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All Topics: Kyrie Irving wanting out of Cleveland | LeBron James’ uncertain future plays a role in Irving wanting out now | Kyrie would like to have more of a voice in Cleveland | What Cleveland wants for Irving |

July 25th 2017

Woj talks about Kyrie Irving’s future in Cleveland.



June 20th 2017

All Topics: Cavs and David Griffin parting ways | LeBron’s thoughts on Griffin leaving | James has been an advocate and critical of Griffin at times | Dan Gilbert’s thought process | Chauncey Billups | Paul George trade market | Indiana trying to gauge George’s market | Lakers thought process on George | Phil Jackson may be willing to trade Kristaps Porzingis | Draft day

Adrian on the Vertical’s 2017 NBA Draft coverage: “We’re going to have the picks first.”



Feb 21st 2017

All Topics: DeMarcus Cousins trade | Vlade Divac and management convincing ownership to trade Cousins | Vivek Ranadive | Vivek loves Buddy Hield | DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis playing together | Davis wants to play the four position | Trade deadline this week |

Woj talks DeMarcus Cousins trade.



June 23rd 2016

All Topics: NBA Draft tonight | Breaking the Derrick Rose to New York deal | Rose trade feels like a typical Knicks big name guy | Does Rose addition stunt Kristaps Porzingis? | Rose and Melo together | Rose losing his explosion | The Knicks are going to be Porzingis’ team | Ben Simmons expected to be No. 1 pick for Philadelphia tonight | Lakers wanting Brandon Ingram all along | D’Angelo Russell Reebok commercial

Adrian on Derrick Rose being traded to New York: “There was no market.”



June 13th 2016

All Topics: Reaction to the NBA suspending Draymond Green for his shot to LeBron James’ groin | Green deserves a suspension | Golden State will ride with Green | Golden State thinks Cleveland players are acting like babies | Golden State leading NBA Finals 3-1 | LeBron’s stepping over Draymond | Thinks Golden State will close series out tonight | Scapegoats to be run out of Cleveland |

Adrian on Draymond Green’s one game suspension for hitting LeBron James in the groin: “I have no problem with it.”



Apr 25th 2016

All Topics: Lakers firing Byron Scott | Timing of the Scott firing | Lakers not having interest in Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks | Lakers ownership being unsettled | Possible candidates for Lakers head coaching job | Luke Walton | Lakers need someone who can develop young talent | Lakers is a complete restart | Free agency | Kevin Ollie | NBA recruiting | Steph Curry injury | Curry’s reaction to the injury |

Adrian on Steph Curry’s injury: “They know their championship concerns lie on this MRI.”



Apr 12th 2016

All Topics: Kobe Bryant Ending | 35-point Game | Kobe’s Career | Post-Kobe Lakers | Bulls Record | Warriors Record | Cavaliers Future | Cavs vs Heat | The Vertical

Adrian on Kobe Bryant’s ending: “I am surprised by how at peace he is with all this.”



Jan 28th 2016

All Topics: Blake Griffin’s injured right hand after fight | Clippers being in a win now mentality | Clippers need Blake Griffin | Cleveland firing David Blatt | His new site The Vertical | Writers they’ve brought in for The Vertical |

Adrian on Cleveland firing David Blatt: “It was inevitable.”



July 6th 2015

All Topics: Free Agency | LaMarcus Aldridge agreeing to join the San Antonio Spurs | Aldridge going to a winner in his home state | Aldridge meeting with the Lakers twice | Los Angeles Lakers 2015-16 Season | Greg Monroe picking Milwaukee over the Lakers | D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle need to develop | Kevin Durant’s free agency | Durant’s eyes are wide open in free agency | Oklahoma City’s core | 2016 Free Agency | DeAndre Jordan leaving a lot of money on the table for Dallas | Jordan and Chris Paul’s relationship was not good | Jordan wanting to be the guy | Paul was good for Jordan’s game | Paul being a dominant personality | Sacramento’s dysfunctional situation | Kings adding Rajon Rondo | Monta Ellis in Dallas |

Adrian on DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul’s relationship this past season: “Not good.” 



May 8th 2015

All Topics: NBA Playoffs | LeBron James being aggressive in Game 2 | LeBron’s head band | Jimmy Butler | Butler owning the Game 2 loss | LeBron pointing the finger at David Blatt sometimes | LeBron having more control of Cleveland’s organization than Miami’s | Tom Thibodeau’s last stand in Chicago | Thibodeau and management haven’t agreed on anything | John Wall’s wrist |

Adrian on LeBron’s game: “He’s always more comfortable being Magic (Johnson) than Michael (Jordan).”



Feb 17th 2015

All Topics: Amar’e Stoudemire | Amar’e was pretty focused on Dallas | Clippers really wanted Stoudemire | What does Stoudemire have left | Stoudemire’s skills | Doesn’t think Stoudemire makes a big impact in Dallas | Clippers are in a tough spot with Griffin’s injury | Clippers are still hoping to land Tayshaun Prince | James Harden’s season | Houston | Kobe Bryant | Bryant’s motivation | Kobe’s ending | Kobe’s last 3 seasons have ended with injury | Covering Jerry Tarkanian in Fresno | Tarkanian responding to one of his columns back in the day | Kevin Love

Adrian on Jerry Tarkanian: “He was the original, there will never be another like him.”



Jan 16th 2015

All Topics: Kobe and LeBron’s relationship now | Kobe enjoying himself last night against LeBron | Kobe’s mindset | Will Kobe shut it down for the season | LeBron back in Cleveland | LeBron not living up to his leadership promise | LeBron’s effort | LeBron’s approach to Blatt has been unacceptable | Cleveland’s additions | David Blatt believes he will turn it around in Cleveland | Blatt is learning the NBA | Blatt was hired for the long haul | LeBron’s relationship with Mark Jackson | Jackson signing with LeBron’s agency | Clippers dealing for Austin Rivers | Clippers’ struggles | OKC is motivated to get Brook Lopez

Adrian on if LeBron has lived up to his leadership promise this season: “Largely he has not.”



Nov 21st 2014

All Topics: Cleveland Cavs starting the season 5-5 | Cavs defense | David Blatt’s NBA learning curve | LeBron James not looking like himself | LeBron and Blatt’s relationship | Blatt will be really good eventually | Los Angeles Lakers | Lakers needing a Top 5 pick | Lakers are in for a long rebuilding project | Dwight Howard’s image | Howard’s and Kobe’s history | Clippers perimeter defense | CP3’s play |

Adrian on David Blatt: “I think he’s going to be really good.”



June 24th 2014

All Topics: LeBron James opting out of his contract with Miami | James, Bosh and Wade haven’t sat down yet to talk about the future but will shortly | The Big 3 will know shortly what direction they will be going | Dwyane Wade’s pressure to opt out and take less money | Pat Riley’s press conference last week was risky | Not sure how LeBron took Riley’s presser | LeBron’s interest in the Clippers | Thinks the Big 3 will stay in Miami | Doesn’t see how LeBron can win in Cleveland quickly | Kevin Love | Love may have to start the season in Minnesota | Joel Embiid is the wild card in the draft right now |

Adrian on LeBron opting out of his contract with Miami: “Not surprising.”



May 28th 2014

All Topics: Went to the same high school as Aaron Hernandez | NBA Playoffs, Western Conference Finals | Serge Ibaka’s impact in the series | OKC Thunder adjustments | Role players always play better at home | Tim Duncan | Spurs at home | Tony Parker has to play at an elite for the Spurs to have a chance | Eastern Conference Finals | Would think Roy Hibbert will be available in trades this off-season | Larry Bird won’t be afraid to shake things up | Lance Stephenson | LeBron James | Thinks the Big 3 will stay in Miami | NBA Draft | Watched Joel Embiid workout | Most GMs he spoke with said they’d take Joel Embiid first overall

Adrian on Roy Hibbert’s off-season: “I’d have to believe he’ll be available in trades.”



Apr 28th 2014

All Topics: His reaction to Donald Sterling’s alleged racial comments audio | This isn’t a surprise about Donald Sterling | Why hadn’t Sterling been dealt with before this? | The owners have been humiliated by Sterling | Sterling’s punishment | Suspension coming and hoping Sterling sells | Can the NBA force Sterling to sell? | The Clippers worth | Boycotting talk of yesterday’s game | The owners need to act on the Sterling issue | Guggenheim Partners are interested in buying a NBA Team | Magic Johnson is interested in buying the Clippers | Chris Paul and Doc Rivers future with the Clippers |

Adrian talks about the alleged Donald Sterling racist audio tape.



June 18th 2013

All Topics: Latest on the Doc Rivers-Kevin Garnett to Clippers trade talk | Clippers not wanting to give up two first round picks | Doc Rivers is now trying to figure out if he wants to return to Boston | It would be very difficult for Doc to go back to Boston at this point | Doc’s damaged his reputation in Boston | Doc wanted the Clippers gig | Doesn’t think Doc will coach in Boston next year | Doc not having an appetite for a rebuild | Where the Clippers go next | Brian Shaw, Lionel Hollins | Blake Griffin not being happy right now | Chris Paul and Blake Griffin’s relationship | Donald Sterling getting more nervous about spending big bucks instead of surrendering that 2nd draft choice | NBA Finals | LeBron tonight | Manu Ginobili being beloved in San Antonio | Can Ginobili do it again? |

Adrian on Doc Rivers: “He doesn’t have the appetite to go through a rebuild.”



May 23rd 2013

All Topics: Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 | Frank Vogel | Last play of the game | Roy Hibbert not being on the floor for the last play | Wanting to make LeBron take a jumper on the last play | Hibbert wishing he’d spoken up | Bosh jumper | Indiana wanting Hibbert to be more vocal | Hibbert’s struggles earlier in the season | Doesn’t think Indiana bounces back | Dwyane Wade’s foul in OT | Paul George | Chris Andersen | The Heat’s long winning streak started when the “Birdman” showed up | Clippers and Vinny Del Negro parting ways | Clippers roster isn’t as talented as everyone thinks | CP3 and Blake Griffin | Donald Sterling | The pressure is on Blake Griffin |

Adrian on the Pacers losing Game 1 vs. Miami in OT: “I don’t think they bounce back from it.”



Nov 12, 2012:

Adrian on why the Lakers hired Mike D’Antoni over Phil Jackson: “Phil overplayed his hand.”



Jun 08, 2012:

Adrian’s thoughts on LeBron James in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Celtcs: “One of the great playoff performances you will ever see.”


Mar 14, 2012:

Adrian’s thoughts on why Mike D’Antoni stepped down as Knicks coach: “He was getting sick of dealing with Carmelo Anthony.”


Jan 24, 2012:

Adrian’s take on George Karl: “He’s really one of the elite coaches of his generation.”


Dec 09, 2011:

Adrian’s thoughts on David Stern killing the Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers trade: “In the context of fairness it was wrong, but I’m not sure it was illegal.”


Nov 04, 2011:

Adrian on the NBA Players Union: “It’s completely dysfunctional.”


Oct 19, 2011:

Adrian on the NBA Lockout mediation session today: “If they don’t make significant progress in the next 24 hours you’ll see the next 2 or 3 weeks of the season cancelled in short order.”


Jun 08, 2011:

Adrian on LeBron James’ performance in Game 4 of the 2011 NBA Finals: “Reminiscent of Game 5 against Boston last year.”


Apr 29, 2011:

Adrian on LeBron James right now: “He needs to beat Boston, period.”


Mar 22, 2011:

Adrian on Carmelo Anthony’s play in New York: “He’s under delivered as far as wins and losses and his ability to grow as a player.”


Mar 07, 2011:

Adrian on the Miami Heat’s struggles: “They honestly thought this was going to be easy.”


Feb 18, 2011:

Adrian on the Nets chances of Carmelo Anthony agreeing on a trade to New Jersey and signing an extension: “A punchers.”


Feb 09, 2011:

Adrian on if the Lakers and Nuggets are having substantial trade talks involving Carmelo Anthony and Andrew Bynum: “No.”


Jan 05, 2011:

Adrian estimates the amount of money OJ Mayo and Tony Allen were reportedly fighting over: “Probably south of 7 or 8,000 dollars.”


Dec 16, 2010:

Adrian on where Carmelo Anthony will be dealt: “At the end of the day he will end up in New York.”


Dec 08, 2010:

Adrian on the Miami Heat: “They’ve got to show their tough enough up front, and can deal with a good point guard.”


Sep 28, 2010:

Topics: Carmelo Anthony | Anthony trade possibilities | 4 team trade including Carmelo Anthony that fell apart | Denver seems content for now and will try to change Anthony’s mind | Carmelo saying he never asked for a trade | Anthony would be fined if he publicly said he asked to be traded | Carmelo’s wife LaLa Vasquez wanting to be in a big market | Nuggets aging | Denver’s management instability | New Jersey | Carmelo’s contract | Chicago Bulls being the wild card for acquiring Anthony | Clippers being involved in talks with Denver; Nuggets wanted Blake Griffin | The Big 3 in Miami | The Heat off the court | LeBron’s posse | LeBron’s friends could do whatever they wanted in Cleveland | LeBron being the man | More media coverage | Pat Riley | Any chance Riley will coach? | Thinks the grind will keep Riley away |


Jul 19, 2010:

Topics: LeBron James | James never planned on re-signing with Cleveland | 2008 Olympics | Chicago and Miami clearing cap space | Mike Brown and LeBron’s relationship | Why did he leave? | Pressure to win? | Did he take the easy way? | AAU mentality | The Decision | 2008 Olympic Team | LeBron’s immaturity almost cost him a spot on the Olympic team | Bruce Bowen called LeBron out in Olympic tryouts | LeBron’s reality | Dan Gilbert | LeBron’s decision | Doesn’t think James can go home again | Pat Riley | Riley selling LeBron | Players respect Pat Riley | Miami’s team chemistry | Last second shot | Doesn’t think LeBron is comfortable with taking the last shot | Team to beat is LA for now |


Jun 25, 2010:

Topics: LeBron’s moment he has been waiting for, free agency | Has not left the spotlight | Draft was about clearing cap space for LeBron | Chances of tampering going on | Behind the scenes observations | Power held by World Wide Wes | Influence he has right now | Touting Chicago for awhile now | Moment of truth for LeBron about leaving Cleveland | How he would be perceived if he does leave | Does New Jersey have a chance at getting Chris Paul to get LeBron there | Chris Paul could be a game changer for the Nets with a chance to get LeBron | Phil Jackson’s talk about retiring | Blazer’s owner Paul Allen firing his GM, Kevin Pritchard an hour before the draft | Who would take over the Lakers if Jackson does retire | Kobe would want either Nate McMillan or Jeff Van Gundy | Kobe respects Van Gundy and loves to talk basketball with him | Kobe will let the organization do the hiring.

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Jun 14, 2010:

Topics: 2010 NBA Finals | Kobe Bryant after the game | Kobe let loose on his teammates in the locker room after losing | Bryant said defense has regressed | Lakers are a fragile group | Andrew Bynum has shown toughness | Frustrated with Ron Artest and Lamar Odom | Kobe taking the game over | Lakers couldn’t make a stop | Bynum’s’ health | The Boston bigs are beating up the Lakers front court without Bynum | Seems like 2008 without Bynum | If the Lakers lose the series; it will haunt Kobe Bryant forever | Kobe knows he has a window to stockpile title’s | LeBron James | James’ relationship with the Cavs | Tom Izzo | Izzo is trying to gage the relationship between LeBron and the Cavs | Izzo loves Michigan State | James enjoys the Soap Opera | Phil Jackson |


May 14, 2010:

Topics: Lebron James | James was mentally checked out in Game 5 | Lebron seems withdrawn to people in the organization | Lebron’s leadership lacked in series against Boston | James will be happy if Mike Brown is gone | Lebron has been looking forward to his free agency for a couple years | Lebron’s other team | Headline is important for Lebron | Lebron is not about winning 1st | James has to win championships | Cleveland’s situation has regressed | New York | Can Lebron handle the New York media | Dwayne Wade and Lebron | John Calipari tweets | If Calipari is offered a job to coach James, he will go |


May 06, 2010:

Topics: NBA Playoffs | John Calipari to Chicago story | Calipari wants it more than Chicago right now | Calipari has ties to Lebron and Derrick Rose | If Cavs lose, great shot of Lebron asking management for Calipari | Lebron loves John Calipari | Says Calipari someday will coach Lebron | Calipari’s experience in New Jersey | Cal learned a lot from his first experience | Calipari alienated everyone in New Jersey | NCAA and Cal’s relationship | Lebron and Kobe | Lebron’s injury | Lebron has never played with an injury | Kobe is very angry and defiant with critics right now | Bryant upset that people think Durant and Lebron have passed him | Kobe’s plan on the photo shoot |


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