Basketball, the environment for players, challenges for restarting the NBA next season and much more.
Golden State President Bob Myers: 7/31/20
Golden State's Bob Myers joins The Woj Pod to discuss the restart of the NBA season, reshaping the Warriors to chase more championships, Kevin Durant and the toll the Warriors finals run took on him.
Malika Andrews and Bobby Marks: 7/2/20
ESPNs Malika Andrews and Bobby Marks join The Woj Pod to discuss the Orlando restart, including the Lakers, Clippers and Bucks championship aspirations, the 76ers leadership, the Nets future and much more.
Toronto President Masai Ujiri: 6/18/20
Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri joins The Woj Pod to discuss the NBA's restart in Orlando, his global perspective on America and race, solutions for so few black executives in the NBA, how President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau impact his thinking and how that Raptors championship impacted his life.
JB Bickerstaff and James Borrego: 6/8/20
Cleveland Cavaliers coach JB Bickerstaff and Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego join The Woj Pod to discuss the difficulties of their teams getting left behind from the NBA's restart in Orlando, the shutdown's impact on rebuilding organizations, the NBA coaches association's resolve to impact race in America and much more.
Lloyd Pierce and Quin Snyder: 6/1/20
Atlanta's Lloyd Pierce and Utah's Quin Snyder join The Woj Pod to discuss the NBA coach's association response and plan of action in the wake of continued racial injustices, Pierce's leadership in the civil rights bastion of Atlanta, Snyder on the responsibility of white coaches to impact change, and much more.
Woj & Lowe Crossover Part II: 5/26/20
ESPN's Zach Lowe joins The Woj Pod for a Part II of our reporting centered on the NBA's return to play, issues surrounding a bubble environment, future challenges for the league, what teams benefit from a layoff, and much more.
Tom Thibodeau: 5/20/20
Tom Thibodeau joins The Woj Pod to discuss the difficulty for coaches with teams coming out of a pandemic shutdown, Bulls/Rose/management, Timberwolves/Butler, watching old practice tapes of the Jordan Bulls in Chicago and the environment he hopes to find as an NBA coach again.
ESPN's Jeff Passan: 5/18/20
ESPN Senior MLB Insider Jeff Passan joins The Woj Pod to discuss the parallel paths the NBA and MLB are taking in trying to play this summer, how dramatically different the union/league relationships are in the two sports, the impact of the star players' role in labor talks, Adam Silver and Rob Manfred and what's at stake for these sports in the future.
Father and son: Detroit Pistons executive Ed Stefanski and Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski: 5/15/20
Father and son NBA and NFL visit with Detroit Pistons Senior Advisor Ed Stefanski and Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski on The Woj Pod. The Stefanski's discuss the influence that Ed's front office career has had on Kevin's development as an NFL coach, including witnessing the Nets remarkable 2002 NBA Finals run, learning how a GM and coach need to build working relationships, virtual drafts, Ed's dubious future candidacy as Kevin's quality-control coach on the sidelines.
Rachel Nichols and Bobby Marks: 5/9/20
ESPN's Rachel Nichols and Bobby Marks join The Woj Pod to discuss Adam Silver's insights to players on a possible return to play and league future, how the NBA's evolving view on coronavirus testing impacts the chances of the season resuming this spring, the details of a playoff structure, how the loss of revenue will impact free agency and salary caps, Silver's leadership style and how it bodes for the hard decisions the league needs to make.
ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jeff Passan: 4/29/20
ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jeff Passan join The Woj Pod to discuss the futures of the NBA, NFL and MLB, how we're covering sports in a pandemic, the commonality of insider roles and Passan's latest ode to The WuTang Clan.
ESPN's Jonathan Givony: 4/16/20
ESPN Draft Analyst Jonathan Givony joins The Woj Pod to discuss the NBA's willingness to pay top high school star Jalen Green $500K-plus and restructure its G-League professional pathway program to compete with the NCAA and Australia. We explore what this means for the future of the NBA, college basketball and the significant impact it will have on the future of the sport.
Patrick Ewing and Jeff Van Gundy: 4/15/20
Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing and Jeff Van Gundy join The Woj Pod to go inside the 1990's New York Knicks-Chicago Bulls rivalry, including Michael Jordan, the playoff series fights, the 'Con Man' game, Pat Riley and the X-Man, and much more.
Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse: 4/8/20
Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse - an 18-year NBA veteran - joins The Woj Pod to remember a young Kobe Bryant as a teenage kid playing pickup with this 76ers (13:50), playing with an aging Michael Jordan with the Wizards (29:01), waiting in tunnels post-game to finish on-court skirmishes with opponents, why he didn't think Dwane Casey was comfortable with him as an assistant coach in Toronto and the challenge of recruiting and coaching at Vandy in the SEC.
Front Office Insider Bobby Marks: 4/3/20
ESPN front-office insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod to discuss the Chicago Bulls search for a new top front office executive, the appeal and challenges of the job, the financial impact the NBA shutdown will have on front office/coaching moves (15:53), the possible rollout for a return to play this season and how free agency will be impacted (27:34).
ESPN NBA Analyst Doris Burke: 3/27/20
ESPN NBA Analyst Doris Burke joins The Woj Pod to reveal that she has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, including details of her symptoms, her hospital testing experience and her recovery process. In opening up, she is hopeful to make more people aware of the importance of social distancing and other important measures being taken to try and combat the pandemic.
Denver Nuggets President Tim Connelly: 3/26/20
Denver Nuggets President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly joins The Woj Pod to discuss the NBA shutdown, the franchise's quarantine, how the league could be changed coming out of the hiatus (14:49) and ... his love for 1980's and 1990's professional wrestling (30:40).
Olimpia Milano's Tom Bialaszewski: 3/24/20
Olimpia Milano assistant coach Tom Bialaszewski - a decade-long NBA assistant and scout - discusses life in coronavirus isolation with his family in Italy (2:04), his close relationship with Kobe Bryant as a Lakers assistant (12:51), the story of the most vulnerable he had ever seen Kobe (23:16), learning of Kobe's passing in Italy and how Kobe diagrammed Tom and his wife's honeymoon in Italy (31:17).
Andy Slavitt, Obama healthcare head and founder of U.S. of Care: 3/20/20
Andy Slavitt, a former head of healthcare for President Obama and founder of the United States of Care, joins The Woj Pod to discuss the facts surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, what we need to do, what's coming and how the NBA fits into the conversation.
NBA Shutdown: 3/16/20
Adrian Wojnarowski takes on some of your most pressing questions about the NBA shutdown - what's happening and what could come next.
Dell and Sonya Curry: 3/5/20
Dell and Sonya Curry join The Woj Pod to discuss Stephens absence and return (2:22), their new sports parenting podcast, and much more.
Memphis Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins: 3/4/20
Memphis Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins joins The Woj Pod to discuss Ja Morant (10:41), the influences of Mike Budenholzer, Quin Snyder and Gregg Popovich, how he had to convince RC Buford to let him become a G League assistant (19:46), building your voice as an NBA coach. Plus, Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr., visit for a mini-pod together (38:22).
ESPN's Max Kellerman: 2/27/20
ESPN's Max Kellerman joins The Woj Pod to discuss the Sixers trajectory, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, James Dolan's Knicks (24:47), Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis (33:31) and much more.
2020 All-Star Game: 2/17/20
Woj Pod Live at an unforgettable 2020 All-Star Game in Chicago: Trae Young, Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam and Nick Nurse. Plus ESPN's Malika Andrews and Tim Bontemps on Kobe Bryant's imprint on the weekend, the dramatic game and the stretch run for Lakers and Clippers, Bucks and rest of East.
Patrick Beverley, Jackie MacMullan, and Ryen Russillo: 2/15/20
Clippers guard Patrick Beverley joins The Woj Pod to discuss his path to the NBA, his reaction to the Clippers landing Kawhi Leonard and Paul George this summer (11:33), and his Chicago upbringing. Plus, ESPN's Jackie MacMullan and The Ringer's Ryen Russillo join the conversation to discuss the battle in LA for supremacy in the West (25:54), much more.
The Woj & Lowe Trade Deadline Show: 2/5/20
ESPN's Zach Lowe joins The Woj Pod as part of The Woj & Lowe Show to discuss the arms race between the LA teams (2:59), a sleeper team for Andre Igoudala (13:42), trades they want to see happen (20:40), and more.
Bobby Marks on Trade Deadline in the Western Conference: 2/2/20
ESPN's NBA front-office insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod to discuss the latest on how Western Conference teams will factor into Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline.
Bobby Marks on Trade Deadline in the Eastern Conference: 2/2/20
ESPN's NBA front-office insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod to discuss the latest on how Eastern Conference teams will factor into Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline.
Remembering Kobe Bryant with Ramona Shelburne: 1/26/20
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne joins The Woj Pod as both share reaction, memories and context on the death of Kobe Bryant.
The Zion Williamson Debut, featuring Zion, David Griffin and Alvin Gentry: 1/23/20
Zion Williamson (0:29), David Griffin (5:41) and Alvin Gentry (14:35) join The Woj Pod on the night of the No. 1 pick's debut in New Orleans to go inside the comeback, the debut, the wild fourth quarter, the decision to pull him out of the game, his body and much more.
Boston's Jaylen Brown: 1/20/20
Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown joins The Woj Pod for an illuminating conversation on his rapid pro trajectory to stardom, the challenge of playing pro sports in Boston (31:10), Kemba Walker's leadership (34:27), his perspective and work on improving education for low-income American children, why he didn't hire an agent out of college (13:08), starting to negotiate his own contract extension, and much more.
Milwaukee GM Jon Horst: 1/18/20
Milwaukee Bucks GM Jon Horst joins The Woj Pod to discuss his franchise's chase for a championship, the genius of Giannis Antetokounmpo, the plan to keep the Greek Freak long-term (6:34) and Horst's first job as a trailer park manager (21:51).
Patty Mills: 1/10/20
Spurs guard Patty Mills joins The Woj Pod to discuss the devastating wild fires in Australia (2:15), his memories from the back-to-back Finals match ups with the Heat (19:28), what it's like to have Tim Duncan back in the building as an assistant coach (35:36), and much more.
ESPN's Jalen Rose: 1/2/20
ESPN's Jalen Rose joins The Woj Pod to discuss the NBA life and legacy of late Commissioner David Stern.
Atlanta's Trae Young: 12/17/19
Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young joins The Woj Pod to discuss his rise toward NBA stardom, his wild college season with the Oklahoma Sooners (16:19), hanging out with Baker Mayfield (24:28), his childhood studying Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant in OKC (7:45), the Hawks rebuilding and much more.
The Woj & Lowe Show: 12/16/19
ESPN's Zach Lowe joins The Woj Pod as part of The Woj & Lowe Show to discuss the trade market now that players who signed deals over the summer are eligible to be moved (1:43). Plus, a bonus segment assessing the trade options for the Heat, Jazz, and others (27:30)
Brooklyn's Taurean Prince: 12/11/19
Brooklyn Nets forward Taurean Prince joins The Woj Pod to discuss the state of the Nets (1:58), the future with Kyrie and KG, his incredible journey from homelessness to the NBA (8:46), and much more.
Thunder GM Sam Presti: 12/6/19
Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti joins The Woj Pod to discuss the decision making process behind trading Paul George and Russell Westbrook this summer (1:54), how volatility is the new normal in the NBA (22:56), the myriad ways in which his job has changed since becoming the GM at 29 (46:03), and the lessons he learned while playing at Emerson College under Hank Smith (50:30).
ESPN's Zach Lowe: 11/25/19
ESPN's Zach Lowe joins The Woj Pod to discuss the framework of the NBA's negotiations with the NBPA on dramatic changes in the NBA schedule and calendar - including a 78 game schedule, a 30-team in season-tournament (7:57), a play-in round for the 7th and 8th seeds in the conference playoffs (19:36) and a reseeding of the conference finals (1:29).
The Phenomenon of Luka Doncic: 11/22/19
ESPN's Tim MacMahon, draft analyst Jonathan Givony and ex-Mavericks player development director Mike Procopio join The Woj Pod to discuss the emergence of Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic, including his rapid ascent into an MVP candidate, his draft evaluation as a European prodigy (4:39), Dirk Nowitzki's influence (24:23), the 2018 NBA draft night drama surrounding Doncic (13:02) and much more.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim: 11/20/19
NBA All-Star and G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim joins The Woj Pod to discuss the NBA minor league's impact on the NBA , life as an original Vancouver Grizzly (14:44), the gold medal run with the USA's 2000 Sydney Olympic team (21:54), living as a Muslim in America (36:01), and much more.
Bradley Beal: 11/15/19
Washington Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal joins The Woj Pod to discuss the evolution of his relationship with John Wall (18:30), Ray Allen's summer advice (3:15), what Paul Pierce taught him as a teammate (28:50), the responsibilities of a franchise player in good times and bad, and why he chose Billy Donovan at Florida.
Pacers president Kevin Pritchard: 11/8/19
Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard joins The Woj Pod to discuss Victor Oladipo's progress on a return (1:51), winning with a low payroll (13:53), Larry Bird (22:04) and winning a national title at Kansas as part of Danny (Manning) and The Miracles (28:08).
Ryen Russillo: 10/29/19
Ryen Russillo of The Ringer joins The Woj Pod to discuss the early season of the NBA, including Lakers-Clippers (6:56), Warriors struggles (41:19), Harden and Westbrook (14:13), Kyrie Irving and the Nets (31:09), the Trae Young-Luka Doncic debate, Giannis and the Bucks, and much, much more.
Draymond Green and Bob Myers: 10/23/19
Golden State star Draymond Green and President/GM Bob Myers join The Woj Pod for an illuminating window into the Warriors' championship run (6:06), including the relationships and dynamics that propelled historic highs and combustible episodes- including an introspective and raw examination around the final season with Kevin Durant (20:22).
Marc Gasol: 10/21/19
Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol joins The Woj Pod to discuss his whirlwind championship run with the Raptors, the difficulty of leaving Mike Conley Jr. and the city of Memphis (6:16), his commitment to playing for the Spanish national team (22:30), and much more.
ESPN's Doris Burke: 10/16/19
ESPN analyst Doris Burke joins The Woj Pod to discuss the LeBron James installment of the NBA's China drama, the Lakers and Clippers, her intrigue with the Utah Jazz (17:21), the post-Kyrie Irving Boston Celtics (20:39), the quagmire surrounding state of the Knicks (29:34), and much more.
The Woj & Lowe Show: 10/11/19
ESPN's Zach Lowe joins The Woj Pod as part of The Woj & Lowe Show, digging into the fallout of NBA and China relations in the aftermath of Daryl Morey's tweet and Adam Silver's statements, the legitimate championship contenders, trade candidates and the latest on the rookie contract extension class.
Cavaliers coach John Beilein: 10/4/19
Cavaliers coach John Beilein joins The Woj Pod to discuss his transition to the NBA at 66 years old, including a four decades journey from high school and small college coaching to the pinnacle of the profession.
Rob McClanaghan: 10/1/19
Trainer Rob McClanaghan joins The Woj Pod to discuss his decade in the NBA working with the league's biggest stars - including Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook - and his close proximity to some of the biggest free agent and NBA Draft stories of recent years. McClanaghan's new book, "Net Work: Training The NBA's Best and Finding the Keys to Greatness," is available now.
Lonzo Ball: 9/27/19
Lonzo Ball joins the Woj Pod to discuss joining the Pelicans, leaving the Lakers, Ball family matters, throwing lobs to Zion and how he's taken full control of his professional life.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst: 9/21/19
ESPN's Brian Windhorst joins The Woj Pod to dig deep into the NBA's strengthening of penalties and enforcement of tampering and salary cap circumvention, the practical impact it could have on free agency, the unregulated world of player-to-player tampering, flipping the order of free agency and the NBA Draft, why the elimination of the one-and-done draft rule remains stalled and Woj's most expensive phone bill ever.
Doc Rivers and Erik Spoelstra: 9/11/19
Two NBA championship coaches -- Doc Rivers and Erik Spoelstra -- join The Woj Pod to discuss a series of topics in a high-level conversation, including the coaching craft, the Celtics-Heat rivalry, the impact of Pat Riley in their careers, ownership and management support, the lack of NBA coaches in the Hall of Fame and the changes they've had to make as coaches with the shorter attention spans of the modern NBA players, and much more.
Ramona Shelburne: 8/20/19
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne joins The Woj Pod to go inside the reporting and making of her new 30 For 30 Podcasts series, "The Sterling Affairs," including Sterling's obsession with Lakers owner Jerry Buss and Donald Trump, why he wanted to kill a JJ Redick deal, how the NBA allowed him to exist as an owner for decades, and much more.
Blazers Guard CJ McCollum: 8/6/19
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum joins The Woj Pod to discuss the wild Western Conference, his $100M contract extension, what would've changed his mind on playing USA Basketball this summer, the Blazers, NBA officiating, the Cleveland Browns, redrafting his 2013 NBA Draft Class, and much more.
Denver GM Arturas Karnisovas: 7/29/19
Denver Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas joins the Woj Pod to discuss the Western Conference arms race, the discovery and development of All-NBA center Nikola Jokic, the evolution of scouting perceptions toward European prospects, the KGB's role in allowing him to be the first USSR-born player to be allowed to leave for college basketball, playing against the Dream Team in the 1992 Olympics with Sabonis and much more.
Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard: 7/23/19
New Washington Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard joins The Woj Pod to discuss the future of Bradley Beal and John Wall, changing the way the franchise does business, mining the international talent pool, the influence of Mike D'Antoni on his career, working for Tark at UNLV and much more.
Rockets Coach Mike D'Antoni: 7/15/19
Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni joins The Woj Pod to discuss the Chris Paul/Russell Westbrook trade, tensions within the Rockets locker room, why James Harden's voice is so important in personnel decisions, coaching the season without an extension, how he's had to compromise his offensive system to fit Harden's talents, working for a new, hands-on owner and a lingering regret of how he coached the Suns/Spurs battles a decade ago.
David Griffin: 7/10/19
New Orleans Pelicans EVP of Basketball Operations David Griffin joins Adrian Wojnarowski to go inside the Anthony Davis trade, the art of the superstar trade, the rapidly changing discipline of NBA team building, why the journey to the Cavaliers 2016 championship missed joy and Zion Williamson.
Mike Conley, Jazz GM Justin Zanik: 7/8/19
Mike Conley joins Adrian Wojnarowski to reflect on being traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Utah Jazz, the realization that his time in Memphis was coming to an end, Marc Gasol's trade mid-season to Toronto and winning the title, and free agency's change to the league dynamics. Then, new Jazz GM Justin Zanik stops by to discuss how the Conley trade came together, the fluidity of free agents like Nikola Mirotic and parity in the coming season.
Zach Lowe: 7/6/19
In a crossover edition of The Lowe Post and The Woj Pod, Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe react to the Kawhi Leonard signing and Paul George trade. The two NBA insiders discuss how these deals immediately change the league, when Leonard targeted George as the guy he wanted to pair with, Oklahoma City's cloudy future, who could be in the market for Russell Westbrook if he's made available, how Toronto will move forward and more.
Ramona Shelburne: 7/4/19
Ramona Shelburne joins Adrian Wojnarowski to talk about how Kevin Durant's relationship with the Warriors deteriorated throughout the course of this past season and why he felt like an outsider on Stephen Curry's team. Then, the two NBA insiders discuss the future of Durant's new team, the Brooklyn Nets, and the remarkable turnaround of the franchise as compared to their crosstown opponents, the New York Knicks, who traded Kristaps Porzingis and failed to land any big-name free agents. Plus, Adrian and Ramona lay out Kawhi Leonard's options and what's at stake for each team, as well as Leonard's own legacy.
Jared Dudley: 7/2/19
Shortly after Adrian Wojnarowski breaks the news of a deal to sign with the Lakers, Jared Dudley joins The Woj Pod to openly recruit Kawhi Leonard to the Lakers over the Clippers, why LeBron James had to sign off on Dudley's desire for a deal, his old Brooklyn Nets recruiting Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, how a James/Anthony Davis/Kawhi Leonard Big 3 would be measured in history, his desire to play an enforcer role with the Lakers stars, his history in San Diego with Leonard and much, much more on the Woj Pod.
Brian Windhorst Talks Tampering in Free Agency: 7/1/19
ESPN's Brian Windhorst joins Woj to discuss tampering in free agency, how Nikola Mirotic leaving for the EuroLeague helped Bojan Bogdanovic, the speed at which free agency "ended" this year, if this is the end of the super-team era and if there should be a franchise tag in NBA.
Ryen Russillo on Free Agency: 7/1/19
On ESPN's debut of The Woj Pod, Ryen Russillo joins Woj to break down the latest in NBA free agency including the Nets going all-in for KD and Kyrie, discuss the Jazz's chances with the Mike Conley trade and what to make of the Sixers with Jimmy Butler headed to Miami.
Bobby Marks on free agency: 6/28/19
ESPN's front office insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod to discuss the countdown to NBA free agency, including the constructing of super teams, Kemba Walker and the Celtics, the question of spending restraint for teams with major cap space, and much more.
ESPN draft analyst Mike Schmitz: 6/18/19
ESPN NBA Draft Analyst Mike Schmitz joins The Woj Pod to set the stage for Thursday's draft in Brooklyn, New Orleans shopping the No. 4 pick, Toronto winning a championship without a lottery pick on the roster, Lonzo Ball's and Brandon Ingram's next steps in New Orleans, what LaMelo Ball needs to learn playing professionally in Australia, Africa's growing pool of big-time basketball talent and RJ Barrett and the Knicks.
ESPN's Bobby Marks: 6/10/19
ESPN's front office insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod to discuss Kevin Durant's impending return in Game 5, Kawhi Leonard's remarkable impact on the Raptors franchise, Masai Ujiri's decisions, Golden State's future and much more.
Sixers guard TJ McConnell: 5/29/19
Sixers guard TJ McConnell joins The Woj Pod to discuss Sixers playoff run, Brett Brown, his improbable journey as an NBA player and his summer free agency.
Suns coach Monty Williams: 5/23/19
Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams joins The Woj Pod to discuss choosing the Suns over the Lakers, Robert Sarver, how personal tragedy changed his life and much more.
Minnesota's Gersson Rosas: 5/18/19
Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas joins The Woj Pod on taking over the Wolves, KAT, the Rockets years including the James Harden trade, Yao, Daryl a Morey, his roots in Colombia, and the privilege and responsibility of becoming the NBA's first Latin top basketball executive.
Ryen Russillo: 5/10/19
Ryen Russillo joins The Woj Pod to discuss the NBA Playoffs, Game 7's, The NBA Draft, Zion Williamson, free agency and much, much more.
ESPN's Dave McMenamin: 5/6/19
ESPN's Dave McMenamin joins The Woj Pod to discuss the Raptors-Sixers series and storylines, Kawhi Leonard's dominance and future, and how a Ty Lue-LeBron James future will look with the Lakers.
Brooklyn's Caris LeVert: 4/27/19
Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert joins The Woj Pod to discuss the Nets nasty playoff series with the Sixers, his late-blooming stardom, losing his father in high school, fighting back from a frightening injury this season, working out with Kevin Durant and much more.
Kendrick Perkins: 4/15/19
Kendrick Perkins joins The Woj Pod to declare himself retired from the NBA, discuss his desire to move into NBA coaching, talk of the purity of his season in the G League at 33 years old, the story of John Calipari recruiting him to Memphis, KG, KD's future in Golden State and much more.
The Woj & Lowe Show on ESPN: Playoff Special: 4/14/19
The Woj and Lowe Show returns with an NBA playoffs preview, how the postseason will impact summer free agency and the latest on the Lakers coaching search.
Toronto Raptors Pascal Siakam: 4/3/19
Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam joins The Woj Pod on his 25th birthday to discuss his remarkable rise into one of the NBA's best young players, his incredible journey from Cameroon, teenage life in seminary school, the profound impact of his late father, and how tired he's become of answering questions about Kawhi Leonard's future.
Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse: 3/29/19
Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse joins The Woj Pod to discuss coaching Kawhi Leonard, his long climb from the bush leagues of basketball to the NBA, Marc Gasol's indoctrination into the team and much, much more.
Doc Rivers: 3/26/19
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers joins The Woj Pod to discuss the team's remarkable season, ceding front office power, how football coaches influenced his evolution, the Lawrence Frank/Michael Winger-led front office, negotiating his contract with Steve Ballmer, why he wanted to be a coach and much much more.
Pau Gasol: 3/24/19
Future Hall of Famer Pau Gasol joins the Woj Pod to discuss his illustrious professional career, his childhood dreams of med school, the evolution of the international big man in the NBA, getting traded to the Lakers for his brother, learning to co-exist and win with Kobe Bryant and much, much more.
Utah Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey: 3/12/19
Utah Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey joins The Woj Pod to discuss the Western Conference playoff chase, post-trade deadline fallout in the NBA, Rudy Tomjanovich's Hall of Fame candidacy, dealing with leaked trade talks and much more.
Sixers GM Elton Brand: 3/4/19
Philadelphia 76ers GM Elton Brand joins The Woj Pod to discuss his two massive trades for Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris, how the Sixers will proceed forward with the two free agent stars, how impending free agency impacts the NBA locker rooms year-round, what it was like as Duke's first star underclassmen to declare early for the NBA Draft, playing for Donald Sterling's-Clippers, traveling to France in AAU ball with Lamar Odom and Ron Artest and much, much more.
ESPN Draft Analyst Jonathan Givony: 2/22/19
ESPN NBA Draft analyst Jonathan Givony discusses Zion Williamson, the role Duke and college basketball has played in his emergence, the NBA/NBPA negotiating hurdles to lower draft age and much more.
Atlanta GM Travis Schlenk: 2/17/19
Atlanta Hawks GM Travis Schlenk joins The Woj Pod to discuss the franchise's rebuild, the Trae Young/Luka Doncic trade, his years with the Warriors dynasty, working in the Heat video room for Pat Riley, growing up in rural Kansas and much more.
Jeff Hornacek: 2/10/19
Jeff Hornacek joins The Woj Pod to discuss his coaching tenure with the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson, his Suns run as coach, playing with Stockton and Malone in Utah, and his hopes of coaching again in the NBA.
Bobby Marks on the Trade Deadline: 2/1/19
ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod to discuss the Kristaps Porzingis trade, Anthony Davis talks, Kyrie Irving/Celtics and much more at the trade deadline.
Golden State's Steph Curry: 1/26/19
Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry joins The Woj Pod to discuss the Warriors turbulent season, Kevin Durant, the joy of repetition and practice, his production company's new documentary on the 2015 South Carolina church massacre, playing with Seth in the All-Star Weekend 3-point competition and much, much more.
Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic: 1/23/19
Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic joins The Woj Pod to discuss his career season under coach Steve Clifford, his strong candidacy for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, lessons learned through years of losing and turmoil in Orlando, growing up the son of a Euro basketball star, playing for Doug Collins and the Sixers in his rookie season, witnessing Derrick Rose's knee injury in the 2012 playoffs and Vuc's 2019 summer free agency.
Joe Ingles: 1/16/19
The Utah Jazz's Joe Ingles joins The Woj Pod to discuss his success in trash talking, why he's so irritating to opponents, the remarkable growth of his game, Donovan Mitchell, EuroLeague basketball and why he buys sneakers at Nordstrom's.
Wes Wilcox and Bobby Marks on the NBA Trade Deadline: 1/11/19
Former Hawks GM Wes Wilcox and ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks join The Woj Pod to discuss the looming NBA trade deadline, including strategy for multiple teams, how the New Orleans Pelicans could handle the Anthony Davis situation, the contract buyout market and how the super-max contract has impacted free agency.
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie: 1/2/19
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie joins The Woj Pod to discuss his long journey to a new $34M contract, the fight out of the G League and into the NBA, why he didn't enroll at Harvard despite his acceptance, building his own shoe brand, and much more.
Jeff Van Gundy: 12/21/18
Jeff Van Gundy joins The Woj Pod to discuss his USA Basketball coaching experience, re-engaging with pro players after nearly a decade away from coaching, the power of the modern NBA player, and why he is dubious about whether most top high school players can physically compete in the G League as part of the program that would pay them $125K annually.
Memphis coach JB Bickerstaff: 11/30/18
Memphis Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff joins The Woj Pod to discuss the revival of Grit-'n-Grind, watching Marc Gasol and Mike Conley work every day, the emergence of rookie Jaren Jackson, the burden of the interim coaching tag, why he considered a move college basketball, the internal fight that a coach deals with to stay true to his principles and more.
Bobby Marks: 11/23/18
ESPN front-office insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod to discuss how the trade market is starting to take shape, distinguishing buyers/sellers, Markelle Fultz, Bradley Beal/John Wall, Orlando/Steve Clifford, Memphis and much more.
Chiney Ogwumike: 11/17/18
WNBA star and ESPN NBA analyst Chiney Ogwumike joins The Woj Pod to discuss the Golden State Warriors turmoil, saying no to Geno Auriemma in recruiting, the WNBA future and much more.
ESPN Draft Analysts Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz: 11/10/18
ESPN NBA Draft analysts Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz join the Woj Pod to discuss Duke's freshmen class of RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish who could go 1-2-3 in the June Draft, the surging NBA rookie class -- including Dallas' Luka Doncic and Memphis' Jaren Jackson, the impasse in NBA-NBPA negotiations on ending the one-and-done rule, and much, much more.
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks: 10/30/18
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks joins The Woj Pod to discuss his franchise's momentous rebuild, building a free agent destination in the modern NBA, the modern Warriors vs. the 2000's Spurs and much more.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst: 10/27/18
ESPN's Brian Windhorst joins The Woj Pod to discuss Houston's offer for Jimmy Butler, TImberwolves' trade options, Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors, the Sixers and LeBron James and the Lakers.
Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey: 10/21/18
Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey joins The The Woj Pod to discuss chasing a championship, delivering his superstars autonomy, his obsession with chasing big stars, the time invested into ideas and deals that never come to fruition, how he values chemistry now vs. years past and why his executive of the year trophy is still in a box.
ESPN's Zach Lowe: 10/18/18
ESPN's Zach Lowe joins The Woj Pod to discuss the biggest storylines surrounding the opening of the season.
Filmmaker Dan Klores on "Basketball: A Love Story": 10/4/18
Filmmaker Dan Klores joins The Woj Pod to discuss his 20-hour documentary series, "Basketball: A Love Story," that'll debut soon. They discuss much of his groundbreaking storytelling, including focuses on LeBron James, Bill Russell, Shaq and Kobe, and much, much more.
Bobby Marks on Jimmy Butler: 9/29/18
ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod to go inside the news, circumstances and marketplace surrounding All-Star forward Jimmy Butler's trade demand with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Ian O'Connor on "Belichick": 9/20/18
Best-selling author Ian O'Connor joins The Woj Pod to discuss his new biography, "Belichick."
Lee Jenkins: 9/18/18
Lee Jenkins joins The Woj Pod to discuss his bold move to the Los Angeles Clippers front office from Sports Illustrated.
Masai Ujiri: 9/14/18
Toronto President Masai Ujiri joins The Woj Pod to go inside the Kawhi Leonard trade, how the Raptors hope to resign the All-Star forward, DeMar DeRozan, Nick Nurse/Dwane Casey, his relationship with President Obama, his summer trip to Africa and much more.
Adam Schefter: 9/4/18
ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter joins The Woj Pod to discuss his new book, ""The Man I Never Met,"" a memoir on his family, love and his football reporting life. They also discuss Tom Brady and the Patriots.
Ryen Russillo: 8/27/18
Ryen Russillo joins The Woj Pod to talk about the powerhouse class of 2019 NBA free agents, small market vs big market free agent challenges, the future of one-and-done and much more.
Grant Hill: 8/23/18
Grant Hill joins The Woj Pod on the cusp of his enshrinement into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, opening up about his journey to Springfield - his years as part of the Duke dynasty, his early All-NBA seasons with the Pistons, the darkness and isolation of his recurring ankle injuries with Orlando, his relationships with Steve Nash, Coach K and his parents, his role as Vice Chairman of the Atlanta Hawks and why he's still considering a future run for political office.
Jackie MacMullan: 8/21/18
ESPN's Jackie MacMullan discusses her revelatory five-part series on mental health in the NBA, including insights into revelations by Kevin Love, Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh and others. She talks about how the league is handling these issues, and what this means for the future.
ESPN's Jay Bilas: 8/9/18
ESPN's Jay Bilas to joins The Woj Pod to discuss the NCAA basketball rule changes, what makes sense, what doesn't and how it'll impact the NBA.
ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth: 8/3/18
ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth joins The Woj Pod to discuss the impact legalized gambling will have on the NBA, sideline reporting, NBA twitter and much more --- including ESPN NFL reporter Dianna Russini joining them in studio.
Brooklyn Nets' Jared Dudley: 7/26/18
Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley returns to The Woj Pod to discuss his move back to the Eastern Conference, what NBA superstars want in free agency, why referee-players relations are so poor, and much, much more.
Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego: 7/17/18
Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego joins The Woj Pod to discuss leaving the Spurs for his first head coaching job, signing Tony Parker, building a relationship with Kemba Walker, the process of becoming a head coach in the NBA, what he learned under Gregg Popovich, growing up with a single mom in New Mexico, and much more.
Mike Budenholzer: 7/11/18
Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer joins The Woj Pod to discuss Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks future, the Hawks years, LeBron leaving the East, where and how he gets ideas and getting the courage up as a young assistant to raise a point with Gregg Popovich in a Spurs coach's meeting.
ESPN's Bobby Marks, Part 2: DeMarcus Cousins and the rest of summer free agency: 7/4/18
ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod for a discussion on DeMarcus Cousins' move to the Warriors, and the storylines and moves still left to play out in July free agency.
ESPN's Bobby Marks: LeBron James, the Lakers and Kawhi Leonard: 7/4/18
ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks joins the Woj Pod for the first of a two-part delve into NBA free agency, including LeBron James' move to the Lakers and the future of Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio.
ESPN Draft Analyst Jonathan Givony: 6/22/18
ESPN Draft Analyst Jonathan Givony joins The Woj Pod to discuss the aftermath of Thursday's NBA Draft, including the Michael Porter Jr., saga, the Luka Doncic/Trae Young trade, and much much more.
ESPN Draft Analyst Mike Schmitz: 6/15/18
ESPN NBA Draft Analyst Mike Schmitz joins the Woj Pod to breakdown the final days of maneuvering for Thursday's NBA Draft, including the Michael Porter saga, Luka Doncic, the art of the draft day 'promise' and much more.
Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell: 6/7/18
Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell joins The Woj Pod to discuss his breakout rookie season, his battle with Ben Simmons, learning how to become a franchise player, Quin Snyder, and why he believes he can be a recruiter to bring star talent to the Jazz.
ESPN's Bobby Marks: 6/2/18
ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod to discuss Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Bryan Colangelo saga in Philadelphia, NBA free agency and much more.
Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum: 5/22/18
Portland Trail Blazers star C.J. McCollum joins The Woj Pod to discuss the Blazers playoff exit and future, building an identity in an NBA small market, growing up a LeBron James fan outside Cleveland, his new Pull Up podcast, the league's salary cap and much, much more.
Lakers forward Julius Randle: 5/21/18
Lakers forward Julius Randle joins The Woj Pod to discuss his restricted free agency this summer, the franchise's decision to not offer him a contract extension to protect salary cap space, Lonzo Ball, and much, much more.
ESPN draft analysts Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz: 5/16/18
ESPN draft analysts Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz join The Woj Pod to discuss the aftermath of the NBA Draft lottery, how Phoenix, Sacramento and Atlanta will view their picks, the politics of the draft combine process for players, and how Danny Ainge and Boston has managed to have so much success in the evaluation of players.
ESPN's Bobby Marks and Brian Windhorst: 5/11/18
ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Bobby Marks join the Woj Pod to discuss Dwane Casey's firing, the coaching market, Boston's future, and how the Cavaliers can sell LeBron James on a future with the Cavaliers.
Ian Begley: 5/4/18
ESPN's Ian Begley joins The Woj Pod to discuss the New York Knicks hiring of David Fizdale, the process leading to his four-year deal, its impact on Kristaps Porzingis' future, and the Celtics and Sixers rapidly moving toward years of dominance in the Eastern Conference - and perhaps the NBA.
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Royce Young: 4/27/18
ESPN's Royce Young and Ramona Shelburne join The Woj Pod to discuss the NBA playoffs.
Steve Clifford: 4/24/18
Steve Clifford joins The Woj Pod to discuss his dismissal as the Charlotte Hornets coach, Kemba Walker, earning players' respect in the NBA, the loss of practice time in the NBA, coaching Yao Ming.
ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks: 4/14/18
ESPN Front-Office Insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod to discuss the NBA Playoffs, breaking down the coaching searches, tanking, and the race for NBA Executive of the Year.
Mina Kimes on Euro prodigy Luka Doncic: 4/9/18
Mina Kimes joins The Woj Pod to discuss her newly released and remarkable ESPN The Magazine story on European teenage basketball sensation Luka Doncic, who could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Mina talks about her time reporting the story on Doncic in Spain, including her conversations with NBA stars Goran Dragic and Kristaps Porzingis about him. Mina and Woj go in-depth on a teenage prodigy still largely shrouded in mystery to NBA fans.
David Griffin: 4/4/18
David Griffin joins The Woj Pod to discuss the NBA coaching market, how NCAA coaches like Jay Wright and John Beilein could fit into the NBA, how he conducted the search for David Blatt in Cleveland and his years with new Basketball Hall of Famers Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Grant Hill with the Suns, and much more.
Kelly Dwyer: 4/2/18
Popular NBA writer Kelly Dwyer joins The Woj Pod to discuss the league as its rolls into the final days prior to the playoffs, as well as the early days of the basketball internet, his time together with Woj at Yahoo, mental health in the NBA, and much, much more.
ESPN's Tim Legler: 3/22/18
ESPN's Tim Legler joins The Woj Pod to discuss James Harden's MVP season, the Rockets-Warriors matchup, the evolution of the three-point shot in the NBA, Legler's incredible journey to the NBA, how much more valuable Legler's shooting talent would be in the modern NBA and his desire and belief that he could succeed as a college basketball coach.
Portland president Neil Olshey: 3/7/18
Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey joins The Woj Pod for a wide-ranging visit on Rip City, chasing Golden State and Houston in the West, the Chris Paul trade/Chauncey Billups waiver claim with Clippers, NBA playoff realignment, the idea of the NBA possibly returning to high school gyms, and much, much more.
Denver owner Josh Kroenke: 3/1/18
Denver Nuggets owner Josh Kroenke joins The Woj Pod to discuss alternative ideas to NBA early entry, how he chooses his GM's, inside the legendary Carmelo Anthony trade, the passing of agent Dan Fegan, and much, much more.
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne: 2/23/18
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne joins The Woj Pod to discuss the sexual harassment and abuse scandal rocking the Dallas Mavericks, the impact on women working in these environments, the state of Kawhi Leonard's relationship with the San Antonio Spurs and the possibility of postseason changes in the NBA.
Toronto coach Dwane Casey: 2/17/18
Toronto coach Dwane Casey joins The Woj Pod to discuss the revelatory season for the Toronto Raptors, coaching in the All-Star Game, his years with Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton, pro basketball in Seattle and a conversation about gun violence in America.
Golden State's Klay Thompson: 2/16/18
Golden State's Klay Thompson joins The Woj Pod for a visit live on site at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. Thompson and Woj discuss his future free agency, growing up with Steph Curry in the NBA, Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference Finals, fathers and son in the NBA, his 60-point game and much, much more.
Tim Legler and Bobby Marks on the trade deadline: 2/9/18
ESPN analyst Tim Legler and front-office insider Bobby Marks join The Woj Pod for a post-NBA trade deadline edition. Legs, Marks and Woj walk through Cleveland's dramatic roster overhaul, including how it impacted LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Isaiah Thomas. They talk about the Lakers free agent bid, how the Utah Jazz gambled on Jae Crowder's recapturing his Boston-self in coach Quin Snyder's system, and much, much more.
NBA Trade Deadline with ESPN's Bobby Marks: 2/3/18
ESPN's front-office insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod to breakdown the NBA Trade Deadline. Marks and Woj discuss the complexities of the Cleveland Cavaliers making a deal, the logjam of bad contracts flooding the market, and some of Bobby's best stories working in the Nets front office on past deadlines.
Tom Crean: 1/26/18
ESPN basketball analyst Tom Crean - the former head coach at Indiana and Marquette --- joins The Woj Pod to discuss how NBA teams mine college coaches for information on draft prospects, Pat Riley's process in drafting Wade out of Marquette, Victor Oladipo's journey to the All-Star game, how he's made the transition from coaching to TV for the season, and much, much more.
Jalen Rose: 1/23/18
Jalen Rose joins the Woj Pod to discuss the Cavaliers dysfunction, Paul George's free agency, advantages of playing college basketball, why he longs to play Michigan's 1993 NCAA title game loss to North Carolina over again, how players only meetings tend to go in the NBA, and why he was able to make such a seamless transition from an NBA career to broadcasting.
DeMar DeRozan: 1/8/18
Toronto Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan joins The Woj Pod for an introspective visit on the cusp of his fourth NBA All-Star selection and the Raptors rise to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. DeRozan talked about going most of his first year with teammate Kyle Lowry and barely talking or interacting with him. He discussed how close he once came to asking for a trade out of Toronto, about what true leadership means in the NBA, about his obsessive pursuit of greatness and the price that needs to be paid. DeRozan and Woj discussed in detail about growing up in Compton, internalizing a childhood of witnessing senseless gang violence and murder and how he carries that with him as an adult.
Jeff Van Gundy: 12/29/17
Jeff Van Gundy joins the Woj Pod to discuss his coaching assignment with USA Basketball, the state of NBA officiating, the OKC Thunder and much more.
Victor Oladipo: 12/18/17
Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo discusses his breakout season in the NBA, the impact Russell Westbrook had on his work ethic and commitment, the dysfunction of his early years with the Orlando Magic, why many colleges overlooked him out of high school, his close bond with former Indiana Hoosiers coach Tom Crean, repairing his relationship with his father, and the inspiration of a younger sister who has overcome a hearing loss.
76ers coach Brett Brown: 12/11/17
Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown joins The Woj Pod to discuss teaching and nurturing his young stars, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, the unique process of No. 1 overall pick Markele Fultz's shoulder rehab, the Sixers' failed pursuit of Manu Ginobili in free agency two years ago, and much much more.
NBA Draft analyst Jonathan Givony: 12/8/17
NBA Draft analyst Jonathan Givony joins the Woj Pod to discuss the remarkable emergence of Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell, impressions of his years of scouting the Lakers' Lonzo Ball, why Slovenian guard Luka Doncic could go No. 1 in the NBA Draft, how the younger Ball brothers overseas odyssey could go, the building of a mock draft and potential unintended consequences of allowing high school players back into the NBA Draft.
Golden State GM Bob Myers: 11/20/17
Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers joins The Woj Pod for a far-reaching conversation on the Warriors burgeoning dynasty, the pressure of winning, the battle against complacency, struggling with life balance, Danny Ainge's role in getting him his front office job, Steph Curry's willingness to bring Kevin Durant to the Warriors, a mistake he regrets with ex-coach Mark Jackson that helped him to work with Steve Kerr, and why he cried at the final buzzer of the Warriors 2017 NBA Finals victory over Cleveland.
Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert: 11/15/17
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert joins The Woj Pod to discuss his emergence as an All-NBA center, Dion Waiters' role in his knee injury, the loss of Gordon Hayward, the rise of French national basketball and hopes of beating Team USA in the Olympics, and much, much more.
ESPN's Bobby Marks and Royce Young: 11/9/17
Royce Young and Bobby Marks of ESPN join The Woj Pod to breakdown the Oklahoma City Thunder's present and future, Brad Stevens, Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics, and much much more.
Clippers Lawrence Frank and Michael Winger: 11/1/17
Los Angeles Clippers President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank and GM Michael Winger visit Woj Pod to discuss how a new front office starts to build out its infrastructure, process and long-term planning. Frank and Winger discuss how they've approached a new partnership, share duties, bring influences from past stops and work to integrate them into a new program. Frank and Winger discuss Steve Ballmer, Doc Rivers, Blake Griffin and the departure of Chris Paul in free agency.
Best-selling author Jack McCallum: 10/25/17
Best-selling author Jack McCallum joins The Woj Pod to discuss his new book "Golden Days," on the modern Golden State Warriors and the early 70's Lakers, including insight into Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Jerry West, Pat Riley and more. McCallum, a Hall of Fame basketball writer, discusses covering the NBA in the glory days of Jordan's Bulls, Bird's Celtics and the Detroit Bad Boys.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Bobby Marks: 10/19/17
ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Bobby Marks join the Woj Pod to breakdown the early NBA season, Gordon Hayward's injury, LaMarcus Aldridge's contract extension, how the Lakers need to clear cap space to chase LeBron James and Paul George, the Rick Pitino post-scandal interview, the state of the Chicago Bulls and much more.
Ian Begley: 10/12/17
Ian Begley, the Knicks beat writer for ESPN.com, joins the Woj Pod to discuss the totality and residual damage of the Phil Jackson regime, the Carmelo Anthony exit, the issues surrounding Kristaps Porzingis' future in New York and the pathway for the Knicks to resurrect the franchise's credibility and standing in the NBA.
Tim Connelly: 10/9/17
Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly joins The Woj Pod to discuss the discovery and emergence of Nikola Jokic, evaluating skill vs. athleticism in the draft process, why trades are hard to make in the NBA, the East-West balance of power and his favorite amusement park vacations as a kid.
Gary Parrish: 9/29/17
Gary Parrish of CBS Sports joins the Woj Pod to discuss the criminal scandal that has rocked the basketball industry, including its impact on the future of college and pro basketball, elite basketball prospects, the possibility of USA Basketball and the NBA taking a greater roll in amateur basketball, Rick Pitino's past, present and future, and much more.
Mitch Kupchak: 9/25/17
Mitch Kupchak joins The Woj Pod to discuss his storied career as Los Angeles Lakers general manager, his dismissal in February, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson and David Stern's veto of the Chris Paul trade.
Jared Dudley joins The Woj Pod: 9/19/17
Jared Dudley of the Phoenix Suns joins The Woj Pod for a terrific visit on the state of the modern NBA, salaries, the impact of the Golden State Warriors on NBA locker rooms, free agency, playing ball with an old Michael Jordan and a young Greek Freak.
Zach Lowe joins The Woj Pod: 9/8/17
Zach Lowe joins The Woj Pod to discuss NBA Draft Lottery reform, Carmelo Anthony, the Cavaliers plan with the 2018 first-round pick via Brooklyn/Boston, NBA tampering, and Harvey Araton's Hall of Fame weekend in Springfield, Mass.
ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks: 8/31/17
ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks joins the Woj Pod to breakdown the finality of the Celtics-Cavaliers blockbuster trade, examine the behind-the-scenes of the deal, Boston's magnificent rebuild, Cleveland's road in LeBron James' final year and how Isaiah Thomas' future free agency could unfold.
Doris Burke: 8/22/17
Doris Burke joins The Woj Pod and discusses the Cavaliers quagmire, Chris Paul and James Harden in Houston, social consciousness in the NBA vs NFL and much more on the show.
Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey: 8/17/17
Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey joins The Woj Pod to discuss James Harden, Chris Paul, the Rockets ownership sale, risk-taking as a GM, NBA awards, and much more.
Patrick Beverley: 8/3/17
Clippers guard Patrick Beverley joins The Woj Pod to discuss his challenge with the Clippers, his years with Houston, why he wanted a trade from the Rockets, how the NBA has evolved on the court, summer free agency and why he thinks so many players don't play hard enough.
D'Angelo Russell: 7/26/17
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell joins The Woj Pod to discuss his arrival with the Nets, his exit from the Lakers, the ups-and-downs of his brief L.A. career, Magic Johnson's comments upon his departure and much, much more.
Gordon Hayward: 7/24/17
All-Star forward Gordon Hayward sits down with Adrian Wojnarowski for an exclusive and introspective study of the free agent process that led him to leave the Utah Jazz for the Boston Celtics. Hayward goes into great detail about the meetings with Pat Riley and Miami, Brad Stevens and Boston and an emotional final visit with his Jazz teammates. Hayward discusses how he left the Miami visit thinking that he might sign with them, left Boston even more torn and spent the final 24 hours going back and forth between Utah and Boston. Hayward also opens up about how leaving the Western Conference for the East opens up possibilities to become a consistent All-Star.
Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer: 7/23/17
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer joins Adrian Wojnarowski for an extended SportsCenter interview on the Woj Pod. Ballmer discusses the departure of Chris Paul, the Clippers culpability in losing him and the decision to trade the All-Star guards for assets instead of losing him in free agency. Ballmer discusses the lessons learned as an NBA owner, the hiring of Jerry West, competing against the Lakers and the restructuring of his front office around President and Coach Doc Rivers.
The Vertical's Michael Lee joins Woj on the NBA Playoffs: 5/3/17
Michael Lee of The Vertical joins The Vertical Podcast with Woj for an NBA playoffs edition. Michael and Woj breakdown the series', including the epic Isaiah Thomas-John Wall matchup, the Warriors without Steve Kerr, how LeBron James' breaks the spirit of Eastern Conference teams and Michael Lee's historic role in introducing Soulja Boy and Jay Z into the old Cavaliers-Wizards rivalry. All that and a lot more on the Vertical Podcast with Woj.
Erik Spoelstra joins Woj: 4/28/17
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra joins Adrian Wojnarowski for a visit on The Vertical Podcast with Woj. In a rare extended interview, Spoelstra goes into great detail on the Heat's improbable regular season success, the Big Three era with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, his relationship with Pat Riley and why the idea of someday becoming a president/coach in the NBA intrigues him. Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra joins Adrian Wojnarowski for a visit on The Vertical Podcast with Woj. In a rare extended interview, Spoelstra goes into great detail on the Heat's improbable regular season success, the Big Three era with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, his relationship with Pat Riley and why the idea of someday becoming a president/coach in the NBA intrigues him. Spoelstra talks about growing up in an NBA family in Portland, playing pro ball in Germany, and the fateful day that Hank Gathers died on the court against his University of Portland team.
Karl-Anthony Towns joins Woj: 4/24/17
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns joins The Vertical Podcast with Woj to discuss his rapid rise to stardom, his national championship regret at Kentucky, giving up his chance to play USA Basketball to elevate the Dominican Republic national team, and whether he will intercede on the issues separating his mentor Kevin Garnett and Minnesota ownership.
Brett Brown joins Woj: 4/12/17
Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown joins Adrian Wojnarowski for a conversation on the rapid development of Joel Embiid, the elements of coaching that become more important to Brown as he gets older and how he's learned to work with new GM Bryan Colangelo.
CJ McCollum joins Woj: 4/7/17
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum joined The Vertical Podcast with Woj. McCollum discussed his partnership with Damian Lillard, the challenges that comes with a $100M contract, his path from a small college to NBA stardom and much more.
Dennis Lindsey joins Woj: 4/6/17
Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey joins The Vertical Podcast with Woj and discusses in great detail his franchise's research into NBA data on how the league has officiated the franchise over the past few years. Lindsey offers a something rare out from an NBA GM: A detailed, data-driven window into how the NBA's referees have officiated his team in recent years, and why the findings concern the organization. Utah has spent a great deal of time and resources investigating the accuracy of officials' calls against the Jazz --- and how he's a proponent for the NBA to make even more referee data available to teams. Lindsey also discussed the impending free agency of Jazz star Gordon Hayward, the hiring and emergence of Quin Snyder as one of the league's finest coaches, his background working with Gregg Popovich and RC Buford in San Antonio and an amazing childhood growing up with his parents in Texas as part of a household that included dozens of abandoned children whom the Lindsey's took in.
Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Crean join Woj: 3/29/17
Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Crean join Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Podcast to discuss the pronounced and subtle differences between NBA and college coaching, including some great Bill Parcells, Dwyane Wade/LeBron James and Harbaugh brothers stories.
Lakers GM Rob Pelinka joins Woj: 3/24/17
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka joins Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Podcast. Pelinka lays out the franchise's vision to rebuild the storied organization, including big-game hunting in free agency. Pelinka, who represented Kobe Bryant, talks about his transition from a prominent player agent into the front office. Pelinka talks about his history with the Fab 5 at the University of Michigan, where he took part in three NCAA Final Fours.
Derek Fisher joins Woj: 3/21/17
Derek Fisher joins Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Podcast for a candid visit on his tenure as New York Knicks coach --- and what's next for him. Fisher detailed his relationship with Knicks president Phil Jackson, the triangle offense, the mistakes he made and lessons he learned as a young coach.
NCAA Tournament and NBA Draft with Jonathan Givony: 3/15/17
Jonathan Givony of Draft Express joins The Vertical Podcast with Woj to break down the NCAA tournament's potential impact on the 2017 NBA Draft. Givony and Woj offer some bracket tips before digging into UCLA's Lonzo Ball, Duke's Jayson Tatum, and many of the stars who'll impact this year's deep NBA Draft. Givony delivers great perspective on how team's weight March Madness in context of a prospect's overall body of work.. Woj and Givony also discuss the Luka Doncic, the 6-foot-8 teenager tearing up the EuroLeague for Real Madrid, a player whom many believe will be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 Draft.
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