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Breakaway

Sports Illustrated

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 Mahoney and presented by Sports Illustrated.

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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. For more Breakaway, subscribe now via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or your podcast platform of choice.  Produced by Rob Mahoney with special thanks to Ben Eagle and Matt Dollinger. Music credits for this episode include: Kevin MacLeod, Chris Zabriskie, Lee Rosevere, and Pachyderm.

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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 most critical players in the Western Conference Finals. For more Breakaway, subscribe now via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or your podcast platform of choice.  Produced by Rob Mahoney with special thanks to Ben Eagle and Matt Dollinger. Music credits for this episode include: Kevin MacLeod, Chris Zabriskie, Lee Rosevere, Pachyderm, P C III, and Soft and Furious.

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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 now via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or your podcast platform of choice.  Produced by Rob Mahoney with special thanks to Ben Eagle and Matt Dollinger. Music credits for this episode include: Kevin MacLeod, Chris Zabriskie, Lee Rosevere, Komiku, Kai Engel, and Pachyderm.

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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 Breakaway, subscribe now via iTunes or your podcast platform of choice.  Produced by Rob Mahoney with special thanks to Ben Eagle and Matt Dollinger. Music credits for this episode include: Kevin MacLeod, Chris Zabriskie, Lee Rosevere, and Pachyderm.

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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 Breakaway, subscribe now via iTunes or your podcast platform of choice.  Produced by Rob Mahoney with special thanks to Ben Eagle and Matt Dollinger. Music credits for this episode include: Kevin MacLeod, Canton, Chris Zabriskie, Jay Man, P C III, Mindseye, S.I., and Lee Rosevere.

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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 apart. For more Breakaway, subscribe now via iTunes or your podcast platform of choice.  Produced by Rob Mahoney with special thanks to Ben Eagle and Matt Dollinger. Music credits for this episode include: Kevin MacLeod, Lee Rosevere, P C III, Axletree, and Chris Zabriskie.

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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 different ways. For more Breakaway, subscribe now via iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. Produced by Alex Abnos and Rob Mahoney with special thanks to Ben Eagle and Matt Dollinger. Music credits for this episode include: Kevin MacLeod, Chris Zabriskie, and PCIII.

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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 coaches without ever taking the job himself. For more Breakaway, subscribe now via iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. Produced by Alex Abnos and Rob Mahoney with special thanks to Ben Eagle and Matt Dollinger. Music credits for this episode include: Kevin MacLeod, Chris Zabriske, Lezet, PCIII, and Kai Engel.

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Experience (Bucks guard Jason Terry)

Mar 22nd, 201738:34

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, subscribe now via iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. Produced by Alex Abnos and Rob Mahoney with special thanks to Ben Eagle and Matt Dollinger. Music credits for this episode include: Kevin MacLeod, Chris Zabriske, and P C III.

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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, subscribe now via iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. Produced by Alex Abnos and Rob Mahoney with special thanks to Ben Eagle and Matt Dollinger. Music credits for this episode include: Kevin MacLeod, Chris Zabriske, and tylersrevenge.

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System (Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni)

Feb 22nd, 201735:14

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. For more Breakaway, subscribe now via iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. Produced by Alex Abnos and Rob Mahoney with special thanks to Ben Eagle and Matt Dollinger. Music credits for this episode include: Andy G. Cohen, Kevin MacLeod, and Chris Zabriskie.

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Role (Bulls center Robin Lopez)

Feb 8th, 201728:20

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-level professionals who, by type, go categorically overlooked. For more Breakaway, subscribe now via iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. Produced by Alex Abnos and Rob Mahoney with special thanks to Ben Eagle and Matt Dollinger. Music credits for this episode include: Kevin MacLeod, Deltamorphon, Glass Boy, Chris Zabriskie.

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Teaser Episode

Feb 6th, 20171:34

"Breakaway" launches February 8th.

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