Rank #1: Patrick Ewing and Jeff Van Gundy
Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing and Jeff Van Gundy join The Woj Pod to go inside the 1990's New York Knicks-Chicago Bulls rivalry, including Michael Jordan, the playoff series fights, the 'Con Man' game, Pat Riley and the X-Man, and much more.
Apr 15 2020
Rank #2: Golden State's Klay Thompson
1:45: The Three-Point Contest being easy for Thompson.
2:28: Thompson's initial expectations for his career upon entering the league.
4:22: How Golden State's team culture helped Thompson develop.
5:53: Stephen Curry's willingness to share the spotlight with his teammates.
7:35: Thompson's 41-point performance in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference Finals playing a pivotal role in eventually signing Kevin Durant.
9:26: Thompson's ability to focus on the next shot as inspired by Kobe Bryant.
10:40: Thompson's 2019 free agency and his hopes to stay with the Warriors.
11:43: The Warriors needing players to take slightly less than their market value to keep their core together.
14:14: The Rockets pushing the Warriors to keep their focus.
16:02: Could Thompson exceed his 60-point performance some day?
17:48: The benefits of having a father that played in the NBA.
19:18: The quietness of Thompson, Curry and Durant being balanced out by Draymond Green's huge personality.
22:40: Playing in the 2016 Olympics and hoping to play for Team USA in 2020.
Feb 16 2018
Rank #3: Kendrick Perkins joins Woj
Here are some key moments:
1:42: Perkins on looking for another NBA opportunity as training camps open.
5:07: The shift away from traditional centers as the style of play changes league-wide.
6:53: His influence on Anthony Davis during his season with the Pelicans.
10:34: How Kevin Garnett helped take Perkins' career to another level.
13:05: Is Garnett at peace with his retirement?
15:48: How receptive the young players in the league are to veteran mentorship.
20:36: The breakup of the core of the 2008 NBA title team.
25:25: Entering the NBA straight out of high school and the benefits of learning from veterans as a young player.
33:02: Providing leadership to a young Thunder team after being traded from the Celtics.
38:07: His expectations entering last summer for Durant's free agency.
40:37: Acting as a mediator between Durant and Westbrook.
45:46: Golden State's season-long recruitment of Durant.
49:18: The Thunder's confidence entering free agency.
52:00: Will the Warriors be judged differently than other teams if they win a title?
54:24: The emotion of winning a title with a team you grew and built with.
Sep 30 2016
Rank #4: Golden State's Steph Curry
2:22: The Curry brothers both deciding to participate in the three-point contest in Charlotte.
4:11: 'Emanuel,' the new movie from Curry's production company about the 2015 mass shooting in Charleston.
7:02: What role did Curry play in the movie as an executive producer?
8:10: Placing purpose over profits with his production company.
10:40: The endless cycle of mass shootings in the United States.
14:07: Finding happiness in the process of working on his jump shot and pursuing perfection.
18:27: The craziest place he's ever gone to get shots up.
20:27: How the shift from pick-up basketball to organized games impacts the creativity of young players.
22:58: Curry's impact on the younger generation in terms of how they view three-pointers.
24:53: The natural progression that led to him shooting from far behind the three-point line.
25:56: The calmness that surrounds Curry on and off the court.
28:43: How growing up around the NBA helps Curry deal with the day-to-day drama that every team battles.
30:45: The November blowup between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, and how the Warriors moved past it.
32:54: Steve Kerr's unique perspective as the Warriors chase a 3-peat.
34:42: Prioritizing winning above all as evidenced by recruiting Durant in 2016.
38:24: The discipline to keep individual frustrations to yourself.
42:17: The Warriors focusing on the current season, and not worrying about Durant's pending free agency.
47:02: The transformation of the Warriors organization since Curry's rookie season.
Jan 26 2019
Rank #5: Brett Brown joins Woj
Here are some key moments:
1:00: The 76ers' improvement from last year despite injuries to Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
2:12: Maintaining self-confidence during the down times with the 76ers.
8:21: The pressure to win close games for a coach.
10:19: Takeaways from Embiid's 31 games this season.
12:28: The energy Embiid brought to Philadelphia.
16:12: How Embiid's competitiveness made it difficult to manage his minutes and number of games this season.
18:37: Brown's plans for how to use Simmons, including how much time he could see at point guard.
22:52: The transition from Sam Hinkie to Bryan Colangelo.
27:49: The 76ers having the cap room to make a big splash in free agency this summer.
33:25: Being less stressed about the draft lottery because of the team's foundation.
35:37: The franchise's player development program paying off with T.J. McConnell and Robert Covington.
40:36: The broad mission of player development beyond skills.
43:13: Pros and cons of the youth basketball circuit in America.
46:46: The rise of specialization at an early age instead of children playing multiple sports growing up.
49:03: The benefits of playground basketball in developing creativity.
Apr 12 2017
Rank #6: Ryen Russillo
Ryen Russillo of The Ringer joins The Woj Pod to discuss the early season of the NBA, including Lakers-Clippers (6:56), Warriors struggles (41:19), Harden and Westbrook (14:13), Kyrie Irving and the Nets (31:09), the Trae Young-Luka Doncic debate, Giannis and the Bucks, and much, much more.
Oct 29 2019
Rank #7: Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum
1:26: C.J. McCollum's new podcast Pull Up.
3:07: Damian Lillard and McCollum having large brands despite playing in a relatively smaller market.
4:52: Being recognized for his podcast instead of being a basketball player.
6:26: Growing up in Ohio while LeBron James became a global star, and the evolution of his game.
9:58: Championships being the measure for how James' free agency will be judged.
11:32: James' game showing no signs of slippage in his 15thseason.
12:37: McCollum leading the league in miles run per game.
14:20: The potential impact of legalized gambling on the NBA.
17:50: Is McCollum happy that his Cleveland Browns drafted Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield?
19:30: How would Cleveland react if the Browns won a Super Bowl?
20:28: McCollum's brother Errick playing professionally in Europe.
21:22: Gaining an appreciation for the European game by watching his brother play.
23:02: The Trail Blazers being shocked by the Pelicans in the first round of the playoffs.
25:57: Does Portland need a star swingman, like Paul George or Kawhi Leonard, to take the next step?
27:48: McCollum's go-to drill to start his workouts.
30:15: Why McCollum picked the Cavs to win the series vs. the Celtics.
30:56: The potential for a woman to become a head coach in the NBA.
32:08: How do trades impact the locker room?
May 22 2018
Rank #8: Victor Oladipo
2:20: Oladipo's journey from being underrated entering college at Indiana to becoming an NBA star.
4:45: Being overlooked despite playing for DeMatha, a high school powerhouse.
6:26: Tom Crean's recruitment of Oladipo to Indiana.
7:14: The advantages of Oladipo's steady rise compared to players that are hyped up from a young age.
9:06: The difficult environment in Orlando to start Oladipo's career.
12:19: Playing for five different coaches during his first five seasons.
13:38: Learning from Russell Westbrook's intensity and work ethic.
16:37: How did Kevin Durant's departure impact the atmosphere in Oklahoma City?
20:58: Looking to Durant as a role model because they are from the same area.
23:37: The importance last season with the Thunder played in his breakout season with the Pacers.
26:11: What did he need to overcome after starting his career in a rebuilding organization?
28:03: Oladipo's parents prioritizing education over athletics.
33:38: How his family was impacted by his sister losing her hearing at a young age.
36:14: Finally having a team to call his own and establishing himself as a star player in Indiana.
38:17: Hoosier fans always showing love to Oladipo during his career.
39:07: Crean being more than a coach to his former players.
Dec 18 2017
Rank #9: DeMar DeRozan
Jan 08 2018
Rank #10: Joe Ingles
Jan 16 2019
Rank #11: Zach Lowe joins The Woj Pod
1:07: The renewed push for draft lottery reform.
4:38: The impact of the 76ers' "process" under Sam Hinkie and the failed push for reform in 2014.
8:37: Smaller-market teams being opposed to lottery reform.
17:20: Potential unintended effects of the latest proposal.
19:51: How the conference imbalance dramatically impacts team building strategies.
23:18: Lowe suggests incentivizing making the playoffs.
28:51: The latest on Carmelo Anthony's future, including Portland's continued interest in him.
34:20: When teams don't call a player for their bluffing in the pre-draft process.
38:24: The near-misses in draft history, particularly 2009.
41:16: What should Cleveland do with Brooklyn's 2018 draft pick?
46:46: How interference is a bigger problem than tampering.
51:10: Longtime New York Times writer Harvey Araton's Hall of Fame induction.
Sep 08 2017
Rank #12: ESPN's Bobby Marks and Brian Windhorst
May 11 2018
Rank #13: Draymond Green and Bob Myers
Golden State star Draymond Green and President/GM Bob Myers join The Woj Pod for an illuminating window into the Warriors' championship run (6:06), including the relationships and dynamics that propelled historic highs and combustible episodes- including an introspective and raw examination around the final season with Kevin Durant (20:22).
Oct 23 2019
Rank #14: Gary Parrish
1:08: The wide-ranging impact of the scandal across all levels of basketball.
3:38: Will the sneaker companies need to reassess their grass-roots strategies?
6:37: Would paying players solve the corruption problem?
11:42: The potential benefits of players signing with agents while in college.
14:00: How people around the players currently benefit more than the players.
16:31: How the NBA and USA Basketball could change the structure of youth basketball.
21:34: The educational value of the NBA's overseas academies.
23:55: How Rick Pitino's repeated scandals will impact his legacy.
27:38: The lack of interest in Pitino from NBA teams.
Sep 29 2017
Rank #15: Zach Lowe
Jul 06 2019
Rank #16: Lakers forward Julius Randle
May 21 2018
Rank #17: Remembering Kobe Bryant with Ramona Shelburne
Jan 27 2020
Rank #18: Lonzo Ball
Lonzo Ball joins the Woj Pod to discuss joining the Pelicans, leaving the Lakers, Ball family matters, throwing lobs to Zion and how he's taken full control of his professional life.
Sep 27 2019
Rank #19: The Phenomenon of Luka Doncic
ESPN's Tim MacMahon, draft analyst Jonathan Givony and ex-Mavericks player development director Mike Procopio join The Woj Pod to discuss the emergence of Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic, including his rapid ascent into an MVP candidate, his draft evaluation as a European prodigy (4:39), Dirk Nowitzki's influence (24:23), the 2018 NBA draft night drama surrounding Doncic (13:02) and much more.
Nov 22 2019
Rank #20: ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Bobby Marks
1:55: Rick Pitino's interview denying prior knowledge of the Louisville scandal.
7:05: Assistant coaches taking the hits for head coaches.
11:28: Gordon Hayward's opening-night injury and the opportunity for other players.
13:48: How a franchise responds to a season-ending injury to a star player.
17:02: The extra burden placed on Kyrie Irving.
21:42: LaMarcus Aldridge's surprising contract extension with the Spurs.
25:28: Aldridge's mercurial personality and the importance of surrounding Kawhi Leonard with talent.
27:54: How the Spurs structured the contracts for Aldridge and Pau Gasol.
33:50: Dejounte Murray emerging as a capable successor to Tony Parker.
35:57: Can Chris Paul keep up with Mike D'Antoni's uptempo system in Houston?
41:00: The Nikola Mirotic/Bobby Portis fight and the bleak outlook for the Bulls.
46:08: The Lakers needing to clear cap space in order to chase LeBron James in free agency.
49:55: James' history of joining forces with other stars in free agency.
Oct 19 2017