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Adrian Wojnarowski, the most dominant force in NBA reporting, brings you inside the league with, the “Vertical Podcast.” Woj is probing the biggest newsmakers in the sports – from the commissioner, to general managers, coaches and star players – to bring listeners inside the processes, personas and stories that impact the NBA. Beyond longer sit-down interviews in our New York studios, Woj will deliver real-time podcasts with league personnel built around breaking news.

Adrian Wojnarowski, the most dominant force in NBA reporting, brings you inside the league with, the “Vertical Podcast.” Woj is probing the biggest newsmakers in the sports – from the commissioner, to general managers, coaches and star players – to bring listeners inside the processes, personas and stories that impact the NBA. Beyond longer sit-down interviews in our New York studios, Woj will deliver real-time podcasts with league personnel built around breaking news.
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Adrian Wojnarowski, the most dominant force in NBA reporting, brings you inside the league with, the “Vertical Podcast.” Woj is probing the biggest newsmakers in the sports – from the commissioner, to general managers, coaches and star players – to bring listeners inside the processes, personas and stories that impact the NBA. Beyond longer sit-down interviews in our New York studios, Woj will deliver real-time podcasts with league personnel built around breaking news.

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English


Episodes

Filmmaker Dan Klores on "Basketball: A Love Story"

10/4/2018
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Filmmaker Dan Klores joins The Woj Pod to discuss his 20-hour documentary series, “Basketball: A Love Story,” that’ll debut soon. They discuss much of his groundbreaking storytelling, including focuses on LeBron James, Bill Russell, Shaq and Kobe, and much, much more. 1:39: The structure of ‘Basketball: A Love Story.’ 4:22: Abe Saperstein’s attempts to recruit Bill Russell to the Harlem Globetrotters. 7:41: Players at the 1964 All-Star Game threatening to not play unless they were able to...

Duration:01:00:58

Bobby Marks on Jimmy Butler

9/28/2018
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ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod to go inside the news, circumstances and marketplace surrounding All-Star forward Jimmy Butler’s trade demand with the Minnesota Timberwolves. 1:18: Marks’ experience dealing with player trade demands, most notably from Jason Kidd. 5:06: Tom Thibodeau still wanting Jimmy Butler to return to the Timberwolves. 9:02: What happens if Butler reports to the team, but claims he is unable to play due to injury? 10:18: For the Clippers and...

Duration:00:44:30

Ian O’Connor on “Belichick”

9/20/2018
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Best-selling author Ian O’Connor joins The Woj Pod to discuss his new biography, “Belichick.” 1:40: Declaring Belichick as the greatest football coach ever in the book's title. 4:20: How the reporting for this book compared to O’Connor’s previous book about Derek Jeter. 9:12: The difficulty of writing a book about Belichick without knowing how receptive he’d be to it. 13:08: Belichick learning the game and how to break down film from his father. 18:26: How Belichick learned to bring...

Duration:01:03:02

Lee Jenkins

9/18/2018
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Lee Jenkins joins The Woj Pod to discuss his bold move to the Los Angeles Clippers front office from Sports Illustrated. 0:45: The details of his new position with the Clippers. 3:32: How did the opportunity come about to leave SI for the Clippers? 6:37: The difficulty of leaving the only career he’s ever known. 9:24: Jenkins bringing his storytelling abilities to the Clippers. 11:33: His role in helping write the narrative that surrounds the franchise as they approach the pivotal...

Duration:00:37:21

Masai Ujiri

9/14/2018
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Toronto President Masai Ujiri joins The Woj Pod to go inside the Kawhi Leonard trade, how the Raptors hope to resign the All-Star forward, DeMar DeRozan, Nick Nurse/Dwane Casey, his relationship with President Obama, his summer trip to Africa and much more. 0:53: The NBA’s passionate fan base around the globe and how the league is gaining ground on the NFL. 4:17: The difficulty of moving on from DeMar DeRozan and Dwane Casey, and the trade negotiations for Kawhi Leonard. 9:48: Measuring...

Duration:01:00:15

Adam Schefter

9/4/2018
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ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter joins The Woj Pod to discuss his new book, "The Man I Never Met," a memoir on his family, love and his football reporting life. They also discuss Tom Brady and the Patriots. 1:11: If the Patriots could have a do-over, would they have kept Jimmy Garoppolo? 3:33: How much patience did Garoppolo have left to wait behind Tom Brady? 5:59: The similarities between Garoppolo and James Harden as each became a star upon getting their own team. 8:17: The backstory...

Duration:00:30:32

Ryen Russillo

8/27/2018
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Ryen Russillo joins The Woj Pod to talk about the powerhouse class of 2019 NBA free agents, small market vs big market free agent challenges, the future of one-and-done and much more. 1:57: Russillo’s move to Los Angeles 5:57: His pick-up game, and Steph Curry’s impact on young players. 9:44: The massive summer of 2019 in free agency, starting with Kawhi Leonard. 15:02: The Lakers not trading for Leonard after missing out on Paul George in a similar situation. 17:51: How the Clippers...

Duration:00:57:59

Grant Hill

8/23/2018
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Grant Hill joins The Woj Pod on the cusp of his enshrinement into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, opening up about his journey to Springfield – his years as part of the Duke dynasty, his early All-NBA seasons with the Pistons, the darkness and isolation of his recurring ankle injuries with Orlando, his relationships with Steve Nash, Coach K and his parents, his role as Vice Chairman of the Atlanta Hawks and why he’s still considering a future run for political office. 0:36: Hill being...

Duration:01:00:45

Jackie MacMullan

8/21/2018
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ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan discusses her revelatory five-part series on mental health in the NBA, including insights into revelations by Kevin Love, Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh and others. She talks about how the league is handling these issues, and what this means for the future. 1:12: MacMullan’s 5-part series on mental health in the NBA. 3:42: Kevin Love being open about his own struggles with depression. 6:06: How the perception of mental health has changed around the league. 7:35: Players...

Duration:00:35:50

ESPN's Jay Bilas

8/9/2018
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ESPN’s Jay Bilas to joins The Woj Pod to discuss the NCAA basketball rule changes, what makes sense, what doesn’t and how it’ll impact the NBA. 0:40: Sean McDonough’s golf tournament which included Bill Raftery and Charles Barkley. 2:58: Barkley being one of the most accessible athletes in terms of interacting with the public. 5:08: Barkley’s famous quote while at Auburn: ‘I didn’t pay for the car. I’m not paying for the tickets.’ 7:05: The NCAA’s latest attempt at reform, which included...

Duration:00:45:51

ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth

8/3/2018
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ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth joins The Woj Pod to discuss the impact legalized gambling will have on the NBA, sideline reporting, NBA twitter and much more --- including ESPN NFL reporter Dianna Russini joining them in studio. 1:06: Hubbarth covering college football in addition to the NBA. 2:36: The grind of covering summer league. 5:58: The challenges of being a successful sideline reporter, including interviewing Gregg Popovich. 9:43: How the legalization of gambling will impact the...

Duration:00:58:47

Brooklyn Nets’ Jared Dudley

7/26/2018
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Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley returns to The Woj Pod to discuss his move back to the Eastern Conference, what NBA superstars want in free agency, why referee-players relations are so poor, and much, much more. 1:04: The trade to the Nets giving Dudley a chance to get playing time again after the Suns went young last season. 3:32: Not being interested in giving up money in a buyout from the Suns. 4:37: The importance of veteran mentorship. 6:17: Fans wanting teams to bottom out for...

Duration:00:37:24

Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego

7/17/2018
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Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego joins The Woj Pod to discuss leaving the Spurs for his first head coaching job, signing Tony Parker, building a relationship with Kemba Walker, the process of becoming a head coach in the NBA, what he learned under Gregg Popovich, growing up with a single mom in New Mexico, and much more. 0:44: The prestige that comes with being 1 of the 30 head coaches in the NBA. 2:42: Tony Parker’s role in bringing the Spurs culture to the Hornets. 4:02: Kemba...

Duration:00:35:27

Mike Budenholzer

7/11/2018
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Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer joins The Woj Pod to discuss Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks future, the Hawks years, LeBron leaving the East, where and how he gets ideas and getting the courage up as a young assistant to raise a point with Gregg Popovich in a Spurs coach’s meeting. 1:48: How much different is Budenholzer's approach to his second head-coaching job? 3:29: Learning about Giannis Antetokounmpo’s tremendous work ethic. 5:47: The uniqueness of Antetokounmpo’s skillset...

Duration:00:45:06

ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Part 2: DeMarcus Cousins and the rest of summer free agency

7/4/2018
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ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod for a discussion on DeMarcus Cousins’ move to the Warriors, and the storylines and moves still left to play out in July free agency. 0:51: Trae Young struggling to start summer league, and how former Nets executive Rod Thorn would have reacted. 3:50: The limited amount of cap space around the league giving teams tremendous leverage over players. 5:40: The limited market for players in restricted free agency. 7:17: Dante Exum...

Duration:00:32:26

ESPN’s Bobby Marks: LeBron James, the Lakers and Kawhi Leonard

7/4/2018
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ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks joins the Woj Pod for the first of a two-part delve into NBA free agency, including LeBron James’ move to the Lakers and the future of Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio. 2:06: The Lakers signing Lance Stephenson, who has only had success playing for the Pacers. 4:37: James wanting to surround himself with high IQ players. 6:07: Luke Walton facing a challenge with the new-look roster next season. 9:30: The belief that news of Lonzo Ball’s knee injury was...

Duration:00:31:41

ESPN Draft Analyst Jonathan Givony

6/22/2018
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ESPN Draft Analyst Jonathan Givony joins The Woj Pod to discuss the aftermath of Thursday’s NBA Draft, including the Michael Porter Jr., saga, the Luka Doncic/Trae Young trade, and much much more.

Duration:00:38:17

ESPN Draft Analyst Mike Schmitz

6/15/2018
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ESPN NBA Draft Analyst Mike Schmitz joins the Woj Pod to breakdown the final days of maneuvering for Thursday’s NBA Draft, including the Michael Porter saga, Luka Doncic, the art of the draft day ‘promise’ and much more.

Duration:00:43:08

Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell

6/7/2018
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Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell joins The Woj Pod to discuss his breakout rookie season, his battle with Ben Simmons, learning how to become a franchise player, Quin Snyder, and why he believes he can be a recruiter to bring star talent to the Jazz. 1:38: The whirlwind of the last two months for Mitchell, including leading Utah’s playoff run. 2:52: How much has changed for Mitchell after being doubtful whether he should turn pro last year. 3:58: The Jazz going on a phenomenal run once...

Duration:00:40:42

ESPN’s Bobby Marks

6/1/2018
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ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks joins The Woj Pod to discuss Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Bryan Colangelo saga in Philadelphia, NBA free agency and much more.

Duration:00:36:34