Rank #1: Shane Battier on trying to guard Kobe Bryant
How did NBA players prepare to guard Kobe Bryant? Shane Battier, a three-time NABC Defensive Player of the Year at Duke and a two-time member of NBA All-Defensive Team, shared the mind games he played with the Black Mamba. Plus Batter, who is now the Vice President of Basketball Development and Analytics for the Miami Heat, revealed which NBA player could beat him in a Jeopardy duel.
3:28 Which NBA player could beat Shane Battier in a Jeopardy duel?
7:57 Advice for NBA rookies
10:27 Reading an absurdly obvious scouting report on Kobe
15:55 Guarding Kobe Bryant
26:20 Watching Kobe Bryant’s memorial service
Apr 07 2020
Rank #2: Episode 18: Amin Elhassan
ESPN’s Amin Elhassan joins Tom Haberstroh to wrap up free agency. They discuss Kawhi Leonard’s impending decision, what the Warriors’ next phase will look like without Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant, how good the Sixers will be after their free agency moves and who the title favorites might be next season.
Jul 05 2019
Rank #3: Episode 19: Howard Beck
Bleacher Report's Howard Beck joins Tom Haberstroh on a special "emergency podcast" to discuss the blockbuster trade that sent Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets. Was this the craziest NBA offseason ever?
Jul 12 2019
Rank #4: Marijuana use in the NBA
Does the NBA need to change its stance on marijuana? Tom Haberstroh and NBC Sports Bay Area’s Monte Poole reveal what they learned after interviewing a number of NBA players including Al Harrington, Andre Iguodala, Stephen Jackson and Brian Shaw for their column “Marijuana and the NBA: Erasing the stigma and healing the league,” which you can read at NBCSports.com/Haberstroh. Plus Poole, the host of the Runnin’ Plays podcast, discussed being in Los Angeles for Kobe Bryant’s memorial and previewed Stephen Curry’s return to court.
2:35 Stephen Jackson and “The Program”
12:07 Brian Shaw’s cannabis party
21:10 David Stern’s stance on banned substance list
36:29 Kobe Bryant’s memorial
46:11 Should Stephen Curry be returning to the court?
Feb 27 2020
Rank #5: Episode 16: Henry Abbott
Tom talks to Henry Abbott of TrueHoop about the Raptors' NBA championship, the fallout from the Anthony Davis trade and how the rest strategy around Kawhi Leonard will change the way the league treats its superstars.
Jun 17 2019
Rank #6: Episode 20: Phone addiction in the NBA
Performance strategist Matt Mayberry on the rise of phone and social media addiction in the NBA, as well as player movement, league-wide anxiety and the role of tech.
Jul 26 2019
Rank #7: When will the NBA return with NYT's Marc Stein
Will NBA players be in Tokyo for the Summer Olympics? Marc Stein, NBA reporter for The New York Times, analyzed how the new Olympic dates will impact USA Basketball. Plus Marc and Tom discussed the health-and-safety hurdles that need to be cleared before the NBA season returns.
7:30 The whirlwind of the season being shutdown
11:31 Biggest Premier League fan in the NBA
25:45 Options the NBA is exploring at this moment
34:06 Potential NBA calendar and its impact on Olympics participation
47:01 How different the NBA Draft and evaluation will be this year
Apr 03 2020
Rank #8: Episode 5: Stan Van Gundy
Tom talks to Stan Van Gundy about teaching college kids, starting the 3-point revolution and how it's changed NBA for the worse, the pluses and minuses of James Harden's game, coaching even though it makes you miserable, what went wrong with Tom Thibodeau and much more.
Jan 18 2019
Rank #9: Episode 12: David Thorpe
Tom talks with David Thorpe of TrueHoop about how Utah is defending James Harden, Ben Simmons' future MVP chances and more.
Apr 19 2019
Rank #10: Sue Bird on coronavirus, CBD and the importance of sleep
How is Seattle reacting to the coronavirus? Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird discussed precautions and the possibility of playing in front of empty stadiums. Plus Bird, a three-time WNBA champion and four-time Olympic champion, revealed why she is endorsing a CBD brand.
1:50 Smartphone addiction
2:55 How Seattle is reacting to coronavirus
6:05 Being one of the first athletes to endorse a CBD brand
17:40 The importance of sleep
20:42 Why 40 is the new 30
Mar 11 2020
Rank #11: Episode 3: Ethan Strauss
Tom talks to Ethan Strauss of The Athletic about the intricacies of betting on the NBA, why coaches care so much about betting lines, Ethan’s piece on the bizarre and lonely life of an NBA advance scout and the idea that Steph could get better as he gets more tired. Plus, the quasi-debut of The Habershow!
Dec 21 2018
Rank #12: Episode 22: Why are so many NBA stars getting hurt?
A number of high-profile NBA players (and Golden State Warriors) have suffered serious injuries recently. Lachlan Penfold, the Warriors' Head of Physical Performance and Sports Medicine during their 73-9 season, explains why.
Aug 23 2019
Rank #13: Episode 9: Mike Budenholzer
Tom talks to Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer about coaching the best team in the Eat, being in awe of Giannis Antetokounmpo, coaching an All-Star Game, why the Bucks don't defend the 3-point line, Brook Lopez's 3-point game and much more. Stay up to date on everything from Tom Haberstroh at NBCSports.com/Haberstroh and in the MyTeams app.
Mar 08 2019
Rank #14: Episode 6: Nate Duncan
Tom previews the trade deadline with Nate Duncan of the Dunc'd On Podcast. They break down the Anthony Davis sweepstakes from all sides, talk about the Knicks' superstar gambit and talk through the most interesting players and teams ahead of the trade deadline.
Feb 01 2019
Rank #15: Episode 4: JJ Redick
Tom talks to Sixers guard JJ Redick about quitting social media (9:44), the nature of addiction (17:00), how Adam Silver has changed the perception of NBA players (33:00), NBA player group texts and Slack channels (35:30) and much more.
Jan 04 2019
Rank #16: Episode 23: 5-time NBA champion Brian Shaw
Brian Shaw won five NBA titles as a player and an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. Shaw, who is now a studio analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area, joined The Habershow to preview the NBA season. He also revealed details about the feud between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, as well as brokering the Shaq vs. Dame rap battle.
8:45 Shaw’s pick to win the NBA Finals
12:50 What derailed LeBron’s first season with the Lakers
30:50 Mentoring a young Kobe Bryant
38:55 Shaq-Kobe feud
59:45 Brokering the Shaq vs. Dame rap battle
Oct 25 2019
Rank #17: Episode 7: Trade Deadline Special with special guests
Tom welcomes a host of special guests to The Habershow to break down the 2019 NBA trade deadline. Paul Hudrick breaks down the Markelle Fultz trade, while Monte Poole talks the biggest threats to the Warriors. A. Sherrod Blakely, Dan Woike and Howard Beck call in to talk through every angle of the Celtics, Lakers and Pelicans and walk through the Anthony Davis sweepstakes. Then, Chris Miller joins to break down where the Wizards are at after John Wall's Achilles injury and the Otto Porter trade.
Feb 08 2019
Rank #18: Frank Vogel on coaching LeBron James and the Lakers
How do you coach LeBron James? Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel sat down with Tom Haberstroh at NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago to discuss what the Lakers need to do to win the NBA title. Plus Vogel told the story of how he ended up on the Stupid Human Tricks segment with David Letterman as a 13-year-old prodigy at spinning a basketball.
1:10 Being on David Letterman as a 13-year-old
5:36 Best trick-shot artist on the Lakers
14:40 Where he was when he heard the Kobe news
19:07 Becoming the coach of the Lakers
21:12 First meeting with LeBron James
Feb 21 2020
Rank #19: Episode 10: Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh opens up about what it’s like to be a star in the social media age, how Kevin Garnett helped convince him to take his talents to South Beach and why he’s rooting against Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors.
Mar 22 2019
Rank #20: Episode 21: Chris Forsberg from Team USA camp
NBC Sports Boston' Chris Forsberg checks in from Las Vegas as Team USA prepares for the FIBA World Cup. Which of the new faces will star for Team USA? Plus Chris breaks down the Boston Celtics’ offseason additions, including Kemba Walker and fan-favorite Tacko Fall.
Aug 09 2019