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The HoopsHype Podcast With Alex Kennedy will bring you in-depth interviews with NBA players, executives, coaches and agents to give you a behind-the-scenes look at The Association.

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E'Twaun Moore on Pelicans' Additions, Departures of DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo, Loaded West (Ep. 95)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by New Orleans Pelicans swingman E'Twaun Moore. They discuss the Pelicans' offseason additions, the loss of DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo, Moore's summer training, the loaded Western Conference, how the Pelicans can build off of last year's postseason run and much more.
Aug 10, 2018
Breaking Down HoopsHype's Ranking of Top 30 Shooting Guards for 2018-19 NBA Season (Ep. 94)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy talks to Frank Urbina about his new article that ranks the Top-30 shooting guards in the NBA for the 2018-19 season. Urbina discusses his criteria for the list, why he ranked each shooting guard where he did and some of his controversial selections.
Aug 06, 2018
Breaking Down HoopsHype's Ranking of the Top 30 Point Guards for the 2018-19 NBA Season (Ep. 93)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy talks to Frank Urbina about his new article that ranks the Top-30 point guards in the NBA for the 2018-19 season. Urbina discusses his criteria for the list, why he ranked each point guard where he did and some of his controversial selections.
Jul 29, 2018
Drew Hanlen on His Career, Summer Progress of Joel Embiid, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, More (Ep. 92)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Drew Hanlen, one of the top NBA skills coaches in the world and the CEO of Pure Sweat Basketball. Hanlen discusses his career, training, and strategy and then gives updates on how players like Joel Embiid, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Markelle Fultz, Mo Bamba, RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and others are developing this summer and what they're focused on improving.
Jul 21, 2018
Garrett Temple on Being Traded to Grizzlies, Leaving Kings, Thoughts on LeBron James, DeMarcus Cousins, Kawhi Leonard Moves (Ep. 91)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by 8-year NBA veteran Garrett Temple. Temple talks about being traded from the Sacramento Kings to the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this week, what it was like being dealt for the first time in his career, his fit with Memphis, and how tough it is to leave the Kings. He also reacts to stars like LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and DeMarcus Cousins changing teams in recent weeks.
Jul 19, 2018
Breaking Down the Blockbuster Spurs-Raptors Trade Involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan (Ep. 90)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy and Frank Urbina break down the blockbuster trade between the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors that landed Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green in Toronto and DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected first-round pick in San Antonio. They go in-depth, breaking down the deal from all angles.
Jul 18, 2018
ESPN's Nick DePaula on Sneaker Free Agents, 2018 Rookies, Puma's Return, How LeBron James to the Lakers Affects Shoe Sales (Ep. 89)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy talks with Nick DePaula of ESPN and Nice Kicks. They discuss some of the big-name players whose sneaker deals are about to expire, the resurrection of Puma and what's next for the brand, Giannis Antetokounmpo's signature shoe, the shoe deals for the 2018 rookie class, Nick's trip to China to shadow Klay Thompson and much more.
Jul 10, 2018
Analyzing the Top Role Players who Changed Teams in NBA Free Agency (Ep. 88)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy and Frank Urbina break down the top role players who changed teams in free agency this summer. They look at DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks, Trevor Ariza to the Phoenix Suns, Tyreke Evans to the Indiana Pacers, Julius Randle to the New Orleans Pelicans, Rajon Rondo to the Los Angeles Lakers and Dwight Howard to the Washington Wizards among other moves.
Jul 07, 2018
Breaking Down DeMarcus Cousins' One-Year Deal with the Warriors, Fan Outrage, Boogie's Achilles Injury and More (Ep. 87)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Frank Urbina. They break down DeMarcus Cousins' stunning decision to join the Golden State Warriors on a one-year, $5.3 million deal, what this means for the NBA going forward, the fan reaction, why this is likely only a one-year thing and the impact that the Achilles injury will have on Cousins extension season.
Jul 03, 2018
Sam Amick on The Top Remaining Free Agents, Kawhi Leonard Trade Talks, LeBron James to the Lakers and More (Ep. 86)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports. Alex and Sam break down LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Kawhi Leonard trade talks, whether the Cleveland Cavaliers will move Kevin Love, what's next for free agents like DeMarcus Cousins, Julius Randle, Tyreke Evans, Isaiah Thomas and Dwight Howard, and much more.
Jul 02, 2018
Breaking Down LeBron James' Four-Year, $154 Million Deal With the Los Angeles Lakers and What Comes Next (Ep. 85)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by his colleague, Frank Urbina. They discuss the news that LeBron James has decided to join the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year, $154 million deal and what's next for the organization.
Jul 02, 2018
Lakers Nation's Trevor Lane on Kawhi Leonard Trade Talks, LeBron James/Paul George Free Agency Rumors, Lonzo Ball's Injury (Ep.84)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Trevor Lane of They discuss the Los Angeles Lakers' pursuit of Kawhi Leonard, the rumors surrounding LeBron James and Paul George, the rest of this summer's free-agent class, Lonzo Ball's torn meniscus, Magic Johnson's recent comments and much more.
Jun 30, 2018
NBA Rumor Roundup: Analyzing What's Next for LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins and More (Ep. 83)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Michael Scotto of The Athletic. They break down some recent trade rumors, which teams are looking to make a move and which players may be available. Then, they shift gears to free agency, looking at the top players on the market and where they may land.
Jun 25, 2018
2018 NBA Draft Recap: Who Were the Winners and Losers? (Ep. 82)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy and Bryan Kalbrosky break down the 2018 NBA Draft and share their early winners and losers from the event.
Jun 23, 2018
2018 NBA Draft Preview with Cole Zwicker: Breaking Down Top Prospects, Possible Trades, Sleepers and Much More
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Cole Zwicker of The Stepien. This is an in-depth preview the 2018 NBA Draft, breaking down the top prospects, possible trades, sleepers in both rounds and much more.
Jun 20, 2018
Breaking Down Kawhi Leonard's Trade Request and Potential Destinations (Ep. 80)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy and his colleague, Frank Urbina discuss Kawhi Leonard's decision to request a trade from the San Antonio Spurs and break down a number of potential suitors for the two-time All-Star.
Jun 16, 2018
Kobe Bryant on Influencing Today's NBA Players, Whether Teams Have Tried to Sign Him, Helping the Lakers in Free Agency, His Muses and More (Ep. 79)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by NBA legend Kobe Bryant. The future Hall of Famer discussed his intense work ethic, his influence on this generation of NBA players, whether any team has tried to lure him out of retirement, the goals he’s set for himself, how he’ll help the Los Angeles Lakers recruit free agents like LeBron James and Paul George, the people who inspire him, his ESPN+ show Detail, his new book The Mamba Mentality: How I Play and more.
Jun 11, 2018
Dominique Wilkins on His Legacy, Being Underrated, Today's NBA Stars, the Emergence of Super-Teams, and His Off-Court Ventures (Ep. 78)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins. They discussed his legacy and whether he gets the respect he deserves, the toughest opponents he ever faced, how he'd fare in today's NBA, his favorite players to watch now, the Atlanta Hawks' rebuild and No. 3 pick, his thoughts on super-teams and why they never would've formed in the '80s, his various off-court ventures and much more.
Jun 08, 2018
Jamal Crawford on NBA Finals, Minnesota Timberwolves' Season, Keys to Longevity, His Player Option, Front-Office Aspirations (Ep. 77)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, 18-year NBA veteran Jamal Crawford discusses the NBA Finals match-up between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, the Minnesota Timberwolves' season, the development of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, his player option for the 2018-19 season, the keys to longevity, his goal of getting a front-office job when he's done playing and more.
Jun 07, 2018
Analyzing the NBA Finals, Bryan Colangelo's Burner Account Drama, NBA Possibly Adding Challenge Flags (Ep. 76)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by his HoopsHype colleague, Frank Urbina. They break down the first two games of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, the drama in Philadelphia involving Bryan Colangelo's alleged burner accounts, and the rumor that the NBA may add challenge flags at some point in the near future.
Jun 04, 2018
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Each Step of the NBA Pre-Draft Process (Ep. 75)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Darington Hobson, who was the No. 37 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. Alex and Darington give an inside look at every step of the pre-draft process including the decision to leave school, the process of hiring an agent, how players train for workouts, the NBA Combine, visiting teams and more.
May 27, 2018
2018 NBA Mock Draft (Lottery Edition) and Conference Finals Adjustments (Ep. 74)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by his HoopsHype colleague Bryan Kalbrosky. Since the 2018 NBA draft lottery was last night, they share their mock drafts for the lottery picks. They also break down what adjustments need to be made in both Conference Finals series.
May 17, 2018
Former NBA Agent Matt Babcock on the Life of an Agent, What Happens Behind the Scenes During Draft Process and Free Agency (Ep. 73)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, former NBA agent Matt Babcock opens up about his experiences as an agent, his transition to media member and goal of joining an NBA front office, what happens behind-the-scenes during the pre-draft process and free agency, common misconceptions about agents, and much more.
May 15, 2018
Breaking Down What’s Next for Raptors, 76ers, Jazz and Pelicans, Potential Conference Finals Match-ups, and Most Intriguing 2018 Free Agents (Ep. 72)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by fellow HoopsHype writer Frank Urbina. They discuss what's next for the Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans this offseason. They also preview the potential Conference Finals match-ups: the Boston Celtics vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Houston Rockets vs. the Golden State Warriors. Finally, they break down some of the top destinations for upcoming NBA free agents.
May 07, 2018
Twitter Q&A: Predicting NBA Coaching Hires, Kawhi Leonard's Future, Kevin Love Trade Ideas, What the 76ers Should Do This Summer (Ep. 71)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy and Bryan Kalbrosky discuss each of the head coaching openings, Kawhi Leonard's future, possible trade ideas involving Kevin Love, whether the Philadelphia 76ers should make a splashy move this summer or stand pat, and much more.
May 02, 2018
Drew Ruiz on the Biggest Sneakerheads in the NBA, Upcoming Shoe Releases, Sneaker Culture, LeBron Watch (Ep. 70)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by his colleague Drew Ruiz to discuss sneaker culture, upcoming shoe releases, the biggest sneakerheads in the NBA and more!
Apr 21, 2018
Jake Kelfer on Creating the Professional Basketball Combine, LiAngelo Ball's Decision to Attend, How the Event is Evolving and More (Ep. 69)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Jake Kelfer, who's the founder of the Professional Basketball Combine. Kelfer discusses the success of the inaugural combine last offseason, what's in store for this year, LiAngelo Ball's decision to participate, how many NBA teams and draft prospects he expects to attend, how the event is evolving in year two and much more.
Apr 11, 2018
16-Year Veteran Joe Smith on his NBA Stints, Favorite Teammates, Contract Scandal, Transition to Coaching (Ep. 68)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by 16-year NBA veteran Joe Smith. The former No. 1 overall pick discusses his various NBA stops, the keys to his longevity, his favorite teammates, the 1999 contract scandal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, his thoughts on today's NBA, his transition to coaching players and much more.
Apr 04, 2018
Arinze Onuaku on NBA Stints, Ways to Improve the G League, Overseas Experiences and More (Ep. 67)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by former NBA player Arinze Onuaku. The big man discusses his time in the league with the New Orleans Pelicans, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic. He also shares what it was like playing in the G League and what the NBA can do to make that a more appealing option for players. Onuaku has played in Lithuania, China, Israel and the Philippines as well, so he breaks down his best and worst overseas experiences.
Apr 03, 2018
Twitter Q&A: Best NBA Team in 5 Years, How We Pick Article Topics, Best Nicknames, How March Madness Affects Draft Stock (Ep. 66)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy and Bryan Kalbrosky answer questions submitted by listeners via Twitter. They discussed a wide-range of topics. For time-stamps, visit This episode is brought to you by Seat Geek.
Mar 26, 2018
Russ Smith on His Hope of an NBA Comeback, His Rise at Louisville, Thoughts on 2013 Title Being Vacated, Averaging 61.2 PPG in China (Ep. 65)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by point guard Russ Smith. The 26-year-old won a national championship at Louisville, played three years in the NBA and is currently thriving in China. He discusses why he's not currently in the NBA, his hope of returning to the league, his time at Louisville, his reaction to the 2013 NCAA title being vacated and Rick Pitino being fired, his time in the G League, his record-breaking performance in the Chinese Basketball Association and much more.​​
Mar 24, 2018
Warriors' Quinn Cook on His Recent Success, Growth with Golden State, Learning From the Star-Studded Team, Duke's Title Chances (Ep. 64)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Golden State Warriors point guard Quinn Cook talks about his recent success, his journey to this point, how much he's learned as a member of the Warriors organization, what it's like to be part of the Duke family, whether the Blue Devils can win it all this year, how he became friends with Floyd Mayweather, Lil Durk and Mike Posner, and much more.
Mar 23, 2018
Jordan Crawford On Not Being in the NBA, Recent Free-Agent Workouts, Misconceptions, Various NBA Stops (Ep. 63)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, six-year NBA veteran Jordan Crawford discusses his current free agency, how frustrating it is to be out of the league, why teams have been hesitant to add him, misconceptions about him and his game, his time in China and shares stories from his time with the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors and more.
Mar 18, 2018
Twitter Mailbag: Player We'd Build Around, ROY Race, Teams Set to Improve Next Year, Why Reporters Use "Sources" (Ep. 62)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy and Bryan Kalbrosky answer your Twitter questions. They discuss why reporters use anonymous sources, the Rookie of the Year race, which teams will improve their record the most next year, which player we'd select to build an NBA franchise around and much more.
Mar 09, 2018
Cavs' Jeff Green on 2012 Open-Heart Surgery, Playing With LeBron (and Being Under a Microscope), Cleveland's Trades and More (Ep. 61)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green talks about undergoing life-threatening open-heart surgery in 2012, what it's like to play with LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the additional media attention when you're on a team with a LeBron, how he felt watching six teammates get traded at the deadline, how Rodney Hood, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. are fitting in, how much he loved his one year in Seattle and much more.
Mar 06, 2018
Hall of Famer Spencer Haywood on Today's NBA Stars, the One-and-Done Rule He Ushered In, the GOAT and More (Ep. 60)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Hall of Famer Spencer Haywood to discuss his playing career, today's NBA, his lawsuit against the NBA that allowed players to enter the league without being four years removed from high school, how the NCAA should handle this scandal and pay players, his role as Chairman of the National Basketball Retired Players Association and much more.
Mar 01, 2018
Former NBA Center Robert Swift on How He Overcame His Heroin Addiction, His Comeback in Spain, His Time in the NBA (Ep. 59)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by former NBA center Robert Swift. Robert discussed his time in the NBA, how he overcame addictions to heroin, cocaine and meth, his comeback playing for the Spanish club Círculo Gijón Baloncesto y Conocimiento, his advice for anyone dealing with addiction, his thoughts on the one-and-done rule since he entered the NBA right out of high school and much more.
Feb 28, 2018
Twitter Mailbag: NBA Playoff Format Debate, Restricted Free Agency Predictions, NCAA Scandal and More (Ep. 58)
On today's episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by his colleague Bryan Kalbrosky to answer questions from listeners. Thanks to everyone who tweeted us questions and topics!
Feb 27, 2018
Michael Grange on the Raptors' Success, Why This Postseason May Be Different and How Toronto Stacks Up vs. Other Contenders (Ep. 57)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Michael Grange of Sportsnet joins Alex Kennedy to discuss the Toronto Raptors' success this season, whether this could be the postseason that Toronto plays to their full potential, the growth of DeMar Derozan, bought-out veterans that the Raptors may pursue and much more.
Feb 13, 2018
NBA Rumors: Tim Bontemps Previews the 2018 Trade Deadline (Ep. 56)
On this episode of the HoopsHype podcast, Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post breaks down the upcoming trade deadline including how active teams will be, names that could be on the move, what teams are the most likely to make a deal, and how this could affect the offseason and beyond.
Feb 06, 2018
NBA Rumors: Michael Scotto Discusses What Each NBA Team Wants to Do At The Trade Deadline (Ep. 55)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Michael Scotto of The Athletic. They break down all 30 NBA teams and what they're looking to do as the Feb. 8 trade deadline approaches.
Feb 05, 2018
Nate Duncan on the Blake Griffin Trade, Teams Trending Upward, Legit Contenders, and NBA Trade Deadline (Ep. 54)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Nate Duncan to discuss the Pistons-Clippers trade that sends Blake Griffin to Detroit, which teams are trending in the right direction, the elite teams in both conferences, which teams have the ugliest salary-cap picture and what to expect at the upcoming NBA trade deadline.
Jan 30, 2018
NBA Rumors: Brian Windhorst on All Things Cavaliers, Trade Talks Around the League, Buyout Candidates and More (Ep. 53)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by ESPN's Brian Windhorst who discusses the drama surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers, possible trades the Cavs may make, whether this will be an active trade deadline, potential buyers and sellers, and the latest on various players who have been mentioned in trade rumors in recent weeks. Today’s episode is brought to you by SeatGeek. Be sure to download the SeatGeek app and enter our promo code **HOOPSHYPE** for $20 off your first ticket order!
Jan 29, 2018
Larry Nance Jr. on Lakers' Season, Trade Talk, Playing With Lonzo Ball/Kyle Kuzma, LeBron/PG Rumors, Dunk Contest Interest (Ep. 52)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. who discussed the team's 2017-18 season, his development as a player, his young teammates Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram, how much Brook Lopez has helped him, his interest in being in the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest, the rumors of the Lakers pursuing LeBron James and Paul George (and how those affect the current team), and much more. [Click here for more information on Athletes Vs. Crohn's and Colitis]( Purchase the shirt to support Larry's foundation [HERE]( Today’s episode is brought to you by **SeatGeek**. Be sure to download the SeatGeek app and enter our promo code **HOOPSHYPE** for $20 off your first ticket order!
Jan 26, 2018
Alex Kennedy and Xavier Silas' Mock NBA All-Star Draft (Ep. 51)
HoopsHype's Alex Kennedy and former NBA player and current G-League star Xavier Silas did a mock NBA All-Star Draft. They followed the exact rules that the two captains, LeBron James and Steph Curry, will use to select their All-Star squads. Listen to see who they picked and make sure to head over to Twitter to cast your vote on which team is better, as the loser will have a punishment that we'll record.
Jan 24, 2018
NBA Rumors: Sam Amick on Kawhi Leonard Rift, Kemba Walker Trade Talks, Cavs' Targets, Lakers' Options, LeBron's Future (Ep. 50)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by USA TODAY Sports NBA reporter Sam Amick. They discussed a wide variety of topics including the reported rift between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs, trade rumors involving Kemba Walker, DeAndre Jordan, Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson, Evan Fournier, Tyreke Evans and George Hill among others, and what big-name free agents LeBron James, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins will decide to do this summer. Today’s episode is brought to you by SeatGeek. Be sure to download the SeatGeek app and enter our promo code **HOOPSHYPE** for $20 off your first ticket order! Update Description
Jan 22, 2018
Addressing the Biggest Misconceptions About the NBA and its Players (Ep. 49)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Moke Hamilton of and to discuss the biggest misconceptions about NBA players and the league as a whole.
Jan 22, 2018
Twitter Mailbag: Players Who Fixed Their Shot, Ceiling for Raptors & Wolves, Lakers’ Trade Deadline Approach, Why Nikola Jokic is Polarizing (Ep. 48)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy and Bryan Kalbrosky answer various Twitter questions from listeners. Alex and Bryan discussed players who transformed their shot after several years in the NBA, whether the Timberwolves will end their playoff drought, how the Raptors have looked this season, what the Lakers could realistically do at the trade deadline, which team best matches up against the Warriors and our thoughts on several young players including Nikola Jokic, Dario Saric and Bogdan Bogdanović. Today’s episode is brought to you by **SeatGeek**. Be sure to download the SeatGeek app and enter our promo code **HOOPSHYPE** for $20 off your first ticket order!
Jan 04, 2018
NBA Rumor Roundup: Michael Scotto on Moving the Trade Deadline, Active Teams, Sleeper Free-Agent Destination for LeBron James (Ep. 47)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Michael Scotto from Basketball Insiders joins Alex Kennedy to discuss the NBA’s decision to move up the trade deadline, the buyers and sellers in both conferences, where star free agents may land in July, and the sleeper free-agent destination for LeBron James.
Jan 02, 2018
Charlie Ward on Choosing NBA over NFL, Finals Run With the Knicks, Toughest Player He Faced, New Book (Ep. 46)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by former NBA point guard Charlie Ward. Ward discusses his Heisman Trophy and national championship as a college football star at FSU, why he chose to play in the NBA instead of the NFL, his successful stint with the New York Knicks, the toughest NBA player he ever matched up against, the great coaches he played for throughout his NBA career and much more. Be sure to pick up Jon Finkel's new book The Athlete: Greatness, Grace and the Unprecedented Life of Charlie Ward -
Jan 01, 2018
NBA Rumor Roundup: ESPN's Marc J. Spears On Stars Who May be Traded, Anthony Davis' Future, Free Agency Predictions (Ep. 45)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Marc J. Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated discusses NBA teams and players to watch as the Feb. 8 trade deadline approaches, predictions for this upcoming free-agent class (including LeBron James, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan), his thoughts on the 2018 NBA Draft and more.
Dec 25, 2017
NBA Rumor Roundup: Michael Lee on Buyers, Sellers, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, Marc Gasol, LeBron James (Ep. 44)
Every Monday, we'll have on an NBA insider to help us break down the latest rumors from around the league. This week, Michael Lee of Yahoo! Sports gives his trade-deadline buyers and sellers and shares his thoughts on what the future holds for Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, Marc Gasol and LeBron James among others.
Dec 18, 2017
David Griffin on Becoming a GM, His Time With the Cavs, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, New Radio Show (Ep. 43)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager and current Sirius XM NBA Radio analyst David Griffin discusses his path to becoming a GM, what happened behind the scenes during his stint in Cleveland, what it was like to have LeBron James return weeks after he became the Cavs' permanent GM, his thoughts on LeBron's future and Kyrie Irving's trade demand, his reaction to Kevin Durant signing with the rival Golden State Warriors and much more.
Dec 12, 2017
Paul Shirley on His Professional Basketball Career, Transition to Writing, New Book 'Stories I Tell On Dates' and More (Ep. 42)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, former NBA player Paul Shirley talks about his time in the league, what it was like playing overseas in countries like Spain, Russia and China among others, his transition to a professional writing career, his books Can I Keep My Jersey? and Stories I Tell On Dates, his columns for HoopsHype and much more.
Dec 07, 2017
Shooting Coach David Nurse on His Career, NBA Players He's Worked With, Keys to a Great Shot and More (Ep. 41)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Coach David Nurse discusses his journey as a player and coach, the NBA players he has worked with, what it was like being the shooting coach for the Brooklyn Nets, the keys to a great shot, whether Stephen Curry is the best shooter ever, what it's like to hold various World Records for three-point shooting, the futuristic methods he's adapting as he trains players and more.
Dec 07, 2017
Mallory Edens on Her Father Buying the Milwaukee Bucks, Attention She Received after 2014 NBA Draft Lottery, Career Goals (Ep. 40)
Mallory Edens, daughter of Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens, discusses her father's purchase of the Bucks, what it was like to become a household name following her appearance during the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery, her experience attending Princeton, her long-term career goals, the development of Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and much more.
Dec 04, 2017
Eric Pincus on the Lakers' Start, Lonzo Ball's Struggles, How LA Could Sign 2 Max Stars (Ep. 39).mp3
Eric Pincus of Baskeball Insiders and Bleacher Report joins Alex Kennedy to discuss the Los Angeles Lakers' season thus far, Lonzo Ball's struggles, Kyle Kuzma's excellent play, the job Luke Walton has done, a cap loophole that could allow the Lakers to add two max-contract players this summer, and which star free agents are realistic targets.
Nov 19, 2017
Quinn Cook on Joining the Star-Studded Warriors, Playing on Two-Way Contract, Duke's Recruiting Success (Ep. 38).mp3
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Quinn Cook talks to Alex Kennedy about joining the Golden State Warriors on a two-way contract, what separates the Warriors from other organizations, the opportunity to learn from Steve Kerr, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and many others and his strong play in the G League. He also discusses Duke's recent success on the court and on the recruiting trail.
Nov 13, 2017
Travis Heath on Working in the Timberwolves' Front Office, What His Consultant Job Entailed, Scouting Hits and Misses (Ep. 37)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Dr. Travis Heath, a clinical psychologist who worked in the Minnesota Timberwolves' front office for four years and later consulted with five other NBA teams. He discusses what it was like being part of the decision-making process in an NBA franchise, the advice he'd offer someone who wants to work for an NBA team and his biggest scouting hits and misses (including a relatively negative report about a current superstar that still haunts him). Follow Travis on Twitter @DrTravisHeath.
Nov 12, 2017
Keyon Dooling Discusses His 13-Year NBA Career, the Key to Longevity, Overcoming Sexual Abuse (Ep. 36)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by 13-year NBA veteran Keyon Dooling to discuss his various stops around the league, the teammates he was closest to, the toughest players to guard and the keys to sticking in the league for over a decade as a role player. Then, Dooling also discusses the contents of his book 'What's Driving You? How I Overcame Abuse and Learned to Lead in the NBA,' which focuses on how he was sexually abused as a child, his experience spending several days in a mental institution and how therapy helped him tremendously. Follow Keyon on Twitter @Keyon_Dooling.
Nov 12, 2017
World_Wide_Wob On How He Blew Up on Social Media, the Pettiest Players and NBA Predictions (Ep. 35)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Rob Perez (who you may know as @World_Wide_Wob from Twitter). Rob discusses the steps he took to get to this point in his career and how he cultivated such a large, loyal Twitter following. He also names the pettiest players in the NBA, explains how his followers track free agents' social-media antics for clues about where they may sign, answers questions from listeners and makes predictions about the 2017-18 NBA season. Follow Rob on Twitter @World_Wide_Wob.
Nov 12, 2017
Jarrod Uthoff on His Various NBA Stints, G League Experience, Learning from Dirk Nowitzki (Ep. 34)
HoopsHype's Alex Kennedy is joined by Fort Wayne Mad Ants big man Jarrod Uthoff, who previously played for the Dallas Mavericks and had preseason stints with the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers. Jarrod discusses his NBA career thus far, when he had his growth spurt and knew professional basketball was a realistic career for him, his experience in the G League, his growth as a player since leaving college and much more.
Nov 09, 2017
Breaking Down Players and Teams That Have Pleasantly Surprised Early in 2017-18 NBA Season (Ep. 33)
HoopsHype's Alex Kennedy and Rockets Wire's Sean Highkin break down the teams and players who have been surprisingly good early in the 2017-18 NBA season. They also break down whether it's time to panic about some teams that are struggling.
Nov 09, 2017
Brandon Paul on Joining the Spurs, 2017-18 Expectations, Overseas Stints and More (Ep. 32)
In the latest episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, San Antonio Spurs guard Brandon Paul joins Alex Kennedy to discuss his decision to sign with the Spurs, what it's like playing for Gregg Popovich, how much he's learned from the team's veterans, his expectations for the 2017-18 season and his journey to get to this point (including stints in Russia, Spain, and Turkey).
Oct 20, 2017's Jared Weiss on the Celtics' Season, Boston's Offseason and the Team's Long-Term Plan (Ep. 31)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, editor Jared Weiss joins Alex Kennedy to preview the Boston Celtics' 2017-18 season, break down the team's busy summer, analyze the organization's long-term outlook and predict how players like Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Jalen Brown and Marcus Smart will perform.
Oct 17, 2017
2017-18 NBA Preview, Team/Player Predictions and an All-Star Mock Draft (Ep. 30)
HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy and Bryan Kalbrosky preview the 2017-18 NBA season, sharing the teams they’re most excited to watch, the players poised to make a big leap and their award predictions. Alex and Bryan also do a Mock All-Star Draft in honor of the NBA’s new All-Star format.
Oct 16, 2017's Moke Hamilton on OKC's Expectations, How Westbrook, PG and Melo Will Work, The Big 3's Future (Ep. 29)
Moke Hamilton of discusses the Oklahoma City Thunder's ceiling entering this season, how their big 3 of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony will fit together, what the future holds for this core, how the Thunder match-up against the defending champion Golden State Warriors and much more.
Oct 12, 2017's Chris Biderman on Golden State's Toughest Challenger, the Warriors' New Additions, the Team's Long-Term Sustainability
Chris Biderman of discusses the keys to the Golden State Warriors defending their title, how much better the team could be after a strong offseason and improved chemistry, what has to happen for another squad to take down the Warriors, which rival contender presents the biggest challenge to Golden State, what could eventually be the downfall of this juggernaut and much more.
Oct 12, 2017's Erik Gundersen on LeBron James' Future, Off-Court Endeavors, Whether He'll Win Another Ring With Cavs (Ep. 27)
Erik Gundersen of discusses how much longer LeBron James can play at his dominant level, the Cleveland Cavaliers' 2017-18 season, LeBron's upcoming free agency, his off-court endeavors and much more.
Oct 03, 2017's Rahul Lal on Houston's Title Hopes, the Harden/CP3 Backcourt, How Rockets Can Beat Warriors (Ep. 26)
Rahul Lal of discusses the Houston Rockets' championship aspirations, how James Harden and Chris Paul will co-exist in the backcourt, whether the Rockets can seriously compete with the defending champion Golden State Warriors, X-Factors for Houston and more.
Oct 03, 2017's Josh Martin on Lonzo Ball's NBA Transition, LaVar Ball's Antics, LaMelo Ball's Future, Lakers' Season (Ep. 25)
Josh Martin of discusses all things Lonzo Ball, LaVar Ball's antics, LaMelo Ball's future now that he'll be home-schooled for his remaining two years of high school, expectations for the Los Angeles Lakers' 2017-18 season and more.
Oct 03, 2017
Ronnie2K on Joining NBA 2K, What His Job Entails and Crazy Interactions With Players and Celebrities (Ep. 24)
Ronnie Singh, also known as Ronnie2K, joins The HoopsHype Podcast to discuss his background growing up in California, how he got hired by NBA 2K, what his job as 2K's digital marketing director entails, crazy interactions he's had with NBA players and celebrities, how he deals with criticism from passionate fans, and the advice he has for individuals who want to pursue a similar career.
Sep 22, 2017
Mo Evans on Being an NBA Journeyman, VP of the NBPA and Behind the Scenes During the Lockout (Ep. 23)
Nine-year NBA veteran Mo Evans discusses his various stints around the league, how his time overseas early in his career helped him develop, the keys to being a successful journeyman, how he became Vice President of the National Basketball Players Association, what happened behind the scenes during the 2011 lockout and whether his role in the labor talks kept him from getting a job in the NBA after the work stoppage ended.
Sep 19, 2017
Chris Broussard on Cavs-Celtics Trade, LeBron's Future, His Career, Transition to FS1 (Ep. 22)
FS1's Chris Broussard joined The HoopsHype Podcast to discuss the recent blockbuster trade between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, what's next for Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, LeBron James' upcoming free agency decision, Carmelo Anthony's future, his rise through sports journalism, his transition from ESPN to FS1, his thoughts on developing relationships and breaking news, how he handles criticism and much more.
Aug 29, 2017
Quinn Cook on Signing With Hawks, Waived by Pelicans, His Growth and 2017-18 Expectations (Ep. 21)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, point guard Quinn Cook talks about signing with the Atlanta Hawks, being surprised by the New Orleans Pelicans' decision to waive him, how much he has grown as a player in recent years, expectations for the 2017-18 season, his journey grinding through the D-League and 10-day contracts to get to this point, the three players he watches film of before every single game and much more.
Aug 24, 2017
Peter Vecsey on HOF Career, Today's Sportswriting, Stories from His Past, His Comeback (Ep. 20)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Peter Vecsey who opens up about his Hall of Fame career, his thoughts on today's NBA reporting, crazy stories from his decades covering the sport, his comeback on Patreon ( and the biggest storylines of the NBA offseason.
Aug 11, 2017
Royce White on Mental Health Advocacy, Misconceptions, NBA Journey, Success in NBL Canada (Ep. 19)
In the latest episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by former first-round pick Royce White to discuss some of the misconceptions about himself, his success in the National Basketball League of Canada, what behind-the-scenes issues led to his departure from the NBA, his work as a mental health advocate and much more.
Aug 10, 2017
Mika Honkasalo Breaks Down Top-30 Point Guard Projections for 2017-18 NBA Season (Ep. 18)
HoopsHype writer Mika Honkasalo recently wrote a piece projecting the top 30 point guards for the 2017-18 NBA season. He discusses his list, criticism he faced and things he might change in retrospect. Alex Kennedy shares his thoughts on the projections and what he would tweak. You can find Mika's piece here:
Aug 10, 2017
JJ Redick on Joining 76ers, His Free Agency Process, Philly’s Upside, Leaving Clippers (Ep. 17)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard JJ Redick discusses plenty of topics including... 0:35: His first impression of Philadelphia’s passionate fan base. 2:40: JJ’s early interactions with his new teammates. 4:35: Why he hates free agency and how he approached the process. 7:10: Whether he wants to stay with the 76ers long-term and potentially even finish his career in Philadelphia. 8:50: When did he realize that he’d be leaving the Los Angeles Clippers? 11:30: Redick explains his comment that there was “no joy” in the way the Clippers played and why things got stale in L.A. 13:30: For the first time in years, he enters a season without championship aspirations. Is that a strange feeling in the prime of his career? 14:10: How good can this 76ers team be this upcoming season? 16:00: He says that he discussed a four-year deal with the Houston Rockets and he wanted to go there, but they ultimately changed their offer to a three-year deal and talks fell apart. 17:40: How family affects free agency decisions. For example, in his Uninterrupted documentary about his free agency process, his wife is adamant that she wants him to sign with the Brooklyn Nets and you see how everyone is impacted by his decision. 22:30: The amount of recruiting that takes place when you’re a free agent, and how sometimes it’s the free agent who initiates conversations to gain information about specific situations. 25:00: The talent on Philadelphia’s roster and how making the playoffs is a realistic goal. 27:00: How Brett Brown factored into his decision and his potential as a head coach. 30:00: At this point, what does he expect the rotation to look like and how guys will be used? 31:30: The star potential of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz and Dario Saric. 33:20: How he relates to younger teammates and adjusting to being the “old man” in the locker room. 36:20: Did the Golden State Warriors being such strong title favorites impact his free agency decision? And is Philadelphia poised to peak just as the Warriors are potentially declining? 38:30: His plan to re-launch his podcast on Uninterrupted and what that will entail. 40:10: His interest in a media career after he’s done playing, including owning a media company that produces original content. 42:25: How he went from hated to fan favorite and when he noticed that shift. 44:50: His best Stan Van Gundy story. 48:40: As someone who was a household name while at Duke, does he feel college athletes should be paid? 51:40: Why he believes Philadelphia could attract a superstar free agent in 2018 or 2019. 54:00: Who are the NBA’s best defenders? And who are the toughest players to guard? 57:00: How he prefers his cheesesteak.
Aug 04, 2017
Garrett Temple on Sacramento Kings' Free Agent Additions, Draft Picks and 2017-18 Goals (Ep. 16)
1:15: Temple's thoughts on De’Aaron Fox and his long-term potential. 3:25: How he feels about the Kings’ incoming rookie class as a whole. 5:20: Skal Labissiere’s ceiling and how he has developed behind-the-scenes. 8:10: Can Buddy Hield become a star? 10:20: Thoughts on George Hill, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter and how they'll help the Kings. 12:40: His conversations with Hill, Randolph and Carter and their plan to build a winning culture. 14:10: After making these win-now signings, is making the playoffs next season a realistic goal? 16:00: Temple discusses the job Dave Joerger did in his first year as Sacramento’s head coach. 17:45: Temple shares the areas of his game he’s trying to improve with his offseason training. 20:10: Does Garrett want to be a coach or executive after his playing days? 21:30: Garrett’s reaction to the DeMarcus Cousins trade and how the young guys played afterward. 25:30: His thoughts on Sacramento and how free agents tend to enjoy it once they give it a chance. 27:30: How different is the Kings’ culture now versus when Garrett first played there as a rookie? 29:40: The veterans who mentored him and showed him how to be a pro when he was a young player 31:45: Is it frustrating playing in the same division as the Warriors, especially after a summer like this? 33:20: His thoughts on Kyrie Irving reportedly demanding a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. 35:00: How egos and jealousy can impact an NBA team.
Jul 30, 2017
Malik Beasley on Nuggets' Offseason, Rookie Year, Summer League, Personal Development (Ep. 15)
0:40: What he learned during his rookie season. 1:30: Which veterans helped him as he adjusted to the league. 2:20: The aspects of his game that he needs to improve going forward. 2:50: How his time at Florida State prepared him for the NBA. 3:55: His excellent summer league play and how that helps his confidence. 5:15: What the coaching staff wanted to see from him entering summer league and how they felt about his performance. 5:50: How tough it was each night not knowing whether he'd play or how many minutes he'd receive. 7:05: His untapped potential since he's only 20 years old. 8:00: How playing well in the final two games of last season gave him something to build on entering the summer. 9:20: What has been the focus of his offseason training? 10:00: His experience with Mike Malone, and how he has helped his development. 11:00: What the addition of Paul Millsap means for the Nuggets and how he'll fit alongside this team. 11:45: How nice is to see Denver being viewed as an attractive destination for free agents, like Millsap, and what makes the situation so appealing. 12:45: How much fun is it to play in this offense? 13:35: After just missing the playoffs last year, is that the team-wide goal entering this season? 15:00: His thoughts on the Kyrie Irving situation, whether the trade demand surprised him and the possibility of Irving landing in Denver. 16:05: If Irving were to join the Nuggets, what would he bring to the team? 16:45: Malik shares his 'Welcome to the NBA' moment. 18:30: Who were the toughest players he matched up against during his rookie year? 20:00: Which NBA players Malik watches and models his game after.
Jul 29, 2017
Shane Larkin on Joining Boston Celtics, Experience Overseas, His Growth as a Player (Ep. 14)
In the latest episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Boston Celtics point guard Shane Larkin as they discuss Shane's experience playing overseas last season, his decision to return to the NBA, why he signed with the Celtics, how good Boston can be this upcoming season, his individual growth as a player, how his father - Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin - has helped him throughout his career and much more.
Jul 26, 2017
Jamal Crawford on His Free Agency Decision, Why He Joined the Wolves, Season Expectations (Ep. 13)
On the latest episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Jamal Crawford joins Alex Kennedy to discuss his free agency process, why he decided to join the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers, how difficult it was to leave the Los Angeles Clippers, expectations for the 2017-18 season, Kyrie Irving's surprising trade request, and answers to fan questions.
Jul 24, 2017
Joe Budden on His Knicks, Kyrie Irving, NBA Players Who Rap, 'Everyday Struggle' and More (Ep. 12)
Alex Kennedy is joined by rapper Joe Budden, who also hosts 'Everyday Struggle' on Complex and 'The Joe Budden Podcast,' as he discusses his New York Knicks, Kyrie Irving's trade demand, NBA players who can rap, rappers who can hoop, the life of a rapper and much more.
Jul 22, 2017
ESPN's Chris Haynes on Breaking Gordon Hayward's Signing, Being a Top NBA Reporter and More (Ep. 11)
Alex Kennedy is joined by ESPN's NBA reporter Chris Haynes to discuss his rise as a reporter, the pros and cons of the job, breaking the news of Gordon Hayward signing with the Boston Celtics, what that day was like for him since his report was denied by Hayward's camp, building relationships, how race factors into reporting and more.
Jul 11, 2017
Trevor Booker on Nets' Offseason, D'Angelo Russell, and NBA Free Agency Moves (Ep. 10)
Alex Kennedy is joined by Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker to discuss Otto Porter possibly joining the team (1:00), what his pitch is to other players about the Nets (2:00), rivalry with the Knicks (3:00), D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov joining the team (5:00), losing Brook Lopez and having him as a teammate (8:30), developing a winning culture (11:00), being in the Eastern Conference with so many star players now in the Western Conference (12:00), Gordon Hayward joining the Celtics (14:00), if the Warriors remain huge favorites next season (17:00), the Rockets new backcourt of James Harden and Chris Paul (19:00), the improved Timberwolves (21:00), Paul George with the Thunder (23:00), Markelle Fultz and the young Sixers (24:00), if he'd be open to returning to the Jazz (26:0), and living in Brooklyn (30:00).
Jul 06, 2017
John Hammond on Orlando's Draft, Free Agency, Recent NBA Trades and the Magic's Core (Ep. 9)
Alex Kennedy is joined by Orlando Magic GM John Hammond as they discuss the Chris Paul trade to the Rockets (:30), why he took the Magic job (2:00), the front office staff in Orlando (3:00), drafting Jonathan Isaac and what position he fits (4:00), their 2nd round pick Wesley Iwundu (7:00), if they are focused on trying to develop players or win now (8:00), how he found Giannis Antetokounmpo while with the Bucks (11:00), the value of experienced veterans to the team (14:00), offseason activity so far compared to other years (15:00), a typical day for him leading up to free agency (16:00), how aggressive he will be in free agency and making trades (17:00), if anyone on the team is untouchable (19:00), Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton (20:00), using their development team (22:00), what he learned from his time with Milwaukee (25:00), the best part of his job (26:00), and advice for anyone who hopes to become an NBA GM (28:00).
Jun 28, 2017
Myles Turner on Paul George, the Pacers’ Future, Loving Indiana and His Offseason Goals (Ep. 8)
Alex Kennedy is joined by Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner. They discussed: 0:30: Hosting the NBA Draft with ESPN and his thoughts on Indiana's draft. 2:30: Drawing motivation from going No. 11 in the 2015 draft. He felt he should've went No. 5 to Orlando. 4:10: Being 21 years old and still having so much untapped potential. 5:00: His reaction to report that Paul George plans to leave the Pacers. 5:55: Whether he's talked to Paul about the situation. 7:00: Whether he's ready to be Indiana's franchise player. 8:00: How much more comfortable and confident he was as a sophomore. 9:00: Improving his three-point shooting. 10:30: Going to playoffs in his first two seasons and how valuable that experience is. 13:00: His offseason training and goals 16:15: Being a prototypical big men in today's NBA. 17:00: Who are the toughest big men to defend? 18:20: His first season playing for coach Nate McMillan. 20:30: What he learned from Larry Bird over the last two years. 21:05: His relationship with general manager Kevin Pritchard and their discussions about the franchise's long-term plan. 24:30: Will he try to recruit free agents to Indiana? 27:00: How much he loves Indiana and the Pacers organization.
Jun 25, 2017
Dorell Wright on Entering NBA Out of High School, Playing With Young Steph + Klay, and More (Ep. 7)
Alex Kennedy is joined by NBA veteran Dorell Wright. They discussed: 1:00: Entering the NBA as a teenager out of high school. 5:00: How he connected with veteran teammates as a teenager. 8:00: His stint with the Golden State Warriors. 11:00: Playing with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson when they entered the NBA. 14:00: His free agency, what he brings to a team and if he's open to playing in Summer League. 20:00: His experience playing in China. 25:00: The best organizations he has played with. 27:00: What he learned from Pat Riley. 29:00 His favorite teammates throughout his NBA career. 36:00: His brother, Delon Wright, being in the league with the Toronto Raptors and what advice he's passed on.
Jun 25, 2017
Caron Butler on His Crazy Journey to the NBA, His Past Dealing Drugs and His NBA Career (Ep. 6)
Alex Kennedy is joined by NBA veteran Caron Butler. They discussed: 1:00: His rough childhood, which involved selling cocaine at 11 years old and being arrested 15 times by the age of 15. 1:40: Falling in love with basketball at a juvenile detention center. 2:40: Changing his lifestyle and leaving the streets. 5:05: How a police officer giving him the benefit of the doubt kept him from serving a decade in prison. 9:20 What NBA teams asked him about his past during the pre-draft process. 11:30: Going from working at Burger King as a kid to becoming an owner of six franchises. 13:30: How much sweeter is his success given all of the obstacles he had to overcome. 15:50: Having defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals, what does it take to beat a super-team? 17:30: Frustration over the Dallas Mavericks breaking up after their 2011 championship. 18:30: Thoughts on the Golden State Warriors and what their dominance means for the NBA. 22:15: What it's like matching up against LeBron James and Kevin Durant 25:10: How the league has changed over the last decade. 26:50: His free agency, and his future in broadcasting. 29:10: His fun days with the Washington Wizards. 30:45: Being addicted to Mountain Dew and drinking it at halftime of games. 31:30: What Jim Calhoun taught him on and off the court at UConn. 33:10: Playing with Kobe Bryant and his favorite teammates.
Jun 25, 2017
Larry Nance Jr. on Lonzo Ball, Paul George Rumors, Brook Lopez, and Magic Johnson's Impact (Ep. 5)
Alex Kennedy is joined by Los Angeles Lakers power forward Larry Nance Jr. to discuss a wide range of topics: 1:00: Reaction to the Lonzo Ball pick and how he'll help the Lakers. 2:30: Thoughts on LaVar Ball. 3:30: How the Lakers did in the draft overall. 4:10: Thoughts on the Paul-George-to-L.A. rumors and how he deals with trade rumors. 6:20: Reaction to Brook Lopez joining the team and D'Angelo Russell being traded. 8:30: His talks with Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, and what role they want him to play. 13:00: Playoff expectations for the upcoming season. 16:00: How close this Lakers team has become. 19:15: Thoughts on Luke Walton's first season as coach. 20:40: Why the Lakers are so attractive to free agents now. 23:00: His foundation Athletes vs. Crohn’s Disease. 25:45: Toughest players to defend and toughest players to score against. 26:40: The biggest trash-talker he’s faced. 27:25: The most hostile opposing arenas. 28:10: Has Kobe Bryant been around the organization? 32:50: Will he participate in next season's dunk contest?
Jun 25, 2017
John Wall on NBA Trades, Career Year, Paul George Rumors and Super Teams (Ep. 4)
Alex Kennedy is joined by Washington Wizards point guard John Wall to discuss the reaction to the Dwight Howard trade and trade rumors(1:00), recruiting stars (4:00), his breakout year (7:00), offseason workout and goals (8:00), super teams and the keys to beating the Warriors (9:00), impact of Coach Brooks (13:00), Bradley Beal's season (14:00), motivation and making the All-NBA 3rd team, (16:00), Otto Porter's growth (17:00), being a mentor to high school and college players (18:00), his overnight rise to fame after bein drafted (20:00), coming into league during rise of social media (24:00), his confidence every game (27:00), Paul George (29:00), donating to "Bright Beginnings" to help the homeless (31:00), and if he could see himself finishing his career with the Wizards (35:00).
Jun 21, 2017
Elfrid Payton on the Orlando Magic's Future, His Growth as a Player and the State of the NBA (Ep. 3)
Alex Kennedy is joined by Orlando Magic point guard Elfrid Payton to discuss his recent NBA Cares trip to the Philippines (2:00), his improvement toward the end of the season (4:00), chemistry with his teammates (8:00), his work on his shot (10:00), frustrations of not making the playoffs the last few years (14:00), where Magic need to improve (16:00), the toughest point guards to defend (20:00), learning from Chris Paul (30:00), up-and-coming teams in the league (41:00), and his draft-day memories (44:00).
Jun 20, 2017
Mike Evans on His High School Basketball Days, Love of the NBA, Buccaneers' Expectations (Ep. 2)
Alex Kennedy is joined by Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans to discuss his decision to pursue football over basketball and if he could have made it to the NBA (6:00), who in the NBA could play in the NFL (9:00), why he is such a big Dwyane Wade fan (17:00), if we could see super-teams form in the NFL (21:00), thoughts on the upcoming NFL season (25:00), whether he's the best receiver in the league (33:00), being with 'Cash Money Sports' (46:00), and who will win the NBA title next season (48:00).
Jun 20, 2017
CJ McCollum on His NBA Success, Offseason Goals, Warriors' Dominance and Paul George (Ep. 1)
Alex Kennedy is joined by Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum to discuss his offseason workout plan and goals (8:00), the Golden State Warriors' dominance and if they're "bad for the NBA" (14:00), how good Paul George is (19:00), his thoughts on Markelle Fultz coming into the league (21:00), Lonzo Ball's game and whether his father is a concern (23:00), his work in journalism and starting 'CJ's Press Pass' for kids (25:00), and his 'Dream Center' in Portland (32:00).
Jun 20, 2017
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Jun 16, 2017