Jesse and Stefan swap notes on sports, art and life with special guests.
The Process, The Unicorn, and...Simmonsanity? The Ball Rises in the East!
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 the East.
Porzing-a-palooza + Earl Watson on Life After Phoenix
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 modern NBA, and the next wave of NBA mega-stars.
Al Harrington, Steve Kerr, and "The Concept of Cannabis"
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 thoughts on medicinal marijuana, why he tried it for his chronic back pain, and its potential viability as a tool for NBA players.
Reggie Miller on the Epic Rivalries of the '90s and the Lost Art of Not Making Friends
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 NBA, Michael Jordan's super-team comments, and how Reggie was there when Kyrie learned he'd been traded. AND, of course, they dig deep into the epic Knicks-Pacers rivalry of the '90s (including the push-off on Greg Anthony and Reggie's beef with LJ's 4-point play). It's all here on this monumental episode of Open Run.
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 & Phil, his take on the state of both the Knicks and the Lakers—and, of course, the animal he'd most like to be.
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 “Antetokounmpo,” and the lasting power of Jay Z and Nas.
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 the best of the incoming rookie class.
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 and more.
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 unpack it all on this week's Open Run.
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 new level. Trainer Travelle Gaines also joins the show to shed light on what pro trainers do to help players deal with the rigors of the NBA, and just how all these epic offseason pickup games come together.
New Laker Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Knighted The Young Pope
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 before workshopping some new nickname ideas together.
Muggsy Bogues & Director Sheldon Candis on the Best High School Squad Ever
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.
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 request.
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 players by masquerading as Adele’s manager inspires Stefan to share his own tale about the worst compulsive liar he ever met.
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 you worry—all your questions shall be answered on this week’s installment of Open Run, the baddest hoops podcast in the business.
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 people are feeling in OKC a.k.a. Action City, and to talk about how this might change the Thunder's standing in the West next season.