Open Run

Open Run

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Jesse Williams and Stefan Marolachakis swap notes on sports, art, and life with a slew of special guests.

Episodes

Houston, We Have a Problem  

Carmelo Anthony wants to leave the Knicks and join the Rockets, but can the two teams actually make that happen? Does Lonzo Ball's Summer League MVP win mean he's going to turn the NBA into the BBA? And then: a story about a man ripping off NBA players by masquerading as Adele's manager inspires Stefan to share his own tale about the worst compulsive liar he ever met.

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Is Knicks Owner James Dolan the Donald Trump Jr. of Sports?  

The guys return from vacation to answer this, and other pressing questions! Will Paul George end up on the Lakers? Will LeBron join him there? Will Melo soon be a Houston resident? Are we going to do color commentary at a Lakers practice soon?! Don't you worry—all your questions shall be answered on this week's installment of Open Run, the baddest hoops podcast in the business.

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Paul George to the Thunder! Emergency Call with OKC Correspondent Garrett Colton  

Well, it's safe to say we didn't see this trade coming: Paul George is joining reigning MVP Russell Westbrook on the Oklahoma City Thunder! Moments after the news broke, Jesse and Stefan got Open Run's OKC correspondent Garrett Colton on the phone to see how people are feeling in Oklahoma City, a.k.a. Action City, and to talk about how this might change the Thunder's standing in the West next season.

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David West, NBA Champ  

David West of the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors joins the show to talk about his epic post-Finals speech, why he could afford to prioritize winning, and the breaking news about CP3 joining the Houston Rockets.

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Emergency Hoops Therapy Session & NBA Draft Talk with Jonathan Wasserman  

Jesse and Stefan stage an emergency meeting in NYC to help each other deal with their Jimmy Butler and Kristaps Porzingis stress. Then Bleacher Report's NBA Draft Writer Jonathan Wasserman joins up to recap the Draft and share his favorite picks o' the night.

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Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post on All the Latest Trades & Rumors  

The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps joins the show for a quick breakdown of the very first moves of the offseason, and the countless rumors floating around—including all that Porzingis trade talk that had the internet abuzz, and Stefan's heart aflutter.

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Caron Butler & Anthony Slater Join Us to Put This Season to Bed  

NBA Champion & two-time All-Star Caron Butler joins us to share his unique insight into these finals as a former teammate of Kevin Durant in OKC. Then, we talk to current Warriors beat writer—and former OKC Thunder beat writer—Anthony Slater about the arc of KD's career, good ol' superteams, and the state of the NBA. And that's not all! Open Run's OKC correspondent Garrett Colton shares his thoughts, and our producer Ben Cruz takes a little time to gloat. It's all here in the Open Run Finals Wrap-Up!

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Festus Ezeli and Myles Brown Talk NBA Finals, Superteams, LeBron vs. Jordan  

Former Golden State Warrior and 2015 NBA Champion Festus Ezeli joins the show to tell Jesse and Stefan what it's really like to play against the Cavs in the NBA Finals. Then we talk to writer Myles Brown about the challenges LeBron is facing right now, the differences between his and Steph Curry's paths to greatness, and our complicated feelings about seeing Durant in a Warriors uniform.

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NBA Finals Preview w/Marcus Thompson & Allie Clifton!  

It's NBA Finals Preview time! In this corner, representing the Warriors: Mercury News columnist, co-host of the Dray Day podcast, and author of Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry....Marcus Thompson! Aaaaand representing the Cavs: Fox Sports Ohio sideline reporter and co-host of the Road Trippin’ podcast...Allie Clifton! And, of course, as always, we bring you a fresh and tasty Shame or Fame—and we dive into your hotline messages. It's all happening, folks.

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Playoff Talk, News o' the Day, and the All-New Open Run Hotline!  

Jesse and Stefan catch up on the playoffs and how they're coping with blowout boredom. We've also got breaking news o' the day, updates on last week's date night Shame or Fame, and listener messages from the all-new Open Run Hotline!

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NBA Insider Sam Amick on the Conference Finals & the Neverending Zaza Saga  

USA Today’s NBA insider Sam Amick joins the show to talk about the Conference Finals matchups, the NBA Draft Lottery results, and Zaza vs. Kawhi, Pop, and the entire city of San Antonio.

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Desus and Mero! Bodega Boys in the Building!  

Open Run. Desus & Mero. It's all Big Baller Brand everything when the duos unite to talk about $500 sneakers, the playoffs, all-time NBA greats, and Knicks, Knicks, Knicks.

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Jeanie Buss, Owner & President of the Lakers  

Los Angeles Lakers owner and president, Jeanie Buss, joins Jesse and Stefan to talk about the shuffle within the Lakers' braintrust, her belief in current head coach Luke Walton and the future of the Purple and Gold.

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NBA Legend Rick Barry a.k.a. "The Miami Greyhound" on the Art of Being Different  

Hall of Famer Rick Barry joins the show to talk about coaching in Ice Cube's new Big 3 league, his plans to shake off his bad reputation, and why he really left the NBA to join the ABA.

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Stephen Jackson a.k.a Stak5  

Former NBA Champion Stephen Jackson joins the show and regales the guys with amazing stories from his career (yes, he mentions Malice in the Palace) as well as offering his insight on the current status of today's NBA.

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Sam Amick, USA Today NBA Insider  

Sam Amick of USA Today joins the show to talk about life in Sacramento post-Boogie, the state of the Lakers, and the Warriors without KD—and then shares a theory about Kawhi Leonard's surprise postgame drug test.

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Kenny "The Jet" Smith at All-Star Weekend  

Kenny "The Jet" Smith joins the show to talk about life as a back-to-back NBA champion, the differences between '90s hoops and the modern era, and the time Vernon Maxwell slapped a waiter for not putting enough respect on Kenny's name.

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Charles Oakley Sets the Record Straight  

After the debacle at The Garden, New York Knicks legend, Charles Oakley, joins the guys to explain what really happened, his thoughts on James Dolan, what toughness really means to him and this current iteration of the Knickerbockers.

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Emergency Knicks Episode! feat. Seth Rosenthal of Posting and Toasting  

Stefan and a fellow lifelong Knicks fan, writer Josh Koenigsberg, try to figure out what is going on with the Knicks. During this episode, they are visited by three spirits: the Ghost of Knicks present (Seth Rosenthal, Posting and Toasting), the Ghost of Knicks past (Stefan's dad), and the Ghost of Knicks future (Knicks insider/outsider Nat Johnson). Prepare for an emotional roller coaster.

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Doc Rivers, President and Coach of the LA Clippers  

Doc Rivers, president and coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, joins us to talk about his days playing with Dominique in Atlanta, his championship run with the Celtics, the unique experience of coaching his son, and the challenges that lie ahead for the Clippers. Oh, and he shares some of the best Pat Riley stories you've ever heard.

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