Jesse and Stefan swap notes on sports, art and life with special guests.
Abe Streep on "What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For"
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 as state champs, then found themselves starting a "warrior movement" to help prevent suicide.
"What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For" by Abe Streep for The New York Times Magazine
Arlee Warriors State Dedication video
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Ray Allen on Becoming a Hall of Famer, Hitting THAT Shot, and the G.O.A.T. Debate
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, shares his take on the G.O.A.T. debate, and decides which animals best represent the members of the 2008 NBA champion Boston Celtics team.
Jesse Williams is Back! Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs & Nightlands is Back! It's All Happening!
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 from the Grey's Anatomy set (2:35) before Stefan puts him on the Hot Bench to talk about all the hottest NBA matters (10:56). Then we go to Philly (29:20) where Stefan and Dave catch the Sixers-Knicks game before discussing the state of The Process, the magic of Ben Simmons, the surprisingly surprising playoff picture, and the delicate dance of rooting for a rebuilding team. Prepare for a hoops epic!
Luke Bonner on Player Advocacy and the Real March Madness
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" athletics. He shares tales of his time playing ball for both West Virginia and UMass, as well as his tenure in the Lithuanian league—letting us know just what the Ball brothers should expect over there, and rhapsodizing about his life-changing experience seeing ELO in Vilnius.
The Shape of the Process to Come a.k.a. Deep Thoughts with Stefan
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. Throw on your headphones—it's time for a little basketball walkabout.
The Mystery of Kawhi, the Battle for ROY, and the Emotional Cost of Tanking
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 give the Warriors a run for their money?
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 Staples Center, to one of Dave Chappelle's legendary juke joint parties, to the best Wakanda pun you've ever heard, THIS is the one-of-a-kind All-Star Weekend recap you won't find anywhere else.
Ian Begley of ESPN on the Porzinjury and the Knicks' Rebuilding Process
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 rebuilding, the latest on the Joakim Noah situation, and how on earth the Knicks will ever claw their way back into title contention.
Y'all Like Brazilian Music? Open Run Takes on the NBA Trade Deadline Madness!
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 marvel at the Quincy Jones interview for a while. The question is: Y'all like Brazilian music?
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 explains how he once wanted to own every DVD ever made.
Kobe's Ceremony, Kyrie's New Kicks, and Chicago's Silent Treatment
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 the Southeast division has driven their fans to puking in public! (Which raises the question: Is there a "right" way to puke in public?) Download the latest Open Run to find out all about it.
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 concern about OKC, and David West's magical ability to make old men feel relevant.
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 "basketball reasons" are? All this, and more, in the latest episode of Open Run.
Western Conference Woes and Shame or Fame: Sneaker Edition
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 panic? Who is the best and brightest young megastar? Can Stefan dare to wear the Pippen Uptempos Jesse bought him as a "present"?! We tackle all the hard questions this week, AND unveil our brand-new, soon-to-be fan favorite segment: Should I Buy This?
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.