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The Old Man and the Three with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter

New Orleans Pelicans Guard JJ Redick and his co-host Tommy Alter discuss the NBA, current events and interview some of the biggest names in the NBA, entertainment and political worlds. Launching from inside the NBA bubble, the show offers unprecedented access to the league while telling the stories of an eclectic rotating group of guests.

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New Orleans Pelicans Guard JJ Redick and his co-host Tommy Alter discuss the NBA, current events and interview some of the biggest names in the NBA, entertainment and political worlds. Launching from inside the NBA bubble, the show offers unprecedented access to the league while telling the stories of an eclectic rotating group of guests.

Episode 46: Zion Williamson

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Each era of the NBA has its transcendent players. The type of players that change the game simply by the manner in which they play, using their extreme talent to force opponents to change their approach. Can Zion Williamson be one of those players? Well, he's certainly on his way. In just his second season, he already has seasoned vets shaking their heads at the sheer talent and confidence he exudes on the court. And this week he sits down with JJ and Tommy and shows why he's just as impressive off the court as he is on it. He opens up about about several personal topics, including his feelings towards all the accolades and praise he has received so far, what it means to be named an all star, dealing with negative comments on social media, his progression as a player, and much more. 


**Note: there is no TOP 5/Draft in this episode. But tune in next week for an extra special draft with two guests that is easily one of the craziest OM3 drafts so far.  


RUNDOWN


• What's it's like to be named an all-star

• Does he set goals for himself

• Does he pay attention to the accolades and records that he's set this season

• Did he have any other plans for all-star weekend (dunk contest??)

• Has he spoken to B.I. about not making the ASG

• Talk about players who got snubbed 

• Discusses the improvement in Lonzo Ball's game

• Dealing with negative comments on social media

• Breaks down his progression as a player

• Talking some X's and O's about the N.O. offense

• At what point in high school did he get his handle

• Talk about the viral video of the small kid fouling Zion in HS

• Who are some of the people he has really enjoyed playing against

• How the superstars can make good defense moot

• What parts of his game does he feel needs improvement

• On working with Fred Vinson on his shot

• Looks back at his 17 in a row against the Spurs in his first game

• Does he feel the game is different without fans

• Has this season been more fun for him 

• Is he following the Top Shot mania right now

• JJ asks Zion about his poetry skills

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Mar 03 2021

1hr 2mins

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Episode 45: Bryan Stevenson

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In this fourth installment of the OM3 Leadership Series, JJ and Tommy sit down with human rights activist and founder & Executive Director of the 'Equal Justice Initiative' Bryan Stevenson. In this fascinating and emotionally moving interview, Bryan explains what the EJI actually does, the journey he has taken that brought him to this point, the difficulties of dealing with the political and social rhetoric in today's society, what makes a true leader, and so much more. It's a can't miss interview that will surely open your eyes, your mind, and your heart.

RUNDOWN

  • Describes what the Equal Justice Initiative does
  • Why the EJI came about and how congress stopped funding for legal representation for death row inmates
  • What was the initial feedback and was it difficult getting money from donors for this project
  • What was his "ah-ha" moment that sent him on this mission
  • How white supremacy has reached another high point in these recent years
  • Have the attacks on the capital altered his mindset
  • 1 in 10 death row inmates are innocent. How do we get that number understood by the public
  • How surreal was it to see some of his life's work in a movie 
  • How much of his time now is talking to elected officials
  • The difficulty of not getting frustrated by the political rhetoric of today
  • Has there been a personal toll that his work has taken on him
  • How would he describe leadership and who are some of the best leaders he's seen

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Mar 01 2021

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Episode 44: Kenan Thompson (featuring Tyrese Haliburton)

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It's a very special episode of the Old Man and the Three this week as JJ and Tommy kick the show off by welcoming in Tyrese Haliburton as their new NBA correspondent. Wise beyond his years, Tyrese will be reporting in to the show often to discuss news and notes around the NBA and, of course, to give his unique take on what's going on behind the scenes. Then, the episode makes a shift to the lighter side when the hilarious SNL legend and new sitcom star Kenan Thompson joins in. Kenan details the quirks behind the SNL curtain and takes a deep dive into his career and how far he has come. He also gives the breakdown of his brand new show on NBC called "Kenan". Then, as if that isn't enough, we go back to Tyrese for the TOP 5 / Draft. It's a packed show that you will not want to miss.   

RUNDOWN

​Tyrese Haliburton

  • JJ and Tommy welcome Tyrese into the OM3 family as they announce him as their new NBA correspondent 
  • The guys discuss JJ's ejection and JJ clarifies what really went down
  • The discussion shifts to the explosion in popularity of Top Shots and collectables as a whole
  • Break down of Tyrese's play of late and how the game is slowing down for him
  • Tyrese lists off some more 'welcome to the NBA' moments​

Kenan Thompson

  • Talks about his new show and how it came about
  • The differences between doing a sitcom and performing on SNL
  • What's his game day routine on Saturdays
  • Was it hard to adjust to the late nights and when did his body got used to that schedule
  • Did he ever think he would be doing this for 18 years
  • What were his feelings about appearing on SNL for the first time
  • Who are favorite people to do impressions of
  • Keenan does some impressions
  • Does he ever get starstruck on set
  • Is there a role from his early acting career that people bring ups all the time
  • His reaction to Lorne Michaels saying he's the one guy he can always count on
  • What is it that keeps him locked in and coming back for more
  • How does he measure whether or not a segment hits
  • What happens when a sketch is just not working
  • Have there been cast members that have come in where he knew immediately they were just going to kill
  • Was Jimmy Fallon the worst at keeping a straight face during a sketch
  • Is there a moment where the sketch just went so far off the rails it was out of control
  • What celebrity host stands out in his mind for doing a great job
  • Where do his sports loyalties lie
  • How does it work with the whole free celebrity tickets


TOP 5 / Draft with Tyrese

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Feb 25 2021

1hr 5mins

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Episode 43: "Eat, Pray, Dunk" with Kevin Love

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In this special bonus podcast, JJ and Tommy would like to introduce a brand new segment on the Old Man and the Three called "Eat, Pray, Dunk". This will be a segment that takes a deeper look into the athlete's life with conversations that delve into the cross section of sports, wellness, health, food, wine, and all the other aspects of an NBA player's life that may not be on the forefront of social media and in the public eye. And with that being said, who better to kick off this series than close friend of the pod Kevin Love. As usual, Kevin brings his 'A' game, and not only answers some burning questions and offers some honest and straightforward insight, but challenges JJ and Tommy with some questions of his own. Join us for Eat, Pray, Dunk. 


RUNDOWN


• What was the motivation behind the reinvention of his body, training, and overall game

• Are there any behaviors he looks back on in disbelief that actually took part in

• Tommy delves into his unhealthy eating habits when he was in college

• Which food that he gave up does he miss the most

• How seeing change in his body boosted his motivation

• On the dangers of taking a lifestyle change too far to where it becomes mentally unhealthy

• The importance of having a balanced life and having mental check-ins

• Due to the unstable circumstances of this year, has this been the toughest year to handle mentally

• The angst a player feels when they are not able to play

• How this season presents so many unique challenges

• On making sure to enjoy the moment and to always aim to have no regrets

• Kevin discusses his engagement

• Speed round food questions

• When did wine become a 'thing'

• What are the best affordable wines

  • The crew gives some of their most underrated food place 


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Feb 22 2021

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Episode 42: Julius Randle (featuring Kevin Love)

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Julius Randle is known league wide as someone who doesn't take plays off, a tireless worker, and a very underrated player. But that last narrative might be changing a bit this year as he is enjoying the finest season of his career, leading the Knicks to a surprising 6th seed position in the east. In this humble and honest interview, Julius digs deep into such topics as what it's like playing for Tom Thibodeau and how he's helped change the culture in NY, how he mentally worked through his season ending injury in his rookie year, on developing his 3 point shot, playing with Kobe during his last year, and much more. It's easy to see why he's such a respected player around the league. Then, to cap things off, JJ and Tommy welcome in close friend of the pod Kevin Love for the Top5/Draft. **Important note: The new segment "Eat, Pray, Dunk" will be premiering on Monday with Kevin Love as the first guest. You absolutely will want to hear that conversation so be sure to listen. 

RUNDOWN

Julius Randle​

  • Would he say that the Knicks have exceeded his expectations this year
  • Discusses what it's like playing for Tom Thibodeau
  • What is it about the young guys that have flourished under his coaching
  • The difficulty of not getting reps this year due to lack of practice
  • On craving the detailed preparation that Thibs brings and how he has welcomed it
  • How being prepared has translated into confidence
  • From a mental standpoint, how did he deal with coming to the NBA and losing after winning so much in college
  • Discusses his mindset after suffering a broken leg on opening night of his rookie season 
  • On making the hurdle of getting back to real game motion after an injury
  • Is this career year he's having due to the coaching, him just getting better, or both
  • Is there a feeling of vindication with him having such a great year
  • What's the "no fan" MSG experience been like
  • On dealing with the media in the major markets he has played in
  • Discusses the young talent that was on those laker teams in his early years in LA
  • On developing his 3 point shot and how he cultivated that skill
  • The genius of Fred Vincent as a shooting coach
  • How important footwork is to a successful shot and did he learn anything from Kobe 
  • On the viral video of his son's peewee basketball tackle. 
  • Talks about Kobe's last year and what memories stand out
  • On Kobe's last game 
  • How Knick fans are looking for hope 
  • Gives his take on D-Rose and what a great teammate he is and how hard he works
  • His thoughts on Immanuel Quickley​
  • What it would mean for him to make the All-Star Game this year
  • ***
  • TOP 5/Draft with Kevin Love

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Feb 19 2021

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Episode 41: Steven Adams

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​Steven Adams is a great player, no doubt. But his talent on the court almost pales in comparison to his salt of the earth personality. It's hard not to be impressed with his approach to basketball and life in general, and he accomplishes this by utilizing three simple words: keep it simple. Whether it's intentional or just the manner in which he is wired, Adams has little trouble putting all the craziness of the NBA lifestyle in perspective.  In this interview, he delves into topics ranging from his early days of playing youth basketball in New Zealand, where his minimalistic life approach comes from, to taking the court as a rookie with two of the biggest generational NBA talents in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. It's an interview you simply need to hear. And don't forget about the TOP 5/Draft, because everyone needs a holiday. 

RUNDOWN

  • On the exhausting pace of this season and the general feeling around the project of an All Star Game 
  • On what his game day prep in a normal season as compared to this year
  • Discusses some of the unique exercises he practices in the weight room
  • Was there ever a time he was too into weight lifting and had to scale it back
  • Discusses why he wasn't a fan of college basketball
  • On his feelings during his draft not even thinking he was going to be picked
  • What were his aspirations growing up playing basketball in New Zealand
  • Who were the NBA players that he tried to emulate as he first started getting into hoops
  • Did he play rugby and did his size translate at all
  • What is it about New Zealanders that helped them accomplish such a successful coronavirus response 
  • Steven breaks down the beauty of his farm in New Zealand and his love of soil
  • On the billionaires buying 'doomsday' plots in New Zealand and is there any pushback by the natives 
  • What's his impression of Zion Williams 
  • Was it overwhelming to be thrust onto a team ready to win the championship coming out of college
  • Claiming the game 7 win against the Grizzlies as his own because Z-Bo punched him in game 6 and got ejected
  • What was Russell Westbrook like as a teammate
  • Was it hard to perform with the strong personalities on the Thunder
  • What his impression of Kevin Durant was like when started playing alongside him
  • Where does his minimalistic approach to life come from
  • On the culture shock of the NBA world
  • On the sobering prospect of becoming irrelevant 
  • Looking back at the 2016 series against the Warriors​
  • How great the people of Oklahoma were during his time there
  • Breaks down his incredible Hail Mary pass to Dennis Schroder 
  • Weighs in on some of the highs and lows of his eating habits
  • TOP 5/Draft

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Feb 12 2021

1hr 24mins

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Episode 40: Mayor LaToya Cantrell

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Mayor LaToya Cantrell is certainly no stranger to community work. In fact, it's the backbone to her entire professional and political career. In this spectacular interview, Mayor Cantrell shows just why she connects so well with the public as her usual sharp wit, humor, intelligence and passion are on full display. She digs deep into topics such as her family origins​ and influence, how she came to fall in love with the city of New Orleans, on the difficult decisions she has made and faces during the pandemic, where her unending confidence comes from, and much more. 

RUNDOWN

  • On the fans making some noise at recent home games
  • The special community that makes up N.O.
  • What was it about the city that connected with her when she moved there
  • When was the first time she ever came to N.O.
  • Did she ever suspect back then that she would come to represent the city
  • How difficult was it to shut down the bars for Mardi Gras 
  • Handling the backlash of this decision
  • Once the virus is under control, how do you get N.O. back to normal
  • On her journey and the role her family played throughout her life
  • Where her confidence comes from
  • Did the Church play a role in her approach with the public
  • Life in N.O. before and after Hurricane Katrina
  • What does it take to be a good community organizer
  • Where can she do her 'best good' within her role as mayor
  • On protecting the city's brand in dealing the film industry
  • What was her motivation to step into the political ring
  • What advice does she have to someone who wants to give back to their community
  • Has her view of 'service' changed or evolved over the years
  • If the reward isn't financial, what keeps her going through criticism and crisis
  • In order to help, service has to be intimate

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Feb 08 2021

54mins

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Episode 39: Mike Conley (featuring Jamal Crawford)

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Mike Conley is many things on the hard court - deadly shooter, savvy ball handler, ambidextrous, underrated, and... nice? Yep, on top of all those outstanding attributes, Conley is also universally considered as the nicest guy in the league - and he has the awards to prove it! Thankfully, this interview goes a lot deeper than just his sparkling personality, as he opens up about his "grit-n-grind' days in Memphis, on being snubbed in the all-star voting, the what-if moments of his career, and much more. Then to close the show out, the incomparable Jamal Crawford joins JJ and Tommy for the Top 5/Draft.   

RUNDOWN​

Mike Conley

  • What it's like being the nicest guy in the league
  • Breaks down the tweaks to the Utah offense
  • Explains the adjustments he had to make in his game when he came to Utah
  • What was it like finding out his wife was pregnant and knowing he was going to be in the bubble
  • Looking back to the 'Grit-n-Grind' days in Memphis
  • Takes us through the '15 playoff series against the Warriors
  • Discusses the "what-if" moments of those years with Memphis
  • On the drag out matchups against the Clippers while he was with Memphis
  • The biggest character on those teams was?
  • On the brilliance of Z-Bo
  • Shane Battier being the smartest hoop IQ
  • On being ambidextrous 
  • Talks about being snubbed for all star status
  • Looks back at the group of players he was drafted with
  • Greg Oden and the potential he had coming into the NBA


Jamal Crawford

  • Jamal catches us up on what he's been doing lately
  • Looks back at the years since last playing with JJ on the Clippers
  • The joy of playing with Jimmy Butler
  • Embracing the role of coming off the bench
  • Will he ever officially retire?
  • On his absolute unwavering love for the game of basketball
  • Top 5/Draft

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Feb 05 2021

1hr 25mins

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Episode 38: Dr. J (featuring Taylor Rooks)

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For some guests, firing off a string of superlatives just won't do them justice. That is definitely the case today. JJ and Tommy sit down with a true legend of the game, an individual that transcended the game in so many ways and laid a path for generations to follow, the one and only Dr. J, Julius Erving. The doctor gives us a peak behind the curtain and opens up about playing in the ABA, his roots at Rucker Park in Harlem, the '83 championship team with the 76'ers, his infamous fight with Larry Bird, and much more. Then to close out the episode, the magnificent Taylor Rooks joins the pod for the TOP 5/Draft. Controversial picks abound. 

RUNDOWN

• Welcome

• What was it like playing in those classic canvas high top shoes

• When did he feel the turn came where shoes became a main focus of the fans

• How he ended up playing in the ABA and what that league was like

• On whether he can still dunk now

• Talks about playing at Rucker Park in Harlem and the impact he had on that scene

• The circumstances that led to him playing with the 76'ers in the NBA 

• On the legendary 1983 Championship team

• Might his career have been different playing it in the social media era of today

• What do players of his generation make up today's current NBA salaries

• How did he feel when basketball started becoming a more 'player' focused league

• Who was the best player he ever played against

• Who is one of his favorite players in the NBA today 

• Walks through the infamous fight with Larry Bird

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Jan 27 2021

1hr 33mins

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Episode 37: Tyrese Haliburton (featuring Josh Hart)

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​Playing successfully in the NBA is difficult enough, but excelling in the NBA as a rookie can be both a monumental challenge as well as an outer​-body experience. You'll see how both come into play when JJ and Tommy sit down with Sacramento Kings rookie point guard Tyrese Haliburton. He opens up about what it's like being a rookie, his 'welcome to the NBA' moments so far, his R.O.Y. chatter, the uniqueness of the 2020 draft, and much more. It's easy to see that the Kings will be in good hands moving forward on and off the court with Tyrese running the floor. Then, the episode closes out on yet another high note when OM3 favorite Josh Hart joins the show for the TOP 5/Draft. 


RUNDOWN

  • Dealing with the challenging situation of the NBA Covid testing and how it effects the daily routine
  • How did he prepare for the incredibly unique 2020 draft
  • Was he shocked falling down to #13 in the draft to Sacramento 
  • On gelling with his teammates and fitting in
  • Describing the rocket ascent that he's had over the last 3 years
  • Does he use negative chatter about him as a 'chip on the shoulder' motivational tool
  • Where does his efficiency as a player come from
  • Was there any player that he tried to emulate growing up
  • Has there been a 'welcome to the NBA moment' this year
  • On being able to consistently shoot threes from the logo like Dame and other NBA stars
  • Is he cognizant of the buzz around him for R.O.Y.
  • On being compared to LaMelo 
  • Managing the quick turnaround of the NBA schedule 
  • Coming up with his "call God" trash talk
  • On his relationship with Talen Horton-Tucker and Tyler Herro
  • Discusses how he addressed the insurrection at the Capital

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Jan 20 2021

1hr 12mins

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Episode 36: Markelle Fultz (featuring Sue Bird & Mero)

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On this episode of the Old Man and the Three, JJ and Tommy sit down with rising NBA star Markelle Fultz. **Disclaimer**: this interview was conducted the day before he unfortunately suffered a season ending knee injury in Orlando on January 6th. Despite that horrible circumstance, it'll be easy to see that the road that lies ahead of him right now is nothing he can't conquer. An incredibly mentally strong player, Fultz talks about his injury and recovery, dealing with pressure and the expectations of being a number 1 pick, and how it felt being the target of a negative media attack. If there's one player we know can get through a difficult situation and bounce back on his feet, it's Markelle. We wish him nothing but the best and know he'll be back on the court soon enough. Now, to lighten things up a bit, the episode gets capped off by a spectacular TOP 5/Draft with close friend of the pod Sue Bird, and 1st time guest Mero (from Desus & Mero). This one is a fight to the finish. Don't miss it.

RUNDOWN

Markelle Fultz

  • Has the daily Covid testing effected his preparation 
  • On the precautions that are being made to avoid contact
  • Discusses his new contract and finding the right fit
  • On the difficulty of being injured his first year and re-joining the team late in the year
  • Explains how his unique draft situation all broke down
  • How hard was it for him to shut everything down after being the number one pick
  • What was the emotional and mental toll that the year took on him​
  • Were there any moments of doubt during the injury of whether he can still do it
  • Dealing with that doubt and channeling it into something positive
  • Was getting drafted #1 important to him
  • On playing against top competition in high school
  • On the unique movement of his body within his game
  • Discusses how underrated his teammate Nikola Vucevic is
  • Talks about coach Steve Clifford
  • Does the Magic embrace the role of underdogs
  • Does he appreciate his situation now


TOP 5/Draft with Sue Bird & Mero

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Jan 15 2021

1hr 32mins

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Episode 35: Duncan Robinson and Malcolm Gladwell

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BREAKING NEWS: ThreeFourTwo Productions has a new family member - introducing "The Long Shot"! Close friend of the pod and fellow NBA star Duncan Robinson joins the show to discuss his brand new podcast called "The Long Shot", presented by 'ThreeFourTwo Productions', which he co-hosts with Davis Reid. The guys break down what the show will be about and dive in with some helpful tools of the trade to help Duncan on his way. Then the pod takes another great turn when renowned author and podcaster Malcolm Gladwell joins the show to share his thoughts on what it's like to host a podcast, dealing with with the 'start-struck' factor, and how to be a great interviewer and more. Plus, Malcolm gets the floor to explain his snarky comment he recently made about D-III College hoops and more specifically, Duncan's alma mater Williams College. And lastly, there's a TOP 5/Draft that will leave you asking the question "who the hell is THAT guy??". We're looking at you, Mr. Gladwell. 

RUNDOWN 

Duncan Robinson

  • Duncan discusses his new podcast "The Long Shot" and joining the 'ThreeFourTwo Productions' family
  • Reflecting on how his life has changed since last October
  • How the defenses have adjusted to him as his star has risen
  • On dealing with a prolonged shooting slump and what gets him out of it
  • Dealing with trade rumors for the first time


Malcolm Gladwell

  • Malcolm breaks down what he's been up to over the last few months
  • Tips for being a great interviewer
  • Does he ever get nervous or star struck with a guest
  • Malcolm explains his case to Duncan about the comment he made about D-III basketball and Williams College
  • Duncan explains his thoughts on D-III basketball
  • Malcolm asks why Duncan went to Williams College
  • On Duncan being mic'd up in the playoffs


TOP 5/DRAFT

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Jan 11 2021

1hr 20mins

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Episode 34: Bob Iger (Leadership Series Part II)

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In this second installment of the OM3 Leadership Series, JJ and Tommy are joined by the Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger. In this outstanding interview, Iger discusses his incredible journey, from his humble beginnings in the studios of ABC to the top of the mountain as the CEO of Disney, all the while holding nothing back and delivering honest and compassionate answers on what it takes to make it in worlds of entertainment, business, and life.

RUNDOWN

  • On his relationship with Chris Paul and his involvement in making the NBA bubble happen
  • On the importance of a daily workout routine 
  • Using your workouts to increase focus and declutter your mind
  • What was it about the moment of being named Chairman of Disney that peaked his confidence
  • Managing the balance of ego, confidence, and praise - and the danger of becoming overconfident
  • What made him step down as CEO of Disney
  • On harnessing talent and utilizing people the right way
  • Looking back on the purchase of Marvel and is he surprised at how successful it's turned out
  • Does he consider himself a storyteller
  • Breaks down his role at his first job at ABC
  • Would things have been more difficult if it was spent in this current social media landscape
  • On keeping an eye on the company stock
  • Did his view of successful company performance change over the years with different jobs
  • On striving for and obtaining perfection
  • If he had to identify his 'talent', what would it be

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Jan 04 2021

1hr 14mins

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Episode 33: J.J. Barea and Josh Hart

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It's easy to see that J.J. Barea is a unique player. As evidenced by his 14 year NBA career, his on-court tenacity and drive exude a much larger imprint on the game than his physical stature does. Never one to back down from a challenge on the court, JJ opens up in this highly entertaining and fun interview and delivers answers with the same passion that helped him win a championship in Dallas and persevere through the highs and lows of a long career run. Then to cap things off and take the pod to yet another level, JJ and Tommy welcome in Josh Hart for the draft, which features a highly controversial pick at the number one spot.

RUNDOWN

J.J. Barea

  • Discusses his current contract and release
  • On still wanting to play and enjoying the ride
  • On meeting JJ in the 2003 U19 World Championship
  • Where his mindset is at this point in his career
  • When did he realize he can truly make it in the NBA
  • How playing in Dallas was the perfect fit for him
  • On working the pick and roll with Dirk
  • Is there a difference between practicing dribbling and shooting
  • Winning the championship in 2011
  • Talks about all the run-ins he's had over the years
  • Whether he flopped or not and utilizing his defensive tactics
  • How Dirk took his game to another level in that 2011 Final
  • Did the Heat underestimate J.J. in the finals
  • On not coming back to the Mavs after that championship year
  • What was playing for Marc Cuban like and his relationship with him
  • His first impression of Luka
  • On the differences in training between the young NBA player the older
  • On the partying that went on after the championship 


Josh Hart

  • Congrats to Josh on his engagement
  • How the proposal went down and why it was filmed
  • On the heat that Josh is taking for his snug pants in his engagement video
  • TOP 5/Draft

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Dec 31 2020

1hr 12mins

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Episode 32: Brandon Ingram

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It's no secret that Brandon Ingram's presence on the court is that of a multi-tool, all star talent. But when it comes to his presence off the court, "secret" might just be the most opportune way to describe him. A notoriously quiet star, B.I. sits down with JJ and Tommy and opens up about many topics on and off the court, including the NBA magic in his hometown of Kinston NC, his laid back persona, his transition from a small town to the global power of the Lakers, his awkward final season in LA, and much more. Plus, it's a very Merry Top 5/Draft that includes a highly questionable pick by Mr. Alter that once again leaves JJ in disbelief.

**Audio disclaimer: Due to some technical issues, Brandon's microphone unfortunately didn't bring it's 'A' game, but it's still a great interview so enjoy.

  • ​What's behind his quiet and laid back personality 
  • What makes his hometown (Kinston) so special in creating NBA players
  • How did he end up at Duke
  • On the importance of Jerry Stackhouse to the Kinston community
  • How important is winning to him
  • When did he get a full grasp on the mental aspects of the NBA game
  • What it felt like being a small time kid going to a global franchise in the Lakers
  • On learning to lead and the process of reading players
  • Who his favorite player was and who he tried to emulate growing up
  • On the uniqueness of Kevin Durant and how the NBA fan might've taken him for granted
  • How strange was his last season in LA (first year of LeBron)
  • On finding out that he was traded
  • On being able to relate to his teammates in NO​
  • Putting basketball first over everything else
  • On improving his 3 point shooting over the last year
  • What were his emotions when he realized he was getting a 5 year max contract
  • Who are some of the young guys in the league that he watches and likes
  • The first time JJ met B.I. and how ​he's wired differently

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Dec 27 2020

1hr 10mins

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Episode 31: Swin Cash and Marques Brownlee

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It's double the pleasure on today's OM3 pod as JJ and Tommy start things off with the incredibly impressive Swin Cash, the current vice president of basketball operations and team development for the New Orleans Pelicans. The hoops legend takes us through her journey to the NBA, her Hall of Fame career, what was it like playing for Gino Auriemma, the challenges of dealing with NBA players, and more. Following that, the guys welcome in the planet's hottest tech reviewer Marques Brownlee - as well as professional ultimate frisbee player - to give us the lowdown on whether the perfect tech product exists, and also breaks down why his videos are so popular. Lastly, he joins JJ and Tommy in a TOP 5/Draft that focuses on tech gadgets we all wish were real. So grab you Jet-Pack and join in.

RUNDOWN

Swin Cash

  • ​On her first impressions of SVG
  • The difference between good coaches and great coaches
  • On dealing with superstar talents who push the envelope
  • What was it like playing for Gino Auriemma and what's his secret
  • Discusses practicing against the top level talent at UCONN and how it translated to games
  • On the generational connection with past and future UCONN players - both men and women
  • What is her hope for the Pelicans this year
  • Was the opportunity to build a culture down in N.O. a reason for coming
  • On playing a pivotal leadership role within the organization
  • On what drove her to play basketball 
  • Reflects on the accomplishment of making the women's HOF and being nominated for the Naismith HOF
  • What has surprised her the most about working with NBA players on a daily basis

Marques Brownlee

  • What makes his videos so popular and why do they connect with the public so well
  • Where and how did he obtain all of his tech information
  • Is there a perfect tech product out there
  • TOP 5/Draft
  • Talks about the Pro Frisbee Football league he is in
  • Breaks down what is so great about YouTube

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Dec 16 2020

1hr 14mins

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Episode 30: Chris Paul

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Buckle up and pray that your basketball IQ is up to date because there are your normal hoop discussions... and then there's what takes place on this very special episode of the Old Man and the Three. Joining JJ and Tommy today is all 'everything' NBA superstar and close friend Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns, and pretty much nothing is off limits. CP3 tackles just about everything in this hilarious but intimate and in-depth discussion where they deep dive into x's and o's, his history with JJ, how he's settling in with the Suns, the important leadership role he plays within the NBA, and so much more.   

RUNDOWN

  • How he's settling in to Phoenix
  • On his influence on the younger NBA generation
  • What made Phoenix an attractive destination for him
  • Discusses Monty Williams and reconnecting with him
  • JJ talks about being wired the same as CP3
  • Discusses how efficient the Clippers were when they were together
  • When in his career did he reach that level where he could manipulate the game in his favor
  • Breaking down drop coverage
  • On the defensive scheme when was in Houston
  • Does he think about getting so close to the finals in his first year with the Rockets
  • On preparation and the shift and transition he made in his training
  • How the league is advancing in training and prep 
  • How having control over your body and feeling healthy changes everything
  • Discusses how the OKC team last year adopted his personality 
  • Is there ever a way to turn his competitiveness off
  • On CP3 and JJ going against each other in college and having a history when they first met
  • Delving into the JJ/CP3 vitriol in the early years 
  • On being a part of the NBA's leadership and what he's faced over the last year
  • How hard was it to focus and compartmentalize everything playing both sides
  • On the difficulty of looking out for every NBA player and their respective situations 
  • TOP 5/Draft​

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Dec 09 2020

1hr 30mins

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Episode 29: David Rubenstein (Leadership Series Part I)

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Many factors go into being successful: intelligence, experience, street smarts, luck... they all play a part. But there's always more to the story than what the public sees. With that in mind, JJ and Tommy bring you this inaugural episode of "The Old Man and the Three - Leadership Series". In these bonus episodes, you will be taken behind the curtain and given a look at how some of the most successful people in the world made their mark, and the unique qualities and traits that lead them down their respective paths.

In today's wide ranging interview, the guys sit down with co-founder and co-executive chairman of the American private equity firm 'The Carlyle Group' David Rubenstein.

RUNDOWN

  • What was Duke like when he went there in the 60's
  • Why he ended up there
  • On Coach K and how he has transformed the university
  • Following Coach K's legacy
  • A deep dive into JJ's tattoos
  • David breaks down his book and his curiosity to ask questions 
  • What are the most important characteristics of leadership
  • EQ (Emotional intelligence) vs IQ
  • How to manage ego
  • On being able to pivot and handling failure
  • How to spread the word about what you're doing
  • Because of social media, is it harder now to be a leader
  • Is having a chip on your shoulder a common factor in being successful​
  • On the challenges of being a woman trying to lead

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Dec 07 2020

51mins

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Episode 28: Tyler Herro

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On this episode of the Old Man and the Three, JJ and Tommy welcome in Miami Heat sharpshooter Tyler Herro. Tyler tackles questions about his trash talking, his swagger and where it comes from, the experience of flipping from the hometown Badgers to the Kentucky Wildcats, the Heat's title run, and much more. (Maybe a budding rap career??) Plus, there's the TOP 5/Draft that centers around the city of Miami and features many familiar names and faces - and... some not so familiar. (We're looking at you Mr. Alter.)

RUNDOWN

  • ​​Tyler brings us up to speed on what he's been doing
  • Discusses his new tattoo
  • Talks about the differences between him and Duncan Robinson
  • On his unique style of play and how quickly he picks up on new moves
  • Who did he model his game after while growing up
  • On being compared to other NBA players
  • Where his swag comes from
  • How the whole Heat team feeds off that type of attitude 
  • On the importance of leaning on Jimmy Butler throughout his rookie year
  • Does he use the "chip on the shoulder" approach for motivation
  • Where does he get his confidence from
  • When he feels the Heat really started to trust him
  • What was it about Kentucky that made him go there
  • Does he carry any animosity after de-committing from Wisconsin to Kentucky 
  • On his high School mix tapes
  • Breaks down how his shot has changed over the years
  • When did he get into fashion
  • Talks about his 'rapping'
  • How did he connect with Jack Harlow
  • What does year 2 look like for him

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Dec 02 2020

1hr

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Episode 27: Megan Rapinoe

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As a soccer superstar, Megan Rapinoe is beloved and admired worldwide. But as her millions of fans know, it's not just because of what she does on the pitch. A well known activist, she has been outspoken and a leading voice on several topics like salary payscales, gender inequality, and police brutality. She has also written a book titled "One Life" detailing her experiences in these particular areas, and in this episode she sits down with JJ and Tommy to discuss all of that and more. To cap it off, they all dig into a Top 5/Draft that will surely leave your mouth watering.   

​RUNDOWN

  • Megan discusses her motivation behind writing her new book
  • Was it difficult to truly open up during the writing process
  • On her and Sue's tweets that broke the internet
  • Reflecting on this personal wave of good fortune that she is presently​ experiencing 
  • Does she ever take a step back to recognize her legacy
  • What motivates her to keep competing 
  • When did she learn how to focus as a professional
  • Is it difficult to compartmentalize her life 
  • Breaking down the pay scale/inequality issue in women's soccer
  • Undertanding how the players fighting for equal pay today will likely never see the benefits in their careers
  • Did she fully understand/expect the backlash of siding with Colin Kaepernick 
  • Discussing inequality in sports in general
  • Has she ever second guessed herself and does she feel vindicated now
  • On being keenly aware of the noise around her and the release of running through it to win it all
  • How can the World Cup fandom translate over to the domestic league
  • What play or moment stands out the most in her career
  • TOP 5/Draft 

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Nov 25 2020

1hr 6mins

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