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The Habershow: Tom Haberstroh’s NBA Podcast

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NBC Sports national NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh sits down with some of the biggest names in the NBA to share the stories and the numbers behind the biggest games and biggest moments in the league.

NBC Sports national NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh sits down with some of the biggest names in the NBA to share the stories and the numbers behind the biggest games and biggest moments in the league.


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NBC Sports national NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh sits down with some of the biggest names in the NBA to share the stories and the numbers behind the biggest games and biggest moments in the league.




LIVE at NBA All-Star Weekend with Aaron Gordon, Tom Thibodeau and Richaun Holmes

Tom Haberstroh sat down three special guests for a LIVE podcast at the Highline Bar in Downtown Chicago to celebrate NBA All-Star Weekend. Orlando Magic star Aaron Gordon previewed his appearance in the 2020 NBA Slam Dunk Contest and reflected on his unforgettable matchup with Zach LaVine in the 2016 competition. Tom Thibodeau relived his glory years coaching the Chicago Bulls and discussed his coaching future. Plus Chicago native Richaun Holmes returned to the Windy City—with his proud mom...


Recapping the NBA trade deadline with ESPN’s Amin Elhassan

Who made the best moves at the NBA trade deadline? Tom Haberstroh discussed the trade winners and losers with ESPN NBA analyst Amin Elhassan (@darthamin), who spent a decade working in NBA front offices. 2:20 Analyzing the Andrew Wiggins trade to Golden State 12:30 What Amin texted Steve Kerr after the Wiggins trade 32:45 Agent Leon Rose taking over in New York 35:28 Why being in the front office is such a different skillset than being an agent 46:50 Winners and losers from trade...


GM Neil Olshey on Damian Lillard and the red-hot Trail Blazers

Why can’t anybody stop Damian Lillard? Neil Olshey, who drafted Lillard less than a month after joining the Portland Trail Blazers, explained why his star point guard is so tough to defend. Plus Olshey, the Blazers’ President of Basketball Operations, revealed what he looks for in a prospect. 11:50 How did you know Damian Lillard would be this good? 15:50 What Neil looks for in a prospect 21:10 The origin of Logo Lillard 25:20 Was Lillard’s game-winner over Paul George a good...


Episode 36: Remembering Kobe Bryant with The Undefeated’s Marc Spears and Kobe’s HS classmate

What made Kobe Bryant so special? The Undefeated’s Marc Spears, who covered Bryant for more than two decades, shared his favorite stories about the Black Mamba on and off the court. Then Chris Hein, the creative genius behind The Haberstat who graduated Lower Merion High School with Bryant, recalled when Bryant took Brandy to the prom. Plus Tom Haberstroh dug into The Habershow archives to resurface portions of his conversation with Brian Shaw about winning three NBA titles with Bryant, as...


Episode 35: Exclusive reunion of Run TMC (Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin)

Why did Run TMC end after just two seasons? Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin sat down with Tom Haberstroh at NBC Sports Bay Area headquarters to discuss the highs and lows of playing in Don Nelson’s fast-paced offense. 1:34 What made Run TMC special 7:12 The origin of the Run TMC nickname 12:50 Connection to Run DMC 20:01 The end of TMC 33:10 The best crossover since Tim Hardaway


Episode 34: NBC’s Doug Christie on guarding Kobe Bryant and fighting Rick Fox

What was it like guarding Kobe Bryant? Doug Christie, who was named to the NBA’s all-defensive team four teams, revealed the secrets to stopping Kobe. Christie also gave a blow-by-blow description of his fight with Rick Fox. Christie, who is now the Sacramento Kings analyst for NBC Sports California and host of the Purple Talk podcast with James Ham, also discussed the state of the Kings. 7:17 Fighting Rick Fox 22:40 Guarding Kobe Bryant 25:40 Playing with Jason “White Chocolate”...


Episode 33: Trade talk with cap guru Nate Duncan (Host of Dunc’d On)

Will this be an active NBA trade deadline, or will teams be “slugs”? Tom Haberstroh discussed with Nate Duncan, NBA salary cap guru and host of the Dunc’d On Basketball podcast. Plus Duncan revealed his list of top-10 prospects in the NBA 23 and under, and his answer might surprise Philadelphia 76ers fans. 1:57 The fallout of John Beilein’s “thugs” (or “slugs”) comment 8:55 Should the Cavs trade Kevin Love? 19:57 The 2020 free agent class 28:40 Revisiting the Russell Westbrook...


Episode 32: Yahoo’s Chris Haynes and CNBC’s Eric Chemi discuss David Stern’s legacy

How will longtime NBA commissioner David Stern be remembered? Tom Haberstroh discussed Stern’s legacy with Yahoo Sports NBA Insider Chris Haynes and CNBC Sports Business reporter Eric Chemi (1:07:15). Plus Haynes, who used to cover the Portland Trail Blazers for NBC Sports Northwest, explained why the Blazers are struggling, possible moves at next month's trade deadline, the LeBron/Anthony Davis combination and more. 6:05 David Stern was a genuine no-nonsense guy (Haynes) 9:30 Tom’s story...


Episode 31: The Athletic senior NBA writer Sam Amick

Who is right in the Doc Rivers vs. LeBron James load management debate? Tom Haberstroh discussed with Sam Amick, senior writer for The Athletic. Plus Amick, who recently returned from Milwaukee to interview Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry, revealed what he learned about Giannis and the Bucks’ uncertain future. 1:10 Who will be the NBA MVP? 7:50 The big decision Giannis has to make this summer 14:33 The Doc Rivers vs. LeBron James load management debate 29:20 Players most likely to get...


Episode 30: LA Times national NBA writer Dan Woike

Will the Lakers and Clippers remain the top two teams in the Western Conference? Tom Haberstroh discussed with Dan Woike, who basically lives in the Staples Center as the LA Times national NBA writer. Plus Woike, who recently returned from Canada for Kawhi Leonard’s return to Toronto, takes you behind-the-scenes of Leonard’s championship ring ceremony, gives his take on Chris Paul's future and more around the NBA. 5:09 Why Carmelo Anthony has gotten so much attention in Portland 13:13...


Episode 29: ESPN NBA analyst Amin Elhassan

Are the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks as good as their records suggest? Tom Haberstroh discusses with ESPN analyst Amin Elhassan. Elhassan, a former Phoenix Suns executive and noted archrival of Kobe stans, also reveals whether he thinks Kobe Bryant quit in the 2006 playoff series against the Suns. 2:03 Amin’s impersonation of Alvin Gentry 7:44 Why does Amin Elhassan hate the Lakers so much? 18:18 Explaining the Lakers’ hot start 30:01 LeBron is playing more defense…can he...


Episode 28: Wolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas

Gersson Rosas has remodeled the Minnesota Timberwolves since being named the team’s President of Basketball Operations earlier this year. He has assembled a world-class support staff that includes analytics experts, injury gurus and culinary icons. He has hired diverse voices and established better levels of communication between players and the front office. Rosas, the former Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Houston Rockets, also discussed leaving the Rockets after...


Episode 27: Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts

What does opening the Chase Center mean for the Golden State Warriors? Hall of Fame executive Rick Welts, the President and COO of the Warriors, explained how the Warriors overcame political and economic challenges to develop the world-class sports and entertainment venue. The former ball boy for the Seattle SuperSonics also revealed whether he thinks the NBA will return to Seattle. Welts, who in 2011 became the highest ranking executive in men’s professional team sports to publicly...


Episode 26: NBA champion Channing Frye

Would Larry Bird have had a longer career if he took more games off? NBA champion Channing Frye advocates for load management and believes it shouldn’t have a negative connotation. Frye, the host of NBC Sports Northwest’s newest podcast Talkin’ Blazers, also explained why the Trail Blazers need to make a move to be competitive in the Western Conference. 2:33 How players like LeBron James continue to play at a high level as they age 5:35 What if Larry Bird took advantage of load...


Episode 25: Stephen Curry’s trainer Brandon Payne

Stephen Curry might not actually be out for the season, according to his longtime trainer, Brandon Payne. Payne discussed Curry’s rehab and provided updates on his injuries. Payne, the founder of Accelerate Basketball, also talked about his work with Trae Young and Luka Doncic. 1:02 Watching Stephen Curry go down with an injury 13:50 Being with Curry on an international shoe tour 22:01 The extent of Curry’s injury 23:45 Comparing Luka Doncic to Stephen Curry 31:18 Comparing to Trae...


Episode 24: Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis

Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis discussed John Wall’s health, drafting Rui Hachimura and the relationship between Bradley Beal and Wall. Leonsis, who recently won a WNBA title as the owner of the Washington Mystics, also touched on off-court topics including esports and sports gambling. 23:30 John Wall’s health and the state of the Wizards 33:40 Recruiting Bradley Beal and his relationship with Wall 34:57 What David Stern told Leonsis about Alexander Ovechkin’s contract 36:01 The...


Episode 23: 5-time NBA champion Brian Shaw

Brian Shaw won five NBA titles as a player and an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. Shaw, who is now a studio analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area, joined The Habershow to preview the NBA season. He also revealed details about the feud between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, as well as brokering the Shaq vs. Dame rap battle. 8:45 Shaw’s pick to win the NBA Finals 12:50 What derailed LeBron’s first season with the Lakers 30:50 Mentoring a young Kobe Bryant 38:55 Shaq-Kobe...


Episode 22: Why are so many NBA stars getting hurt?

A number of high-profile NBA players (and Golden State Warriors) have suffered serious injuries recently. Lachlan Penfold, the Warriors' Head of Physical Performance and Sports Medicine during their 73-9 season, explains why.


Episode 21: Chris Forsberg from Team USA camp

NBC Sports Boston' Chris Forsberg checks in from Las Vegas as Team USA prepares for the FIBA World Cup. Which of the new faces will star for Team USA? Plus Chris breaks down the Boston Celtics’ offseason additions, including Kemba Walker and fan-favorite Tacko Fall.


Episode 20: Phone addiction in the NBA

Performance strategist Matt Mayberry on the rise of phone and social media addiction in the NBA, as well as player movement, league-wide anxiety and the role of tech.