Point Forward

By Andre Iguodala & Evan Turner

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Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner are great friends. They’re also former NBA teammates whose versatility on the court endowed them with the nontraditional position that also happens to be the title of this podcast. But that’s not all. Extend those gifts off the court and you’ll find two truth-tellers who keep their finger on the pulse of sports, business, and culture. Each week join in as they unleash sharp analysis on everything from sports headlines & tech innovations to book reviews & internet memes. Throw in a rotating cast of some of the world’s most elite players, authors, musicians, and entrepreneurs, and Point Forward is a podcast taking the athlete conversation to the next level. Candid. Unconventional. Witty. Welcome to the future.

Episode Date
Warriors Season Continues (feat. Klay Thompson)
4848
It's still Warriors season on Point Forward as Andre & Evan talk trade deadlines and discuss all of the free agency moves that have been happening around the league. Later the man, the myth, the legend Klay Thompson joins the show to talk about the championship parade, the long journey back from injury, his love for boating despite losing his favorite captain's hat, "Game 6 Klay" vs "China Klay" and the camaraderie of a team that allowed him space to heal, be himself and return to make a significant contribution to another championship win (42:33). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2022
Rings, Rings, Rings, Rings (feat. Steve Kerr)
5756
It's Warriors week! Andre & Evan, discuss the long road to the Warrior's fourth championship and all of the wrong takes people have about Stephen Curry's game and why Andre defends it so fiercely (1:18). Also, Andre Iguodala & Evan Turner are joined by championship coach Steve Kerr. Topics include: Thoughts on this 4th championship for the Warriors and why he thinks it's their "most unlikely" chip, Steph Curry's influence on the culture of the team, and his (and Andre's) willingness to come off the bench and set the tone for everyone else. Steve discusses his complicated relationship with Draymond Green as well as his thoughts on Draymond and his son enduring taunts from Boston fans, Steve's ownership stake in the Phoenix Suns, Myers Leonard having a Rolls Royce, Draymond Green's wedding (which he still doesn't have an invite to), Steve's passion for the cause gun safety and how his success affects the plight of Black NBA coaches around the league (38:48). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2022
Honestly, Nevermind
3094
This week, Andre & Evan talk fake Klay Thompson's being banned (1:04) and Jack Del Rio's "Dust Up" commentary (6:02). Later we venture into the crypto space and discuss coinbase laying off 18% of its workforce (24:32), the movie Hustle putting ball players to work (29:26) and finally Chris Webber asks the cryptic question "Is Draymond Green the Wes Welker of the NBA?" (41:05) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2022
Greatest Rappers Alive + Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals
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Andre and Evan double up on episodes this week as Andre shares his thoughts heading into Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Celtics (1:07). Afterward, they talk Guns & Butter with a special focus on LeBron James and his newly minted status as the first active basketball player to make $1 billion (6:04). Later Andre discusses the Saudi-backed LIV golf tour and the effects it will have on the culture of golf given some substantial players have joined (13:26). The guys talk sports culture as they consider Kanye's Donda Sports recently bringing on Aaron Donald and Jaylen Brown as clients (22:47). Lastly, the guys debate the validity of a recent list that details the greatest rappers alive every year since 1979 (27:11). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
BONUS: Live Recap of 2022 NBA Finals Game 3
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We're back! Live from Boston Evan & Andre took to Twitter Spaces Wednesday night to recap the 2022 NBA Finals Game 3 against the Celtics. They talk about staying focused and drowning out the outside noise. Remaining confident given that the Warriors have been in this situation before, BUT also finding a healthy amount of desperation. The discuss Draymond and their own roles as being a part of the “new media” and owning the narrative as an athlete and take some fan questions including just what Andre said to Andrew Wiggins when he called him over to the sideline during the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2022
We've Been Here Before (2022 NBA Finals Recap Game 1)
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Andre hustled home immediately after the Game 1 loss to the Celtics to recap with Evan last night! They chat about Andre's first game back from injury being an NBA Finals game, the mental toughness required to absorb a Game 1 loss, and discuss just how real momentum actually is. (1:08) They also take time out to touch on Phil Knight's bid to purchase the Portland Trailblazers (22:30), and go deep on the Tank Davis/Rolando Romero fight (30:00), as well as the Tommy Pham slap, heard around the league (43:19). Later, Evan comments on the Nike lawsuit against StockX for selling fraudulent merchandise (45:53), and the guys talk about Stan Lee's likeness being used by Marvel for the next 20 years (51:08). Lastly, the guys talk business and English Championship Promotion Final aka the "richest game in football" (56:09). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2022
NBA Pedigree (feat. Pelicans Head Coach, Willie Green)
4710
Andre and Evan kick off the show by taking a closer look at Patrick Beverly, his recent appearance on ESPN, his commentary on Chris Paul, and just who should be authorized to speak as an expert on Basketball (1:27). The guys transition to their guns & butter segment as Andre describes a bear market and just how it affects society around us (9:42). Next, the guys pay tribute to Virgil Abloh as they discuss his posthumous release of the Louis Vuitton Air Force 1 sneaker. Evan chimes in lamenting the fact that he’s on the friends and family list and the shoes only come in a size 10 (15:27)! Finally, the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, Willie Green joins the show. He talks about his epic sideline speech, how he responded to the 300 messages when news broke of his head coaching job, the pressures on a Black head coach to succeed, connecting with and developing players, hopes for the upcoming season, and how he sneaks a golf game into his busy schedule (24:04). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2022
BONUS: Game 4 Live Reaction (feat. Jordan Poole)
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We're back again with another Point Forward live! This time we took to Twitter Spaces with the homie Jordan Poole to recap Game 4 against the Dallas Mavericks. Jordan also waxes poetic about his sense of style and his dedication to being himself, his journey through the G-League, dealing the spotlight of the NBA, and the legacy he wants to leave behind. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2022
BONUS: Game 3 Live Reaction (feat. Kevon Looney)
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Fresh on the heels of a game 3 playoff win against the Mavericks, Andre & Evan chop it up with Kevon Looney. The three chat about Looney's journey to the spotlight, his off the court interests, overcoming health challenges, his thoughts on the James Wiseman situation, and Andrew Wiggins' poster against Luka Doncic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2022
Greatest White Players of All-Time Pt. 1
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This week Andre & Evan are on their own as they tackle the most pressing question on the minds of all NBA fans... Who are the GWOATS? (1:12). Afterward, they discuss NBA censorship (33:10), racist fans (41:35), and how European soccer leagues have created a blueprint for athlete empowerment (33:10). Finally, Andre & Evan review Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli's album No Fear of Time and talk about ownership stakes, paywall, and art (46:09). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2022
Silicon Slopes (feat. Utah Jazz Owner Ryan Smith)
4430
This week, Andre and Evan recap game 5 between the Warriors and Grizzlies through the lens of the NBA brotherhood and the growing audacity of fans (0:40), talk about Kendrick Lamar's latest single (5:04) and discuss the pros and cons of Laremy Tunsil's attempt to turn his infamous gas mask video into an NFT (10:12). Later, businessman and Utah Jazz owner, Ryan Smith joins the show live from the Silicon slope to talk about how he is actively changing perceptions. From how his relationship with Dywane Wade is changing the face of ownership, to how his business, Qualtrics is pushing the world to see Utah as a global business hub, inverting the concept of a "small market", Ryan shares valuable free game from years of experience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2022
Logo-rithm (feat. Jerry West)
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This week, Andre and Evan recap the first two games of the playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzles. They analyze the Draymond's ejection, Gary Payton II's elbow injury, and the ways they believe that the NBA has manufactured a rivalry between the two teams that in some ways is not good for the game as a whole (0:37). The NFL Draft becomes a topic of conversation and Andre and Evan share stories of their respective draft experiences while Evan advises young players not to bring significant others to sit with them at that table (10:36). Next the guys revisit LSU's former coach Will Wade's firing and build their own team in the absence of LSU having one of their own (17:13). Lastly, the guys prepare for their guest as they discuss the business deal that they would negotiate if the NBA approach them to become the logo. The perfect segue to bringing on the logo himself to discuss the evolution of basketball, his continued love for the Lakers and how he was drafted 2nd and didn't find out until the day after the draft. Jerry also shares gems on how to evaluate talent and build a winning team as well as discusses the formation and history of the players union (35:05). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2022
Stay Humble or be Humbled (ft. Jrue Holiday)
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This week Andre and Evan talk best teammates (0:40), share stories from their early careers playing together in Philadelphia (9:07), discuss the increased power of social media as a negotiation tool for athletes (17:17) and share their thoughts on the recent announcement that Elon Musk plans to purchase Twitter (29:18). Later Jrue Holiday joins the show to talk about the unbreakable bond he established with Andre and Evan as 76'ers and the challenges he faced growing up playing in that market. Jrue shares his thoughts on becoming an influential veteran in the NBA as well as when he realized that he could play at an elite level in the league. Finally, he discusses being paid $300K for 8 seconds of play, his relentless love for the game, and how it's been affected by the business of basketball (36:17). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2022
A Seat at The Table (ft. David Falk)
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Andre & Evan kick things off by sharing stories on the most ridiculous purchases they witnessed by a teammate (0:30) followed by an in-depth discussion breaking down the true cost of being an athlete and the struggles younger players have with financial literacy (2:56). Later, they dive into the crypto space and discuss the nuances of fan involvement in team ownership (13:29). Finally, the guys chat about the success of the play-in tournament and how it provides yet another reason for the NBA to own a 24-hour news cycle (18:13) before bringing on agent, innovator, and marketing genius David Falk to talk about his career agenting for Michael Jordan and a host of superstars, the rise of the super-agent, and how to leverage athletic ability into value that translates to a lifetime of wealth (25:11). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2022
Holding Court (ft. Draymond Green)
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Andre & Evan kick off the show by discussing the pros & cons of publicly and privately funded sports stadiums (00:40). Later they argue the difference between playing a sport vs performing an activity (11:24) before detailing the experience of Augusta and attending the Masters (13:53). The guys talk coach Mike Krzyzewski and Duke's history as America's college basketball team and everything that comes along with that label (22:47). Finally, open-book Draymond Green joins the show to talk about his winning mentality, playing with a high IQ, his media interests and a career lived without regret (29:17). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2022
Rich People are Boring (ft. Michael Rubin)
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Andre and Evan reflect on the global changes being caused by the rise of crypto as they discuss the success of Ukrainian NFTs documenting the war with Russia (0:34). They both challenge the idea that analysts think momentum isn’t real (8:06) and take an in-depth look at the rise of social media platform Buzzer (19:20) and its effect on so-called sports “experts”. Michael Rubin joins the show the talk about his path to success in business, advocating for criminal justice reform and being $75 million in debt at the age of 21 (27:31). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2022
Blood on the Leaves: New Amendment Book Club (ft. Chris Herring)
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Andre & Evan debate the ups and downs of tanking (or trusting "the process") (0:31) and Sports Illustrated senior writer and author Chris Herring join the guys as they kickoff their New Amendment Book Club with a discussion of Chris' book Blood in the Garden which details the inner workings of the New York Knicks in the 1990s. They get into detail about the trailblazing journey of Pat Riley into and out of the New York organization becoming one of the first coaches to negotiate an ownership stake in the Miami Heat (amongst other things) upon his exit from New York. (17:58). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 03, 2022
The Plight of the Amateur Athlete (ft. John Skipper)
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Andre and Evan sound off on Alexander Ovechkin, Vasiliy Lomachenko & and Britney Griner as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues finding athletes caught in the middle (0:32). Andre and Evan argue whether the NBA replay system helps or hinders the game as the final seconds of games start to take upwards of 30 mins to play out in real-time(9:30). Andre explains the values of the metaverse (17:07) and former ESPN CEO, and Meadowlark founder John Skipper joins the show to talk about the joys of working with those of differing backgrounds, college basketball memories, the business of the NIL, and the value of separating amateur athletes from the professionals (25:04). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2022
Small Money Never Told Big Money What to Do (ft. Isiah Thomas)
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Andre and Evan compare money to fame to see which reigns supreme (0:33). Afterward, they discuss the James Harden/Ben Simmons trade and the misperceptions lurking behind both of their images (9:20). Finally Isiah Thomas stops by to drop off a bag full of gems including what needs to be done to preserve the game, his absence from the Dream Team and the alternative history told about Michael Jordan's legacy, as well as his ownership stint with the Toronto Raptors and his thoughts on true athlete empowerment (21:46). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2022
The Humble Giant (ft. Stephen Curry)
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Andre and Evan examine Kyrie’s game and discuss the idea that there are only ever 5 real superstars in the NBA at any given time (0:36). Andre breaks down athletes taking bitcoin salaries (14:41). And the Point God Stephen Curry joins the show to talk about what motivates him, how humility fuels his superpower and the perks and disadvantages of being the face of the league (24:34).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2022
Truth to Power
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Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner are great friends. They’re also former NBA teammates whose versatility on the court endowed them with the nontraditional position that also happens to be the title of this podcast. But that’s not all. Extend those gifts off the court and you’ll find two truth-tellers who keep their finger on the pulse of sports, business, and culture. Each week join in as they unleash sharp analysis on everything from sports headlines & tech innovations to book reviews & internet memes. Throw in a rotating cast of some of the world’s most elite players, authors, musicians, and entrepreneurs, and Point Forward is a podcast taking the athlete conversation to the next level. Candid. Unconventional. Witty. Welcome to the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2022