Best Podcasts: May 2018


Linked below are some of the best podcasts I’ve listened to lately. I did a similar post in March (LINK), January (LINK), November (LINK), September (LINK), and July (LINK).

Chicago Bulls assistant coach Jim Boylen’s appearance on Dunc’d On Basketball NBA Podcast Link | iTunes Mobile Link
INTERVIEW STARTS AT 34:15 – This podcast had some of the best technical NBA insight I’ve come across this season. Boylen dishes on Chicago’s transition attack, their defensive philosophy and how they like to attack teams that are icing their side pick & roll.

Steve Clifford’s appearance on The Lowe Post Link | iTunes Mobile Link
I couldn’t decide whether to link to this podcast or the one Clifford did last week with Adrian Wojnarowski shortly after he was let go by Charlotte. Both episodes are as good of coaching podcasts as I’ve heard recently. Clifford’s chat with Lowe is loaded with coaching nuggets; his idea of coming up with a process for film prep, what he learned from Bill Parcells, and the danger of playing young guys were my favorite parts. Listen to his sit-down with Woj to hear why he doesn’t think you should talk to your team every day.

Ray Allen’s appearance on The J.J. Redick Podcast Link | iTunes Mobile Link
A conversation featuring two of the greatest 3-point shooters ever, this podcast was packed with a ton of great nuggets. Great stuff on routine, the mentality of a shooter and a second-by-second breakdown by Allen of the greatest shot in basketball history.

Daniel Coyle’s appearance on The Learning Leader Show with Ryan Hawk Link | iTunes Mobile Link
I make sure to read/listen to anything Coyle, the author of two of my favorite books (The Talent Code & The Culture Code), is a part of because he always has such tremendous insights into high-performance individuals and groups. I love his 3 things leaders do to create conditions for excellence as well as his observations about what makes the Spurs’ culture so special. I appreciate Luke Yaklich for recommending Hawk’s podcast as it quickly become of my favorites.

Adam Finkelstein’s appearance on Stat Chat Link | iTunes Mobile Link
Some tremendous insight from ESPN Recruiting Analyst Adam Finkelstein. I loved his point about how narrowing your geographic range can increase your accuracy. Finkelstein shares really good thoughts on evaluation that can be helpful that any college coach.

QB guru Jordan Palmer’s appearance on Peter King’s MMQB Podcast Link | iTunes Mobile Link
INTERVIEW STARTS AT 42:15 – I’m always fascinated with the development of quarterbacks so I was naturally interested in this conversation with King and Jordan Palmer, the personal coach for Sam Darold and Josh Allen. I never thought of a player’s development in terms of “transitions” until Palmer spoke of it. I really liked Palmer’s goal with each individual player of “expediting the process of becoming a pro.”

“How to Trust People You Don’t Like” from Adam Grant’s WorkLife Link | iTunes Mobile Link
This is my favorite episode of Grant’s new podcast WorkLife that takes you inside some of the world’s most unusual workplaces to discover the keys to better work. In this episode, Grant dismisses the notion that people think they have to trust someone to be vulnerable. Grant argues that those people have it backward. Vulnerability comes first: it builds trust.

Breakaway: Wayne Ellington’s long, winding NBA journey Link | iTunes Mobile Link
Anyone who reads this site regularly knows I’m a huge fan of Rob Mahoney’s “Breakaway” podcast that explores the NBA from the inside out by delving into a different aspect of the game in each episode. In the most recent episode, Mahoney studied how Wayne Ellington, a career NBA journeyman, found a home in Miami. I really liked Ellington’s thoughts about shooting and moving without the ball, but the best stuff in this episode were the descriptions of the Heat culture.

For more podcasts:
-Best Podcasts: March 2018 (LINK)
-Best Podcasts: January 2018 (LINK)
-Best Podcasts: November 2017 (LINK)
-Best Podcasts: September 2017 (LINK)
-Best Podcasts: July 2017 (LINK)

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