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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. New episodes drop every Friday during the NBA season.

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. New episodes drop every Friday during the NBA season.


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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. New episodes drop every Friday during the NBA season.




Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders discusses protests in Minnesota

Ryan Saunders had one of his players tell him “that could have been me” after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis. The head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves passionately decried police brutality and praised Karl-Anthony Towns and Josh Okogie for their leadership in standing up for racial equality. 4:30 Saunders’ reaction to seeing the video of Lloyd 12:35 Timberwolves player: "That could have been me" 13:50 Saunders' IG post 15:25 Watching Karl-Anthony Towns speak...


HOF photographer Andrew Bernstein describes his most famous images

Visualize your favorite picture of Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, and there’s a good chance it was taken by Andrew D. Bernstein. The HOF photographer took Tom Haberstroh behind-the-scenes of how he captured some of the most famous images in NBC history. For video of the podcast: 4:20 Hazards of champagne celebrations 13:50 Michael Jordan the Piano Man 29:00 The famous MJ...


Takeaways from The Last Dance with David Aldridge

How does The Last Dance change the way we look at Michael Jordan? Tom Haberstroh explored with David Aldridge, who made frequent appearances in the documentary. Plus Aldridge, editor-in-chief of The Athletic D.C. and host of the Hoops Adjacent podcast, discussed what really happened during the MJ flu (or poisoned pizza) game. 8:45 The flu game…or pizzagate 25:23 Best behind-the-scenes footage in The Last Dance 34:15 The list of everything MJ took personally 38:46 What about the...


Michael Jordan roundtable with Will Perdue, Kendall Gill and K.C. Johnson

How do Michael Jordan’s teammates feel about The Last Dance? Tom Haberstroh sat down a trio of Bulls experts from NBC Sports Chicago: four-time NBA champion Will Perdue, former Bull Kendall Gill and Bulls Insider K.C. Johnson. 21:06 How they felt when MJ announced his first retirement 31:40 What Jerry Krause would have added to The Last Dance 44:40 MJ smoking cigars in the locker room 50:15 Playing cards on the plane with MJ 56:51 MJ’s insane schedule with the Dream Team 1:06:50 MJ...


ESPN’s Pablo Torre on The Last Dance

How will The Last Dance affect Michael Jordan’s legacy? ESPN’s Pablo Torre revealed what he learned about MJ while watching The Last Dance. Plus Torre and Tom Haberstroh swap stories about fatherhood and Sam Hinkie's "Process". 8:28 Receiving fatherhood advice from Shane Battier 13:37 Pablo on the communal experience of The Last Dance 20:40 Why MJ agreed to release this documentary 27:33 Should MJ have been granted editorial control over the documentary? 40:52 Pablo's journey to...


J.A. Adande’s favorite Michael Jordan stories

Was Scottie Pippen the greatest No. 2 player ever? J.A. Adande, who was featured in The Last Dance, revealed his favorite stories from covering Pippen, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Plus Adande, who is now the Director of Sports Journalism at Northwestern University, joked about the mishap when he met Jordan for the first time. 7:25 J.A.’s mishap when meeting MJ 9:59 Why MJ avoided the media after retiring 26:32 The Pistons’ infamous walk-off vs. MJ 46:38 Phil Jackson’s version...


Olympic Dream Team memories with Hall of Famer Chris Mullin

Was the Dream Team the most dominant basketball squad ever assembled? Hall of Fame wing Chris Mullin shared his favorite memories playing with Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird at the 1992 Olympics. Watch Mullin and the Dream Team in the 1992 Olympic gold medal game on Wednesday, April 22 at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN. 10:28 1996 Bulls vs 2017 Warriors? 16:07 How MJ and Pippen felt about Toni Kukoc 22:07 Charles Barkley and Bobby Knight clashing in '84 29:01 The famous Jordan vs....


What happened to the Warriors dynasty w/ Ethan Sherwood Strauss

What was life really like at the top of the NBA? The Athletic’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss, author of the new book “The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty,” discussed how the team dominated the NBA for the better part of a decade, why Kevin Durant left and other anecdotes from the dynasty. 8:48 Impact of social media on high-profile NBA stars 13:51 Why Kevin Durant left the Warriors 18:31 Getting yelled at by Durant 23:33 How Steph Curry handled immense...


Shane Battier on trying to guard Kobe Bryant

How did NBA players prepare to guard Kobe Bryant? Shane Battier, a three-time NABC Defensive Player of the Year at Duke and a two-time member of NBA All-Defensive Team, shared the mind games he played with the Black Mamba. Plus Batter, who is now the Vice President of Basketball Development and Analytics for the Miami Heat, revealed which NBA player could beat him in a Jeopardy duel. 3:28 Which NBA player could beat Shane Battier in a Jeopardy duel? 7:57 Advice for NBA rookies 10:27...


When will the NBA return with NYT's Marc Stein

Will NBA players be in Tokyo for the Summer Olympics? Marc Stein, NBA reporter for The New York Times, analyzed how the new Olympic dates will impact USA Basketball. Plus Marc and Tom discussed the health-and-safety hurdles that need to be cleared before the NBA season returns. 7:30 The whirlwind of the season being shutdown 11:31 Biggest Premier League fan in the NBA 25:45 Options the NBA is exploring at this moment 34:06 Potential NBA calendar and its impact on Olympics...


UCLA’s Michael Roll on being quarantined in Italy

What is life like for basketball players stuck in Italy during the coronavirus pandemic? Michael Roll, who reached three Final Fours with UCLA, described being under a total lockdown while playing for Olimpia Milano. Plus he discussed how his family is preparing to welcome their first child at a time when Italian hospitals are so overwhelmed. 1:35 Scene in Italy 7:51 Reaction of NBA vs. EuroLeague 9:44 Playing against someone who tested positive 13:01 Expecting his first child in early...


Andy Larsen on taking the coronavirus test after Rudy Gobert touched his mic

What did Andy Larsen do after Rudy Gobert touched his microphone in the now-infamous press conference? Larsen, the Utah Jazz beat writer for The Salt Lake City Tribune, discussed finding out that Gobert tested positive for coronavirus and having to take the test himself. Then Eric Chemi, CNBC’s Sports Business reporter, analyzed the financial ramifications of the NBA suspending its season and which teams will be affected the most. Andy Larsen (1:01) 5:35 Rudy Gobert’s now-infamous press...


What’s next for the NBA after suspending its season

When will NBA players return to the court? Tom Haberstroh discussed the coronavirus’ impact on the NBA with Howard Beck, Bleacher Report’s senior NBA writer and host of The Full 48 podcast. 2:12 Why the NBA made the right decision 9:35 The reasonable bar for players to get tested 12:40 Interactions with Rudy Gobert 24:11 Next steps for NBA 31:01 Possible NBA timeline for the next month


Sue Bird on coronavirus, CBD and the importance of sleep

How is Seattle reacting to the coronavirus? Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird discussed precautions and the possibility of playing in front of empty stadiums. Plus Bird, a three-time WNBA champion and four-time Olympic champion, revealed why she is endorsing a CBD brand. 1:50 Smartphone addiction 2:55 How Seattle is reacting to coronavirus 6:05 Being one of the first athletes to endorse a CBD brand 17:40 The importance of sleep 20:42 Why 40 is the new 30


Does the “hot hand” really exist?

Just like in NBA Jam, players who make a couple of shots in a row catch on fire, right? Tom Haberstroh discusses the “hot hand” with Ben Cohen, author of the new book “The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streak.” Cohen, who covers the NBA for The Wall Street Journal, uses players like Stephen Curry to explore whether there really is such a thing as being in the zone. Plus Cohen and Haberstroh, who will both speak at the 2020 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, preview the topics...


Marijuana use in the NBA

Does the NBA need to change its stance on marijuana? Tom Haberstroh and NBC Sports Bay Area’s Monte Poole reveal what they learned after interviewing a number of NBA players including Al Harrington, Andre Iguodala, Stephen Jackson and Brian Shaw for their column “Marijuana and the NBA: Erasing the stigma and healing the league,” which you can read at Plus Poole, the host of the Runnin’ Plays podcast, discussed being in Los Angeles for Kobe Bryant’s memorial and...


Frank Vogel on coaching LeBron James and the Lakers

How do you coach LeBron James? Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel sat down with Tom Haberstroh at NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago to discuss what the Lakers need to do to win the NBA title. Plus Vogel told the story of how he ended up on the Stupid Human Tricks segment with David Letterman as a 13-year-old prodigy at spinning a basketball. 1:10 Being on David Letterman as a 13-year-old 5:36 Best trick-shot artist on the Lakers 14:40 Where he was when he heard the Kobe news 19:07...


Mavs owner Mark Cuban on Luka Doncic and politics

When did Mark Cuban know Luka Doncic could be a franchise player? The Dallas Mavericks owner sat down with Tom Haberstroh in a hotel lounge at NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago to discuss scouting, drafting and building around the 20-year-old All-Star. Plus Cuban revealed what he learned talking basketball with Barack Obama and Donald Trump, as well as his own political aspirations. 2:22 When Cuban knew Luka could be a franchise player 8:53 Why Cuban follows certain players on social...


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...