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Hoops talk brought to you by Jesse Williams and Stefan Marolachakis. Talking shop about basketball, art, and life with a cast of special guests.

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Hoops talk brought to you by Jesse Williams and Stefan Marolachakis. Talking shop about basketball, art, and life with a cast of special guests.

iTunes Ratings

155 Ratings
Average Ratings
131
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Best basketball podcast!

By cjguest - Aug 17 2017
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This podcast is fire! Entertaining and informative. Hosts have very good on-air chemistry.

Love

By Nnnnnbbbbbbaaaaa - Mar 09 2017
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So funny they said what we are all thinking.

iTunes Ratings

155 Ratings
Average Ratings
131
11
3
4
6

Best basketball podcast!

By cjguest - Aug 17 2017
Read more
This podcast is fire! Entertaining and informative. Hosts have very good on-air chemistry.

Love

By Nnnnnbbbbbbaaaaa - Mar 09 2017
Read more
So funny they said what we are all thinking.
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Open Run

Latest release on Jul 01, 2019

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Hoops talk brought to you by Jesse Williams and Stefan Marolachakis. Talking shop about basketball, art, and life with a cast of special guests.

Rank #1: Charles Oakley Sets the Record Straight

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After the debacle at The Garden, New York Knicks legend, Charles Oakley, joins the guys to explain what really happened, his thoughts on James Dolan, what toughness really means to him and this current iteration of the Knickerbockers.

Feb 10 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #2: Desus and Mero! Bodega Boys in the Building!

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Open Run. Desus & Mero. It's all Big Baller Brand everything when the duos unite to talk about $500 sneakers, the playoffs, all-time NBA greats, and Knicks, Knicks, Knicks.

May 05 2017

1hr 32mins

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Rank #3: Larry Sanders on Kyrie, the Cavs, and Life Outside the NBA

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Former Milwaukee Buck and Cleveland Cavalier Larry Sanders joins the show to talk about why he first stepped away from the NBA, his decision to join the Cavs this past spring, and why he wasn't actually all that surprised by Kyrie Irving's trade request.

Jul 27 2017

46mins

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Rank #4: Jay Williams on Life After Near-Death and What He Learned Coaching High School Hoops

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Basketball player, ESPN analyst, and bestselling author Jay Williams joins our man Stefan Marolachakis to talk about his recent experience coaching high school basketball and his quest to become the Oprah of the sports world. Other topics covered: the Celtics's chances of winning it all next season, the future of the Porzingod, what he learned from Coach K, and the art of living a full life.

Jul 25 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #5: Houston, We Have a Problem

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Carmelo Anthony wants to leave the Knicks and join the Rockets, but can the two teams actually make that happen? Does Lonzo Ball's Summer League MVP win mean he's going to turn the NBA into the BBA? And then: a story about a man ripping off NBA players by masquerading as Adele's manager inspires Stefan to share his own tale about the worst compulsive liar he ever met.

Jul 19 2017

46mins

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Rank #6: Emergency Hoops Therapy Session & NBA Draft Talk with Jonathan Wasserman

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Jesse and Stefan stage an emergency meeting in NYC to help each other deal with their Jimmy Butler and Kristaps Porzingis stress. Then Bleacher Report's NBA Draft Writer Jonathan Wasserman joins up to recap the Draft and share his favorite picks o' the night.

Jun 23 2017

48mins

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Rank #7: Stephen Jackson a.k.a. Stak5 on the We Believe Warriors & Partying with Woody Harrelson

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Baller, rapper, NBA Champion, and self-described jack-of-all-trades Stephen Jackson joins the show to talk about life as a member of the "We Believe" Warriors, partying with Woody Harrelson, his favorite active players, and how the NBA might have overreacted to the Malice at the Palace.

Mar 24 2017

54mins

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Rank #8: New Laker Kentavious Caldwell-Pope aka "Bread from Heaven" aka The Young Pope

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We talk to new Laker Kentavious Caldwell-Pope about how he's liking LA so far, and what it feels like to be called "bread from heaven" by his new team. Then we ask him about the hardest player to guard in the NBA and his go-to pregame soundtrack before workshopping some new nickname ideas together.

Aug 16 2017

43mins

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Rank #9: Will Anyone Ever Ever Beat the Warriors Again Ever?

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Will this Warriors squad face any real challengers this decade? What are the ramifications of the Cavs-Celtics drama? Is there an added layer of meaning to the parking habits of Kristaps Porzingis?! Our Special Correspondent Nathaniel Rich helps us unpack it all on this week's Open Run.

Aug 30 2017

57mins

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Rank #10: Festus Ezeli and Myles Brown Talk NBA Finals, Superteams, LeBron vs. Jordan

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Former Golden State Warrior and 2015 NBA Champion Festus Ezeli joins the show to tell Jesse and Stefan what it's really like to play against the Cavs in the NBA Finals. Then we talk to writer Myles Brown about the challenges LeBron is facing right now, the differences between his and Steph Curry's paths to greatness, and our complicated feelings about seeing Durant in a Warriors uniform.

Jun 07 2017

1hr 28mins

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Rank #11: Lakers President Jeanie Buss

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Lakers president Jeanie Buss joins us in studio to discuss Lakers past, present, and future before playing a round of #NameThatBaller and taking her chances on...the #HotBench!

Oct 20 2015

1hr 29mins

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Rank #12: Playoff Talk, News o' the Day, and the All-New Open Run Hotline!

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Jesse and Stefan catch up on the playoffs and how they're coping with blowout boredom. We've also got breaking news o' the day, updates on last week's date night Shame or Fame, and listener messages from the all-new Open Run Hotline!

May 24 2017

52mins

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Rank #13: Rod Strickland on Boogie's Decision, the Kyrie Comparisons, and the Incoming Rookie Class

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Rod Strickland a.k.a. the Point God joined us to weigh in on the incoming rookie class, the comparisons to Kyrie, and Boogie's decision to join the Warriors. He also talks about Charles Oakley's unique ability to foul you and talk trash at the very same time, as well as just how dirty a player John Stockton was/wasn't. Oh, and you'll want to stick around for the Arvydas Sabonis portion of the conversation. Bonus: This episode features friend o' the show Kyle Mann of the Dime Drop! Enjoy.

Jul 23 2018

39mins

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Rank #14: Taj Gibson on Reuniting With His Old Friends in Minnesota

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Jesse and Stefan talk to Taj Gibson about reuniting with his old teammate Jimmy Butler in Minnesota, making the transition from young buck to seasoned veteran, and the time a little Knicks talk took his relationship with Coach Tom Thibodeau to a whole new level. Trainer Travelle Gaines also joins the show to shed light on what pro trainers do to help players deal with the rigors of the NBA, and just how all these epic offseason pickup games come together.

Aug 26 2017

54mins

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Rank #15: Chris Paul

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Chris Paul, one of the greatest point guards of all time and the Mayor of Lob City, joins us to discuss the keys to the Clippers' great start, how his game has evolved over 12 years in the NBA, and the toughest players he's ever had to guard. Then we open up to CP3 about our problem with initial-based nicknames, and attempt to work through it...together.

Dec 07 2016

1hr 38mins

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Rank #16: The Open Run x Dime Drop NBA Draft Preview Extravaganza!

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Open Run's favorite NBA Draft Nostradamus, Kyle Mann of the Dime Drop, joins us for the one-stop NBA Draft pop-up shop of your dreams. That's right: it's the official Open Run x Dime Drop 2018 NBA Draft Preview! Heart-stopping predictions and life-changing new nicknames abound. The draft won't know what hit it. Follow Kyle Mann on Twitter: @jkylemann ...and Instagram: @jkylemann Follow The Dime Drop on Twitter: @dimedrophoops ...and Instagram: @thedimedrop Subscribe to the Dime Drop on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdf5X8hXBKnkVTfxuxkLiOQ

Jun 21 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #17: Doc Rivers, President and Coach of the LA Clippers

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Doc Rivers, president and coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, joins us to talk about his days playing with Dominique in Atlanta, his championship run with the Celtics, the unique experience of coaching his son, and the challenges that lie ahead for the Clippers. Oh, and he shares some of the best Pat Riley stories you've ever heard.

Jan 19 2017

1hr 29mins

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Rank #18: A Different Kind of Grouchy with Andrew Kuo

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It’s all Knicks all the time as Stefan is joined by Andrew Kuo of our other favorite hoops pod, Cookies! Stefan and Kuo put on their GM hats and architect the Knicks rebuild of their dreams. Want a side of Mitchell Robinson with your Mitchell Robinson? You’ve come to the right place.

• Andrew Kuo on Twitter and Instagram

Cookies on Twitter and Instagram

As always, follow Open Run on Twitter and Instagram.

Mar 06 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #19: NBA Free Agency Special with Jeremiah Jackson

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Jesse and Stefan get Jesse's old pal and NBA wiz Jeremiah Jackson on the horn to break down all the madness of NBA free agency Y2K15 including, of course, #DeAndreGate.

Jul 13 2015

57mins

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Rank #20: Free Agency and Draft Talk with Matthew Dellavedova & Marc Stein

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Your boys toss around the scuttlebutt & kick the ball around with ESPN analyst Marc Stein & Matthew Dellavedova of the Cleveland Cavaliers a.k.a. Mr. Dellvedere himself!

Jul 01 2015

56mins

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Empire State of the Union

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Stefan is back to talk about free agency, and not just any old free agency! We're talking Knicks free agency and Nets free agency. KD. Kyrie. It's a battle o' the boroughs—and the winner may not be as clear as you think. Or is it?! Only two ways to find out: buy a time machine, or download this fresh-out-of-the-oven episode of your favorite podcast's favorite podcast: Open Run.

Jul 01 2019

20mins

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Warriors Fans Have Feelings, Too

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It's a bona fide homecoming as old-school Open Runner Ben Cruz rejoins the pod to talk about his beloved Warriors, their heated series against the Rockets, and the offseason that lies ahead. Will the Dubs win it all one more time? What will the team look like next season? Does Stefan finally...empathize with the Warriors?

• Ben Cruz on Twitter

• Listen to It Doesn't Matter What Your Podcast Is Called

As always, follow Open Run on Twitter and Instagram.

May 08 2019

1hr 3mins

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Dagger Dame & the Future King of New York

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Our host has a lot on his mind this week: Dagger Dame and the shot heard 'round the world, the mysterious inner workings of Russell Westbrook, the Rockets-Warriors matchup, NBA Finals predictions, and a whole mess of Knicks hypothesizing to Du-rant & rave about. It's officially time for another installment of Deep Thoughts with Stefan, a.k.a. "Stefan My Mind."

Apr 27 2019

35mins

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The NBA Fan's Guide to the Sweet 16 with J. Kyle Mann

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J. Kyle Mann of The Dime Drop is back! And he's here to school Stefan and all the other college hoops ignoramuses on what to watch in this year's Sweet 16. The players to look out for, the most competitive games, the nicknames we need to work on—it's all here in Open Run's Guide to the Sweet 16.

• Follow Kyle Mann on Twitter

• Watch Kyle's Ja Morant video on The Dime Drop

• ...and watch his Rookie Midterm video on DeAndre Ayton for The Ringer

As always, follow Open Run on Twitter and Instagram.

Mar 28 2019

1hr 8mins

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Playing Possum with Krishna Andavolu

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Vice News Tonight correspondent, Weediquette host, and fellow Knicks fan Krishna Andavolu joins Stefan to talk about the evolving definition of NBA success, the legacy of Kevin Durant's strange "The Servant" nickname, avant-garde rebuild theories, and doin' it for the Gram.

• Krishna Andavolu on Twitter and Instagram

• Watch Krishna's show Weediquette

As always, follow Open Run on Twitter and Instagram.

Mar 20 2019

54mins

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A Different Kind of Grouchy with Andrew Kuo

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It’s all Knicks all the time as Stefan is joined by Andrew Kuo of our other favorite hoops pod, Cookies! Stefan and Kuo put on their GM hats and architect the Knicks rebuild of their dreams. Want a side of Mitchell Robinson with your Mitchell Robinson? You’ve come to the right place.

• Andrew Kuo on Twitter and Instagram

Cookies on Twitter and Instagram

As always, follow Open Run on Twitter and Instagram.

Mar 06 2019

1hr 15mins

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Does This Player Spark Joy? with Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs

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Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs and Nightlands is back to talk about the state of The Process, the battle at the top of the East, and how good it hurts to get emotionally attached to a team. Other topics include: Is the Greek Freak the best player in the NBA? Will Mitchell Robinson be the new logo? What do Marie Kondo and Sam Hinkie have in common? And of course, don't miss an instant classic edition of the fan favorite segment, "Should I Buy This?"

• Dave Hartley on Twitter

• Stefan on Twitter and Instagram

As always, be sure to follow Open Run on Twitter and Instagram.

Mar 04 2019

1hr 7mins

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Leaning Into Yes with J. Kyle Mann of The Dime Drop

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Friend o' the show J. Kyle Mann is back and he's here to help Stefan tackle all the big questions! What is the proper way to pronounce Luka Dončić? Will he and Porzingis thrive in Dallas? Is LeBron James psychic? Is KD coming to the Knicks? Should Stefan by the KD 11s? Is Zion Williamson as good as everyone seems to think he is? And once more, with feeling...is KD coming to the Knicks?? 

Kyle Mann on Twitter

The Dime Drop on YouTube

Kyle's Luka Dončić Rookie Midterm video for The Ringer

Stefan on Twitter

As always, be sure to follow Open Run on Twitter and Instagram.

Feb 21 2019

1hr 6mins

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Valentine's Day for KD & the Knicks

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Our special Valentine's Day edition of Open Run is all about NBA relationships. Jesse calls Stefan from the Grey's Anatomy set to dole out some tough love about KD and the Knicks, Stefan makes his case, and then they both ponder what the future holds for LeBron and the Lakers. Come for the hoops talk, stay for the surprise Debbie Allen cameo.

Feb 14 2019

25mins

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A Tale of Two Cities with Thomas Beller and Nathaniel Rich

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Aaaaaand we're back! Stefan heads down to New Orleans to talk about a pair of franchises in flux with two of his favorite writers and basketball minds: Nathaniel Rich (New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, New York Review of Books) and Thomas Beller (novelist, essayist, hoops columnist for The New Yorker). Treat your ears to a three-man weave that covers the aftermath of the Kristaps Porzingis trade, the future of the Knicks, the fate of Anthony Davis, and the state of modern NBA fandom. Follow Nathaniel Rich on Twitter: @NathanielRich Check out his work at nathanielrich.com. Follow Thomas Beller on Twitter: @ThomasBeller Click here to check out his basketball writing forThe New Yorker.

Feb 09 2019

1hr 4mins

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NBA Rising Stars with J. Kyle Mann of The Dime Drop

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J. Kyle Mann of The Dime Drop checks in to talk about the NBA's youth movement and his new video series about it for The Ringer called The Leap. Stefan & Kyle revisit their Summer League predictions to see what they got right—and so Stefan can mention Mitchell Robinson as many times as possible. Then, they tackle the big questions. Can the young core of the Celtics match the might of the Warriors? Are the Sixers real contenders in the East? Should you leave your phone at home when you walk your dog so you can really stop and smell the roses?? Find out...on Open Run. • Follow The Dime Drop on YouTube Watch The Leap on YouTubeFollow @jkylemann on TwitterFollow @dimedrophoops on Twitter

Nov 09 2018

1hr 9mins

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Jay Williams on Life After Near-Death and What He Learned Coaching High School Hoops

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Basketball player, ESPN analyst, and bestselling author Jay Williams joins our man Stefan Marolachakis to talk about his recent experience coaching high school basketball and his quest to become the Oprah of the sports world. Other topics covered: the Celtics's chances of winning it all next season, the future of the Porzingod, what he learned from Coach K, and the art of living a full life.

Jul 25 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rod Strickland on Boogie's Decision, the Kyrie Comparisons, and the Incoming Rookie Class

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Rod Strickland a.k.a. the Point God joined us to weigh in on the incoming rookie class, the comparisons to Kyrie, and Boogie's decision to join the Warriors. He also talks about Charles Oakley's unique ability to foul you and talk trash at the very same time, as well as just how dirty a player John Stockton was/wasn't. Oh, and you'll want to stick around for the Arvydas Sabonis portion of the conversation. Bonus: This episode features friend o' the show Kyle Mann of the Dime Drop! Enjoy.

Jul 23 2018

39mins

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NBA Summer League Wrap-Up a.k.a. Open Run Takes Vegas! feat. Kyle Mann of The Dime Drop and Nat Livingston Johnson

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Our man Stefan headed out to Las Vegas with longtime friend o' the show Nat Livingston Johnson for their first—but certainly not last—visit to NBA Summer League, where they did their due diligence on the incoming rookie class. Kyle Mann of The Dime Drop joins the show to talk about the standout rookies, so-so basketball, and fantastic hobnobbing on offer at Summer League. Viva Las Vegas.

Jul 17 2018

1hr 9mins

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The Open Run x Dime Drop NBA Draft Preview Extravaganza!

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Open Run's favorite NBA Draft Nostradamus, Kyle Mann of the Dime Drop, joins us for the one-stop NBA Draft pop-up shop of your dreams. That's right: it's the official Open Run x Dime Drop 2018 NBA Draft Preview! Heart-stopping predictions and life-changing new nicknames abound. The draft won't know what hit it. Follow Kyle Mann on Twitter: @jkylemann ...and Instagram: @jkylemann Follow The Dime Drop on Twitter: @dimedrophoops ...and Instagram: @thedimedrop Subscribe to the Dime Drop on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdf5X8hXBKnkVTfxuxkLiOQ

Jun 21 2018

1hr 24mins

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Diss Tracks, Free Agents, and Flat-Earth Drama!

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There's a whole lot of drama this week as Jesse and Stefan wrap up the NBA Finals, crown a Championship Parade King, and look ahead to what is going to be a wild summer of free agency. We're talking LeBron, Kawhi, Paul George—oh, and don't miss their dramatic reading of Kyrie's latest flat-earth musings. You're gonna like the way you look, we guarantee it!

Jun 15 2018

56mins

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Midnight in the Garden of Game 5

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It's Midnight in the Garden of Game 5! So Jesse and Stefan met up on an NYC rooftop to talk about the Celtics' strong Game 5 victory and the impressive Game 4 performance by the Rockets. Can the Rockets withstand another old-school Warriors haymaker? Can the young Celtics really oust LeBron James? Does making it to the Finals another time without winning the chip actually hurt LeBron's legacy? So many questions, not enough rooftops. It's time for...Midnight in the Garden of Game 5 a.k.a. It's Not Me, It's Them!

May 24 2018

33mins

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The Podcast Gotham Deserves

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Jesse and Stefan meet at an undisclosed NYC location to have a much-needed playoffs catchup. We're talking about: LeBron's scary new level; the dismissal of Coach of the Year Dwane Casey; the Rockets' chances against the Olympic team—er, the Warriors; the seeming inevitability of Cavs-Warriors IV; and Becky Hammon, and the path to the NBA's first female head coach.

May 13 2018

51mins

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It's NBA Playoffs Party Time

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Who knew Round 1 would be this fun?? Jesse and Stefan share their thoughts on the high-flying Pelicans, the surprising Jazz, and the arrival of The Process: Playoffs Edition. The new guard has arrived!

Apr 26 2018

44mins

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Abe Streep on "What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For"

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Journalist Abe Streep joins the show to talk about his experience reporting a New York Times Magazine cover story about the Arlee Warriors of Montana's Flathead Indian Reservation. This high school basketball team started the season looking to repeat as state champs, then found themselves starting a "warrior movement" to help prevent suicide. • "What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For" by Abe Streep for The New York Times Magazine • Arlee Warriors State Dedication video • Follow Abe Streep on Twitter: @abestreep

Apr 12 2018

46mins

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iTunes Ratings

155 Ratings
Average Ratings
131
11
3
4
6

Best basketball podcast!

By cjguest - Aug 17 2017
Read more
This podcast is fire! Entertaining and informative. Hosts have very good on-air chemistry.

Love

By Nnnnnbbbbbbaaaaa - Mar 09 2017
Read more
So funny they said what we are all thinking.