Portland Trail Blazers star - and former journalism major at Lehigh – CJ McCollum hosts Pull Up alongside Jordan Schultz, of "The Boardroom" on ESPN+. Pull Up is a one-of-a-kind show that will give an unmatched look into the NBA and the life of a basketball superstar. CJ has been lauded as the next…
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CJ opens with a discussion on the Blazers recent win streak and the increasing parity in the NBA. Then, CJ shares his thoughts on the Lebron James / Isaiah Stewart tussle, before the dub and L of the week. Plus, more mailbag! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
CJ breaks down some of the Blazers' early season struggles, gives his analysis of the Jokic/Morris altercation, and digs into the Celtics drama and players only meetings. Plus, what does CJ make of his guy Odell leaving the Browns? Then, CJ praises the Warriors' hot start and discusses the John Wall contract situation before answering some fan-submitted questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Blazers have started 1-2 but CJ is playing well and discusses how to stay even-keeled in a long season. The league's new changes to the way fouls are interpreted have led to noticeable differences in the early part of the season. CJ shares his thoughts. Plus, CJ has been teammates with 2 players named to the NBA's Top 75 of All Time list, what separates them and who does he think got snubbed? Then, the Lakers scuffle has highlighted some tensions in LA, and is Miles Bridges the favorite to win MIP? All this, plus a night full of poster dunks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
CJ and the Blazers are prepping for the regular season under a new coach, and he discusses that process and what's to come this year. Plus, Simmons finally shows up in Philly after a drama-filled offseason with the team, how his teammates and the fans are going to respond. The Kyrie situation has caught attention from everyone, why his “personal decision” isn't personal at all, and how the Nets will fare without him. Then, season predictions as we gear up for the regular season, D-Wade's son signs a G-League contract, Pau Gasol hangs it up after a HOF career, and what's going on with Zion and the Pelicans? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
CJ is back after Portland's Media Day talking about gearing up for the regular season. Preparing with new teammates, new coaches, and new plays heading into the season. Plus, 30th birthday celebrations, and an a trip to the Cleveland sidelines to watch the Browns take on the Bears. Then CJ dishes on the latest vaccine situations in the NBA and how his role as the NBPA President factors in, and addresses rumors about a Ben Simmons trade. Plus, Klay Thompson looks like he could be back on the court soon, and 2k ratings are out! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
John Wall and the Rockets are working on a deal to trade Wall, where could he land and what will he bring to a new deal? Aaron Gordon gets the bag on a new 4-year deal, how the Nuggets are shaping up in the West especially when Murray returns. Plus, the 2021 Hall of Fame class is inducted, CJ shares his thoughts on a few of the members. Then, ESPN's Adam Schefter joins CJ for a side of him you won't get on any NFL shows. The guys talk about the importance of relationships in business and life, how knowledge is power, the biggest stories of his career, how the NFL has changed over the years (and where it's going), and much more. Plus, Schefter gives his CJ NFL player comparison, CJ talks about his High Rollers fantasy league, and obviously gets in some Browns talk on when OBJ could return and Baker's contract extension. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
CJ sits down with 6x NBA All-Star and Raptors legend Kyle Lowry. Kyle talks about how he got into the game from his brother searching newspaper articles for basketball tryouts, how he's grown his game over the years, winning the championship in Toronto and what that team and city meant to him, and his last season with Toronto and his move to Miami. Plus, he shares some wild stories about Drake from his time in Canada, dishes on his top 3 most difficult guards to face in the league, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
CJ discusses his new role as NBPA President, what it means, and what he hopes to accomplish at the helm. Plus, more free agency moves, with guys like Kawhi, Embiid, Rozier, and Smart getting new deals. Who were the winners and losers of free agency? Also what happened with Dennis Schroder? Drama in 2018 with KD, Draymond, and the Warriors, CJ talks about what he remembers with that situation. The NBA early season schedule is out, and Isaiah Thomas has been getting buckets in pro-am games, does he deserve a roster spot in the NBA? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
It's been a wild few days in free agency. Melo and a few other Blazers leave while new guys join. Lakers add Westbrook and a ton of veterans. The Knicks, Heat, Bulls, and Hawks all make splashes trying to contend with the Bucks and Nets in the East. Major bag alert for Steph Curry with his 2nd $200M contract, and Team USA goes for gold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Bucks are your 2021 NBA Champions. The one and only (and friend of the podcast) Adrian Wojnarowski stops by and shares some incredible stories about Giannis' legendary performance, his humble beginnings from a poor kid in Greece and his development over the years, how the Bucks were able to construct a championship team with only 1 lottery pick, what this means for small markets and the shape of the league going forward. Plus, the future of the Suns and their stars, and some names to look out for in this year's Draft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Bucks have come back to tie the series after going down 0-2 to the Suns. Who has the advantage now? Team USA drops a few exhibition games heading into the Olympics, how concerned should they be. Plus, looking at some of the biggest steals in the draft over the past few years, Space Jam 2 is set to be released, and what's the deal with Scott Foster and CP3? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Game 2 between the Suns and Clippers was possibly the craziest game in the last 5 years. CJ breaks down everything, from the back and forth shots, to the replays, interpreting the rules, the wild final play, and more. Plus, the Nets collapse and lose to the Bucks in 7, CJ breaks down the final game and what this means for the Nets moving forward. The Sixers are going to have some decisions to make with Ben Simmons, Celtics find their new head coach, and is Devin Booker really encroaching into Kobe territory? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Blazers came up short this season after getting knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. CJ talks about Dame's historic Game 5, what went wrong in the series, and addresses trade rumors around both he and Damian Lillard. Plus, the Blazers are on the search for a new coach after mutually parting ways with Terry Stotts. The playoffs roll on and CJ breaks down all of the series, the Lakers get knocked out early and look to rebuild for next season, Jokic wins the MVP, and can CP3 and Book lead the Suns to the Finals? Plus, Brad Stevens moves into the Celtics front office, Daryl Morey doesn't care about tampering rules, and KD has some words for Jay Will. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The playoffs are in full swing and CJ is breaking down every series, what he's been seeing, and keys for each team to advance. And of course, a full breakdown of the Blazers/Nuggets series that's heading back to Portland tied 1-1. A wild Game 2 saw CJ get called for a flagrant foul that had Twitter on fire and has him talking about flopping in the league. Steph Curry is up for an extension, will he head back to Golden State? Politicians and sports, why they probably don't mix. And the Kwame Brown beef gets more and more entertaining by the day... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The final week in the season has teams fighting for positioning while trying to avoid the play-in tournament, and is creating a lot of drama around the league. Russ is a human 2k player setting the record for most triple-doubles in NBA history, but does he need a ring? Steph has made a historic run at the end of the season to close the gap on the scoring title, J. Cole is shooting his shot at pro basketball, and the Celtics have had a rough year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The playoff picture in the NBA is starting to take shape with a few teams clinching, but the play-in tournament is adding drama and changing team strategies. The Warriors are the first official team to get on the NFT train, but NFT’s have been taking over the league all season with NBA Top Shot. Plus, what it’s like preparing for a Draft, why Zion has already earned his respect in the league, and who should win Sixth Man this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sports were quiet on Monday after another unarmed black man was killed at the hands of police in Minnesota. How should the league and players move forward? Mark Cuban voted to expand the play-in format for the playoffs, now he’s backing off. Are the play-in games sustainable? The NFL is starting to mandate vaccines for some employees, could the NBA follow suit? Ben Simmons fires off a shot at Rudy Gobert for the DPOY, we’ve seen an influx of players expanding their businesses into team ownership, and Gary Trent Jr. has been hoopin’. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Tons of moves around the trade deadline in the NBA that saw Portland get Norm Powell, the Nets and Lakers add big pieces, while Kyle Lowry stays put. Plus, the issue around injuries in the league, which also knocks LaMelo Ball out of the ROY race. Why Dame is the MVP, and why you should never step to the White Mamba. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
After a long hiatus, Pull Up is officially back! CJ chats about his long road to recovery getting back on the court, and talks through the Blazers’ epic comeback that had Dame dropping 50. Plus, looking ahead to a super condensed 2nd half schedule for the NBA and how Covid protocols complicate things. He chats the hottest teams in the league, if two guys could win Rookie of the Year, and how is MSG gonna do Patrick Ewing like that?? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dennis Rodman was the focus of the latest installment of ESPN’s The Last Dance, which provides younger kids the opportunity to realize Rodman’s dominance on the basketball court. The NFL Draft had several surprises, but the only team that matters to CJ is the Cleveland Browns. And to celebrate the draft, Pull Up is pleased to welcome on several fans & listeners to the show to talk football, proper hydration, and more!
The Last Dance shows a side of Michael Jordan that hasn’t been seen before. In a shocking move, The New England Patriots agreed to trade Rob Gronkowski to the Buccaneers. The take questions from the fans, CJ gives a puppy update, and more!
Jalen Green, one of the nation’s top high school basketball prospects, has decided to forgo college in favor of the G-League. The WNBA draft will launch the professional career of Oregon standout -Sabrina Ionescu. Plus, The Pull Up Podcast welcomes Miami Heat rookie, Tyler Herro to the show! He’s here to talk about what he’s up to during quarantine, whether Kendrick Nunn should be rookie of the year, what he’s learned from Jimmy Butler, and more.
Because of the impact that the Coronavirus has had on both Portland, Oregon, and Northern Ohio, CJ is donating $170,00 in relief money for each respective community. The guys also speak with star Center for the Indiana Pacers, Myles Turner! Myles here to talk about the Yoga, staying busying during quarantine, and how he’s matured as both a player and person since joining the NBA. It’s an interview you won’t want to miss!
In the absence of live sports, the NBA is holding an NBA 2k20 tournament with some of the league’s best gamers. Plus, Kyrie Irving is the best ball-handler in today’s game, but is he the greatest handler to ever play in the NBA? The guys discuss! And in the spirit of “March Madness” the Pull Up Podcast is pleased to welcome Oregon Ducks standout, Payton Pritchard, onto the show! He’s here to talk about the what it felt like to learn that the NCAA tournament was canceled, how he trains, and what he loves most about Oregon!
CJ is officially a “dog dad” after the McCollum household adopted a rescue puppy! The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have officially been postponed which could have unintended consequences on the 2021 NBA season. The guys also discuss the most unstoppable signature moves in NBA history, whether Wilt Chamberlain would survive in today’s NBA, and Terry Bradshaw’s choice words for Tom Brady.
The NBA is suspended and players across the league are exploring news ways to spend their new found free time! Plus, the guys speak with standout small forward for the Louisville Cardinals, Jordan Nwora! He’s here to talk about the disappoint many college players are feeling now that the NCAA tournament is officially canceled and what it’s like to prepare for the upcoming NBA draft. Social Distancing could cause a surge for E-Sports, Tom Brady signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the guys answer fan questions from the listeners. And that and more on this episode of Pull Up!
Carmelo Anthony joins the show for a special edition of Pull Up. This episode was recorded on Wednesday night in Portland, Oregon, as the news of the NBA decision to postponed the rest of the 2020 regular season was breaking. CJ and Carmelo Anthony find out in real time that they will not be playing games for an indefinite period and break down what the means for players, fans and the league as a whole. Melo also talks about his journey through NBA and what events proceeded his decision to sign with the Trail Blazers last November.
Spike Lee and the New York Knicks are at odds after the Director was asked to leave Madison Square Garden before a Knicks game and reenter through a separate entrance. The Lakers are looking to fill a roster spot and have a list of veterans players they could sign to the team before the postseason. Russell Westbrook has been lighting up the stat sheet, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been a pleasant surprise in the NBA this year, and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting the sports world as a whole. All that and more on this episode of Pull Up!
Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics are proving that they are a championship threat in the Eastern Conference. There are several ways an NBA player can sustain success over the course of a long season, but one thing that should never be overlooked is how they recover and treat their bodies to maintain constant physical exhaustion. CJ talks about what he does to physically recover after a game. The Houston Rocket’s small-ball experiment is off and running, the Utah Jazz is trying to find an identity, and CJ talks about what it’s like to play point guard.
The sports world has been rocked by the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal that won them the World Series in 2017 and athletes, including Lebron James, are speaking out. Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein is stepping down after a contentious tenure with the organization. Kyrie Irving is out indefinitely, the Houston Rockets continue to add depth, and the NBA All-Star game’s new format was a huge hit. All that and more on this week’s episode of Pull Up!
Gary Trent Jr. has played a crucial role for the Portland Trail Blazers as they fight for a playoff spot. Zion Williamson has a long way to go in his development, but is proving he’s going to be a force in the league for years to come. Devin Booker becomes an All-Star in the wake of Damian Lillard’s injury, Duncan Robinson is about to light up the 3-Point contest, and the New York Knicks are still mismanaged.
CJ reflects on playing in the first game at Staples Center after the passing of Kobe Bryant and explains what has gone into Damian Lillard’s stellar play as of late. The NBA Trade Deadline caused a ton of shakeups, including a blockbuster 4-team trade between the Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, and Denver Nuggets. CJ and Jordan also break down Miami’s decision to acquire Andre Iguodala. The New York Knicks are attempting to turn their organization around (again) and the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. All that and more on this week’s Pull Up! This episode was recorded before the end of the 2020 Trade Deadline.
The untimely and heartbreaking loss of Kobe Bryant has rocked the country. On this special tribute episode of Pull Up, CJ and Jordan share their favorite Kobe stories and talk about the indelible impact he left on the game of basketball.
The Portland Trail Blazers traded Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver to the Sacramento Kings and CJ breaks down what it’s like when friends are traded midseason. Dame Lillard scored 61 points against the Golden State Warriors and set a new franchise record. Zion Williamson is healthy, and the Bucks & Lakers could make moves before the trade deadline. Also, CJ and Jordan speak with NFL insider for ESPN and huge basketball fan, Adam Schefter about the Super Bowl, Eli Manning’s retirement and the future of Cleveland Browns.
Kyrie Irving Believes the Brooklyn Nets need to add another piece to their roster in order to win a championship next season. Jimmy Butler wrote a piece for the Player’s Tribune listing the toughest guys in the NBA to guard and CJ adds a few names to the list. Ja Morant is the clear frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, but his ceiling is limitless. Zion Williamson is set to return next week, the Minnesota Timberwolves trade Jeff Teague, and Odell Beckham Jr was issued an arrest warrant after the LSU Tigers won the college football national championship.
Packing for long road trips in the NBA can be challenging, but CJ has mastered it! He breaks down how he prepares for NBA road trips that feature cities in both hot and cold climates. The guys also break down the play that led to Carmelo Anthony’s recent game winning shot against the Toronto Raptors. Plus, the Pull Up Pod is excited to welcome on point guard for the Brooklyn Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie! Spencer discusses possible playoff reseeding and deceivingly tall NBA players. He also answers social media questions from the fans! All that and more on this week’s Pull Up! Follow us on Instagram - @PullUpPod
Former NBA commissioner David Stern has passed away at the age of 77 and his influence on basketball cannot be understated. The first update for All-Star voting is here and Luka Dončić is currently leading the league in votes! The NBA is quickly evolving and the sky’s the limit for how basketball might change over the next decade. The Cleveland Browns need a new head coach and general manager, the NBA Rookie of the Year race is heating up, and the wine was flowing over the holidays! All that and more on this week’s Pull Up!
Christmas is here and with it, NBA games! CJ and Jordan preview the must see matchups happening on Christmas day. James Harden may have mastered the modern game whether people like it or not. The New York Times quantified Lebron James' emoji use on Social Media, so CJ and Jordan give their list of "most used emojis." Finally, with the holidays finally here the guys give a few wine recommendations in the Pull Up Wine Corner.
Top college prospect James Wiseman is leaving Memphis to prepare for the 2020 NBA draft and the NCAA is at risk of it happening again with other collegiate athletes. CJ has been one of the league’s best defenders this season and happens to be the top shot blocker amongst all guards. He breaks down what he’s doing to contribute on the defensive end of the floor. With Luka Doncic out, Kristaps Porzingis has been elevating his play for the Dallas Mavericks. All that and more on this week’s Pull Up podcast!
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have been on a roll lately and there are several reasons for that outside of Giannis’ MVP level play. The Brooklyn Nets are surging without Kyrie Irving, but make no mistake, they are a better team with him on the floor. Vince Carter becomes the fifth player to appear in 1,500 games, the 2020 NBA Hall of Fame class is insane, and CJ’s brother Errick has been tearing up the court in Europe this year. Follow us on Instagram - @PullUpPod
The Portland Trail Blazers are determined to turn the corner as their roster is beginning to find chemistry with Carmelo Anthony. The San Antonio Spurs are off to a slow start even though they have a talented roster and great coaching. On the flip side, the Miami Heat are off to one their best starts to a season in years and there are several reasons for that. The NBA is still struggling with the James Harden’s dunk fiasco, both of Los Angeles’ teams are looking poised for memorable seasons, and Draymond Green has his jersey retired at Michigan State University. Follow us on Instagram, @PullUpPod!
Jordan is off for Thanksgiving, but he’ll be back next week! In the interim, CJ talks with Yahoo Sports Writer Chris Haynes about the new proposal by the NBA to create a new mid-season tournament. They also discuss possible reseeding of the playoffs, play-in games, and the NBA’s memo on “Load Management.” Plus, Luka Dončić continues his incredible level of play and CJ explains what foods everyone needs to eat at Thanksgiving!
Carmelo Anthony is back in the NBA and joins a Portland Trail Blazers team who couldn’t be more excited to have him on the court! CJ talks about how he’s acclimating into the roster and the roles he can fill for the Trail Blazers this season. Plus, back-to-backs in the NBA can be both mentally and physically draining for players in the NBA. CJ breaks down how he manages his schedule during tough stretches and how he recovers after playing such demanding games back-to-back. CJ and Jordan also discuss the skill of Luka Doncic and how a 20-year-old player can already be this good. All that and more on this week’s episode!
The Portland Trail Blazers travel the most of any other team in the NBA. On this week’s pod, CJ breaks down what it’s like to log so many miles in an NBA season and what he does to counteract fatigue from demanding travel. The guys also break down the hot start Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins has had and whether he can sustain his early season success. Finally, CJ and Jordan speculate about Colin Kaepernick’s future with the NFL and whether his most recent workout will lead to a comeback in professional football.
The season is still young and the Portland Trail Blazers are forging ahead after another injury to their front court. The Clippers are being cautious with Kawhi Leonard and are already instituting “load management” with their star player. LeBron James is on a mission to prove he is still the best player in the world after recording three consecutive triple-doubles. The Phoenix Suns are off to a hot start, Derek Rose and Isaiah Thomas are the comeback kids of the NBA, and Dwight Howard’s resurgence is sparking the Los Angeles Lakers. All that and more on this week’s episode of Pull Up!
Karl Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid got into what CJ calls the “million dollar hug.” CJ and Jordan react to the fight in Philadelphia on Tuesday and what the suspensions mean for both the 76ers and the Timberwolves. The 2019 rookies are living up to their hype, but there are a certain few that have really impressed the guys. Plus, is CJ getting into acting? Listen to what he has to say about his cameo on ABC’s “Stumptown.”
The NBA is back as regular season games kicked off this week! CJ and Jordan talk about Kyrie Irving’s huge opener, Karl Anthony Town’s offensive prowess, and which veterans had the biggest impact on CJ when he first started out in the league. CJ also reflects on how players can maintain longevity throughout their careers and what habits are important to adopt when entering the NBA.
The regular season is about to begin and CJ couldn’t be more excited! On this week’s episode, CJ and Jordan discuss the biggest NBA storylines heading into the 2019-2020 season, including which teams are under the most pressure to perform at a high level. Plus, CJ shares what he learned from his conversation with the legendary Scottie Pippen after the two sat down earlier this week to talk about Social Media and the evolution of the NBA. After CJ and Jordan speak with CJ’s new teammate, Kent Bazemore, to talk about his career and it’s like to be playing in Portland!
Preseason is here, which means we’re just weeks away from the NBA regular season! CJ and Jordan talks about “load management” and why it’s important for the Trailblazers to not take any nights off. The guys also discuss Tyler Herro and how Kentucky basketball has a knack for developing superstar talent. Jayson Tatum has a few new teammates, but will that help his game after a disappointing 2018 season? CJ and Jordan discuss. The Knicks are trying to stay relevant, Ben Simmons connects from long-range and CJ’s Cleveland Browns are looking terrible going into week 6.
The NBA season is about to begin and CJ is back in Portland for training camp and media day. He explains the ins and outs of camp and what teams are doing to prepare for the upcoming season. Plus, the state of California struck a huge blow to the NCAA by passing a first-in-the-nation law that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements. The guys discuss whether this is good or bad for the college sports and why we could be seeing more states pass similar legislation. Finally, Damian Lillard and Shaq have been trading barbs on the microphone and the guys decide who won their rap battle.
CJ and Jordan speak with star running back of the Minnesota Vikings, Dalvin Cook! CJ is particularly excited because Dalvin is single handedly carrying his fantasy football team through the first three weeks of the season. The guys also talk about the possible trades for Chris Paul, whether LaMelo Ball could go #1 in the draft, Elena Delle Donne winning the WNBA MVP and much more!