The Utah Jazz’s Joe Ingles joins The Woj Pod to discuss his success in trash talking, why he’s so irritating to opponents, the remarkable growth of his game, Donovan Mitchell, EuroLeague basketball and why he buys sneakers at Nordstrom’s.
Wes Wilcox and Bobby Marks on the NBA Trade Deadline
Former Hawks GM Wes Wilcox and ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks join The Woj Pod to discuss the looming NBA trade deadline, including strategy for multiple teams, how the New Orleans Pelicans could handle the Anthony Davis situation, the contract buyout market and how the super-max contract has impacted free agency.
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie joins The Woj Pod to discuss his long journey to a new $34M contract, the fight out of the G League and into the NBA, why he didn’t enroll at Harvard despite his acceptance, building his own shoe brand, and much more. 0:23: Dinwiddie’s path to signing a 3-year, $34 million extension with the Nets. 2:39: The mental strength needed to make it in the NBA. 4:09: The difference between simply putting up numbers and impacting winning. 7:21: Brooklyn having several players on their 2nd and 3rd chances. 8:15: Having doubts early in his career that he would ever get an opportunity to play. 9:21: Challenging more experienced and higher paid players for minutes. 10:32: The grind of the G League, including his worst road trip. 11:37: Entering the draft after tearing his ACL during his junior season at Colorado. 13:21: Choosing Colorado over Harvard coming out of high school. 15:52: Finding a home with the Nets after bouncing around a bit. 19:30: Injuries to other players giving him an opportunity to play with the Nets. 21:18: Creating an identity for himself in the NBA after early adversity. 24:45: Does the security of his new deal impact how he approaches the game? 26:44: The Nets persevering after Caris LeVert’s injury. 28:48: The basics of NBA shoe deals for players who aren’t stars, and why he decided to build his own brand. 35:02: Using his foundation to help young people pay for college. 36:00: Social media allowing players to create their own identity and shape the narrative around their career. 39:00: The impact of social media inside the locker room.
Jeff Van Gundy
Jeff Van Gundy joins The Woj Pod to discuss his USA Basketball coaching experience, re-engaging with pro players after nearly a decade away from coaching, the power of the modern NBA player, and why he is dubious about whether most top high school players can physically compete in the G League as part of the program that would pay them $125K annually.
Memphis coach JB Bickerstaff
Memphis Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff joins The Woj Pod to discuss the revival of Grit-‘n-Grind, watching Marc Gasol and Mike Conley work every day, the emergence of rookie Jaren Jackson, the burden of the interim coaching tag, why he considered a move college basketball, the internal fight that a coach deals with to stay true to his principles and more. 0:37: Doc Rivers getting the most out of the Clippers, and Montrezl Harrell’s breakout start to the season. 2:12: The lack of separation between teams early in the season. 3:41: The difference between being an interim head coach and having the job full time. 5:25: Why the Grizzlies have been able to bounce back after being in the lottery last season. 7:00: The value of Jaren Jackson Jr. getting to play alongside veteran players on a good team. 8:56: The Grizzlies doubling down on their Grit-N-Grind identity. 14:24: Veteran leadership being essential to set the tone in a locker room. 16:45: How shorter contracts impact team chemistry. 18:28: The advantages of playing differently than the rest of the league. 19:58: Did Bickerstaff wonder if he would get another head-coaching opportunity after his interim stint in Houston. 21:48: Bickerstaff’s thought on the benefits of coaching in college and how he could have helped the players grow as people. 29:57: What he learned about coaching from his parents. 31:19: The advantages of growing up around the league. 33:42: Bickerstaff’s coaching principles that he won’t compromise. 35:03: The importance of building relationships with players, and how he’s bonding with Marc Gasol. 40:40: The partnership between Mike Conley Jr. and Gasol. 42:27: Deciding how much to practice during the season.