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Episode 121


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 continue to wonder what the future holds for LeBron and the Lakers.


Episode 120


A Tale of Two Cities with Thomas Beller and Nathaniel Rich


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 Thomas Beller (novelist, essayist, hoops columnist for The New Yorker). Treat your ears to a three-man weave that covers the aftermath of the Kristaps Porzingis trade, the future of the Knicks, the fate of Anthony Davis, and the state of modern NBA fandom.Follow Nathaniel Rich on Twitter: @NathanielRichCheck out his work at nathanielrich.com.Follow Thomas Beller on Twitter: @ThomasBellerClick here to check out his basketball writing forThe New Yorker.


Episode 119


NBA Rising Stars with J. Kyle Mann of The Dime Drop


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 The Leap. Stefan & Kyle revisit their Summer League predictions to see what they got right—and so Stefan can mention Mitchell Robinson as many times as possible. Then, they tackle the big questions. Can the young core of the Celtics match the might of the Warriors? Are the Sixers real contenders in the East? Should you leave your phone at home when you walk your dog so you can really stop and smell the roses?? Find out...on Open Run. • Follow The Dime Drop on YouTube• Watch The Leap on YouTube• Follow @jkylemann on Twitter• Follow @dimedrophoops on Twitter


Episode 118


Jay Williams on Life After Near-Death and What He Learned Coaching High School Hoops


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 topics covered: the Celtics's chances of winning it all next season, the future of the Porzingod, what he learned from Coach K, and the art of living a full life.

Jesse Williams
Stefan Marolachakis

Episode 117


Rod Strickland on Boogie's Decision, the Kyrie Comparisons, and the Incoming Rookie Class


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 same time, as well as just how dirty a player John Stockton was/wasn't. Oh, and you'll want to stick around for the Arvydas Sabonis portion of the conversation. Bonus: This episode features friend o' the show Kyle Mann of the Dime Drop! Enjoy.

Jesse Williams
Stefan Marolachakis

Episode 116


NBA Summer League Wrap-Up a.k.a. Open Run Takes Vegas! feat. Kyle Mann of The Dime Drop and Nat Livingston Johnson


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. Kyle Mann of The Dime Drop joins the show to talk about the standout rookies, so-so basketball, and fantastic hobnobbing on offer at Summer League. Viva Las Vegas.

Jesse Williams
Stefan Marolachakis

Episode 115


The Open Run x Dime Drop NBA Draft Preview Extravaganza!


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-changing new nicknames abound. The draft won't know what hit it. Follow Kyle Mann on Twitter: @jkylemann...and Instagram: @jkylemann Follow The Dime Drop on Twitter: @dimedrophoops...and Instagram: @thedimedropSubscribe to the Dime Drop on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdf5X8hXBKnkVTfxuxkLiOQ

Jesse Williams
Stefan Marolachakis

Episode 114


Diss Tracks, Free Agents, and Flat-Earth Drama!


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 dramatic reading of Kyrie's latest flat-earth musings. You're gonna like the way you look, we guarantee it!

Jesse Williams
Stefan Marolachakis

Episode 113


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? Can the young Celtics really oust LeBron James? Does making it to the Finals another time without winning the chip actually hurt LeBron's legacy? So many questions, not enough rooftops. It's time for...Midnight in the Garden of Game 5 a.k.a. It's Not Me, It's Them!

Jesse Williams
Stefan Marolachakis

Episode 112


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; the seeming inevitability of Cavs-Warriors IV; and Becky Hammon, and the path to the NBA's first female head coach.

Jesse Williams
Stefan Marolachakis