Rank #1: Mal of The Joe Budden Podcast on the Show's Success, NBA Friendships, Crazy Roc-A-Fella Memories, Whether Joe Will Ever Rap Again, Rappers Who Can Hoop, "Hip-Hop Historians" and More (Ep. 127)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Mal of The Joe Budden Podcast. They discuss the podcast's success, Mal's NBA fandom (and friends around the league), his craziest Roc-A-Fella memories, whether Joe Budden will ever come out of rap retirement, the world of podcasting, hip-hop historians, rappers who can hoop and more!
Rank #2: Chris Broussard on Cavs-Celtics Trade, LeBron's Future, His Career, Transition to FS1 (Ep. 22)
FS1's Chris Broussard joined The HoopsHype Podcast to discuss the recent blockbuster trade between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, what's next for Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, LeBron James' upcoming free agency decision, Carmelo Anthony's future, his rise through sports journalism, his transition from ESPN to FS1, his thoughts on developing relationships and breaking news, how he handles criticism and much more.
Rank #3: JJ Redick on Joining 76ers, His Free Agency Process, Philly’s Upside, Leaving Clippers (Ep. 17)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard JJ Redick discusses plenty of topics including...
0:35: His first impression of Philadelphia’s passionate fan base.
2:40: JJ’s early interactions with his new teammates.
4:35: Why he hates free agency and how he approached the process.
7:10: Whether he wants to stay with the 76ers long-term and potentially even finish his career in Philadelphia.
8:50: When did he realize that he’d be leaving the Los Angeles Clippers?
11:30: Redick explains his comment that there was “no joy” in the way the Clippers played and why things got stale in L.A.
13:30: For the first time in years, he enters a season without championship aspirations. Is that a strange feeling in the prime of his career?
14:10: How good can this 76ers team be this upcoming season?
16:00: He says that he discussed a four-year deal with the Houston Rockets and he wanted to go there, but they ultimately changed their offer to a three-year deal and talks fell apart.
17:40: How family affects free agency decisions. For example, in his Uninterrupted documentary about his free agency process, his wife is adamant that she wants him to sign with the Brooklyn Nets and you see how everyone is impacted by his decision.
22:30: The amount of recruiting that takes place when you’re a free agent, and how sometimes it’s the free agent who initiates conversations to gain information about specific situations.
25:00: The talent on Philadelphia’s roster and how making the playoffs is a realistic goal.
27:00: How Brett Brown factored into his decision and his potential as a head coach.
30:00: At this point, what does he expect the rotation to look like and how guys will be used?
31:30: The star potential of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz and Dario Saric.
33:20: How he relates to younger teammates and adjusting to being the “old man” in the locker room.
36:20: Did the Golden State Warriors being such strong title favorites impact his free agency decision? And is Philadelphia poised to peak just as the Warriors are potentially declining?
38:30: His plan to re-launch his podcast on Uninterrupted and what that will entail.
40:10: His interest in a media career after he’s done playing, including owning a media company that produces original content.
42:25: How he went from hated to fan favorite and when he noticed that shift.
44:50: His best Stan Van Gundy story.
48:40: As someone who was a household name while at Duke, does he feel college athletes should be paid?
51:40: Why he believes Philadelphia could attract a superstar free agent in 2018 or 2019.
54:00: Who are the NBA’s best defenders? And who are the toughest players to guard?
57:00: How he prefers his cheesesteak.
Rank #4: Kobe Bryant on Influencing Today's NBA Players, Whether Teams Have Tried to Sign Him, Helping the Lakers in Free Agency, His Muses and More (Ep. 79)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by NBA legend Kobe Bryant. The future Hall of Famer discussed his intense work ethic, his influence on this generation of NBA players, whether any team has tried to lure him out of retirement, the goals he’s set for himself, how he’ll help the Los Angeles Lakers recruit free agents like LeBron James and Paul George, the people who inspire him, his ESPN+ show Detail, his new book The Mamba Mentality: How I Play and more.
Rank #5: 2018 NBA Mock Draft (Lottery Edition) and Conference Finals Adjustments (Ep. 74)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by his HoopsHype colleague Bryan Kalbrosky. Since the 2018 NBA draft lottery was last night, they share their mock drafts for the lottery picks. They also break down what adjustments need to be made in both Conference Finals series.
Rank #6: Drew Hanlen on His Career, Summer Progress of Joel Embiid, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, More (Ep. 92)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Drew Hanlen, one of the top NBA skills coaches in the world and the CEO of Pure Sweat Basketball. Hanlen discusses his career, training, and strategy and then gives updates on how players like Joel Embiid, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Markelle Fultz, Mo Bamba, RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and others are developing this summer and what they're focused on improving.
Rank #7: David Griffin on Becoming a GM, His Time With the Cavs, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, New Radio Show (Ep. 43)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager and current Sirius XM NBA Radio analyst David Griffin discusses his path to becoming a GM, what happened behind the scenes during his stint in Cleveland, what it was like to have LeBron James return weeks after he became the Cavs' permanent GM, his thoughts on LeBron's future and Kyrie Irving's trade demand, his reaction to Kevin Durant signing with the rival Golden State Warriors and much more.
Rank #8: World_Wide_Wob On How He Blew Up on Social Media, the Pettiest Players and NBA Predictions (Ep. 35)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Rob Perez (who you may know as @WorldWideWob from Twitter). Rob discusses the steps he took to get to this point in his career and how he cultivated such a large, loyal Twitter following. He also names the pettiest players in the NBA, explains how his followers track free agents' social-media antics for clues about where they may sign, answers questions from listeners and makes predictions about the 2017-18 NBA season. Follow Rob on Twitter @WorldWideWob.
Rank #9: Joe Budden on His Knicks, Kyrie Irving, NBA Players Who Rap, 'Everyday Struggle' and More (Ep. 12)
Alex Kennedy is joined by rapper Joe Budden, who also hosts 'Everyday Struggle' on Complex and 'The Joe Budden Podcast,' as he discusses his New York Knicks, Kyrie Irving's trade demand, NBA players who can rap, rappers who can hoop, the life of a rapper and much more.
Rank #10: Nate Duncan on the Blake Griffin Trade, Teams Trending Upward, Legit Contenders, and NBA Trade Deadline (Ep. 54)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Nate Duncan to discuss the Pistons-Clippers trade that sends Blake Griffin to Detroit, which teams are trending in the right direction, the elite teams in both conferences, which teams have the ugliest salary-cap picture and what to expect at the upcoming NBA trade deadline.
Rank #11: Chris Haynes on Recent NBA Trades, Where the 2019 Free Agents May Land, Anthony Davis' Future, Which Stars May Be On the Move Next and More (Ep. 133)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. They discuss Chris' new podcast "Posted Up," his media career, recent NBA trades, where the top 2019 free agents will sign this summer, Anthony Davis' trade request and what his future holds, which stars may become available next and more.
Rank #12: NBA Rumors: Sam Amick on Kawhi Leonard Rift, Kemba Walker Trade Talks, Cavs' Targets, Lakers' Options, LeBron's Future (Ep. 50)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by USA TODAY Sports NBA reporter Sam Amick. They discussed a wide variety of topics including the reported rift between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs, trade rumors involving Kemba Walker, DeAndre Jordan, Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson, Evan Fournier, Tyreke Evans and George Hill among others, and what big-name free agents LeBron James, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins will decide to do this summer.
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Rank #13: John Wall on NBA Trades, Career Year, Paul George Rumors and Super Teams (Ep. 4)
Alex Kennedy is joined by Washington Wizards point guard John Wall to discuss the reaction to the Dwight Howard trade and trade rumors(1:00), recruiting stars (4:00), his breakout year (7:00), offseason workout and goals (8:00), super teams and the keys to beating the Warriors (9:00), impact of Coach Brooks (13:00), Bradley Beal's season (14:00), motivation and making the All-NBA 3rd team, (16:00), Otto Porter's growth (17:00), being a mentor to high school and college players (18:00), his overnight rise to fame after bein drafted (20:00), coming into league during rise of social media (24:00), his confidence every game (27:00), Paul George (29:00), donating to "Bright Beginnings" to help the homeless (31:00), and if he could see himself finishing his career with the Wizards (35:00).
Rank #14: Twitter Mailbag: Player We'd Build Around, ROY Race, Teams Set to Improve Next Year, Why Reporters Use "Sources" (Ep. 62)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy and Bryan Kalbrosky answer your Twitter questions. They discuss why reporters use anonymous sources, the Rookie of the Year race, which teams will improve their record the most next year, which player we'd select to build an NBA franchise around and much more.
Rank #15: NBA Rumors: Michael Scotto Discusses What Each NBA Team Wants to Do At The Trade Deadline (Ep. 55)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Michael Scotto of The Athletic. They break down all 30 NBA teams and what they're looking to do as the Feb. 8 trade deadline approaches.
Rank #16: NBA Rumors: Tim Bontemps Previews the 2018 Trade Deadline (Ep. 56)
On this episode of the HoopsHype podcast, Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post breaks down the upcoming trade deadline including how active teams will be, names that could be on the move, what teams are the most likely to make a deal, and how this could affect the offseason and beyond.
Rank #17: Breaking Down Players and Teams That Have Pleasantly Surprised Early in 2017-18 NBA Season (Ep. 33)
HoopsHype's Alex Kennedy and Rockets Wire's Sean Highkin break down the teams and players who have been surprisingly good early in the 2017-18 NBA season. They also break down whether it's time to panic about some teams that are struggling.
Rank #18: Which NBA Contracts Are the Most Difficult to Trade Right Now? (Ep. 115)
On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy and Frank Urbina break down some of the worst contracts around the NBA and what makes those deals are so bad (and difficult to trade).
Rank #19: Mallory Edens on Her Father Buying the Milwaukee Bucks, Attention She Received after 2014 NBA Draft Lottery, Career Goals (Ep. 40)
Mallory Edens, daughter of Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens, discusses her father's purchase of the Bucks, what it was like to become a household name following her appearance during the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery, her experience attending Princeton, her long-term career goals, the development of Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and much more.
Rank #20: Peter Vecsey on HOF Career, Today's Sportswriting, Stories from His Past, His Comeback (Ep. 20)
In this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, Alex Kennedy is joined by Peter Vecsey who opens up about his Hall of Fame career, his thoughts on today's NBA reporting, crazy stories from his decades covering the sport, his comeback on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/petervecsey/posts) and the biggest storylines of the NBA offseason.