Breakaway

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Breakaway is a podcast miniseries that explores the NBA from the inside out. Every episode delves into one of the driving forces of the game, featuring the perspectives of the players, coaches, and thinkers who understand it best. Hosted by Rob Mahon...Show More

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Draft (Villanova wing Mikal Bridges)

46:54 | Jun 15th, 2018

What happens in between the final buzzer of a player’s last college game and the moment he's drafted into the NBA? In the latest episode of Breakaway, Villanova’s Mikal Bridges – a likely top-10 pick – takes us through every step of his wild summer. ...Show More

Pick-and-Roll (Rockets center Clint Capela)

32:41 | May 16th, 2018

Steve Nash had Amar'e Stoudemire. John Stockton had Karl Malone. James Harden has Clint Capela. In this playoff episode of Breakaway, Houston's Clint Capela takes us through the ins and outs of the pick-and-roll game – and shows why he's one of the m...Show More

Journey (Heat wing Wayne Ellington)

42:24 | Apr 5th, 2018

How does a player suddenly become indispensible after years of bouncing around the NBA? In this episode, Miami's Wayne Ellington walks us through his well-traveled career and the break that changed everything. For more Breakaway, subscribe n...Show More

Moves (Raptors wing DeMar DeRozan)

45:08 | Feb 26th, 2018

How do superstar scorers stay one step ahead of defenses trained to their every move? In this episode, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan speaks to the value of technique—and the wide variety of moves he draws from to keeps opponents guessing. For more Break...Show More

Void (Thunder wing Andre Roberson)

37:22 | Feb 7th, 2018

How could​​ a player averaging five points a game become so vital to a modern superteam? In this episode, Oklahoma City’s Andre Roberson helps articulate the value of a first-rate defender – both with his presence and his absence. For more Breakaw...Show More

Command (Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard)

40:05 | Jan 25th, 2018

How can the leader of an NBA team help keep order in an ever-chaotic league? In the first episode of our second season, Portland’s Damian Lillard takes Breakaway into the locker room to better understand what keeps teams together and what pulls them ...Show More

Transformation (Jazz forward Joe Johnson)

42:37 | Apr 19th, 2017

How does a basketball player reinvent himself, over and over, without ever losing what made him special in the first place? In this episode, Utah’s Joe Johnson explains the continued evolution that has made him valuable to so many teams in so many di...Show More

Assistance (Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams)

44:35 | Apr 5th, 2017

Why would one of the best coaches in the NBA forego the chance to lead a team of his own? In this episode, we consider the fascinating career of Golden State’s Ron Adams – a career assistant by choice who groomed some of the league’s best head coache...Show More

Experience (Bucks guard Jason Terry)

38:34 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Why do NBA teams of all kinds go out of their way to sign veteran contributors? In this episode, Milwaukee's Jason Terry articulates the fuller value of his 18 years of experience through his dual role as player and teacher. For more Breakaway, s...Show More

Injury (Lakers forward Julius Randle)

37:20 | Mar 8th, 2017

How do NBA players cope with brutal, season-ending injury? In this episode, Lakers forward Julius Randle guides us through the restless frustration of a lost season, having broken his leg in the first game of his NBA career. For more Breakaway, su...Show More

System (Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni)

35:14 | Feb 22nd, 2017

What if an NBA team just ran its best play every trip down the floor? In this episode, Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni takes us into the world of system – that structure meant to maintain order in a naturally chaotic game – by breaking all the rules...Show More

Role (Bulls center Robin Lopez)

28:20 | Feb 8th, 2017

Superstars account for only a sliver of the NBA's vast and varied ecosystem. In this episode of Breakaway, we turn our attention to the world of activity beyond them. Chicago's Robin Lopez guides us through the life and work of NBA role players—high-...Show More

Teaser Episode

01:34 | Feb 6th, 2017

"Breakaway" launches February 8th.