ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne· The Woj Pod
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· The Woj Pod
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.2:31: Toronto’s young players exceeding expectations this season.3:43: The evolution of All-Star Weekend into a major event.6:39: America’s ongoing gun violence problems.9:47: NBA coaches using their platform to speak on social issues.12:30: White supremacists feeling empowered over the past year.14:33: Trying to explain the gun violence in American to his children who are growing up in Canada.17:39: The Raptors adopting a new style of play this season and Casey’s partnership with Toronto president Masai Ujiri.22:29: The Raptors excelling in player development.26:18: Heat big man Bam Adebayo reminding Casey of Shawn Kemp.28:23: The Kemp-Gary Payton SuperSonics energizing the entire city of Seattle.30:00: Seattle being a great market for an NBA franchise with the right ownership group.34:13: Casey’s extended tenure in Toronto being an outlier in the modern NBA.39:04: What Casey learned about coaching Payton that he applies to coaching Kyle Lowry.41:13: The challenge and importance of earning respect from players.43:30: Which player would Casey have draw up a play?46:12: The parallels between this Raptors teams and the 2011 Mavericks.48:09: Casey’s long journey to coaching the All-Star Game.
Golden State's Klay Thompson· The Woj Pod
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. 1:45: The Three-Point Contest being easy for Thompson.2:28: Thompson’s initial expectations for his career upon entering the league.4:22: How Golden State’s team culture helped Thompson develop.5:53: Stephen Curry’s willingness to share the spotlight with his teammates.7:35: Thompson’s 41-point performance in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference Finals playing a pivotal role in eventually signing Kevin Durant.9:26: Thompson’s ability to focus on the next shot as inspired by Kobe Bryant.10:40: Thompson’s 2019 free agency and his hopes to stay with the Warriors.11:43: The Warriors needing players to take slightly less than their market value to keep their core together.14:14: The Rockets pushing the Warriors to keep their focus.16:02: Could Thompson exceed his 60-point performance some day?17:48: The benefits of having a father that played in the NBA.19:18: The quietness of Thompson, Curry and Durant being balanced out by Draymond Green’s huge personality.22:40: Playing in the 2016 Olympics and hoping to play for Team USA in 2020.
Tim Legler and Bobby Marks on the trade deadline· The Woj Pod
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.2:51: How much better are the Cavs after revamping their roster?5:20: The complexity of orchestrating multiple deals at the deadline.8:10: Teams showing restraint with their assets.10:56: The Cavs surrounding LeBron James with more youth and athleticism.17:50: How should the Cavs approach recruiting James to stay in the next few months?20:12: The Lakers clearing cap space and getting a first-round pick.22:42: How strong is the mystique of playing for the Lakers compared to the challenge of playing in the West?29:30: The 76ers not adding a scoring guard like Tyreke Evans at the deadline.31:09: The Pistons adding a pair of rotation players in Jameer Nelson and James Ennis.32:37: The Jazz believing that Quin Snyder’s system will rejuvenate Jae Crowder’s career.35:43: Legler and Marks on how players and front offices handle the trade deadline, respectively.38:47: Marks on nearly trading Brook Lopez during his time with the Nets in separate deals for Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Reggie Jackson and Marvin Williams.
NBA Trade Deadline with ESPN’s Bobby Marks· The Woj Pod
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.2:06: Marks’ trade deadline memories with the Nets.4:17: The complicated behind-the-scenes negotiations for the Jason Kidd trade in 2008.5:24: How close the Nets came to acquiring Dwight Howard in 2012.8:45: Nearly trading Brook Lopez at the 2015 deadline.10:13: The logjam of available players at this year’s deadline because of the cap spike in 2016.14:32: The high value of first-round picks on the trade market.18:05: The Cavs looking for a big move at the deadline but not wanting to trade the Nets pick.23:53: The Celtics signing Greg Monroe and still having options at the deadline.26:22: Boston being willing to listen to offers for Marcus Smart.30:16: Players on rookie-scale contracts that might benefit from a change of scenery, including Elfrid Payton, Emmanuel Mudiay and Julius Randle.33:17: The Nets finding tremendous value in players like Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris.36:11: How teams prepare for the frenzy of trade deadline day.39:27: The closest Marks ever came to missing out on a trade because of the 3 pm deadline.
Tom Crean· The Woj Pod
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.1:10: Stephen Curry’s influence on young players being seen in Trae Young.5:33: Young taking the pressure off his teammates.7:57: NBA players and teams that Crean would show clips of to his players at Indiana.10:55: Victor Oladipo’s path from lightly recruited entering college to NBA All-Star.13:29: What Crean saw from Oladipo during his time in Orlando.17:39: Crean taking a year off from coaching for the first time in decades.23:04: The differences between an NBA organization and a college in terms of finding synergy from top to bottom.27:21: Dwyane Wade’s potential leadership role with the Cavs and his history of putting the team above himself.31:24: The tough adjustment Wade had after leaving Miami.35:50: Is there an early-entry rule for the draft that will work for both players and teams?39:40: The difference between being ready to be drafted and ready to play in the NBA.46:43: The wide range of approaches that NBA teams take when evaluating draft prospects.53:06: Crean’s conversations with Pat Riley before the Heat drafted Wade.
Jalen Rose· The Woj Pod
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.1:00: Rose’s seamless transition from his playing career to working in the media.3:21: The difference between a long day as a player and a long day in media.5:08: The one season in Rose’s career he would like to do over.8:09: College players feeling pressured to make the leap to the NBA before they are ready.10:50: The benefits of staying in college on and off the court for some players.15:02: How much bigger would Rose be if he played during the social media era?16:38: The dysfunctional locker room in Cleveland.21:13: Toronto emerging as a legitimate threat to win the Eastern Conference.23:00: The Cavs’ options at the trade deadline.26:40: The pressure Paul George would face if he signs with the Lakers.28:34: Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins thriving alongside each other.30:00: Rose’s concerns about the 76ers’ future with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne· The Woj Pod
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne joins The Woj Pod to discuss the NBA trade deadline, the Clippers deal dilemma with DeAndre Jordan and how that’ll impact Blake Griffin’s future, OKC’s chances of advancing deep into the playoffs, NBA officiating issues and her interview with Clippers guard Austin Rivers.3:32: Austin Rivers’ candid interview with Shelburne this week following the Clippers-Rockets confrontation.7:16: How challenging it is to coach your son in the NBA.9:04: Rivers’ work ethic and love for the game saving his career after a slow start in New Orleans.11:05: The Clippers facing a crossroads at the trade deadline.15:54: Dysfunction existing among the Clippers well before Doc and Austin Rivers arrived.18:51: Chauncey Billups’ unhappiness when the Clippers claimed him on waivers in 2011.21:00: DeAndre Jordan’s trade value and the congested standings slowing the market.24:53: The Warriors still being overwhelming title favorites.26:31: The Thunder having the star power and positional flexibility to compete in the playoffs.32:49: Tension between players and referees continuing to escalate.35:54: The younger generation of refs having less patience with players.40:33: How social media has increased the spotlight on player relationships and missed calls.
DeMar DeRozan· The Woj Pod
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.
Victor Oladipo· The Woj Pod
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.2:20: Oladipo’s journey from being underrated entering college at Indiana to becoming an NBA star.4:45: Being overlooked despite playing for DeMatha, a high school powerhouse.6:26: Tom Crean’s recruitment of Oladipo to Indiana.7:14: The advantages of Oladipo’s steady rise compared to players that are hyped up from a young age.9:06: The difficult environment in Orlando to start Oladipo’s career.12:19: Playing for five different coaches during his first five seasons.13:38: Learning from Russell Westbrook’s intensity and work ethic.16:37: How did Kevin Durant’s departure impact the atmosphere in Oklahoma City?20:58: Looking to Durant as a role model because they are from the same area.23:37: The importance last season with the Thunder played in his breakout season with the Pacers.26:11: What did he need to overcome after starting his career in a rebuilding organization?28:03: Oladipo’s parents prioritizing education over athletics.33:38: How his family was impacted by his sister losing her hearing at a young age.36:14: Finally having a team to call his own and establishing himself as a star player in Indiana.38:17: Hoosier fans always showing love to Oladipo during his career.39:07: Crean being more than a coach to his former players.
76ers coach Brett Brown· The Woj Pod
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.1:10: How coaches prepare their teams for back-to-backs.3:24: Ben Simmons succeeding as a point guard for the 76ers.5:55: The benefits of Brown’s relationship with the Simmons family.7:45: Is there a blueprint for rebuilding Simmons’ jump shot?9:54: Why Spurs assistant Chip Engelland is so successful working with players to change their shots.13:29: The challenge of dealing with injuries to the team’s top draft picks during his tenure.15:53: Helping Simmons and Joel Embiid learn the responsibilities that coming with being franchise players.18:20: How the team views Embiid’s social media usage and trash talking.21:16: The core leadership principles that Brown is teaching the 76ers.25:06: Nearly signing Manu Ginobili during the summer of 2016.28:32: Helping Markelle Fultz deal with criticism as he rehabs from a shoulder injury.31:32: Brown’s longtime friendship with Hornets coach Steve Clifford and the toll of being an NBA head coach.
NBA Draft analyst Jonathan Givony· The Woj Pod
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.1:55: Givony’s early season scouting schedule.3:30: The farthest Givony has gone to find a player who ended up being a disappointment.4:20: Discovering Giannis Antetokounmpo while he was playing in a low level league in Greece.6:46: Donovan Mitchell’s breakout rookie season for the Jazz.10:06: Mitchell and Jayson Tatum landing with coaches who can maximize their potential.14:13: Early takeaways from Lonzo Ball’s rookie season.17:47: The basketball futures of LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball.20:40: The challenge for a teenager to play overseas.23:45: Givony’s approach to mock drafts at this point in the season and why Luka Doncic is currently at No. 1.26:47: Is there pressure to take an NCAA star over a foreign player at No. 1?30:50: The unclear future of the one-and-done rule and what teams would like to see.34:50: The age limit being a business decision.39:42: The G-League not being an appealing alternative to college basketball.
Golden State GM Bob Myers· The Woj Pod
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.1:17: Myers’ unorthodox career path from playing at UCLA to being an agent to being a GM.10:18: Continuing to value the small victories to battle complacency.12:26: How Myers’ job changes on a daily basis.18:43: Helping restore the Warriors become a perennial contender after decades of dysfunction.20:37: How the Warriors are trying to fight complacency, including a visit from Roger Federer.27:11: Becoming a public figure upon joining the Warriors front office.31:52: The importance of knowing your strengths and weaknesses as a GM.39:02: The things Myers doesn’t tolerate in his franchise, including selfishness.44:02: Myers’ conversation with Stephen Curry about pursuing Kevin Durant in 2016.49:22: The long-term benefits of losing the 2016 Finals.51:22: Danny Ainge’s pivotal role in Myers joining the Warriors.53:52: Why Ainge was able to quickly rebuild the Celtics over the past few seasons.56:09: The extreme financial cost it will take to keep the Warriors’ core together.59:46: Coming close to losing Andre Iguodala in free agency last summer.1:01:54: The continued toll of the job despite Golden State’s recent success.
Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert· The Woj Pod
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.1:07: Gobert’s initial reaction to his knee injury and Dion Waiters’ role in it.3:15: The Jazz struggling without Gobert in the lineup.4:16: Building a new team identity after Gordon Hayward’s departure.6:29: Taking a step-by-step approach to becoming a star player.7:21: The start of his basketball career and playing other sports growing up.11:10: Gobert’s early friendship with Magic guard Evan Fournier.12:06: Players he looked up to while growing up.13:53: The success of the current generation’s French national team.15:02: The intensity of international basketball.16:08: Dreams of winning Olympic gold and beating Team USA.20:32: Gobert’s up and down draft stock during his final season overseas.23:58: Having one of his best pre-draft workouts for the Jazz.25:01: The mentality required to be a great shot blocker and defender.31:34: Gobert’s successful partnership with Jazz coach Quin Snyder.33:55: Taking on a bigger leadership role this season and moving the team forward.36:58: The depth of quality young centers around the NBA.39:39: Being the No. 27 pick and playing in the D-League early in his career.
ESPN's Bobby Marks and Royce Young· The Woj Pod
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. 2:15: The uneven start to the season for the Thunder.3:34: Russell Westbrook making adjustments on and off the court to accommodate Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.5:32: The challenge of integrating star players to a new team.8:00: The Cavs’ early struggles giving hope to other Eastern Conference teams.11:10: The value of adding pieces for a playoff run even if a team can’t compete with the Warriors.13:25: How much better does Eric Bledsoe make the Bucks?16:10: Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis capitalizing on bigger roles in Indiana.21:39: Anthony’s adjustment to not being the No. 1 option with the Thunder.23:55: The Thunder likely only having one season with this Big 3.29:08: Thunder owner Clay Bennett’s willingness to pay the luxury tax.35:14: The Celtics winning 10 straight games with an overhauled roster.39:43: Brad Stevens’ ability to develop a bench by giving minutes to young players.44:06: Coaches who consistently elevate the value of their players.47:44: Deron Williams still being a free agent.48:34: Kendrick Perkins playing in the G-League.
Clippers Lawrence Frank and Michael Winger· The Woj Pod
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.3:02: Michael Winger joining the Clippers as general manager.5:06: Lawrence Frank’s emphasis on synergy and building a positive team culture.7:22: The difference in responsibilities for a president of basketball operations and a general manager.9:59: Winger’s initial steps upon joining the Clippers.11:35: Winger’s evaluation of his own strengths and weaknesses.13:47: The Clippers’ strategic planning extending beyond player acquisition.16:29: The importance of knowing other teams’ goals to gain a competitive edge.19:03: Building out the Clippers’ scouting staff in recent years.23:35: Winger’s experience with teams rebounding after the departure of MVP caliber players.28:27: Making the Clippers a destination franchise beyond the attraction of playing in Los Angeles.33:28: How the new CBA has changed the team-building process.34:58: Star players gaining leverage over teams with short-term contracts.40:10: Do the Warriors impact how the Clippers build around Blake Griffin?44:05: The flexibility the Clippers gained from Chris Paul’s departure.46:34: Winger’s questions for the Clippers before joining the franchise.48:44: The characteristics of great franchises across sports.53:42: How Frank’s move to the front office changed his evaluation process.56:50: Winger’s quick adjustment to the Clippers.
Best-selling author Jack McCallum· The Woj Pod
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.2:28: The origin of McCallum’s new book Golden Days.5:15: How the current media landscape has changed the book writing process.7:58: The rough times the Lakers experienced in the 1960s with Jerry West and Elgin Baylor.10:20: Jerry West’s continued passion for the game at 80 years old.13:07: West admitting he would have left the Lakers if free agency existed.16:10: What McCallum learned about Kevin Durant while reporting the book.20:20: Stephen Curry welcoming Durant and sharing the spotlight.27:00: The tension between Steve Kerr and Mike D’Antoni during their time with the Suns.33:36: Draymond Green’s immense importance to the Warriors.37:12: Golden State GM Bob Myers’ role in building the team while not seeking any credit.42:35: Pat Riley’s reflecting on the end of his tenure as coach of the Lakers and his respect for West.50:08: Gregg Popovich and other successful coaches putting the team above themselves.54:33: Does McCallum miss covering the league on a day-to-day basis?58:05: Michael Jordan not doing interviews with Sports Illustrated.59:46: Covering the NBA’s ascension during the 1980s.1:02:40: Articles McCallum wrote that never saw the light of day.1:05:25: McCallum having a tough time trying to connect with Isiah Thomas.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Bobby Marks· The Woj Pod
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.1:55: Rick Pitino’s interview denying prior knowledge of the Louisville scandal.7:05: Assistant coaches taking the hits for head coaches.11:28: Gordon Hayward’s opening-night injury and the opportunity for other players.13:48: How a franchise responds to a season-ending injury to a star player.17:02: The extra burden placed on Kyrie Irving.21:42: LaMarcus Aldridge’s surprising contract extension with the Spurs.25:28: Aldridge’s mercurial personality and the importance of surrounding Kawhi Leonard with talent.27:54: How the Spurs structured the contracts for Aldridge and Pau Gasol.33:50: Dejounte Murray emerging as a capable successor to Tony Parker.35:57: Can Chris Paul keep up with Mike D’Antoni’s uptempo system in Houston?41:00: The Nikola Mirotic/Bobby Portis fight and the bleak outlook for the Bulls.46:08: The Lakers needing to clear cap space in order to chase LeBron James in free agency.49:55: James’ history of joining forces with other stars in free agency.
Ian Begley· The Woj Pod
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.1:38: How Carmelo Anthony’s departure has changed the atmosphere around the Knicks.2:52: What finally caused Anthony to waive his no-trade clause?5:55: Phil Jackson’s decision to publicly criticize Anthony instead of doing it privately.7:55: The negative impact of the triangle offense during Jackson’s tenure.11:05: Jackson setting the Knicks back with his decisions.14:07: How much autonomy did Jackson have under Jim Dolan?16:30: Jackson’s lack of success in trades and free agency.19:37: The failed acquisition of Derrick Rose.23:44: How worried should fans be about Kristaps Porzingis’ future with the Knicks?29:40: Did players view Jeff Hornacek as Jackson’s puppet last season?33:53: The mentality of Knicks fans entering this season.35:18: The franchise’s previous reluctance to go through a rebuild.39:49: Could the Knicks have gotten more in a trade if they brought Anthony to training camp?