On this episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin discusses a wide range of topics with Alex Kennedy. They discussed…
1:10: When David fell in love with basketball and decided to pursue a career that kept him around the game.
3:30: David’s path to becoming an NBA general manager.
5:45: Advice for anyone who wants to work in sports management.
8:45: LeBron James‘ decision to return to Cleveland (just weeks after David was named the Cavs’ permanent GM) and how surprised David was.
13:25: The pressure that came with LeBron’s return, since every season became championship or bust.
16:14: The most difficult, time-consuming transaction that he pulled off while with the Cavaliers.
18:18: Whether he was aware of tension between Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, and why Kyrie’s departure was inevitable.
20:45: David’s reaction when he learned that Kevin Durant was signing with the Golden State Warriors.
23:35: The Paul George and Carmelo Anthony trade talks that occurred before he left the Cavaliers.
25:00: David explains his departure from the Cavaliers and how it was a mutual decision.
26:40: Whether David wants to be a general manager again and what factors he’ll consider when weighing opportunities.
28:00: David’s thoughts on LeBron James’ future and upcoming free agency.
29:45: How he’s enjoying his transition to media and hosting a weekly show on Sirius XM NBA Radio every Saturday.
32:40: What David thinks of this year’s rookie class and who has impressed him the most.
33:45: Which star players could come up in trade talks as the deadline approaches.
38:40: The importance of continuity in the NBA.
40:10: The keys to defeating this current Warriors team.