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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame photographer Andrew discusses life behind the scenes with some of the biggest names in the world of sports. Covering the most memorable events of the past three decades, telling lively and personal stories, plus in-depth discussions about the serious issues…


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    Nancy Lieberman | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 44:24

    Andy chats with fellow Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Famer, Nancy Lieberman! The two discuss Nancy's early days in Far Rockaway & Rucker Park, her crazy path to the USA Basketball Team roster at age 17, winning the Silver Medal in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott, the Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), training Martina Navratilova, the Banana Boat, being a Mother/Player, her (first) coming-out-of-retirement moment, punching Bridget Pettis, and more! Plus, coming out of retirement (a second time) at age 50, coaching her way to a championship in the BIG 3 League, & her current projects with Nancy Lieberman charities.

    2022 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame SPECIAL!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 67:45

    Andy & the LOS team took the podcast on the road to the 2022 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame enshrinement ceremony! Andy chats with enshrinees from this year & years past, presenters, past guests, media members & great friends! Hear conversations with basketball's biggest names, such as; John Doleva, Swin Cash, Lindsay Whalen, Bob Huggins, Nancy Lieberman, Walt Frazier, Tim Hardaway, Jason Zone Fisher, Del Harris, Spencer Haywood, Marc Stein, Teresa Shank Grentz, Charles Barkley, & Chris Mullin!

    The Rise: Kobe Bryant And The Pursuit Of Immortality with Author Mike Sielski

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 51:14

    Hey Kobe fans! This week, Andy chats with Philadelphia Inquirer columnist/author Mike Sielski about his new book, "The Rise: Kobe Bryant And The Pursuit Of Immortality". Andy & Mike take a deep dive into how the Mamba became the Mamba! The two analyze the common threads between each other's books, the genesis of "The Rise", Kobe's arrival to America & Lower Merion HS, how he sharpened his talent around the Philadelphia area, an important moment from an early karate lesson, his first time meeting Michael Jordan as a freshman in high school, how he studied Andy's photos, plus the first EVER Mamba Mentality Lightning Round!! Andy & Mike also discuss Kobe's post-career path, the tragic day of his passing, the thousands of Kobe murals all around the world, & the lasting legacy that he leaves us with. Join us while we unpack the stories & tiny details that made a legend

    Candace Parker | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 35:23

    This week's LOS CLASSIC, we flash back to the Bubble! Andy chats with WNBA legend Candace Parker! Andy & Candace talk about her early influences, how Kobe Bryant influenced her career, her time with coach Pat Summit at the University of Tennessee, & more! Candace also talks about the playoff bubble, discussions with her daughter about social justice issues, her Ron Harper fandom, as well as how she balances being a mom & a pro athlete! Andy & Candace also discuss the new CBA & how it will affect the new generation of players, her career in the media, her post-career evolution, how she wants to be remembered, & so much more! Original Air Date: October 13, 2020.

    Jim Gray | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 54:31

    This week's LOS CLASSIC - Andy chats with 12-time Emmy winning, Hall Of Fame sports journalist, Jim Gray, about his new book - "Talking To GOATs!" Andy & Jim discuss the genesis of the book, his path into the industry, early inspirations, cutting his teeth as a video tape editor, the countless memories featured in his book, lessons from Coach Chuck Daly, the influence of his father, & memories of Kobe Bryant. Hear the backstories of Jim's biggest interviews & subjects over the years - from his very first interview with Muhammed Ali, conversations with Tom Brady & Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan's first retirement, the return of baseball after 9/11, the Atlanta Olympic bombing, The Malice in the Palace, a kiss from Mike Tyson, & so many more! Original Air Date: December 8, 2020

    The Dream Team: 30 Year Anniversary Special with P.J. Carlesimo

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 49:57

    The Dream Team! USA Basketball's Legendary lineup from the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona - Widely considered the greatest basketball team ever assembled! Andy chats with the former Assistant Coach of the Dream Team, Hall Of Famer - P.J. Carlesimo! Andy & P.J. share thoughts & memories from the experience that summer, 30 years ago! Andy & P.J. discuss how he got the call to join the coaching staff, Head Coach Chuck Daly's approach to coaching the team, his first time meeting Larry Bird, dynamics between team members, & winning the Gold Medal! Andy & P.J. remember traveling with the team, practices in Monte Carlo, 'Harry & Larry', shooting the Team Photo, Gold Medal moments, & more memories from the greatest team to ever touch the court!

    Gary Vitti | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 52:11

    Andy sits down with former Los Angeles Lakers Head Athletic Trainer – Gary Vitti – to discuss his book "32 years of Titles & Tears from the Best Seat In The House: What I Learned About Happiness, Leadership, & Greatness". Gary describes the many lessons learned from NBA greats like Pat Riley, Jerry West, Magic Johnson, Kareem, James Worthy, Byron Scott, Kobe, Shaq, Phil Jackson, & many more! Gary expands on the path to his first year with the Lakers in 1984 under head coach Pat Riley, & how the position has evolved over 32 years. Hear stories of plane rides with Chick Hearn, Pat Riley's 12+2+1 formula, the personal pain & trauma behind Magic Johnson's HIV diagnosis, getting caught between Kobe & Shaq, & the importance of the Lakers ‘85 championship. PLUS, a few tales of Kobe Bryant's world-class work ethic – including being waterboarded by Navy SEALS, & the reverse bear trap. Original Air Date: August 20, 2019.

    Coach Phil Weber

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 53:38

    Andy chats with veteran NBA coach Phil Weber! Andy & Phil discuss his new book "How Do You Make Them Thirsty?", the genesis of the book, lessons his many years coaching under Mike D'Antoni, his philosophy in player development, and how he gained the respect as a coach by many of the league's superstars like Steve Nash & Kobe Bryant! Andy & Phil also talk about team culture with the Heat under Pat Riley, the Suns' team trip to Italy, what made Amar'e Stoudemire great, team photo shoots with Andy, his experiences working alongside a young Kobe Bryant, how meeting John Wooden changed his life, and so much more!

    Ann Meyers Drysdale | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 49:43

    This week's LOS CLASSIC, Andy chats with legendary basketball player & broadcaster Ann Meyers Drysdale! Andy & Ann discuss her book "You Let Some Girl Beat You," dynamics of her early life, where her dream of becoming an Olympian began, the importance of recognizing female role models, signing with the Indiana Pacers in 1979, her extensive broadcasting journey, playing in the Women's Professional Basketball League(WPBL), and more! Ann also discusses her many "firsts", Title IX, the Men's Superstars & Women Superstars, pickup games with Tommy Lasorda, golfing with husband Don Drysdale, trail blazers, resiliency, and memories of Kobe Bryant. Original Air Date: March 16, 2021.

    Bubbleball with Ben Golliver

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 48:46

    Andy chats with NBA writer/author Ben Golliver about his new book Bubbleball: The NBA's Fight To Save A Season. Andy & Ben recap their unique journey through the NBA Bubble, sharing stories about the experience in what Ben calls, "An incredible Public Health story, an incredible Business story, & an incredible Basketball story". Andy & Ben discuss the NBA's decision to shut down the season in March, the difficult decisions behind attempting the bubble, the many surprises they both encountered, covering topics outside of basketball, the most memorable moments on the court, and the genesis of his new book!

    Peter Vecsey

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 57:57

    Andy invites friend & fellow Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Curt Gowdy Media Award winner - Peter Vecsey! Peter shares his journey as a sportswriter from ABA to NBA, being an analyst for TNT & NBC, his legendary "Hoop du Jour" column in the NY Post, how covering the game has changed over the years, how the game itself has changed, and his opinion on the Warriors recent championship! Andy & Peter also discuss the "Winning Time" series & its depiction of the late Jerry West, the importance of "game arrivals" today, a special dinner he had with Kobe Bryant before his passing, the impact of Steph Curry on today's game, & his current projects!

    Magic Johnson | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 73:16

    We decided to kick off the summer with a little MAGIC! Andy sits down with the great Earvin "Magic" Johnson at his offices in Los Angeles, in the spring of 2018. Andy & Magic talk about their friendship over the last 40 years, Magic's favorite shots of Andy's, the impact of the Lakers & Celtics rivalry thru the Showtime era, his relationship with Dr. Jerry Buss, his reconciliation with Isiah Thomas, and his role as Lakers President! Magic discusses playing on Team USA with Larry Bird in 1978, the start of he & Larry's friendship after a Converse commercial shoot, his favorite Lakers Championship team, "the Spencer Haywood Rule", his HIV Awareness campaign in China with Yao Ming, and Magic reacts to some of Andy's most iconic photos. Original Air Date: April 9, 2018.

    Spencer Haywood

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 79:55

    Andy chats with NBA Legend - Spencer Haywood! Andy & Spencer discuss how he went from picking cotton to changing the NBA forever via "The Spencer Haywood Rule", his experiences on the 1968 US Olympic Gold Medal Team, hurdles getting to the NBA, his battles with addiction, and becoming an "unintentional pioneer". Spencer also gives his takes on his NBA Top 75 snub, the "Winning Time" TV series, the Seattle Supersonics, and he tells us about a project that nearly happened with Kobe Bryant. Go check out Spencer's Book & Podcast, "The Spencer Haywood Rule".

    40 Years Of NBA Finals

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 52:21

    With the NBA Finals in full effect, we decided to turn the tables on Andy to hear about his 40 years of covering the event. Andy is joined by NBA Host Jason Zone Fisher who takes Andy down memory lane of his 212 NBA Finals games. (Yes, you read that number correctly). The man who's seen more NBA Finals games up close than anyone, shares what it's been like capturing the chaos & emotions, the evolution of NBA photography, special moments behind the scenes, managing his own fandom & emotions, & so much more! Andy takes us behind the lens of his prep work, shares his proudest photos, the most difficult shot in sports to capture, players who relish the spotlight, unique moments where he decided NOT to shoot, and the thru line that all championship teams share.

    Doris Burke | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 55:14

    This week's LOS CLASSIC, Andy is joined by the 'LeBron James of Sports Broadcasting' - Doris Burke! Doris tells us about being the youngest of eight, where her love for basketball began, her path to Providence College, & how she turned a life of basketball into a career behind the mic! Doris shares her perspective on the evolution of the game of basketball throughout the years, changes she'd like to see in the WNBA, managing the chaos of live broadcasting, advice for females in a male-dominated businesses, & Doris turns the tables on Andy! Lastly, Doris & Andy talk about being recipients of the 2018 Curt Gowdy Media Award & what the award meant to them. Original Air Date: June, 11, 2019.

    Baron Davis | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 33:39

    This week's LOS CLASSIC features 13-year NBA star - Baron Davis! Andy chats with Baron about growing up in South Central LA, his recruitment process out of Crossroads High School, being drafted No. 3 overall in 1999 by Charlotte, the franchise move to New Orleans, his time playing with the LA Clippers, and his passion for storytelling! Andy & Baron also discuss one of the greatest upsets in NBA history - when he and the No. 8 seed Golden State Warriors defeated the No. 1 seed Dallas Mavericks; the first time an 8-seed defeated a 1-seed in NBA playoff history. Baron also shares a few memories of Kobe Bryant, the numerous projects and productions he's involved with, and much more!

    Showtime Lakers Legend Claire Rothman

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 51:00

    Andy invites former President & GM of The Forum in Los Angeles - Claire Rothman. Andy & Claire dive into her journey that led to her becoming a key figure that shaped the Showtime Lakers era during the 1980's. Andy & Claire talk about how she met & was hired by Jack Kent Cooke, memories of working with Dr. Jerry Buss, her opinions on the 'Winning Time' franchise, and stories from the Showtime era! Claire details the events that lead to her introducing Mr. Cook & Dr. Jerry Buss, earning a $100k raise from Dr. Buss, Jeanie Buss' growth as an executive, plus thoughts on Lee Zeidman, Kobe Bryant, and the LA Kings.

    Kevin Love | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 57:31

    In honor of #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, this week's LOS CLassic features Andy & NBA Champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers - Kevin Love! Kevin tells us how he's staying physically & mentally active during the shutdown, & how he's opening the dialogue on dealing with the anxieties of the pandemic. Kevin talks about his personal journey with anxiety & depression, the impact of his article in the Players' Tribune, & his passion to normalize the conversations about mental health! Andy & Kevin also discuss his 2016 championship run with the Cavs, & the 2012 Olympic team! PLUS, Kevin shares a special NEVER BEEN HEARD story about Kobe Bryant, from after the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal game vs. Spain. Original Air Date: May 21, 2020.

    Former NBA Referee & Undercover State Trooper Bob Delaney

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 56:35

    Andy chats with former NBA Referee & former undercover New Jersey State Trooper - Bob Delaney! Bob discusses his life & journey as an undercover state trooper, working to infiltrate the mob under the persona "Bobby Covert". Bob details his battles with PTSD in transitioning back to normal life, & why he's dedicated his life to educating & advocating for the condition. Andy & Bob also discuss how he became an NBA referee after his stint in law enforcement, & his focus now in trying to spread awareness for the medical condition of this millennium - mental health.

    Darryl Strawberry | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 38:22

    In this LOS CLASSIC, Andy chats with MLB legend Darryl Strawberry! Andy & Darryl discuss his book "Turn Your Season Around," successfully endearing himself to both Mets & Yankees fans, his time with the LA Dodgers, photoshoots he's done with Andy, his personal battles with addiction & cancer, and how his spiritual journey changed his life! Andy & Darryl also reflect on the social impact of the Miracle Mets of 1969, how he puts the pandemic into context, playing under the microscope of America's biggest cities, and more! Darryl speaks on rejection, criticism, contentment, the positive influences in his life, relationships with Gary Carter & Mookie Wilson, he & his wife's work in the Autism community, how his spiritualism changed his life & "switched teams & put on a new uniform"! Original Air Date: March 2, 2021

    The History of Nike with Company Historian Scott Reames

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 57:47

    Sneakerheads listen up! Andy chats with Nike Historian Scott Reames about his incredible 29 year road at Nike, how he came into his role as the company's Historian, the creation of Nike DNA (Department of Nike Archives), and some of the great stories behind the biggest brand in sports! Hear about the first ever Nike shoe, the long-lost waffle iron, the history behind the Nike name, how the swoosh was born, the odd inspiration behind the "Just Do It" campaign, and so much more!

    Kobe Bryant | Mamba Mentality: How I Play | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 32:11

    To commemorate Kobe Bryant's final game on April 13, 2016, please enjoy this re-release of Andy & Kobe's discussion about their book, "The Mamba Mentality: How I Play". Andy & Kobe delve into their bestselling book collaboration as Kobe shares his thoughts and emotions around the craft he held so dear. Kobe & Andy discuss the championships, his iconic work ethic, Team USA, the importance of overcoming his achilles injury, his storybook final game, and the true meaning behind "The Mamba Mentality", from the Mamba himself. We Love & Miss You, Kobe.

    Michelle Wie West

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 28:43

    This week on LOS, Andy sits down with LPGA star Michelle Wie West! Andy & Michelle discuss her new work-life balance after her first child, her road to the pro tour playing against men, her family's history of competitors, lessons from her new father-in-law Jerry West, and her plans to get back on tour! Plus, Michelle discusses her advocacy for Mental Health, pay equity in sports, Hoodie For Golf, and so much more!

    Jamal Crawford | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 46:42

    In honor of his retirement announcement, we revisit Andy's chat with 20-year NBA vet Jamal Crawford! Andy & Jamal discuss his early life growing up between Seattle & LA, working out with Michael Jordan after being drafted, playing against his two idols MJ & Kobe, what he learned from the Black Mamba, his "Lob City" years, athlete activism, & more! Jamal shares lessons & favorite memories of his two heroes MJ & Kobe, memories from "A Midsummer Night's Magic", his hopes for the return of the Seattle SuperSonics, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Plus, the guys share some of their favorite NBA photos!

    Best Of Celebrity Fight Night Red Carpet

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 49:44

    Legends Of Sport teamed up with 10 Fold Entertainment and the IMPACT Learning Institute to interview sports and entertainment celebrities on the red carpet of Gateway's Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix, AZ. The annual event helps support crucial Phase I and Phase II clinical trials that will eventually lead to a cure for cancer.The star-studded event has its roots in sports and entertainment. Jimmy Walker founded the first Celebrity Fight Night 27 years ago. Celebrities “fought” in a ring with oversize boxing gloves and A list entertainers performed while raising money for Muhammad Ali's Parkinson's Foundation. Gateway for Cancer Research and Celebrity Fight Night have raised more than $200 million combined for philanthropic causes.Hear from key guests such as Gateway founders Richard J. and Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, Michael Burton, Tom Chambers, Seth Joyner, David Foster, Katharine McPhee, Bo Derek, livestream co-host Cedric Ceballos and many others!

    Sue Bird | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 48:23

    In this CLASSIC episode of LOS, Andy chats with legendary WNBA star - Sue Bird! Andy & Sue discuss how she managed the disruption in play(at the time, soon into the pandemic), The Last Dance documentary series, her competitive inspirations growing up, and her legendary playing career! Andy shares their first encounter while covering the AAU National Girls 11 & Under tourney in 1992. The two also talk about the departure of the Seattle Supersonics, her stint in the front office for the Denver Nuggets, the fight for the current WNBA CBA, female head coaches in the NBA, the ESPN The Body Issue shoot, the 'Hunger Not Impossible' campaign, and she shares a few memories of Kobe Bryant.

    Angel City Football Club's Julie Uhrman

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 23:42

    Andy chats with Co-founder & President of Angel City Football Club - Julie Uhrman! Julie shares her excitement for the inaugural season of the brand new Angel City Football Club, how she came to partner with Natalie Portman to help get the club started, her hopes for the team's impact, the involvement of LA84, how they plan to get involved with the community, and so much more!

    Apolo Ohno | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 34:47

    In honor of the Winter Olympics, please enjoy this LOS CLASSIC with eight-time Olympic medalist - Apolo Ohno! Andy & Apolo talk about his path into speed skating, his involvement in "The Weight Of Gold" documentary on HBO, his passion for mental health advocacy & financial literacy, and how he's helping athletes with their second acts! Apolo also shares his perspective on Naomi Osaka's battles with mental health, memories of Kobe Bryant, his work in the financial world with Personal Capital, and the guys talk about his new book, "Hard Pivot"!

    Smocks & Jocks! Aaron Maybin & Andre Collins

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 29:54

    Art & Sports! Andy chats with former NFL players Aaron Maybin & Andre Collins about the 17th Annual Smocks & Jocks Event which celebrates the fine art of Super Bowl Weekend! The guys also talk about the importance of helping athletes transition to life after sports, the significance of raising awareness for Black Art & Black voices, how art shaped their own journeys, the artistic side of Kobe Bryant, & much more!

    Eric Dickerson | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 59:04

    One of the greatest Running Backs in NFL history played for the Los Angeles Rams! Hall Of Famer Eric Dickerson joins Legends of Sport in this LOS CLASSIC. Eric details his football journey from SMU to the LA Rams & beyond; from a small town of 2000, to a rocky recruiting process, to his first day in Los Angeles(well, Anaheim). Go inside his legendary 2,000+ yard season, the events that lead to his trade to the Colts, why it was so important for him to retire as a member of the Rams, Sean McVay's influence on the team, & so much more! Plus, Andy shares some of his photos of Eric.

    Joe Posnanski - The Baseball 100

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 39:33

    With all the recent controversy brewing over Barry Bonds & Roger Clemens Hall of Fame snub, we thought it proper to speak with an expert on the subject! Andy invites sports journalist/author Joe Posnanski about his new book - The Baseball 100. Andy & Joe discuss the genesis of the book, the never-ending controversy over sports lists, his own unique criteria for ranking players, great players lost to history, the steroid era, and more! Joe also tells us where he stands on Barry Bonds, Pete Rose, Roger Clemens, as well as what he's working on next!

    Jerry West | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 55:51

    Andy chats with the logo himself... Jerry West! Jerry talks about his consulting role with the Clippers, his relationship with owner Steve Ballmer, and why he's still inspired to stay involved with the game. Andy & Jerry discuss his autobiography "West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life"; Jerry expands on his personal battles with depression, lessons he learned about racial injustice during his playing career in the 1960s, and the power of modern athletes. Hear Mr. Clutch's definition of 'Greatness', his thoughts on the Lakers/Clippers rivalry, and the drive behind his hyper-competitive nature. Jerry also shares his thoughts on the late Kobe Bryant; how he's dealing with the impact of his tragic death, what made him unlike any other athlete, and how he remembers his life, legend & legacy.

    Leigh Montville

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 44:52

    Some Legends of Sport... wrote the legends themselves! Andy chats with writer/author Leigh Montville! The former columnist for The Boston Globe & senior writer for Sports Illustrated shares his path to becoming a writer, how the art of sports writing has changed, his opinion of modern sports journalism, and his book, "Tall Men, Short Shorts 'The 1969 NBA Finals: Wilt, Russ, Lakers, Celtics, And A Very Young Sports Reporter'". Andy & Leigh also discuss Wilt Chamberlain vs Bill Russell, why he calls the 1969 Los Angeles Lakers the first 'Super Team', and Leigh tells a few stories about Johnny Most & Chick Hearn.

    David Stern | LOS CLASSIC

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 57:09

    In this CLASSIC episode of Legends Of Sport, Andy sat down with friend & former NBA Commissioner, David Stern. David takes us thru his early life that lead him to the NBA, implementing his vision for the NBA, bringing the NBA brand to China, Yao Ming, lessons learned over the years, post-retirement life, the current health of the NBA, and much more. David also discusses his top 3 most memorable moments during his tenure as NBA Commissioner, as well as the iconic 1992 All-Star game, and Magic Johnson's HIV diagnosis. Plus, Andy & David share some of their favorite memories working together throughout the years.

    Ron Shelton

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 41:44

    Not all Legends of Sport grace the field! Andy invites legendary director & screenwriter Ron Shelton! Ron takes us behind the scenes & through the process of creating many of our favorite sports classics such as; Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump, Tin Cup, and many more! Andy & Ron discuss the early years in his life that lead to a passion for sports & movies, the technical aspects of casting & shooting sports films, and Ron tells a few stories from working with acting greats like Kevin Costner, Wesley Snipes & Woody Harrelson. The two also talk about Blue Chips with Shaquille O'Neal, the impact of sports on society, how his view of an athletes' role in a society has changed, great sports cliches, and a few scripts he's working on!

    Scott Howard-Cooper

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 56:41

    Andy chats with journalist Scott Howard-Cooper! Scott talks about his life-long career in journalism & sports journalism, covering the early years of Shaq & Kobe, his relationship with Kobe Bryant, and his new book "Steve Kerr: A Life"! Scott discusses the genesis of the book, and the many surprising aspects of Steve Kerr's incredible life story. Scott shares stories from his relationship with Kobe Bryant over the years, from his rookie season on the Lakers to their final meeting in Sacramento. Plus, Scott & Andy reminisce over the many career overlapping memories throughout the years covering the NBA in Southern California! 

    Mark Madsen

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 48:21

    Karch Kiraly

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 36:55

    Andy chats with legendary professional & Olympic Volleyball player & coach, as well as the current Head Coach of the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team - Karch Kiraly! In addition to his heavily decorated college & professional career, Karch is the only player in the world to win three Olympic Gold Medals in Volleyball - in '84, '88 & '96. Andy & Karch reminisce about the early days of beach volleyball on the beaches of Southern California, playing for UCLA under Coach Al Scates, indoor vs beach volleyball, the 1986 USA Cup tournament, how the pandemic affected training & preparation for his team, & much more! Plus, Andy & Karch discuss the importance of growing women's sports leagues, a brand new women's only pro league called Athletes Unlimited, the Starlings Volleyball program, memories of meeting Kobe Bryant, & how he views his legacy. Good luck to Coach Karch & Team USA!!

    Apolo Ohno

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 34:53

    Andy chats with eight-time Olympic medalist - Apolo Ohno! Andy & Apolo talk about his heavy travel schedule, his path into speed skating, his involvement in "The Weight Of Gold" documentary on HBO, his passion for mental health advocacy & financial literacy, and more! Apolo gives his perspective on Naomi Osaka's battles with mental health, how he's helping athletes with their second acts, his new book "Hard Pivot", memories of Kobe Bryant, his work in the financial world with Personal Capital, and so much more!

    Mark Thomashow

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 70:27

    Andy chats with marketing consultant & former lead of Nike's Business Affairs department - Mark Thomashow! Mark is responsible for many of Nike's most successful marketing campaigns from "Just Do It", Charles Barkley's "I'm Not a Role Model" commercial, "Bo Knows" with Bo Jackson, the concept of Championship hats, and many more! Andy & Mark discuss the genesis of his career from school teacher, to lawyer, to leading some of Nike's most iconic advertising campaigns. Mark describes the behind the scenes of how some of the biggest ad campaigns in sports got started, and the incredible stories he has from along the way. Andy & Mark also discuss the time he was sued by The Beatles, the Dream Team vs. Reebok, the idea of athletes as role models, his involvement with the Earl Monroe Charter School, and so much more!

    Dawn Staley

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 53:45

    Andy chats with South Carolina Gamecocks & USA Women's National Team Head Coach - Dawn Staley! Dawn discusses her journey from the projects of Philadelphia to the University of Virginia, the ABL, being voted one of the 15 best players in WNBA History, and ultimately being named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame! Andy & Dawn also discuss her various inspirations & mentors along the way, memories from the first Women's Dream Team at the Olympics in Atlanta, how she defines Philly basketball, her philosophy on losing, her 24-Hour Rule, her Players Tribune article "Black People Are Tired", and so much more!

    Dawn Staley

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 53:44

    Andy chats with South Carolina Gamecocks & USA Women's National Team Head Coach - Dawn Staley! Dawn discusses her journey from the projects of Philadelphia to the University of Virginia, the ABL, being voted one of the 15 best players in WNBA History, and ultimately being named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame! Andy & Dawn also discuss her various inspirations & mentors along the way, memories from the first Women's Dream Team at the Olympics in Atlanta, how she defines Philly basketball, her philosophy on losing, her 24-Hour Rule, her Players Tribune article "Black People Are Tired", and so much more!

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