Podcast

Open Run

Hoops talk brought to you by Jesse Williams and Stefan Marolachakis. Talking shop about basketball, art, and life with a cast of special guests.

Episodes

  • Empire State of the Union

    Jul 01 2019

    Stefan is back to talk about free agency, and not just any old free agency! We're talking Knicks free agency and Nets free agency. KD. Kyrie. It's a battle o' the boroughs—and the winner may not be as clear as you think. Or is it?! Only two ways to find out: buy a time machine, or download this fresh-out-of-the-oven episode of your favorite podcast's favorite podcast: Open Run.

  • Warriors Fans Have Feelings, Too

    May 08 2019

    It's a bona fide homecoming as old-school Open Runner Ben Cruz rejoins the pod to talk about his beloved Warriors, their heated series against the Rockets, and the offseason that lies ahead. Will the Dubs win it all one more time? What will the team look like next season? Does Stefan finally...empathize with the Warriors? • Ben Cruz on Twitter • Listen to It Doesn't Matter What Your Podcast Is Called As always, follow Open Run on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Dagger Dame & the Future King of New York

    Apr 27 2019

    Our host has a lot on his mind this week: Dagger Dame and the shot heard 'round the world, the mysterious inner workings of Russell Westbrook, the Rockets-Warriors matchup, NBA Finals predictions, and a whole mess of Knicks hypothesizing to Du-rant & rave about. It's officially time for another installment of Deep Thoughts with Stefan, a.k.a. "Stefan My Mind."

  • The NBA Fan's Guide to the Sweet 16 with J. Kyle Mann

    Mar 28 2019

    J. Kyle Mann of The Dime Drop is back! And he's here to school Stefan and all the other college hoops ignoramuses on what to watch in this year's Sweet 16. The players to look out for, the most competitive games, the nicknames we need to work on—it's all here in Open Run's Guide to the Sweet 16. • Follow Kyle Mann on Twitter • Watch Kyle's Ja Morant video on The Dime Drop  • ...and watch his Rookie Midterm video on DeAndre Ayton for The Ringer As always, follow Open Run on Twitter and Instagram....more

  • Playing Possum with Krishna Andavolu

    Mar 20 2019

    Vice News Tonight correspondent, Weediquette host, and fellow Knicks fan Krishna Andavolu joins Stefan to talk about the evolving definition of NBA success, the legacy of Kevin Durant's strange "The Servant" nickname, avant-garde rebuild theories, and doin' it for the Gram. • Krishna Andavolu on Twitter and Instagram • Watch Krishna's show Weediquette As always, follow Open Run on Twitter and Instagram.

  • A Different Kind of Grouchy with Andrew Kuo

    Mar 06 2019

    It’s all Knicks all the time as Stefan is joined by Andrew Kuo of our other favorite hoops pod, Cookies! Stefan and Kuo put on their GM hats and architect the Knicks rebuild of their dreams. Want a side of Mitchell Robinson with your Mitchell Robinson? You’ve come to the right place. • Andrew Kuo on Twitter and Instagram • Cookies on Twitter and Instagram  As always, follow Open Run on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Does This Player Spark Joy? with Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs

    Mar 04 2019

    Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs and Nightlands is back to talk about the state of The Process, the battle at the top of the East, and how good it hurts to get emotionally attached to a team. Other topics include: Is the Greek Freak the best player in the NBA? Will Mitchell Robinson be the new logo? What do Marie Kondo and Sam Hinkie have in common? And of course, don't miss an instant classic edition of the fan favorite segment, "Should I Buy This?" • Dave Hartley on Twitter • Stefan on Twitter...more

  • Leaning Into Yes with J. Kyle Mann of The Dime Drop

    Feb 21 2019

    Friend o' the show J. Kyle Mann is back and he's here to help Stefan tackle all the big questions! What is the proper way to pronounce Luka Dončić? Will he and Porzingis thrive in Dallas? Is LeBron James psychic? Is KD coming to the Knicks? Should Stefan by the KD 11s? Is Zion Williamson as good as everyone seems to think he is? And once more, with feeling...is KD coming to the Knicks??  • Kyle Mann on Twitter • The Dime Drop on YouTube • Kyle's Luka Dončić Rookie Midterm video for The Ringer • ...more

  • Valentine's Day for KD & the Knicks

    Feb 14 2019

    Our special Valentine's Day edition of Open Run is all about NBA relationships. Jesse calls Stefan from the Grey's Anatomy set to dole out some tough love about KD and the Knicks, Stefan makes his case, and then they both ponder what the future holds for LeBron and the Lakers. Come for the hoops talk, stay for the surprise Debbie Allen cameo.

  • A Tale of Two Cities with Thomas Beller and Nathaniel Rich

    Feb 09 2019

    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. Follo...more

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

    Nov 09 2018

    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...more

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

    Jul 25 2018

    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.

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

    Jul 23 2018

    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.

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

    Jul 17 2018

    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.

  • The Open Run x Dime Drop NBA Draft Preview Extravaganza!

    Jun 21 2018

    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: @thedimedrop Subscribe to the Dime Drop on YouTub...more

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

    Jun 15 2018

    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!

  • Midnight in the Garden of Game 5

    May 24 2018

    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 No...more

  • The Podcast Gotham Deserves

    May 13 2018

    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.

  • It's NBA Playoffs Party Time

    Apr 26 2018

    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!

  • Abe Streep on "What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For"

    Apr 12 2018

    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 • Follow Abe Streep o...more

  • Ray Allen on Becoming a Hall of Famer, Hitting THAT Shot, and the G.O.A.T. Debate

    Apr 05 2018

    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!

    Mar 30 2018

    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 surpris...more

  • Luke Bonner on Player Advocacy and the Real March Madness

    Mar 22 2018

    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 s...more

  • The Shape of the Process to Come a.k.a. Deep Thoughts with Stefan

    Mar 15 2018

    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 Rise of the Brow and the Thrill of the Tank with Nathaniel Rich

    Mar 08 2018

    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. Then, it's time for the hard questions: Why can't the NBA embrace the thrill of the tank and the weird, wild race to the bottom? Will the Rockets finally, finally, finally pose a threat to the Warriors? Should Porzingis be up and walking around already?? Is Kawhi Leonard going to play basketball this year??? There's one way to find out...

  • NCAA Funny Business and the Slam Top 100

    Mar 01 2018

    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.

  • The Mystery of Kawhi, the Battle for ROY, and the Emotional Cost of Tanking

    Feb 23 2018

    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

    Feb 21 2018

    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, 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

    Feb 12 2018

    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!

    Feb 09 2018

    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

    Jan 17 2018

    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 why he once wanted to own every DVD ever made.

  • Comin' in Hot in 2018!

    Jan 13 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.

  • Kobe's Ceremony, Kyrie's New Kicks, and Chicago's Silent Treatment

    Dec 20 2017

    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. NOTE: Since this pod had a lot of visual references, here's...more

  • KD Is for the Children!

    Dec 12 2017

    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!

    Dec 09 2017

    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

    Dec 02 2017

    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 Thi...more

  • The Process, The Unicorn, and...Simmonsanity? The Ball Rises in the East!

    Nov 17 2017

    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

    Nov 10 2017

    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"

    Oct 25 2017

    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

    Oct 16 2017

    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'...more

  • Metta. World. Peace.

    Oct 06 2017

    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.

  • Lakers Guard Jordan Clarkson on Life with the Young Guns

    Sep 29 2017

    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, his goals for the year, and what to expect from the Lakeshow this season.

  • Malcolm Brogdon on Winning ROY, Playing for J. Kidd, and the Right Way to Say Antetokounmpo

    Sep 22 2017

    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 staying power of Jay Z and Nas.

  • KD and Kyrie's Excellent Adventure

    Sep 21 2017

    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

    Sep 14 2017

    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 shocked by Kyrie's trade request, and how he thinks Grandmama-era LJ is underrated. He also tells us which legendary coach gives the best halftime speeches—and reveals which one of his many big shots is his all-time favorite.

  • Hoodie Melo, Flat Earth Hijinx, and Westbrook's West-Book

    Sep 06 2017

    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.

  • Will Anyone Ever Ever Beat the Warriors Again Ever?

    Aug 30 2017

    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 on Reuniting With His Old Friends in Minnesota

    Aug 26 2017

    Jesse 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 aka "Bread from Heaven" aka The Young Pope

    Aug 16 2017

    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.

  • Kenyon Martin, Marc Spears, and the Lasting Power of NBA Jam

    Aug 10 2017

    We've got three, count 'em THREE guests for you this week! First, The Undefeated's senior NBA writer Marc Spears tells us about his fantastic times at the NBA Africa Game, and why he left Harrison Barnes's wedding before any infamous dance sequences occurred. Then legendary NBA badass Kenyon Martin checks in to talk about his undefeated Big 3 Squad, where he thinks his former teammate Melo will end up, and the best trash talkers he's ever met. And we talk to Jeff Chen, organizer of the NYC Jam (...more

  • Muggsy Bogues and Director Sheldon Candis on the Greatest High School Squad of All Time

    Aug 02 2017

    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. Director Sheldon Candis joins us to talk about his upcoming documentary about the team, "Baltimore Boys," and then the legendary Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues tells us what it was like being part of that celebrated squad, the secret to making it in the NBA at 5'3", and the time he bloc...more

  • Larry Sanders on Kyrie, the Cavs, and Life Outside the NBA

    Jul 27 2017

    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

    Jul 19 2017

    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 Knicks Owner James Dolan the Donald Trump Jr. of Sports?

    Jul 12 2017

    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?!

  • Paul George to the Thunder! Emergency Call with OKC Correspondent Garrett Colton

    Jul 01 2017

    Well, it's safe to say we didn't see this trade coming: Paul George is joining reigning MVP Russell Westbrook on the Oklahoma City 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 Oklahoma City, a.k.a. Action City, and to talk about how this might change the Thunder's standing in the West next season.

  • David West, NBA Champ

    Jun 28 2017

    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.

  • Emergency Hoops Therapy Session & NBA Draft Talk with Jonathan Wasserman

    Jun 23 2017

    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' the night.

  • Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post on All the Latest Trades & Rumors

    Jun 21 2017

    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 aflutter.

  • Caron Butler & Anthony Slater Join Us to Put This Season to Bed

    Jun 14 2017

    NBA Champion & two-time All-Star Caron Butler joins us to share his unique insight into these finals as a former teammate of Kevin Durant in OKC. Then, we talk to current Warriors beat writer—and former OKC Thunder beat writer—Anthony Slater about the arc of KD's career, good ol' superteams, and the state of the NBA. And that's not all! Open Run's OKC correspondent Garrett Colton shares his thoughts, and our producer Ben Cruz takes a little time to gloat. It's all here in the Open Run Finals Wra...more

  • Festus Ezeli and Myles Brown Talk NBA Finals, Superteams, LeBron vs. Jordan

    Jun 07 2017

    Former Golden State Warrior and 2015 NBA Champion Festus Ezeli joins the show to tell Jesse and Stefan what it's really like to play against the Cavs in the NBA Finals. Then we talk to writer Myles Brown about the challenges LeBron is facing right now, the differences between his and Steph Curry's paths to greatness, and our complicated feelings about seeing Durant in a Warriors uniform.

  • NBA Finals Preview w/Marcus Thompson & Allie Clifton!

    May 31 2017

    It's NBA Finals Preview time! In this corner, representing the Warriors: Mercury News columnist, co-host of the Dray Day podcast, and author of Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry....Marcus Thompson! Aaaaand representing the Cavs: Fox Sports Ohio sideline reporter and co-host of the Road Trippin’ podcast...Allie Clifton! And, of course, as always, we bring you a fresh and tasty Shame or Fame—and we dive into your hotline messages. It's all happening, folks.

  • Playoff Talk, News o' the Day, and the All-New Open Run Hotline!

    May 24 2017

    Jesse and Stefan catch up on the playoffs and how they're coping with blowout boredom. We've also got breaking news o' the day, updates on last week's date night Shame or Fame, and listener messages from the all-new Open Run Hotline!

  • NBA Insider Sam Amick on the Conference Finals & the Neverending Zaza Saga

    May 18 2017

    USA Today’s NBA insider Sam Amick joins the show to talk about the Conference Finals matchups, the NBA Draft Lottery results, and Zaza vs. Kawhi, Pop, and the entire city of San Antonio.

  • Desus and Mero! Bodega Boys in the Building!

    May 05 2017

    Open Run. Desus & Mero. It's all Big Baller Brand everything when the duos unite to talk about $500 sneakers, the playoffs, all-time NBA greats, and Knicks, Knicks, Knicks.

  • Jeanie Buss, Owner & President of the Lakers

    Apr 21 2017

    Los Angeles Lakers owner and president, Jeanie Buss, joins Jesse and Stefan to talk about the shuffle within the Lakers' braintrust, her belief in current head coach Luke Walton, and the future of the Purple and Gold.

  • NBA Legend Rick Barry a.k.a. "The Miami Greyhound" on the Art of Being Different

    Apr 05 2017

    Hall of Famer Rick Barry joins the show to talk about coaching in Ice Cube's new Big 3 league, his plans to shake off his bad reputation, and why he really left the NBA to join the ABA.

  • Stephen Jackson a.k.a. Stak5 on the We Believe Warriors & Partying with Woody Harrelson

    Mar 24 2017

    Baller, rapper, NBA Champion, and self-described jack-of-all-trades Stephen Jackson joins the show to talk about life as a member of the "We Believe" Warriors, partying with Woody Harrelson, his favorite active players, and how the NBA might have overreacted to the Malice at the Palace.

  • Sam Amick, USA Today NBA Insider

    Mar 08 2017

    Sam Amick of USA Today joins the show to talk about life in Sacramento post-Boogie, the state of the Lakers, and the Warriors without KD—and then shares a theory about Kawhi Leonard's surprise postgame drug test.

  • Kenny "The Jet" Smith at All-Star Weekend

    Feb 22 2017

    Kenny "The Jet" Smith joins the show to talk about life as a back-to-back NBA champion, the differences between '90s hoops and the modern era, and the time Vernon Maxwell slapped a waiter for not putting enough respect on Kenny's name.

  • Charles Oakley Sets the Record Straight

    Feb 10 2017

    After the debacle at The Garden, New York Knicks legend, Charles Oakley, joins the guys to explain what really happened, his thoughts on James Dolan, what toughness really means to him and this current iteration of the Knickerbockers.

  • Emergency Knicks Episode! feat. Seth Rosenthal of Posting and Toasting

    Feb 02 2017

    Stefan and a fellow lifelong Knicks fan, writer Josh Koenigsberg, try to figure out what is going on with the Knicks. During this episode, they are visited by three spirits: the Ghost of Knicks present (Seth Rosenthal, Posting and Toasting), the Ghost of Knicks past (Stefan's dad), and the Ghost of Knicks future (Knicks insider/outsider Nat Johnson). Prepare for an emotional roller coaster.

  • Doc Rivers, President and Coach of the LA Clippers

    Jan 19 2017

    Doc Rivers, president and coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, joins us to talk about his days playing with Dominique in Atlanta, his championship run with the Celtics, the unique experience of coaching his son, and the challenges that lie ahead for the Clippers. Oh, and he shares some of the best Pat Riley stories you've ever heard.

  • Chicago Bulls Great Craig Hodges on Why He Risked Everything

    Jan 09 2017

    Craig Hodges is many things: NBA Champion, 3-point sharpshooter, social justice activist, and now, author. He joins us to talk about his days playing alongside Michael Jordan on the legendary Bulls squads of the '90s, facing off against the Bad Boys, the ins and outs of the Triangle offense—and the visit to the White House that would change his life forever.

  • Baron Davis

    Dec 21 2016

    California hoops icon Baron Davis joins us to talk about the state of the point guard position, the magic of Russell Westbrook, and why L.A. ballers play with so much flair. He also shares some classic, crazy tales from his days playing with the likes of Anthony Mason, Derrick Coleman, Stephen Jackson, and more.

  • Chris Paul

    Dec 07 2016

    Chris Paul, one of the greatest point guards of all time and the Mayor of Lob City, joins us to discuss the keys to the Clippers' great start, how his game has evolved over 12 years in the NBA, and the toughest players he's ever had to guard. Then we open up to CP3 about our problem with initial-based nicknames, and attempt to work through it...together.

  • Maverick Carter

    Nov 21 2016

    In a stunning move, Maverick Carter (CEO of UNINTERRUPTED and SpringHill Entertainment) appears in studio POSSE-free to set the record straight. Some hoops analysis by Chris Broussard peppered in for flavor.

  • Nick Young, Rachel Nichols & Jinx Live from ComplexCon!

    Nov 10 2016

    It's Open Run's first-ever live taping! We talk early NBA season business with ESPN's Rachel Nichols and Complex's Jinx—and then Nick Young aka Swaggy P joins us to talk about the surging Lakers, his newfound defensive prowess, and what it is that makes Coach Walton so special. Uncle Swag also shares the magical tale of how he got his nickname, and the time Kobe threw his sneakers in the trash.

  • Season Preview Mixtape, Vol. 2

    Oct 25 2016

    It's season preview time, which means...Mixtape Madness! Welcome to our 2nd annual musical season preview, in which we choose songs that represent how each team will do this year. In volume two, we’re taking a look at the Eastern Conference. Our pal Garrett Colton joins us again to talk about the Eastern Conference.

  • Season Preview Mixtape, Vol. 1

    Oct 24 2016

    It's season preview time, which means...Mixtape Madness! Welcome to our 2nd annual musical season preview, in which we choose songs that represent how each team will do this year. First up: the Western Conference. Our pal (and OKC native) Garrett Colton joins us to talk about the Wild West.

  • Luke Walton, This Is Your Life!

    Oct 12 2016

    We talk to Luke Walton about his playing days, his time as the Warriors' assistant coach, and his new job as the head coach of his former team. His old friend Richard Jefferson also swings by to surprise him and talk about the good ol' days.

  • Tyronn Lue on the Art of the Comeback

    Sep 28 2016

    The head coach of the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers joins us to talk about his record-breaking rookie season, and his team's unprecedented NBA Finals comeback. He also shares classic stories from his playing days about Kobe, Rodman, Jordan, and Iverson, walks us through a certain moment from the '01 finals (yes, that one), tells us what it was like learning from the likes of Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers -- and lets us know which Hall of Famer practiced in his pajamas.

  • Chris Bosh, Arian Foster, & Jesse's Anthem Assessment

    Sep 14 2016

    Jesse shares some thoughts on the National Anthem drama (2:48), Arian Foster takes a knee and calls us up to talk about it (11:33), and Chris Bosh stops by the studio to tell us all about the road back to training camp (31:50).

  • Kyle Lowry on the Rio Olympics, Modern Trash Talk, and the State of the Raptors

    Aug 31 2016

    Fresh off the cruise ship in Rio, NBA All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist Kyle Lowry calls Jesse and Stefan while he's out on a little shopping spree to talk USA basketball, Drake's unique hoop stylings, and how close he came to becoming a Knick (hint: very close). The three then discuss Raptors basketball, trash talk in the modern world, and the state of the NBA nickname.

  • LeBron James Sits Down with Open Run—on Purpose!

    Aug 17 2016

    Jesse and Stefan welcome The King himself into the studio: LeBron helps kick off a new era of Open Run with a historic sit-down interview. The trio dives into the making of a magical comeback, discovers what animal JR Smith would be, examines how LeBron builds his team—on and off the court—and, most importantly for Stefan...did the Knicks ever have a chance during the decision?!

  • This Is Not A Test

    Aug 16 2016

    A message from the Open Run Emergency Broadcast System.

  • Game 7 a.k.a. The Best Two Words in Sports

    Jun 19 2016

    Jesse and Stefan discuss the masterful play of LeBron, the sad state of Kevin Love, the pros and cons of Draymond Groin, and the marvelous sight of a blonde Andrew Bynum.

  • The Finals, The Thunder, and The Greatest of All Time

    Jun 06 2016

    Game 1 of the NBA Finals wasn't the greatest—but Ali certainly was. We talk Warriors, Cavs, Ali, and the end of OKC's playoff run.

  • Feisty Phil Jackson, Conference Finals Matchups, and Playoff Thunder

    May 23 2016

    Jesse and Stefan meet up in New York to talk about the Knicks' hiring of Jeff Hornacek (and Phil's feisty ways), the Conference Finals matchups, the madness of Gilbert Arenas, and the endless joy Russell Westbrook brings them.

  • Western Conference Finals Preview

    May 16 2016

    Jesse shares behind-the-scenes tales of his recent visit to Inside the NBA, and then the guys talk Dwight Howard, Curry's unanimous MVP, and LeBron's reaction to it—all before diving into what looks to be a playoff matchup for the ages: Warriors vs. Thunder.

  • Bad Boys with Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs

    May 10 2016

    Dave Hartley (The War on Drugs, Nightlands) joins Jesse and Stefan once again to talk about Frank Vogel, Phil Jackson's coaching search, the ousted Detroit Pistons, the Bad Boys documentary, and Charles Oakley vs. Charles Barkley.

  • The Curry Worry and Memories of Prince

    Apr 23 2016

    Stefan and Jesse rejoin the living, kick off the NBA Playoffs, wax poetic about the '90s Orlando Magic, and fondly remember our beloved Prince.

  • Open Run's First Anniversary Party

    Feb 13 2016

    Just in time for Valentine's Day, hosts Jesse Williams and Stefan Marolachakis celebrate the first anniversary of the show. Also discussed: All-Star weekend, what it's like to work with Denzel Washington, and a Draymond-centric Shame or Fame. Happy anniversary to us!

  • LeBroogie Nights

    Jan 24 2016

    This week, Jesse and Stefan find that all conversational roads lead to David Blatt's firing at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the future of the organization, and its big, bright shining star: LeBron James.

  • A Tale of Two Boroughs

    Jan 14 2016

    Jesse and Stefan catch up on the high-flying Knicks, the chaos in the land o' the Nets, and play a game of God or Shammgod. Then, it's time to answer listener questions on #TweetsIsWatching.

  • The Bulls, The Knicks, & One Spicy Batch o' Mayo

    Jan 07 2016

    It's a new year, but Jesse and Stefan can't help talking about their ol' favorites: the Bulls and the Knicks. Jimmy Butler and Kristaps Porzingis lead Open Run into '16, and O.J. Mayo is the subject of this week's Shame or Fame.

  • Warriors v. Spurs, Fisher v. Barnes, 2015 v. 2016

    Jan 01 2016

    Jesse and Stefan talk December b-ball, Fisher vs. Barnes, and Warriors vs. Spurs before discussing the confusion of nostalgia and taking a misty-eyed look back at the inaugural year of Open Run. Here's to 2016! 3...2...1...

  • Hoop-y Holidays

    Dec 23 2015

    Jesse and Stefan reconvene for a holiday hoops catch-up of epic proportions, and are visited by 3 holiday spirits: the Ghost of Mike D'Antoni Past, the Ghost of Bulls Present, and the Ghost of Shumpman Future! They also talk Kevin Durant & Kristaps Porzingis—aka THE FLAMINGO!—before engaging in another rousing game of: God...or Shammgod? Hoop-y Holidays!

  • God...or Shammgod?

    Dec 05 2015

    Jesse and Stefan tackle the big issues of the week, namely: the outlandish success of the Warriors, the trials of Jahlil Okafor, and the legacy of Kobe Bean Bryant. Then the gloves really come off for a game of God...or Shammgod?

  • Pod-zingis with Jon Schulman of Posting & Toasting

    Nov 16 2015

    Jesse & Stefan talk Wizards, Thunder, Detroit's Mr. Drummond, and the dark art of frequent flyer miles before hoops writer Jon Schulman of top-notch Knicks blog Posting & Toasting joins them to talk Knicks biz & all things Porzingis.

  • Western Conference Preview with Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs

    Oct 28 2015

    Open Run's NBA Season Preview continues as Dave Hartley (The War on Drugs, Nightlands) joins up again to help put together the ultimate Western Conference mixtape.

  • Eastern Conference Preview with Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs

    Oct 26 2015

    Open Run's resident Hoops Insider Expert Analyst Extraordinaire Dave Hartley (of The War on Drugs & Nightlands fame) calls in to help the guys do a musically themed preview of the Eastern Conference squads.

  • Lakers President Jeanie Buss

    Oct 20 2015

    Lakers president Jeanie Buss joins us in studio to discuss Lakers past, present, and future before playing a round of #NameThatBaller and taking her chances on...the #HotBench!

  • Every (Derrick) Rose Has Its Thorn

    Sep 30 2015

    Jesse & Stefan talk Derrick Rose and, of course, Kristaps Porzingis before calling the sexy new Atlanta Hawks hotline. Then Jesse delivers a dramatic reading of poetry from—that's right—Charles Oakley.

  • The B-Ball Hall of Fame & 2015-16 predictions

    Sep 15 2015

    Jesse and Stefan talk about this year's Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees before getting into some lightning round predictions for the upcoming season.

  • The Magic of J.R. Smith, MJ's Day in Court, & Kobe's Real Talk

    Aug 28 2015

    Jesse and Stefan talk about the latest chapter in the magical story of J.R. Smith, Michael Jordan's recent court victory, and also deliver a very special all-Kobe installment of Shame or Fame.

  • DJ Yella of NWA

    Aug 14 2015

    Jesse and Stefan catch up on some summer hoops news before DJ Yella of NWA joins up to talk Lakers, new NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, and how the world's most dangerous group would look as an NBA starting 5.

  • Sweet Basketball Nothings with Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs

    Jul 27 2015

    Jesse and Stefan get their pal Dave Hartley (of The War on Drugs and Nightlands) back on the line to discuss everything the offseason has to offer: the NBA Players Awards, Summer League ball and Knicks neophyte Kristaps Porzingis. And yes, there is a strong nickname in play for Porzingis, in case you were wondering. • Dave Hartley on Twitter

  • NBA Free Agency Special with Jeremiah Jackson

    Jul 13 2015

    Jesse and Stefan get Jesse's old pal and NBA wiz Jeremiah Jackson on the horn to break down all the madness of NBA free agency Y2K15 including, of course, #DeAndreGate.

  • Free Agency and Draft Talk with Matthew Dellavedova & Marc Stein

    Jul 01 2015

    Your boys toss around the scuttlebutt & kick the ball around with ESPN analyst Marc Stein & Matthew Dellavedova of the Cleveland Cavaliers a.k.a. Mr. Dellvedere himself!

  • NBA Finals Wrap-up & Draft Preview

    Jun 19 2015

    The guys get on the horn at the break-a-break-a dawn to close the lid on the finals and open up a can of NBA Draft Preview!

  • Jesse Reports from the NBA Finals in Oakland

    Jun 09 2015

    Jesse reports from the NBA Finals scene in Oakland, delivering hard-hitting, on-the-ground analysis of games 1 & 2 at the Oracle! He & Stefan talk some Finals shop before administering a healthy dose of #TweetsIsWatching & #ShameOrFame.

  • Nickname City with Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs

    Jun 04 2015

    Jesse and Stefan get Dave Hartley back on the line and reconvene the #NicknameCommittee for Open Run's NBA Finals Nickname special! That's right, we are  providing you with timeless nicknames for just about every player you'll see take the court during the Finals. Prepare to take some notes, people.

  • Draft Lottery Special with Karl-Anthony Towns & Willie "Trill" Cauley-Stein

    May 20 2015

    Jesse & Stefan run the Streets, Subways, Hotel Lobbies & Toilets of the Big Apple in pursuit of their Hoops Destiny, talking to Kentucky stars Karl-Anthony Towns & Willie "Trill" Cauley-Stein along the way. College greats, NBA hopefuls, legends, and subway singers gather together to grace your ears and imaginations.

  • The Fellowship of the Rim Vol. 2 with Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs

    May 14 2015

    Jesse, Stefan & Dave Hartley (of The War on Drugs, Nightlands) reconvene the #NicknameCommittee to talk about Bill Simmons leaving ESPN and the evolution of sports fandom. (Part 2 of 2).

  • The Fellowship of the Rim, Vol. 1 with Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs

    May 12 2015

    The Nickname Committee is called together once more as Jesse and Stefan are joined again by NBA Hoops Inside Expert Analyst Extraordinaire Dave Hartley (The War on Drugs, Nightlands) to talk NBA Playoffs and, of course, some new nicknames. (Part 1 of 2)

  • The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Boring Ass-Sports

    May 06 2015

    Jesse and Stefan discuss the highs and lows of sports consumption and share tales of high school concussions, the time Jesse took Chris Paul to bowling school, and watching the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on set. They also break down Willie "Trill" Cauley-Stein's name change and another installment of #ShameOrFame.

  • Kevin Love Will Tear Us Apart

    Apr 28 2015

    Jesse and Stefan talk Kevin Love's injury, J.R. Smith's latest madman antics, and the new Panda's Friend sneaker line from Metta World Peace (or, as we like to call him, King Midas World Peace). #ShameOrFame, #TweetsIsWatching...it's all here in lucky #13!

  • Playoffs Spectacular with Karl "The Mailman" Malone & Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs

    Apr 21 2015

    This week Karl "The Mailman" Malone joins us to talk MVPs & the sad state of NBA nicknames, while Open Run's resident Hoops Specialist Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs breaks down every angle of the Playoffs with us. It's the NBA Playoffs Spectacular!

  • Jay Williams, Frank Kaminsky, Breanna Stewart, D'Angelo Russell & Stanley Johnson

    Apr 14 2015

    Jesse and Stefan shove a mic in the faces of College Basketball's best! From Duke legend Jay Williams to 2015 Wooden Award Winners Frank Kaminsky & Breanna Stewart, freshman phenom D'Angelo Russell & star forward Stanley Johnson!

  • Midnight Madness!

    Apr 07 2015

    Jesse & Stefan decide that 1AM is the perfect time to break down March Madness, naked men in saunas, hot mics, tearing scar tissue & Fear and Loathing: The Upcoming Open Run Road Trip!

  • Straight Shooters, Masked Men & Lottery Picks

    Mar 31 2015

    Jesse and Stefan talk Final Four, NBA Draft prospects & Charles Barkley's response to the state of Indiana's latest offense. The guys also answer listener questions with #TweetsIsWatching and call the Oklahoma City Thunder with a very important question of their own.

  • Episode 8: Chinese Musicals, Nut Punches & MVP Fashion

    Mar 24 2015

    This week Jesse and Stefan talk about Steve Nash's retirement, Marcus Smart's low blow on Matt Bonner, NCAA hoops fashion, and Stephon Marbury's success in China. Also: they pay close attention to listener suggestions for their Expendables-style movie idea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Shake-ups & Conspiracy Theories

    Mar 17 2015

    Jesse and Stefan talk NFL free agency, take coaches to task with #ShameOrFame, answer listener questions in #TweetsIsWatching and share classic tales of Nick Nolte and Tom Berenger.

  • Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs

    Mar 10 2015

    Special guest Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs and Nightlands joins the show. Also on the menu: #TweetsIsWatching and #ShameOrFame.

  • Tales of Mistaken Identity & How to Survive Netflix

    Mar 03 2015

    Jesse and Stefan on the art of binge-watching Netflix & purging your DVR, the Open Run host look-alike stories, and remembering the one and only Anthony Mason.

  • Prehab & the Trade Deadline

    Feb 25 2015

    Jesse & Stefan get together to talk about prehab and the state of Jesse's ACL, the madness of the NBA trade deadline, and just how much Jesse's blood is worth. They also answer a whole bunch of Twitter questions.

  • All-Star Up Close & Personal

    Feb 17 2015

    For this week's show Jesse and Stefan get together in New York to break down all the madness of All-Star weekend. Topics include: tearing your ACL on live television, clubbing on crutches, breaking bread with Hall of Famers, and the debut of Open Run's very own Shame or Fame.

  • NBA All-Star Preview

    Feb 13 2015

    Jesse and Stefan discuss the many things they're looking forward to this NBA All-Star weekend, including Jesse's performance in the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game and the first-ever NBA Fashion Show. They also swap notes on the shenanigans they got into at the Hot Tub Time Machine premiere, LeBron's role in the new Apatow film, and what it's like to play ball at Madison Square Garden.

  • Introducing Open Run

    Feb 05 2015

    In the very first episode of Open Run, co-hosts Jesse Williams and Stefan Marolachakis talk about the madness of Super Bowl XLIX, the last time Jesse went bowling with French Montana, and Stefan's ambitious plans for a joint birthday party with Vince Vaughn.