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Totally unguarded conversations about sports, culture and basketball nostalgia.

NBA veterans Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles are lifelong friends and bona fide truth-tellers. Listen as they invite special guests, high-profile athletes, musicians and entertainers to get brutally honest about everything from current events to untold stories from the golden era of sports and culture. Named for the on-court celebration they made wildly popular, this unfiltered, hilarious and surprising podcast is like playing NBA 2K with no fouls.

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Common

Common

2020-04-0741:052

The legendary Chicago rapper-actor-writer-activist Common joins the guys on the latest Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles! The Chicago-born Grammy and Academy Award winner kicks off the episode by revealing that Canibus was the first person to bust his ass in the studio — but says that on the basketball court his first spanking was delivered by a neighborhood kid known as Speedy. From there, Common goes on to discuss two things that had a huge impact on his early career: Nas’s album Illmatic and the experience of working with Kanye for the first time. The guys then get him talking about what it was like to take his talents beyond rapping and how he landed his first movie role. That leads the three into a discussion of their all-time favorite movies, as well as the actors who made them. Common gets curious and asks the guys a few questions of his own, like what truly made them want to be ballers and when exactly they knew they were going to make it to the league. They each name their favorite young guy in the league and get hyped about the future of the NBA altogether. Darius gives love to Common for that time he dropped D’s name in a song ... “to have you tapping your head like Darius Miles” … remember? And finally, the guys have to ask what it was like to perform at the White House and just how dope it is to be a friend of the Obamas. Listen in to hear more from the guy who flat out does it all.
Swaggy P (Nick Young)

Swaggy P (Nick Young)

2020-03-3144:551

Los Angeles, California’s finest, Swaggy P, joins the fellas on this week’s episode of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. The guys get right into what life as a high school and college basketball star in L.A. was like for the young man then known simply as Nick Young. He reveals that he really wanted to stay in town after USC, and hoped that the Clippers would pick him in the draft. Then the talk turns from L.A. to D.C. and to playing for the Wizards. Swaggy P drops some hilarious stories about Gilbert Arenas and how close the two got over their years in Washington. Gil even loaned him his $2 million pool when he got traded away from the Wizards, and their relationship has stayed strong ever since. Gil even has a celebrated beef with Nick’s oldest son. Nick then touches on his trade to the Lakers and how excited he was to get back home. Asked by the guys about Kobe, he tells some funny — and revealing — stories, including one about a 4 a.m. workout at which Kobe came across more coach than teammate. The talk turns to the origin of the Swaggy P nickname and then Nick tells what it meant to him to win a championship with the Warriors. Nick, er, Swaggy then talks about his own brand, Most Hated, and gives his take on fashion in the league these days, specifically who he thinks has the most swag in the NBA. Swaggy P never fails to bring the celebrations and the chill California vibes. Tune in!
Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas

2020-03-2401:30:571

From the West Side of Chicago, to the Basketball Hall of Fame, to this week’s episode of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles, it’s the OG Isiah Thomas (aka Zeke). The guys start by taking it back to Zeke’s high school days playing for legendary Chicago coach Gene Pingatore (2:27). Zeke recounts a few memorable moments from his college recruitment process (7:32), including the time one coach showed up at his house with a briefcase full of cash — and the time his mom called a press conference to announce his commitment to Indiana for him! He laughs about deliberately tanking interviews with NBA teams in an effort to get drafted later in the round by Chicago, but admits that going to Detroit was a huge blessing after all (17:59). Zeke then takes the guys through the history of one of the most underrated great teams in NBA history: the Bad Boy Pistons (21:01). We’re talking Dennis Rodman, Mark Aguirre, Joe Dumars … you know the lineup. Q and D recall their feelings when Isiah was left off the 1992 Dream Team, but Zeke holds no grudge, saying he realized that the basketball gods had a bigger plan (41:38). The Knuckleheads share some of their favorite stories from Isiah’s coaching years, including one with a lesson on how not to react after someone dunks on you (58:45). And Isiah has a message for all the NBA front offices: You want Jamal Crawford on your team, on your coaching staff — somewhere. Straight up (1:23:27). The guys wrap up talking about Derrick Rose, the kid from Chicago who got to live out that dream they all had: to be a Bull (1:14:11).
Candace Parker

Candace Parker

2020-03-1701:03:562

Sparks star and legendary Lady Vol Candace Parker joins the guys for this week’s episode of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. The three start the show talking Chicago basketball and reminiscing on those legendary 90’s Bulls that they all grew up on. Then they relate their journeys to their first dunks — from toe raises on the stairs to touching high up on every wall they saw. Plus, Candace spills the secret to winning the McDonalds dunk contest: just make your dunks (Sorry Josh Smith and J.R. Smith). Then she tells the guys why she chose Tennessee and, of course, shares a few coveted Pat Summit stories. Candace speaks about her first years in the league and the physical impact having a baby had on her body, as well as the mental aspect of being a mom and a baller at the same time. The guys ask Candace for her take on the WNBA’s new CBA, and they discuss some of the surprising differences between the men’s and women’s leagues. Candace talks about clinching the 2016 WNBA Championship and tells Q and D that — if the Sparks didn’t have some of the injuries that they did in her first few years — they would’ve had a few more championships under their belt. Just saying. Tune in for more from one of the dopest female GOATs in the game.
Lil Rel Howery

Lil Rel Howery

2020-03-1054:041

This week we mix it up as Quentin and Darius collaborate with Team Coco to produce a live taping recorded during NBA All Star Weekend 2020. For this one the fellas are joined by comedian Lil Rel Howery and of course, the three get into everything Chicago. This hilarious episode highlights Lil Rel’s early comedic career coming up in Chicago, with Rel reminiscing about the time he snuck into a comedy club for his first live show. He also touches on what it was like to watch Q play at Whitney Young and how Richardson’s DePaul team remains one of his favorite college basketball teams of all time. The guys then touch on Rel’s mentors, getting into why Eddie Murphy influenced so many comedians — though Rel reveals that J.B. Smoove was the first comic to have him “dyin’ laughing.” He also talks about doing Uncle Drew and why working with Shaq and Nate Robinson on a daily basis is A LOT. The guys then focus on the Celebrity All-Star game, in which they played together. Lil Rel has a bone to pick with Darius, since D struggled to pass him the ball. Later on, Rel explains why Get Out was such a special project to be a part of and stands firm in his belief that it should have won an Oscar. Lil Rel brings the pride of Chicago and a whole lot of laughs to Knuckleheads’ second-ever live event!
Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard

2020-03-0301:04:394

It’s Dame Time on this week’s episode of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. The Trail Blazers superstar comes on to talk all things hoop, looking back on his meteoric rise from unknown high school player to small school star to one of the best in the NBA. Dame explains how he ended up at Weber State and why getting hurt during his junior year was the best thing for his career. Then Lillard takes it back to his getting drafted by Portland and why he refused to believe he was going to be a lottery pick until the moment his name was called. He gets into his growth in the league, what it was like to play with LaMarcus Aldridge and what could have been if LA had stayed in Portland. Dame also touches on CJ McCollum’s rise as a player and opens up about just how close the two of them are. Then he gets into how he learned to shoot so effectively from deep range and how that led to his epic walk-off shot against OKC in last year’s playoffs. The flow of the conversation then turns to Dame’s music, what it’s like to be close with Lil Wayne and how he started his rap career. Later on, the guys get into Dame’s self-surprising shoe deal, and he reveals what he first bought when he made it big and how he wanted to bring it back to the crib immediately. Damian Lillard is a beast on and off the court and you won’t want to miss him sitting down with Q and D.
Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

2020-02-2701:06:053

It’s nothing but The Truth on this week’s episode of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. Celtics legend Paul Pierce talks growing up a Cali baller, from sneaking into the club with Snoop to his coach flying Kevin Garnett in on a jet for the championship — Cali AAU ball is no joke. Then the guys chat about how it really feels to hear your name called on draft night. Q and D ask Paul what it was like to beat the Lakers in 2008, leading to The Truth’s story about flaunting an MVP trophy in an L.A. restaurant, only to be humbled a few years later by a kid in a Johnny Rockets. Paul gives credit to the true unsung heroes of the game, naming some of the most underrated players from his time in the league. The trio compares the fiercely competitive culture of their playing days to the new generation’s chummy eagerness to swap jerseys and do business together. Darius shares a cautionary tale about taking it easy on Zo, an approach which hilariously backfired. Then the three get real about life in the league and the sacrifices that came with it, and Paul talks about what he feels when he sees his jersey up in the rafters of TD Garden alongside those of other Celtic greats. But the Knuckleheads couldn’t let The Truth head out before getting the low down on that time Paul hit the game winner at MSG that ended with Nate Robinson on the floor. And, of course, Quentin and Paul squash an old beef — it’s all respect out here on Knuckleheads.
SHAQ

SHAQ

2020-02-1801:12:325

The Big Diesel starts off Season 3 of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles in a way only Shaq can do. The fellas sit down with one of the most dominant players in NBA history, describing what it was like when they were in L.A. as young boys and the Lakers, led by the Big Fella, were in the midst of their three-peat. Shaq then expounds on his high school journey, recalls the first backboard he broke and explains why his father was such a huge influence on him. He also touches on his time at LSU and how he came up with some early Shaq marketing plans while in Baton Rouge. Then the Big Diesel shifts gears to describe his draft process, why he didn’t work out for any teams and how he knew he was going top three. The discussion then turns to the Magic years, with Shaq rehashing a hilarious story about the first time he met Penny Hardaway. From there, it’s back to Los Angeles and life during the Lakers three-peat, with the conversation touching on Shaq and Kobe’s status as the greatest big-little duo of all time. Then Shaq gets into how, when trade rumors began to swirl, he ensured that he would go to Miami — and why he approached his relationship with D-Wade differently than he did his relationships with Penny and Kobe. The discussion then moves on from basketball, as Shaq talks about his kids, and discusses the process Shareef had to go through with his surgery this past year. Finally, the trio digs deep into the renaissance man that is Shaq — assessing his movies, how he got into the rap game, and why one day he knows he’ll be a county sheriff. The Big Diesel dominates everything he does, period. 
The Prelude

The Prelude

2020-02-1148:231

To commemorate our one-year anniversary as well as prepare for the official launch of Season 3 the guys look back on their relationship and share some never-told stories from their time in the league. Q explains what went into his decision to transfer to Whitney Young and Darius laughs about the time that everyone wanted to cover him when he was wearing goggles in high school. They move on to their experiences transitioning to the league, what it was like on Draft Night, and how their first couple of days in Los Angeles were like living in a dream. The pair recall their efforts at making the Clippers ‘cool’ and wonder what might have been had the team signed a legitimate star in one of those early seasons. The guys also share what it was like to get endorsed by Jordan and how Michael, himself, was the reason behind that happening. You won’t want to miss each of them describing the first guy in the league they bodied and then finishing up with their favorite highlight with each other. Season 3 — we back!
Get ready for a surprise, bonus episode of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles! Back in the fall, the guys sat down with Zach Randolph to review his incredible career. From being on the Trail Blazers with Darius, to jumping all around the league, to eventually finding a home in Memphis. The recently retired Z-Bo recounts some of his favorite memories of the NBA. He also discusses his collection of Rolls-Royce Phantoms, the record label he owns, and what it was like to be a mentor to so many young guys in the league. Z-Bo turned in one hell of a career and the Knuckleheads are here to celebrate it!
In the spirit of the holidays we had to interrupt our "Halftime" to give our fans a BONUS EPISODE! This week, NBA Veterans, Nate Robinson & Eddy Curry chop it up with Q&D about all things hoops, culture and life. Eddy shares his "bust yo ass" moment with Shaq and both Nate and Eddy talk high school hoops, draft days and their respective experiences with the Bulls. The crew talk about their glory days with the Knicks and share some of the funniest pranks from the locker room. Nate shares the story of the first time he touched the ball in an NBA game and the time he and his brother stole a car as teenagers to go see Q&D play in Seattle. Eddy talks about winning a championship with the Miami Heat while Nate shares the pride he feels watching his children fall in love with the game of basketball. Needless to say, this episode is a family affair and provide nothing but laughs for the full 90 mins so hold on tight and enjoy the ride. Happy Holidays!!!
Halftime

Halftime

2019-12-0332:19

Season 2 of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles isn't over! We're just taking a break for the holidays. In this episode, the guys sit down to recap an what has been an eventful season so far. They recount their favorite stories from their lineup of guests and share a few behind-the-scenes tidbits. They also get nostalgic while telling some stories from their time in the NBA. After that, they preview what’s coming next, including bonus off-season episodes. From Kobe’s 61 at the Garden to Big Baby peeing the bed, you won’t want to miss what the guys have to say about what happened in season 2, and what’s coming up in the new year. 
Al Harrington

Al Harrington

2019-11-2601:21:471

Al Harrington joins the guys on the final episode of Season 2 of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. The well-respected league vet talks about what it was like to go from a “clumsy, chubby” freshman to athletic beast early on in high school. The guys then reminisce about their AAU battles, and Al describes the moment when he put himself on the map. He also discusses skipping out on college, then delves into his first year in the league — specifically how, thanks to bizarre circumstances, he wound up living with veteran Antonio Davis. From there, he goes deep on those early Pacers teams — including what it was like to be hazed by Reggie Miller and how Mark Jackson was “his vet” — then describes the fun times he had on the Warriors squads he played for and what it was like to upset the No. 1 seed Mavericks in 2007. Q then gets into his time with Al on the Knicks, saying how Al was the most excited person to be playing in NYC but that, unfortunately, by the time he left he was clearly run down. Al then goes into his post-playing career, describing his role as an advocate for marijuana and his conversation with David Stern about the use of cannabis in the league. He also touches on his very tight relationship with Stephen Jackson, aka Stak. These three have known each other since they were young’uns, so get ready for some classic stories.
Glen "Big Baby" Davis

Glen "Big Baby" Davis

2019-11-1958:266

This week, the fellas are joined by the one and only Glen “Big Baby” Davis. In this laughter-filled ep, Big Baby details how nasty he was on the football field as a 330-pound eighth grader. He even had Nick Saban recruiting him to play college ball. Davis explains why he chose basketball over football, and then gets into his time at LSU, which included a surprise run to the Final Four. The guys then ask him about the time he body-slammed Shaq, and Baby talks about the influence Shaq had on him growing up. The discussion then moves on to Davis’s years in Boston — Baby tells a hilarious story about missing his first team bus. He also gets into what it was like to learn from the Celtics Big 3: KG, Ray, and Paul, and talks about the effect each of them had on his career. Q then recalls a certain Secret Santa story from when he and Davis were teammates in Orlando. Big Baby details the rest of his NBA journey, and discusses the differences between each of the cities he played. Finally, you’ll want to make sure you see Big Baby’s BBQ “advertisement,” as well as find out what he did when he first made real money. 
Steve Nash

Steve Nash

2019-11-1201:27:583

On the latest episode of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles, Suns legend Steve Nash follows up former Phoenix teammate Amar'e Stoudemire’s appearance on last week’s show. The boys take Nash through his entire life, having him explain how little notice recruiters gave to him, and then discuss how he didn’t end up making a decision on a college until the end of his senior year season in high school. Steve then talks about going to Santa Clara, and recounts how hard he had to work to play his way out of his original role as a backup. He then explains how he was originally drafted by the Suns and played for them for two years before getting traded to the Mavericks, whose fans did not like him at all in the beginning. He then candidly describes his time in Dallas, his relationship with Dirk Nowitzki, why things clicked, and how he never thought he’d leave. He also reminisces about free agency and signing with Phoenix, before Q tells a story about how Steve took less money so that Q’s contract wouldn’t have to change. They reminisce about the ’04–05 Suns, and how much fun the team was. Steve also explains why Mike D’Antoni’s system works so well, and why he loved playing with Amar'e. Q and D then ask Steve about winning back-to-back MVPs. Later, Nash gives his opinion on the state of Canadian basketball and why the Raptors winning last season’s NBA title was so great for the country — even though it came at his expense. This episode with the Hall of Fame point guard is another can’t-miss!
Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar'e Stoudemire

2019-11-0501:05:203

STAT, aka Amar'e Stoudemire, joins the show for another entertaining episode of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. The Suns’ legend reminisces about learning the game despite the fact that he didn’t start playing organized basketball until he was 14 — and why making the NBA five years later didn’t seem that hard. Amar'e then recounts his draft tale, and explains why he thought the Suns might take him. He then discusses  his chemistry with Phoenix point guard Stephon Marbury. After that, Amar'e and Q talk about teaming up with Steve Nash, and about how much fun they had playing together, and about their conviction that the Suns could’ve won a championship. They also open up about how confused they were when the team was dismantled soon after. Amar'e then opens up about free agency, revealing that he wanted to stay in Phoenix, but that he and and the team weren’t on the same page. That lead him to New York, where he had spent time as a kid. He says that he wanted to be the guy to recruit other players to the big city. Q presses Amar'e for an explanation of his “wine bath” phase, and Amar'e details the health benefits of wine baths. The three then talk about what it was like to play with Carmelo Anthony, before moving on to Amare’s time playing in Israel. He then tells his best Steve Nash story and gives his opinion on the best coach he ever had. The Suns’ teams led by Q and Amar'e were some of the most exciting in NBA history, and this can’t-miss episode gets into all of the behind-the-scenes drama in the desert.
Fabolous

Fabolous

2019-10-2901:03:585

This week, Brooklyn legend Fabolous joins the show. Fab recalls when he first knew he was good at rapping and how he got his big break on live radio. He then talks about what it was like to come up in New York with some of hip-hop’s greatest. Fab is the jersey king, and he runs through his outrageous collection and explains how he decides which jerseys to wear in his music videos. He also gives his opinion on who he thinks is the best New York hooper, and explains what makes Rucker Park such a special place. He and the guys then discuss Jay-Z, and Fab explains how coming from a background similar to the hip-hop icon’s inspired him. The three then discuss what it’s like to be with Roc Nation now, as well as why Jay-Z is “an artist’s artist.” Fab then reveals which current rappers he likes best, and explains why the competition amongst hip-hop artists is different today than it was in the ’90s. The three then get back to talking hoops, giving their predictions for the NBA season. Q and D also explain how the “two taps” celebration began. Finally, Fab chooses his top three desert-island albums, and dishes on what what his first big purchase was when he got some bread.
Kevin Durant Returns

Kevin Durant Returns

2019-10-2201:05:591

Easy Money Sniper is back for his second run in on Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. KD gets right into it with details of his injury — why he felt unstoppable the night it happened, what was going through his mind, and how he feels about the entire affair. He and the guys then get to his free agency, discussing why he left Golden State and what was appealing to him about Brooklyn, as well as his thoughts on the NBA’s most dramatic personnel changes for the 2019–20 season. Kevin also gives his opinion on former teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden teaming up in Houston, and tells Q and D-Miles why he’s so excited to watch them play together. If you want an expert opinion on today’s players, KD gives the lowdown on which of the younger guys he’ll be watching this year and what he likes about their games. He also touches on player movement in the NFL and why he believes it's a good thing for the league. The three then hash out what went on with Team USA not winning gold at the 2019 FIBA World Cup before reaffirming their conviction that the U.S. is still the preeminent basketball nation in the world. Then they get nostalgic, remembering some of their favorite basketball moments, and Kevin breaks down the games of some of his favorite players in NBA history. To finish he ranks his all-time top five teammates, and also tells the guys what he plans to do after he retires. There’s no better way to tip-off the new NBA season than by listening to one of the greatest in the game share some of his basketball knowledge.
Chamique Holdsclaw

Chamique Holdsclaw

2019-10-1557:142

Chamique Holdsclaw joins the fellas on another episode of Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. The Queens LEGEND talks about what it was like growing up and hooping with guys. She discusses how she knew Ron Artest and Lamar Odom before they became stars, and also explains that she was often chosen in front of players like that when she was playing pickup. The conversation then moves from the city to the country, specifically to Knoxville, Tenn., where Chamique played for Pat Summitt. She has no shortage of stories about her old coach, everything from Pat throwing clipboards to how she inspired so many young women to be great — it’s a revealing glimpse into Pat Summitt’s true character. Chamique and the guys also talk about her decorated career at Tennessee, where she won three national championships and scored more than 3,000 points. Darius and Q also ask her what it was like to be the first woman ever on the cover of SLAM magazine cover, and then Chamique tells them how special it was to get to play for Team USA before she even got to the WNBA. She recounts the story the birth of the WNBA and about getting drafted into the league, as well as how it was possible for her to live out her childhood dreams. And you won’t want to miss hearing what it was like to play in Korea. Chamique also recalls the first time she met MJ, and goes on to explain how he became one of her mentors. Lastly, she goes into her efforts to raise awareness about mental health and why she thinks the issue is so important. “Mique” is a basketball treasure, and gives Darius and Q all they can handle in another great episode.
Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert Arenas

2019-10-0801:20:544

Another week, another killer guest on Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles. This time, “Agent Zero” Gilbert Arenas joins the show, and he gets into everything, including the time he busted up the Clippers when both Q and D were on the team. He also talks about going almost completely unnoticed in high school, and how fun it was to torch highly touted recruits. Arenas also lets us know that he was the first NBA player from the San Fernando Valley and explains why he got overlooked during the NBA draft — as well as how pissed he felt when he saw his name dropping down the board. He reminds Q and D that he was one of the O.G.’s of the jersey-swapping fad currently sweeping across all sports. And he tells just how hard it was to get KG’s jersey. He then dishes on hoops — about spying on Kobe to see if he actually practiced at three in the morning, and speculating on whether his own long-range shooting would work in today’s NBA. Arenas also discusses where he got his unabashed confidence from, and why Larry Hughes had such a huge effect on his career. And you definitely won’t want to miss when he opens up about the $2 million birthday party he threw for himself to get a better contract from Adidas. Gilbert Arenas holds nothing back, and is sure to make you laugh. 
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Darius Crawford

💯🏚💨

Mar 24th
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Darius Crawford

💯💯💯

Mar 10th
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Darius Crawford

📌📌📌

Feb 18th
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John Davis

love the Z-BO session, especially your ending. keep it up!

Feb 7th
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Darius Crawford

another one!!!!! 💯💯💯

Jan 22nd
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Darius Crawford

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Paul Turner

dope ep!

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Darius Crawford

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Caleb Nobleza

get C Webb

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Darius Crawford

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Darius Crawford

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Darius Crawford

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Paul Turner

Already!! Let's Go!

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Elan Zankman

So KD didn't go to UNC because they were too stacked... 🤔

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