Winging It

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Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore of the Atlanta Hawks are going off script (with a little help from Annie Finberg), with a behind-the-scenes look at what NBA players think and talk about when their minds aren't on the court. Sports, news, pop culture - whatever they’re talking about, just know they’re winging it.

Episode Date
Former Ambassador Andrew Young on Basketball, MLK, and Atlanta | Winging It

The ‘Winging It’ crew is joined by former UN ambassador Andrew Young to discuss the evolution of basketball in the past five decades (01:41), his time as a leader in the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King Jr. (06:25), and how Atlanta has changed since his time as mayor (28:03).

May 13, 2019
Shaquille O’Neal and Candace Parker | Winging It

The ‘Winging It’ crew sits down with Shaquille O’Neal and Candace Parker to swap stories about playing against each other, watching each other evolve over the years, and their transitions to broadcast.

May 06, 2019
Offseason Check-In and Playoff Basketball | Winging It

The ‘Winging It’ crew sits down to reflect on the regular season and previous guests (01:12) before breaking down first- and second-round playoff matchups (19:27).

Apr 30, 2019
Damian Lillard on the Playoffs, Music, and His Rookie Moments | Winging It

The ‘Winging It’ crew is joined by Damian Lillard to talk about the Trail Blazers as a 3-seed in the West (01:52) before discussing his music career (13:50). Then, they look back at some of Dame’s rookie moments (28:13) and debate Ja Morant vs. Zion (33:14).

Apr 15, 2019
Bonus Episode: Max Holloway | Winging It

On this bonus episode, the ‘Winging It’ crew is joined by Max Holloway ahead of his fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 236.

Apr 12, 2019
JJ Redick on Triple-Double Chasers, the Best Team In the East, and Ejection Stories | Winging It

The ‘Winging It’ crew is joined by JJ Redick to discuss their thoughts on the mindset of players who are chasing triple-doubles (13:29) and who they think the best team in the East is (17:43). Then, they tell stories about getting ejected (57:35).

Apr 08, 2019
Ludacris on His Big 2020, Getting Into Acting, and the Worst Trash Talkers | Winging It

The ‘Winging It’ crew sits down with Ludacris to talk about what he has in store for 2020, including new music and ‘Fast 9’ (02:22). Then they discuss how he got into acting (27:55) and the worst trash talkers in the league (51:06).

Apr 01, 2019
Michael Conley Jr. on His Up-and-Down Year, Playing With Vince, and Player-Fan Interaction | Winging It

The ‘Winging It’ crew is joined by Michael Conley Jr. to discuss his up-and-down year (23:01) and playing with Vince in Memphis. Then they talk about the incident with Russell Westbrook and a Utah Jazz fan (29:06) and reminisce on Mike’s first few years in the league (47:45).

Mar 18, 2019
DeMar DeRozan on Playing For Pop, Mental Health, and Life Outside Basketball | Winging it

The ‘Winging It’ crew is joined by DeMar DeRozan to discuss his offseason trade to the Spurs and his excitement at getting to play under Gregg Popovich (07:42). Then they have a candid discussion about mental health in the NBA (22:51) and look back at DeMar’s "Welcome to the League" moment (39:32).

Mar 11, 2019
Trae Young and John Collins on the Hawks, This Year's Dunk Contest, and Luka | Winging It

The ‘Winging It’ crew is joined by Trae Young and John Collins to talk about All-Star Weekend and this year's dunk contest (08:40). Then Vince and Kent discuss the evolution of Trae and John since coming into the league (22:11) before Trae breaks down how he's motivated by comparisons to Luka Doncic (38:55).

Mar 04, 2019
Gary Owen on How He and Vince Met, Being a LeBron Fan, and Getting Into Comedy | Winging It (Ep. 9)

The ‘Winging It’ crew is joined by actor and comedian Gary Owen to discuss how he and Vince became friends (08:07), following a player rather than a team (23:30), and his "Welcome to the League" moment as a comedian (33:30).

Feb 18, 2019
Celebrating the Stars at All-Star Weekend | Winging It (Ep. 8)

In preparation for All-Star weekend, the ‘Winging It’ crew revisits all our previous guests who are participating in the All-Star Game, including Stephen Curry (01:30), Dwyane Wade (12:48), and Dirk Nowitzki (19:45).

Feb 11, 2019
The Mailbag Episode, Plus Affion Crockett | Winging It (Ep. 7)

The ‘Winging It’ crew answers fan questions, including who the guys’ top-five clutch performers are and what Vince’s life would be like had he pursued music. Then, they’re joined by comedian Affion Crockett.

Feb 04, 2019
Chris Tucker on 'Def Comedy Jam,' 'Rush Hour 4,' and Joining Michael Jackson on Stage | Winging It (Ep. 6)

Chris Tucker joins the ‘Winging It’ crew to talk about 'Def Comedy Jam' (06:04), 'Rush Hour 4' (20:07), pregame routines (31:27), and the time Chris joined Michael Jackson on stage (35:24).

Jan 28, 2019
Dwyane Wade on Living Like a Star, Family Life, and the Best Teammates He’s Had | Winging It (Ep. 5)

Dwyane Wade sits down with the ‘Winging It’ crew to discuss his "Welcome to the League" moment (28:09), what the jump to stardom in the NBA was like for him (36:15), and the birth of his daughter (45:05) before answering questions from the fans (1:00:47).

Jan 21, 2019
Dirk Nowitzki on His Remaining Time in the Changing NBA, “Welcome to the League” Moments, and Becoming a Champion | Winging It (Ep. 4)

The ‘Winging It’ crew is kicking off the new year with 13-time NBA All-Star and NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki. They compare what it was like for an international player to come to the NBA when he was a rookie as opposed to now (05:25), discuss his “Welcome to the League” moments (11:43), and break down his mindset during his historic Finals run in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks (18:20).

Jan 07, 2019
Bonus Episode: Back-to-Backs, Vince Gets to 25,000 Points, and the ‘Petty God’ Awards | Winging It

On this bonus episode of ‘Winging It,’ the gang sits down to discuss the changes made to scheduling in the NBA, Vince’s journey to 25,000 career points, and hand out awards for the pettiest moments around the league this season.

Dec 31, 2018
Jeremy Lin on Linsanity, Rookie Moments, and Fan Questions | Winging It (Ep. 3)

Jeremy Lin joins the crew to share a poem (03:50), discuss his journey from Harvard to the NBA (08:20), and breakdown what it’s like to represent Asia (14:24). Then the crew discusses the defining moments from his rookie year (21:50), and answers fan questions (32:05). 

Dec 17, 2018
Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala on A.I. Stories, Vince and Dell, and Baze’s Golf Simulator | Winging It (Ep. 2)

This week the gang stops by Baze’s place to try out his golf simulator, where they were joined by two-time MVP Stephen Curry and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala. They dish stories on hanging out with Allen Iverson (04:43) and Vince playing with Steph’s dad in Toronto (23:00) before discussing the comparisons being made between Trae Young and Steph (50:37) and golf (57:50).

Dec 10, 2018
Golf, Being Veterans, Young Hawks, and Vince’s Dunks | Winging It (Ep. 1)

On the premiere episode of ‘Winging It’, the gang breaks down their favorite places to play golf (00:26), discusses what it’s like to be veterans and role models to the Atlanta Hawks rookies (06:58) as well as playing in a league that captures every moment on social media (21:41), and asks an important question: Should Vince participate in this year's dunk contest?

Dec 03, 2018
Hit the Road with 'Winging It'

Get ready to hit the road with the Vince Carter, Kent Bazemore, and Annie Finberg as they go from city to city talking to your favorite players around the league about whatever they want— just know they're winging it.

Nov 19, 2018