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Jared Dudley of the Phoenix Suns joins The Woj Pod for a terrific visit on the state of the modern NBA, salaries, the impact of the Golden State Warriors on NBA locker rooms, free agency, playing ball with an old Michael Jordan and a young Greek Freak.
0:51: How Dudley uses Twitter to engage with fans and whether players have alternate accounts.
2:18: Shaquille O’Neal’s role in Dudley’s early adoption of social media.
4:14: Pros and cons of gambling on team planes.
6:20: How smartphones have changed the way players communicate.
9:52: The impact of social media on a player’s psyche.
11:31: Embracing his role as a veteran leader.
13:36: Giannis Antetokounmpo's initial adjustment to the NBA as a rookie.
18:06: How the AAU basketball culture compares to the system overseas.
24:46: The importance of veteran leadership to young teams.
28:36: How Kevin Durant’s move to the Warriors dramatically changed the league.
31:14: Dudley’s luck to be a free agent in 2016 during the cap spike.
33:18: Shorter contracts impacting player mentalities.
40:09: The traits of successful front offices.
43:07: The chemistry issues that plagued the Clippers over the last few seasons.
45:44: Playing for Michael Jordan in Charlotte.
51:26: How coaching strategies have changed during Dudley’s career.
57:06: Dudley’s preferred post-playing career.