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The Woj Pod
46 minutes | 12 days ago
THE GIANNIS DRAFT Ep. 1: Who is Giannis?
He was a Greek teen of Nigerian descent, hawking 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.
31 minutes | 12 days ago
THE GIANNIS DRAFT Ep. 2: Shut him down
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.
32 minutes | 12 days ago
THE GIANNIS DRAFT Ep. 3: And with the 15th pick
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.
38 minutes | a month ago
ESPN's Tim MacMahon
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.
72 minutes | a month ago
Lakers EVP and GM Rob Pelinka
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.
42 minutes | a month ago
Toronto coach Nick Nurse
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.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
The Undefeated's Marc Spears
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.
38 minutes | 2 months ago
Brooklyn coach Steve Nash
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.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
David Fizdale on Heat-Lakers
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.
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Front-Office Insider Bobby Marks
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 D’Antoni 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.
43 minutes | 2 months ago
Nuggets President Tim Connelly on advancing to the Western Conference Finals
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.
43 minutes | 3 months ago
CNN's Daniel Dale
CNN’s 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.
22 minutes | 3 months ago
Brooklyn GM Sean Marks on Steve Nash
Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks joins The Woj Pod for his first interview on the hiring of Steve Nash as the franchise’s 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.
31 minutes | 3 months ago
ESPN's Malika Andrews
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.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic
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.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
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.
38 minutes | 4 months ago
Phoenix's Deandre Ayton
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.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
ESPN's Rachel Nichols
ESPN’s Rachel Nichols joins The Woj Pod to discuss Bubble Basketball, the environment for players, challenges for restarting the NBA next season and much more.
51 minutes | 4 months ago
Golden State President Bob Myers
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.
45 minutes | 5 months ago
Toronto President Masai Ujiri
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.
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