It was the podcast that made Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye the best source for behind-the-scenes of what’s going on with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Or at least hear them make fun of each other relentlessly.
But when Richard Jefferson got traded to the Denver Nuggets, it meant one sad thing for podcast and Cavaliers fans: the popular ‘Road Trippin’ podcast had to come to an end.
The team dropped its last podcast on Friday morning, complete with highlights from the time Frye explained the origin of ‘Frye Island’ to when they tried to explain why its different when you get injured as a 7-foot tall person.
The podcast began, Jefferson explained to The Ringer this year, out of boredom mostly.
“We have so much downtime on the road that people don’t know,” he said. “We land at 3 o’clock in Atlanta and coach says, ‘OK, shootaround is at 10:30 [a.m.] tomorrow.’ What are you doing? We’ll go to the long dinners. We’ll walk around the malls. Like, Kent Bazemore came on because Kent is a good friend of mine. We’d normally go to dinner. These are things that people don’t know. Like, ‘If you sit in a hotel all day, do you watch film?’ They don’t know. They don’t understand that it’s so much downtime.”
He also explained in that interview why the podcast couldn’t continue if he wasn’t on the team — which he stopped being earlier this month — though not in the way he anticipated when speaking to The Ringer.
“Once I retire in two years, or whatever it is, I become an outsider,” Jefferson said. “Those interviews you get on the plane, those interviews you get in the hotel, they don’t happen. They’re like, ‘Who is this guy?’ And it happens very, very quickly in this league. It’s like, you’re one of us, or you’re not.”
Jefferson was traded to the Hawks, who waived him earlier this month. He then signed with the Nuggets.
Luckily, it seems like Jefferson is making new friends just fine with his new team. So maybe he can start another podcast.
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