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Jesse and Stefan swap notes on sports, art and life with special guests.

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Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post on All th...

The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps joins the show for a quick breakdown of the very first moves of the offseason, and the countless rumors floating around—including all that Porzingis trade talk that had the internet abuzz, and Stefan's heart aflutte...

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NBA Draft Talk with Jonathan Wasserman

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' t...

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David West, NBA Champ

David West of the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors joins the show to talk about his epic post-Finals speech, why he could afford to prioritize winning, and the breaking news about CP3 joining the Houston Rockets.

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Paul George to the Thunder!

Well, it's safe to say we didn't see this trade coming: Paul George is joining reigning MVP Russell Westbrook on the OKC Thunder! Moments after the news broke, Jesse and Stefan got Open Run's OKC correspondent Garrett Colton on the phone to see how p...

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Is James Dolan the Donald Trump Jr. of Sports...

The guys return from vacation to answer this, and other pressing questions! Will Paul George end up on the Lakers? Will LeBron join him there? Will Melo soon be a Houston resident? Are we going to do color commentary at a Lakers practice soon?! Don’t...

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Houston, We Have a Problem

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 playe...

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Larry Sanders on Kyrie & the Cavs

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 requ...

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Muggsy Bogues & Director Sheldon Candis on th...

What is the greatest high school basketball team of all time? Many would argue it was the Dunbar Poets of the early ’80s, which featured future NBA players Muggsy Bogues, Reggie Lewis, David Wingate, and Reggie Williams.

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Kenyon Martin, Marc Spears, and the Lasting P...

The Undefeated's senior NBA writer Marc Speaks, NBA badass Kenyon Martin and NYC Jam organizer Jeff Chen chop it up on this week's Open Run.

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New Laker Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Knighted T...

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 befo...

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Taj Gibson Becomes A Timberwolf

esse 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...

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Will Anyone Ever Beat the Warriors?

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 u...

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Hoodie Melo, Flat Earth Hijinx, & Westbrook's...

Stefan, Jesse, and Open Run's Special OKC Correspondent Garrett Colton tackle how to deal with the doldrums of the NBA offseason, the future of the Thunder, and whether or not Kyrie really believes the earth is flat.

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Robert Horry a.k.a. Big Shot Rob

This week: Jemele Hill makes a whole lot of sense, KD unveils some new kicks, and NBA fans are in an uproar about Melo's ESPN ranking! Then Robert Horry a.k.a. Big Shot Rob joins the show to talk about the coldest dude he ever played with, why he was...

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KD and Kyrie’s Excellent Adventure

Jesse and Stefan discuss Kyrie’s game of interview dodgeball, KD’s notorious tweets, and the weird world of social media. Then they answer your Open Run Hotline questions on topics like next season’s MVP race, the finest nicknames of the ’00s, and th...

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Bonus Open Run with Malcolm Brogdon!

Stefan caught up with reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks at The Meadows Music and Arts Festival last week to talk about what it’s like playing for a legendary PG like Jason Kidd, the delicate art of pronouncing “Anteto...

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Lakers Guard Jordan Clarkson on Life with the...

Jesse and Stefan reconnect to break down one hell of a week in the world of sports. Then Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson joins the show to talk about what life is like with the up-and-coming squad.

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Metta. World. Peace.

The day has finally arrived: Metta World Peace makes his Open Run debut! Stefan talks to the NYC basketball legend about how his game was influenced by growing up with the likes of Nas and Mobb Deep in Queensbridge, his time in LA with Kobe & Phi...

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Reggie Miller on the Epic Rivalries of the '9...

It's an emotional Open Run this week as Stefan takes a trip down memory lane with a player who gave him so many nightmares as a young man: Indiana Pacers legend and NBA Hall of Famer, Reggie Miller! They talk about how Reggie would fare in the modern...

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Al Harrington, Steve Kerr, and "The Concept o...

NBA veteran Al Harrington joins the show to talk about the new UNINTERRUPTED short film “The Concept of Cannabis,” a documentary about his second career as a cannabis entrepreneur. Then Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr calls in to share his tho...

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Porzing-a-palooza + Earl Watson on Life After...

Stefan weighs in on the rise of Kristaps Porzingis and shares a Ruffalo-related tale of epic proportions. Then, 13-year NBA veteran and former Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson joins the show to talk about his time in Phoenix, the challenges of the...

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The Process, The Unicorn, and...Simmonsanity?...

The Open Run squad reconvenes to talk about the shockingly fun Eastern Conference. Are the Hayward-less Celtics building something sustainable? Are the 76ers poised to take over the world? Is Kristaps Porzingis of this planet? It's time to talk about...

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Western Conference Woes and Shame or Fame: Sn...

Jesse gets us up to speed on his recent work with Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Demi Lovato and then he and Stefan weigh in on all the pressing issues of the young '17-18 NBA season. Is OKC better or worse than their record? Are the Clippers in a state of ...

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Sixers and Lakers and Rockets, Oh My!

Can the Rockets give the Warriors a run for their money in the West? Are the 76ers and the Lakers poised to be the next great rivalry? Should Stefan blow all of his Christmas money on the Knicks jacket of his dreams?! And do we still not know what "b...

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KD Is for the Children!

Kevin Durant is out here making kids cry tears of joy! So the Open Run crew had to draw up their list of the players who move them to tears. Also on the menu: Joel Embiid's NBA Finals prediction, the debut of the Big Baltic Brand, the continuing conc...

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Kobe's Ceremony, Kyrie's New Kicks, and Chica...

There was a whole lot of NBA action for Jesse and Stefan to tackle this week: Kobe had both his numbers retired, the Bulls are on a hot streak even though two of their stars aren't on speaking terms, Kyrie's out here dropping illuminati kicks, and th...

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Comin' in Hot in 2018!

Open Run is back to take 2018 by storm! It's a Shame or Fame marathon as Jesse and Stefan weigh in on Klay's assist comments, Rodney Hood's phone etiquette, and Lauri Markannen's dining habits.

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Gilbert Arenas a.k.a Agent Zero

Gilbert Arenas a.k.a Agent Zero joins us to talk about dropping 60 on Kobe, the state of the point guard position, and the mystery of Markelle Fultz. He shoots us straight on the whole gun issue and shares his picks for the All-Star team—and even exp...

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Y'all Like Brazilian Music? Open Run Takes on...

There's no sleep for your Open Run hosts when it's NBA trade deadline time! Jesse and Stefan hop on the phone at the midnight hour to talk about the flurry of trades by the Cavs, the Lakers, and...well, that one trade the Knicks made. Then they marve...

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Ian Begley of ESPN on the Porzinjury and the ...

Stefan has been inconsolable ever since Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL, so we called in ESPN's Knicks specialist Ian Begley to help bring him back from the edge! They discuss the future of the Unicorn, the team's plans for rebuildin...

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All-Star Weekend Wrap-Up feat. Draymond Green

Jesse and Stefan slept a total of 47 minutes during All-Star Weekend just so they could return with a full report for you, our dear listeners! From a conversation with 3-time All-Star Draymond Green at UNINTERRUPTED headquarters, to the game at Stapl...

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The Mystery of Kawhi, the Battle for ROY, and...

The All-Star break is over and the NBA is back in full swing! We have questions. What on earth is going on with Kawhi? Who will win Rookie of the Year? If your team is tanking, do you have to watch them do it? And once more, with feeling: can anyone ...

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NCAA Funny Business and the Slam Top 100

Jesse and Stefan weigh in on the latest NCAA scuttlebutt, and then talk about being on the panel for Slam's new Top 100 issue—and which player earned their much-deserved Honorable Mention spot.

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The Rise of the Brow and the Thrill of the Ta...

Open Run's special New Orleans correspondent Nathaniel Rich joins the show to talk about the state of the Pelicans and the utterly dominant play of the Brow.

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The Shape of the Process to Come a.k.a. Deep ...

Your man Stefan is out here roaming the NBA podcast wilds all by his lonesome this week! He ponders what the future might hold for the injured Splash Brothers, The Process, LeBron James, his tanking Knicks, and soon-to-be free agent Isaiah Thomas. Th...

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Luke Bonner on Player Advocacy and the Real M...

Former NCAA and professional basketball player Luke Bonner joins the show to talk about his new life as a player advocate, taking us behind the scenes of NCAA hoops and outlining how he'd like to change the broken system of so-called "amateur" athlet...

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Jesse Williams is Back! Dave Hartley of The W...

It's a big week for Open Run! We've got the homecoming of co-host Jesse Williams AND the return of longtime friend-of-the-show Dave Hartley of the Grammy-winning band The War on Drugs! First, Jesse shares tales fro...

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Ray Allen on Becoming a Hall of Famer, Hittin...

Newly minted Hall of Famer Ray Allen joins Jesse and Stefan to talk about the art of shooting, the best teams of the modern era, and how he hit one of the greatest shots in NBA history. He takes the guys behind the scenes of his legendary career, sha...

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Abe Streep on "What the Arlee Warriors Were P...

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...

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It's NBA Playoffs Party Time

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!

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The Podcast Gotham Deserves

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...

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Midnight in the Garden of Game 5

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?...

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Diss Tracks, Free Agents, and Flat-Earth Dram...

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...

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The Open Run x Dime Drop NBA Draft Preview Ex...

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-ch...

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NBA Summer League Wrap-Up a.k.a. Open Run Tak...

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. <stron...

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Rod Strickland on Boogie's Decision, the Kyri...

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 s...

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Jay Williams on Life After Near-Death and Wha...

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 t...

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NBA Rising Stars with J. Kyle Mann of The Dim...

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 <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FC...

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A Tale of Two Cities with Thomas Beller and N...

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 Thom...

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Valentine's Day with KD & the Knicks

For this special Valentine's Day edition of Open Run, Stefan & Jesse focus on the NBA relationships they can't stop thinking about. First, Jesse doles out some tough love about KD and the Knicks while Stefan makes his case; then, they both contin...

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