Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson & Darius Miles

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Totally unguarded conversations about sports, culture and basketball nostalgia.

NBA veterans Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles are lifelong friends and bona fide truth-tellers. Listen as they invite special guests, high-profile athletes, musicians and entertainers to get brutally honest about everything from current events to untold stories from the golden era of sports and culture. Named for the on-court celebration they made wildly popular, this unfiltered, hilarious and surprising podcast is like playing NBA 2K with no fouls.

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Cappie Pondexter

Bonus episode! Cappie Pondexter — the “first lady” of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles — joins the show. She and the boys begin by discussing her rise in Chicago basketball, and how the city inspired the way she played. Cappie also talks about getting her killer instinct from playing with (and tuning up) the boys. She then explains her decision to attend Rutgers, and the positive impact that that move had on her entire career. Following that, Cappie discusses the WNBA draft, playing with Diana Taurasi, and what it was like to win a championship so early in her career. Darius crowns Cappie and Diana “the Shaq and Kobe of the WNBA.” Talk then shifts to the current state of the women’s league, and what Cappie thinks that the WNBA can do better to keep women’s basketball moving in the right direction. She follows that by talking about playing overseas, her all-time favorite place to play, and why the game of basketball has inspired her to travel all over the world. This leads to a discussion about the importance of broadening horizons, and Cappie explains her involvement in the fashion industry, as well as her love for art. She and the boys then move on to their nostalgia for Chicago basketball, and the identities of some of the city’s best — and least-known — players. She then ranks her top five WNBA players of all time, and finishes by debating the hosts about MJ, Kobe and LeBron. Cappie is a Chicago queen, and you won’t want to miss this great episode.

May 07, 2019
Dwyane Wade

Future Hall of Famer and recent retiree Dwyane Wade joins the show from scenic Wade Manor in Miami for the season finale of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. Dwyane begins by talking about his meteoric rise from lightly-recruited high school player to lottery pick in the NBA draft. He and D-Miles then reflect on the time they were high school teammates, and relive stories of Darius’s mother waking them up early for practice. Dwyane explains how Tom Crean, his coach at Marquette, prepared him for the pros and how his time in college changed his basketball mentality. He then discusses the NBA draft, and how Q was the first one to tell him that teams had him high on their draft boards, which eventually led to his decision to leave school. Dwyane then explains how everything in Miami changed when Shaq arrived, and what it was like to win a championship with a bunch of basketball legends. From there, D-Wade gets into The Decision, and how he never expected to play with LeBron. He also divulges where else he and LeBron could have gone besides Miami, and why Chris Bosh was the perfect match for them. Lastly, the three men talk about legacy, and Dwyane explains what it means to have a county named after him, and what he plans on focusing on in his life after the League. D-Wade and the Knuckleheads go way back, and this episode dives deep into the career of one of the biggest stars in NBA history.

Apr 30, 2019
Patrick Beverley

Clipper nation, stand up! Patrick Beverley joins Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. The show begins with talk about Chicago, and what it was like for Pat to grow up there, and how it helped to shape his game. He then discusses playing college ball at Arkansas, as well as leaving school to play overseas in Ukraine. The conversation then shifts to Pat’s journey to the NBA, and how his pit bull mentality helped him get to the league, and why he revels in the nickname “Mr. 94 Feet.” Pat also provides insight into his trash-talking strategy and whether or not he goes into games prepared for what he’s going to say. He moves on from that to talk about the Clippers. Pat explains the reasons that L.A. has been able to have so much success this year, and why the team represents misfits everywhere, as well as how he knew the Clippers would be the best team in the city. He then reminisces about looking up to KG as a kid, and why his intensity was an inspiration. Finally, Pat ranks his top five all-time defensive players, which sparks a spirited debate. Patrick Beverley brings intensity, passion and fire to whatever he does — get to know what’s behind all of that in another can’t-miss episode.

Apr 23, 2019
Udonis Haslem

Udonis Haslem brings the guys into his Miami mancave to talk about U.D. being one of the “mayors” of Miami, and about what it was like to grow up there. Udonis also reminisces about his successful career at Miami Senior High, and he debates with Q about whose high school team was better. The three then discuss college, and why U.D. chose to go to Florida instead of Miami. That conversation then shifts to U.D.’s experiences when he had to play one season in France because no NBA teams wanted to sign him. He lost 50 pounds while he was in Europe, and when he returned to Miami people were impressed with both his hustle and his new physique. That led to a contract with the Heat — and the rest is history. D and Q then ask Udonis about his best Pat Riley stories, including the time he tried to get in between Riley and Shaq when the two men were arguing. The three also talk about D-Wade, and U.D. explains how he and D-Wade became close friends over the years, and why Wade was the reason he stayed in Miami to play with the Big 3. He also gives his opinion on D-Wade’s “one last dance” haircut. Udonis Haslem is as intense as he is humble. He represents the best of what Miami has to offer and his stories will give you an even better appreciation for the 305.

Apr 16, 2019
Wilson Chandler

Clippers forward Wilson Chandler joins the show in this week’s episode of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. They begin by touching on Wilson’s unusual route to the first round of the 2007 NBA draft, and how frustrations in school influenced his decisions. As a rookie he was teammates with Q on a Knicks team that had a crazy dynamic. Wilson also explains his decision to go vegan for a few years, and explains how his diet helped his body heal. He talks about the struggle of going through rehab for a few of his major injuries, and how the process was so boring that it actually pushed him into becoming an avid reader. The three then discuss coming to the NBA out of the hood, and how it’s hard — but also important — to broaden your horizons. Finally, Wilson tells a story about the time he went bungee jumping, and how he was worried that he had hurt himself after having just recovered from an injury. Before his appearance on Knuckleheads, Wilson Chandler had never before been on a podcast. His debut is well worth a listen.

Apr 09, 2019
Kevin Durant

This week’s Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles welcomes on MVP, two-time NBA champ, and future Hall of Famer Kevin Durant. KD looks back on his meteoric rise, and pinpoints the moment when he figured out he could play in the NBA. He also talks about how special his time at Texas was, and reveals where he originally wanted to go to school. The trio moves on to a review of the 2007 draft, and how KD believed the Trail Blazers would have been a perfect fit for his game. They then dive into KD’s time in Oklahoma City, specifically the dynamic between him, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden — before they all became MVPs. Kevin remembers how intense their practices were, how proud he was when they won their MVP awards, and what could have been had the three of them not been broken up. The discussion then switches to the Warriors — they discuss the possibility of a three-peat, how Kevin’s shot has improved from playing with Steph and Klay, and why he didn’t get that emotional after winning his first championship. One of the NBA’s best players has a lot to say. You will not want to miss Kevin Durant.

Apr 02, 2019
Baron Davis

The one and only BD, Baron Davis, joins the guys for Episode 6 of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. The show beings with a conversation about L.A. hoops and how Baron is one of the gatekeepers for so many of the NBA players from L.A. today. He talks about why he felt obligated to play close to home at UCLA, and discusses the extra steps he took to be around up-and-coming players. He and the boys then review the basketball styles in different regions of the country, and why Baron was so determined to change the “soft” rep that L.A. players used to have. The three then talk about the Clippers, and how players around the league were jealous that Q and D were having so much fun even though their team was losing. Baron then talks about James Harden, and what a special talent he is. BD first met James during a pickup game back in L.A. He knew the kid was going to be special one day because Harden, who was still in high school, totally shut him down. Baron also ranks his top five point guards, and offers some surprising takes during a debate on the ’90s NBA vs. today’s league. The entertaining Baron Davis guarantees great smack and plenty of laughs.

Mar 26, 2019
Kemba Walker feat. Drew Gooden

Episode 5 of Knuckleheads, with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles is here and this time they bring on a killer point guard, Kemba Walker. Also, good friend of the show Drew Gooden pops in to make quite the entertaining surprise guest host. They begin by discussing NYC hoop and how that built Kemba into the player and person he is today. Kemba makes sure to roll out some of his best streetball stories, including the one about the time he won a tournament as the youngest player at Rucker Park. It’s March, and thus the squad turns its focus to college basketball, including Kemba’s championship run at UConn. He explains why he was able to play so well every time he entered the Garden. They move on to the GOAT and what it was like getting drafted by MJ, and how it’s been being around him on a daily basis. Kemba also reveals if he’s played him in one-on-one. Find out if city-born Kemba is now a country boy in Charlotte, as well as who his favorite player was growing up and how that admiration gave birth to his crazy crossover. Lastly, discover how Kemba treated his parents once he got paid and who his Top 5 Rappers of All Time are. Cardiac Kemba is here to lay it down.

Mar 19, 2019
Kyrie Irving & Jayson Tatum

In this episode of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles, the guys are joined by Celtics’ stars Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum. You’ll be surprised to learn the identity of the first person to put a number on Kyrie when he was a rookie. Everybody then shares their best Coach K stories, and we also learn how Drake almost got Kyrie to wear Kentucky blue, and what it was like for Jayson to be the next prodigy in St. Louis. Kyrie then explains the origin of his absurd layup package, as well as what his dad used to have him do that made his handles second to none. He and Jayson also touch on the influence that Kobe has had on both their games. Jayson tells the story of being starstruck last year when Kobe reached out to him during the playoffs, and then explains what he learned from working out with him in the off-season. Kyrie says that Kobe was one of the few people he went to for advice when he was debating his decision to leave LeBron and the Cavaliers. Finally, laugh along as Kyrie and Jayson joke about the time they almost squared up, and everybody has a good time discussing Darius’s and Jayson’s love for St. Louis. Knuckleheads keeps on rolling.

Mar 12, 2019
J.R. Smith

Get ready for the “Henny God” as Episode 3 of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles features the one and only J.R. Smith. They begin by talking about J.R. wanting to play both football and basketball in college and how that ultimately led to his going straight to the NBA out of high school. They move on to discuss the early parts of J.R.’s career, what CP3 was like as a rookie, and how cool it was to play with AI at such a young age. J.R. has been teammates with quite a few superstars — he gets into the challenge of finding his role amidst all the greatness and also gives the inside scoop on the best teammate he ever beat in one-on-one. The guys then move on to J.R.’s public image and how he went from Sixth Man of the Year to Henny God in one season. Following that, it’s championship talk, as J.R. explains how much it meant to win a championship and reveals the details of his shirtless celebration that went on for weeks following the Finals. Toward the end, J.R. delves into his current situation in Cleveland, explaining why the NBA needs more GMs who are confrontational. We took a special trip to NYC to record this episode and swish did not disappoint.

Mar 05, 2019
Allen Iverson, Kyle Lowry & Gary Payton

Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles comes to you live from NBA All-Star weekend where Quentin and Darius recorded the show in front of an audience at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. The episode itself is full of Hall of Fame perspectives as Allen Iverson sits down with Kyle Lowry and get right into stories from their college days, specifically touching on the rivalry between Villanova and Georgetown. Kyle also explains his decision to play at a school near home, while Allen talks about the promise that Hoyas coach John Thompson’s made to his mother. Allen also discusses his idolization of MJ, and explains an unexpected perk of being a Hall of Famer. The second half of the panel discussion features Gary Payton, who keeps it 100% real — as usual. Gary discusses the origin of his legendary trash talking, divulges the name of the person who bestowed him with the nickname “the Glove,” and predicts that he will be the only point guard to ever be named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Feb 26, 2019
Jimmy Butler

Quentin and Darius serve up good vibes with none other than special guest Jimmy Butler. The 76ers’ shooting guard gets personal and goes in on everything from the first person in the NBA to “bust his ass,” to the fact that he didn't even know where Milwaukee was when he chose to attend Marquette for college. The eight-year vet gives a how-to lesson on playing defense successfully in today’s league and the three discuss Jimmy’s rookie season with the Bulls in 2011–12, and how being on a team with so many veterans taught him the importance of speaking your mind and being blunt. Jimmy also discusses his past — his struggles as a kid in Texas and his meteoric rise to NBA stardom from junior college, to coming off the bench at Marquette, to being a first-round draft pick. Q and Darius ask Jimmy about his first big spending spree, which came right after he won a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics. That story leads directly into to another lesser known tale about the time Jimmy went to Fashion Week in Paris with D-Wade and Melo and found out he was being traded from Chicago to Minnesota. Lastly, Jimmy divulges which NBA player he modeled his game after, where his nickname, “Jimmy Buckets,” comes from and why Justin Beiber's latest album is in his top 5. Your new favorite podcast has arrived. Knuckleheads is the place for the best hoops stories you’ve never heard, as well as for old-school opinions and endless laughs.

Feb 19, 2019
Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson & Darius Miles Season One Trailer

NBA veterans Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles are lifelong friends and bona fide truth-tellers. Listen as they invite special guests, high-profile athletes, musicians and entertainers to get brutally honest about everything from current events to untold stories from the golden era of sports and culture. Named for the on-court celebration they made wildly popular, this unfiltered, hilarious and surprising podcast is like playing NBA 2K with no fouls.

Feb 12, 2019