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An essential listen for basketball fans. Episodes feature high-profile guests, plus my basketball-obsessed friends. My focal point is Michael Jordan, however, I cover everything NBA - past and present - with my unique Australian sense of humor. Visit http://facebook.com/inallairness for related cont…

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    Jerry Colangelo: Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, Team USA and more - Godfather of Arizona Sports - AIR127

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 55:07


    [Enjoy Adam's podcast? Buy him a coffee | Thanks for your support]Let's welcome ‘The Godfather of Arizona Sports', Jerry Colangelo. Jerry's contributions to professional sports are immeasurable. In this conversation, we focus primarily on his incredible basketball journey. Jerry discusses his high school, college and semi-pro career, before detailing how he became involved with the birth of Chicago's NBA franchise in 1966. He recalls how the team's nickname, Bulls, came to be, and what it was like to be a day-one employee.We cover his move to Arizona where he was named GM of another expansion franchise, the Phoenix Suns. Jerry talks about the famed coin flip to obtain the services of Lew Alcindor (later, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), and how the Suns worked their way to an NBA Finals appearance in 1976 versus the mighty Boston Celtics. Jerry describes how he built the mid-to-late 80s Suns into title contenders and the big trade that brought Sir Charles Barkley from Philadelphia to the Valley of the Sun.We briefly cover Jerry's vital role in rebuilding Team USA. For more context, listen to this great conversation that Jerry had on The Crossover NBA Show (with Chris Mannix and Howard Beck). He discusses how he turned the entire program around.Follow: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | FacebookListen: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | OvercastSubscribe: NBA-history newsletterE-mail Adam any time. Thanks for listening!


    Joanne Borzakian Ouellette: Reebok Global Marketing Director NBA Basketball (former) - AIR126

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 72:52


    [Enjoy Adam's podcast? Buy him a coffee | Thanks for your support]Joanne worked with Reebok for over 15 years. Her family has links to the Boston Celtics dating back nearly five decades. Joanne details what it was like to grow up within the confines of the Boston Garden and the unique relationships she has developed with the franchise and its players throughout her lifetime.Our conversation covers a wide range of Joanne's amazing experiences working with Reebok. She joined the team in the mid-1980s and talks about the development of the brand and how Reebok managed to compete – and then thrive - in an intensely-competitive market for shoes and apparel. You'll hear some tremendous stories about some of the NBA's biggest names of the era – Dominique Wilkins, Shawn Kemp, Dee Brown and Shaquille O'Neal, to name just a few.Follow: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | FacebookListen: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | OvercastSubscribe: NBA-history newsletterE-mail Adam any time. Thanks for listening!


    Dave Cowens: Hall of Fame legend, 2x NBA Champion, MVP, 8x All-Star and Boston Celtics great - AIR125

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 86:08

    [Enjoy Adam's podcast? Buy him a coffee | Thanks for your support]I'm excited to welcome Basketball Hall of Fame legend, Dave Cowens. The first NBA Most Valuable Player to appear on the podcast. In this fun, insightful and wide-ranging conversation, Dave discusses his days at Newport Catholic HS and run-ins with the assistant principal, who also doubled as his basketball coach. Dave details his recruitment to Florida State University – where he was a four-year standout with the Seminoles.Dave recounts an intriguing letter he wrote to Celtics legend – and then-Cincinnati Royals coach, Bob Cousy – ahead of the 1970 NBA Draft. Cowens was a busy man in the lead-up to his rookie debut with the Celtics. During the week, he played in Boston's Neighborhood Basketball League (BNBL) and on weekends commuted to New York to play in the famed Rucker League. For good measure, Dave teamed with ‘Pistol' Pete Maravich and stole the show at the Maurice Stokes Memorial Basketball Game.Of course, there's plenty of NBA and Celtics discussion. We chat about the two titles Dave won with Boston in the 1970s, how he prepared for games and battled with all-time great centers that often had significant height advantages over him. We even found time to talk about Larry Legend, too. This conversation primarily covers Dave's on-court days. Hopefully he'll return to the show to discuss his post-playing career and life after basketball. This is a candidate for my favorite episode yet.If you enjoy this chat and you're on Twitter, I'd be most grateful if you'd consider a quick tweet to Bob Ryan (@GlobeBobRyan), thanking him for the connect with Mr. Cowens. This conversation would not have happened without Bob's continued generosity.Follow: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | FacebookListen: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | OvercastSubscribe: NBA-history newsletterE-mail Adam any time. Thanks for listening!

    NBA trivia: player nicknames (1950s to 1990s - 30 questions via Basketball-Reference) - AIR124

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 21:00

    [Enjoy Adam's podcast? Buy him a coffee | Thanks for your support]How good is your NBA trivia? This episode is all about nicknames. 30 questions in total, courtesy of the mighty Basketball-Reference. Players from the 1950s thru 1990s. Only one question went unanswered. Test your knowledge and see how you match-up!Our first foray into NBA trivia. This is an edit of my Twitter Spaces recording from late August, 2021. We initially had four participants. In alphabetical order – Aiden, David, Joel and Richo. A fifth entrant, Matt, joined approximately halfway through. Competition was tough – two competitors, Richo and David, were particularly ruthless. However, everyone answered at least one question correctly.Due to the nature of Twitter Spaces, the audio quality is variable. If you want to hear more trivia episodes, or even take part in a future one, please reach out and let me know. I'd be more than happy to set-up my own higher-quality recordings.Follow: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | FacebookListen: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | OvercastSubscribe: NBA-history newsletterE-mail Adam any time. Thanks for listening!

    Memorable NBA Games [re-release]: Dominique Wilkins returns to Atlanta (Mar 25, 1994) - Clippers at Hawks - AIR123

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 31:38


    [Enjoy Adam's podcast? Buy him a coffee | Thanks for your support][re-release from 2015] Adam and Aaron discuss Dominique Wilkins' return to Atlanta - his first game versus the Hawks as an opposition player. Nique dropped 36 points on his former team, as the L.A. Clippers defeated the Atlanta Hawks by three points. This game was just four weeks after the Hawks' blockbuster trade that sent Dominique to the Clippers, in exchange for two-time NBA All-Star, Danny Manning.We discuss all the key aspects of the game. We talk about the SportSouth broadcast and the commentary team's (Tim Brando and Mike Glenn) mention of an alleged rivalry between former teammates, Kevin Willis (1992 NBA All-Star) and The Human Highlight Film. We talk about each team's roster and our memories and opinions on this memorable match-up. Arguably, a forgotten gem of the 1994 NBA season.Players mentioned in this episode include: Ron Harper, Mark Jackson, Mookie Blaylock, Stacey Augmon, Bo Outlaw, Harold Ellis, Duane Ferrell, Jon Koncak, John Williams & Elmore Spencer.Follow: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | FacebookListen: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | OvercastSubscribe: NBA-history newsletterE-mail Adam any time. Thanks for listening!


    Luc Longley: One Giant Leap - Australian Story's Caitlin Shea and Greg Hassall - AIR122

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 31:42

    I'm very pleased to welcome Caitlin Shea and Greg Hassall - co-producers of Australian Story's two-part feature on Luc Longley - ‘One Giant Leap'. Personally, this podcast episode is extra special. Luc contacted me in June to ask if I'd be interested in doing research for the project. When Luc Longley calls, you don't need to be asked twice. I offered some historical context and pointed Greg towards particular video footage of Luc's career. A minor role, however, I'm extremely thankful to Luc, Caitlin and Greg for trusting my judgement.[Enjoy Adam's podcast? Buy him a coffee | Thanks for your support]In this conversation, we discuss behind-the-scenes details on how One Giant Leap originated. The pair talk about their experiences meeting Luc and the interview process with Longley's family and friends. You'll learn how interviews with US-based guests such as Scottie Pippen, Coach Phil Jackson and Steve Kerr were conducted. Of course, we examine how Caitlin and Greg managed to secure the involvement of Michael Jeffrey Jordan. They chat about how it felt to speak with one of the world's most-recognisable names and the unique relationship between Luc and Jordan whilst teammates on the Chicago Bulls. Truly fascinating to hear.Not in Australia? Watch here [Australian Story on YouTube]Follow: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | FacebookListen: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | OvercastSubscribe: NBA-history newsletterE-mail Adam any time. Thanks for listening!

    Adam's 1994 NBA Tour: Iconic arenas and countless memories. Where's MJ? - AIR121

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 20:56


    Today, I discuss my 1994 NBA tour. Approximately 20 basketball crazies here in Australia, flew to the USA for two weeks of NBA experiences we'll never forget. It was an amazing time that I've occasionally mentioned throughout the course of this podcast's existence.You're about to hear me reflect on that trip, enhanced with additional research and select audio clips. I also share a few unexpected twists and turns that I guarantee even the most ardent fans of the show have never heard before.Once you've listened to this episode, I recommend venturing into the podcast archive. A great mate of mine, Aaron Stehn, joined me to recap the 1994 NBA season on episode 37. That conversation is a perfect complement to what you're about to hear.I'll preface this episode by saying that Michael Jordan's October 1993 retirement from the Chicago Bulls was just weeks after the deposit for my USA trip had been paid.Follow: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | FacebookListen: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | OvercastSubscribe: NBA-history newsletterE-mail Adam any time. Thanks for listening!


    Message from Adam - future episodes, website update and how to support the show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 2:11

    Hey, it's Adam here. A quick podcast update for you as we near the end of the first week of July, 2021. Here's a snapshot of what's happening behind the scenes. I have two conversations recorded that are yet to be edited. The first features Joanne Borzakian Ouellette. Joanne worked with Reebok for over 16 years. From 1985, as a Marketing and Promotions Manager, before assuming the role of Global Marketing Director NBA Basketball in 1992 – where she spent almost ten years building long-term industry relationships and friendships with some of the biggest names in the game, including Hall of Famer, Shaquille O'Neal. Her family are candidates for the title of Greatest Boston Celtics fans ever – their lineage stretches back almost five decades. We had a wonderful chat about Joanne's remarkable life in basketball. The second recording is part one of my conversation with Wali Jones. He starred in college at Villanova, before entering the NBA and earning an All-Rookie selection in 1965 and winning an NBA championship in 1967 as a key member of one of the most-dominant teams in history - the Philadelphia 76ers. Wali discusses his memories of being teammates with the iconic Wilt Chamberlain and much more. Numerous topic-based episodes are also in the works. Fans of Tom Chambers would be wise to keep an eye on the podcast feed over the coming months. Plus, upcoming episodes will feature authors discussing a range of great basketball books. In the not-to-distant future, I'll be updating my website. It will also offer the ability for fans of the show to support the podcast monetarily. Completely optional, of course. You will be able to make PayPal donations, sponsor episodes, or visit an affiliate link - at no cost to you - to basketball-related retailers here in Australia and the USA. Listener support will help offset some of the costs involved in producing the show, which incredibly is approaching its ninth full year. Remember, you can always reach me via e-mail. All the best and thanks once more for being a listener of the show.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)

    Terry Davis: (MCI) Center of Attention - survival, adversity and conquering long odds - AIR120

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 26:20

    [A new format for you today. I welcome your feedback on whether you'd enjoy more episodes released in this style] I'm very pleased to welcome Terry Davis (10-year NBA veteran). All going to plan, Terry will join the show at a future date for a deep dive on his life in basketball. Here, Terry reflects on his NBA return and pivotal role in the debut of Washington's MCI Center, early in the 1998 NBA season. Shout-out to great friend of the show, Jim McIlvaine, whose VHS tape of the game – his Sonics played against Terry's Wizards – is the source audio you'll hear during the episode. Normally, I'd preface a conversation with facts and figures about my guest. However, in this format, it's best to listen and learn as the episode unfolds.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Social: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Follow: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)

    Bob Ryan: Game 5 (3OT) of the 1976 NBA Finals (45th anniversary - Suns v Celtics) - AIR119

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 34:21

    Last week marked the 45th anniversary of Game 5 (3OT) of the 1976 NBA Finals. Phoenix Suns at Boston Celtics. Many consider it The Greatest Game Ever Played. Let's welcome back legendary Basketball Hall of Famer, Bob Ryan. Plus, my good pal in Los Angeles - Phoenix Suns Super Fan - Adam Beechen. We discuss the iconic game, the series in general and numerous other topics from NBA history. Though it was the early hours of June 5th here in Australia, for Bob and Adam, our conversation was held on the afternoon of June 4th in the USA – 45 years to the day since the game was played. Bob covered the 1976 Finals for The Boston Globe. He shares wonderful anecdotes from his vantage point at the famed Boston Garden. Adam was seven years of age and shares his recollections of the '76 Finals and the impact they would have on his life. Me? Well, I was only 11 months, 21 days old. The first I learnt about the series was when I watched the excellent NBAE VHS, Awesome Endings, circa 1990. Adam first appeared on the podcast in 2016. We released an episode titled ‘Phoenix Rising - Suns: 1968-69 through 1993 NBA Finals'. We covered the evolution of the Phoenix Suns. This episode is a terrific complement to that conversation.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Social: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Follow: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)

    1991 NBA Eastern Conference Finals (30th anniversary) - Behind the Game (BTG-7)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 4:57


    This week marks the 30th anniversary of the NBA's 1991 Eastern Conference Finals. Chicago versus back-to-back NBA Champion, Detroit. The Bulls owned the one-seed in the East, thanks to a dominant 61-21 record. Chicago brought out the broom to dispose of round-one opponents, New York, 3-0. The Bulls then handed Sir Charles and his 76ers a Gentlemen’s Sweep, eliminating Philly from the ECSF in five games. The Pistons, meanwhile, entered the '91 Playoffs as the East’s third-seed (50-32). Their record was misleading, however, as team captain, Isiah Lord Thomas III underwent surgery on his right wrist in late January. He ultimately missed 32 games - the team went 18-14 in his absence - returning to the Pistons’ line-up in early April. Detroit went the distance in round one, holding off Dominique Wilkins’ Hawks (3-2). The ageing Boston Celtics extended Detroit to six games in the ECSF, before finally bowing out. For context, Chicago and Detroit had met in each of the previous three postseasons. In 1988 it was the ECSF (Pistons 4-1). In 1989, Chicago went one better, meeting Detroit in the ECF (Pistons prevailed 4-2). In 1990, Chicago took Detroit to the brink of extinction in the ECF, before Detroit’s experience – and a deciding-game seven at The Palace of Auburn Hills – saw the Pistons advance to (and win) the NBA Finals for the second time in a row. The Eastern Conference Finals, whilst often physical, were largely a non-event. Chicago cruised to a 3-0 lead w/ the opportunity to close out the series in Detroit and advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. The bruising nature of the series was punctuated in the second quarter of Game 4, as Scottie Pippen drove to the hoop, only to be confronted by two of the men responsible for Detroit’s iconic Bad Boys moniker. Down 23 points, w/ less than five minutes left in Game 4, Pistons Coach Chuck Daly subbed out Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars. Detroit’s reign as NBA Champion was over. With under 10 seconds left in the series, most of the Pistons left the floor, not waiting around for the final buzzer. Less than a handful remained to congratulate the Bulls on their victory. Post-game, Daly said: “At this point, I think Chicago’s a better club than we are. Any club that can handle us four straight deserves to go to the Finals”. From the ever-philosophical coach of the Bulls, Phil Jackson: “To say that this is unexpected, to sweep this team, is an understatement. But after losing to this team for three years, I think we deserve a shot”. Michael Jordan added “We wanted to go through Detroit. There can’t be any tarnish now on what we do from here on in because we went through Detroit”. The day after the Pistons were eliminated, in a cleverly-titled headline of ‘Four-Gone Conclusion’, the Detroit Free Press printed that the Pistons were just the fourth team in NBA history (through 1991) to have their championship reign end with a sweep the following year. The others? The 1957 Philadelphia Warriors and the 1983 and 1989 Los Angeles Lakers. Meanwhile, for Chicago, years of frustration finally put to rest, the Bulls looked towards the 1991 NBA Finals. The beginning of a magical run that would result in six championships in eight years.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Social: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Follow: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)


    Adam guests on 'NBL Pocket Podcast' - AIR118

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 46:00

    My friend, Joseph Corr - host of 'NBL Pocket Podcast' - invited me on his show. We recorded this evergreen conversation in August of 2019. The episode was released on his podcast feed in early 2020. This is my edit of the hour-long episode that Joe released. Fans of my show may be interested to hear me mention a few guest episodes that have not yet come to fruition. We also discuss plenty of 1990s NBA topics. Joe's podcast is primarily focused on Australia's National Basketball League (NBL). Our league gained global recognition recently due to its Next Stars program, thanks largely to current NBA rookies, LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton. Check out Joe’s podcast if you haven't already. Search for ‘NBL Pocket Podcast’ on your podcast player of choice. I'm a fan of his interviewing style - he is matter of fact, curious and asks great questions of his guests.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Social: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Follow: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)

    Message from Adam - 2021 update

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 0:32

    Hey, it's Adam here. A quick update for you on the lack of podcast episodes over the past month or two. My health hasn't been great recently, so I chose to take a break for the first time in more than eight years. New episodes will return later this month and I plan to be back bigger and better than ever. Thanks for including my show in your podcast rotation. Remember, you can always reach me via e-mail. All the best and thanks once more for being a listener of the show.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)

    Mandy Cohen: Live Sports Producer - WGN-TV Chicago, 1990s Bulls and The Last Dance - AIR117

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2021 49:21


    Eight-time Emmy Award winner, Mandy Cohen, witnessed NBA history as a vital member of WGN-TV Chicago in a decade where the Bulls won six NBA titles in eight years. This is a fun and insightful conversation about Mandy’s life in sports. Her unique first conversation with Michael Jordan, to the continued impact and influence of Phil Jackson on her life. We discuss the 10-part docuseries, The Last Dance, Mandy’s link to the series and a magical moment she witnessed involving Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen that didn’t make the cut. Plus, we delve into what it was like to cover the Chicago Bulls on a day-to-day basis at the height of their collective fame.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)


    Bob Ryan: Legendary Boston Globe columnist and Basketball Hall of Famer - AIR116

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2021 41:52

    Let's welcome iconic Boston Globe columnist and Basketball Hall of Famer, Bob Ryan. His excellent book, ‘Scribe: My Life in Sports’ (2014), will be the framework of our multi-part conversation. In this first instalment, we cover Bob’s early life in New Jersey - his parents’ influence on his love of sports, the first column he released as an 11-year old, his transition to grade school and on to Boston College where he’d first meet recently-retired NBA star, Bob Cousy - and a few years hence - the legendary Red Auerbach. Bob chats about calling the Eagles’ basketball games on student-run radio, graduating from BC and transitioning to The Boston Globe. You’ll hear the funny story behind Bob’s assignment to cover the Celtics and his unique experiences working the 1970 NBA Finals, amidst a who’s who of superstars at Madison Square Garden in New York. All that and plenty more – to top it all off, Bob’s recall is stunning.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)

    Danny Manning: NCAA Champion, NBA All-Star and Sixth Man of the Year - AIR115

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2021 89:52


    Danny Manning has a storied career in basketball. We cover lots of topics, including his formative years of watching and learning the game, his family’s move to Kansas where he starred in college and ultimately was selected first-overall pick of the 1988 NBA Draft. Danny describes his terrifying transition of moving from Kansas to Los Angeles to begin his new life as the L.A. Clippers' number-one draft pick. We discuss his tenure with the Clippers, his back-to-back All-Star selections (1993 and 1994) and trade from Los Angeles to Atlanta, where he had the unenviable task of replacing the iconic Dominique Wilkins. In September of 1994, Manning signed with the Phoenix Suns. He played in Arizona for five seasons. Danny reflects on the importance of the support he was given from the Suns franchise and President Jerry Colangelo. Danny was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 1998. The conversation even ventures briefly into dessert food and body art. Plus, I quiz Danny on one play from his career to see how quickly he can recall it. An insightful and fun discussion covering his remarkable journey of perseverance, determination and achievement. Many thanks to Justin Bauman for connecting me with Danny. This conversation was recorded just before Christmas, 2020.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)


    Message from Adam - 2020 update

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2020 1:51

    Hey, it’s Adam here. A quick podcast update for you as we near the end of 2020 – a year like no other in our living history. I have a couple of great guest interviews scheduled over the next few weeks and there are plenty of topic-based episodes in the works, too. This includes – all going to plan – the resumption of our #NB88 series – hello to my co-host and great mate Aaron, if you’re listening. Thanks as always for your continued support. To the super fans out there – I won’t single anyone out, but I’m confident you know who you are – your messages of support, podcast reviews and appreciation over the past eight years continue to stoke my passion for the show. I am asked from time to time how fans can monetarily support the podcast. Soon, this will be a possibility. Completely optional, of course. Your support will help offset some of the costs involved in producing the show. More on this in 2021. All the best and thanks once more for being a listener of the show. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)

    Andrew Goldberg: Collecting 1,264 Michael Jordan NBA game tickets - AIR114

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2020 49:46


    Andrew Goldberg's mission? To collect each-and-every ticket from Michael Jordan's NBA career - regular-season, postseason and All-Star games included. You’ll be surprised at the unique, delightful ways Andrew has obtained some of the tickets in his collection. He also shares a great story about his brief encounter with Michael Jordan during the 1993 NBA Finals.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)


    Butch Beard: Mr. Basketball, UofL Hall of Famer, NBA All-Star / Champion - AIR113

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2020 97:44

    Alfred 'Butch' Beard was named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball in 1965. He paints a picture of life in 1960s Kentucky - the civil rights movement and his exposure to racism. Butch starred at the University of Louisville and is a member of their Athletics Hall of Fame. Butch was named an NBA All-Star in 1972 and played a key role in helping the Golden State Warriors secure their first NBA title in 1975. After retiring as a player, Butch was an assistant coach with the Knicks (1979-1982) and Nets (1989-1990). He was named the Nets' head coach for the 1995 and 1996 seasons. Earlier this year (2020), Butch spoke out on the lack of Black executives in the NBA. We also discuss Butch's (1980s) broadcasting memories with Marv Albert in this enlightening - and sometimes shocking - conversation about his remarkable life. Many thanks to great friend of the show, Peter Vecsey, for connecting me with Butch.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)

    Jeff Turner: Vanderbilt standout, 1984 gold medalist and ten-year NBA veteran - AIR112

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2020 96:54

    Jeff Turner was a standout - on-and-off the court - at Vanderbilt University. Before turning pro, he had played internationally and won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. This is a fun, insightful chat about Jeff’s life in basketball. We do a deep dive on his NBA career. You'll also learn how Jeff became an original member of the Orlando Magic - a team he enjoys strong links to today.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)

    Steve Johnson: Oregon State University great, NBA All-Star and ten-year veteran - AIR111

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2020 58:39


    Steve Johnson starred at Oregon State University and was selected by the Kansas City Kings with the seventh-overall pick in the 1981 NBA Draft. He was named an All-Star in 1988. This is an enlightening chat about Steve’s unique rise from high school to the NBA. He truly took a path that very few pro players ever have. Johnson is a great storyteller and the conversation features numerous laughs, plus, a fantastic story about Steve, Michael Jordan and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Steve entered the State of Oregon Hall of Fame in 1995, had his OSU #33 retired during the 1997 season and was added to the Pac-12 Conference Hall of Honor in 2007.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)


    Eldridge Recasner: Husky Hall of Famer, CBA MVP / Champ and eight-year NBA veteran - AIR110

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2020 72:35

    Eldridge Recasner is a member of the Washington Huskies' Hall of Fame. His rise from college to the NBA is filled with plenty of twists and turns. We discuss the unique path that led to him enjoying an eight-year run at the highest level with teams such as the Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks. I had the pleasure of meeting Eldridge earlier this year in Chicago during NBA All-Star Weekend.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)

    Jeff Sanders: Georgia Southern Hall of Famer and five-year NBA veteran - AIR109

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2020 60:49


    Jeff Sanders is the first of numerous former players - that I had the pleasure of meeting in Chicago (All-Star Weekend 2020) - to guest on the podcast. Sanders was one of the Chicago Bulls' three first-round picks in the 1989 NBA Draft. The other two? Stacey King and B.J. Armstrong. Jeff shares fond memories of his time running with Michael Jordan and the Bulls. Jeff is a member of Georgia Southern University's Hall of Fame. He is one of the school's all-time greats. This is a fun chat that I’m confident you’ll enjoy.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)


    Senior NBA Photographers: Andrew Bernstein and Nathaniel Butler - AIR108

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2020 38:26


    Andrew Bernstein and Nathaniel Butler - Senior NBA Photographers - detail iconic photos from their respective careers behind the lens. This is the audio of our Zoom recording from May, 2020. Watch the video of our conversation on YouTube - including each of the iconic photos that Andy and Nat discuss herein. We cover Michael Jordan’s final shot – and the moments thereafter – from the 1998 Finals, Magic Johnson’s "Junior Junior Sky Hook" at Boston Garden from the 1987 Finals, Jordan’s locker-room celebration w/ his late father, James, from the 1991 Finals and a stunning breakaway slam-dunk from the late Kobe Bryant (circa 2000).   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)


    Detlef Schrempf: 3x NBA All-Star and 2x Sixth Man of the Year - AIR107

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2020 54:36

    Detlef Schrempf was a large part of the first wave of European-born players to make their mark in the NBA. He is a three-time NBA All-Star, back-to-back Sixth Man of the Year and two-time Olympian. We discuss his formative years in Germany and the foreign-exchange program that would change his life forever. We cover his standout tenure at the University of Washington, the ups-and-downs of his early-pro career with the Dallas Mavericks and the 1989 trade to the Indiana Pacers that ultimately allowed his game to shine. Detlef talks about his return to Washington state - where he played six seasons for the Seattle SuperSonics - before closing out his playing days with the Portland Trailblazers.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)

    Jack McCallum: Hall of Fame Sportswriter - AIR106

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2020 74:01


    Legendary sportswriter, Jack McCallum, discusses a wide range of hoops-related topics. We begin with his eight-part podcast series, The Dream Team Tapes. We cover its origin story and Jack's original audio recordings with superstars such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Jack shares great insights from his books - Golden Days (the remarkable through line between Jerry West and the history of the NBA), Seven Seconds or Less (his season on the bench with the 2006 Phoenix Suns) and Unfinished Business (his inside look at the 1991 Boston Celtics). We also chat about (ESPN's) The Last Dance docuseries, Jack's omission from the list of interviewees and his Last Night on The Last Dance episode recaps for Sports Illustrated. Jack discusses his approach to book research and offers great advice for aspiring writers. We round out the conversation with an anecdote for the ages featuring 1980s NBA veteran, Darren Daye - made possible thanks to another fantastic author, Jeff Pearlman.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)


    The Last Dance - Extras 3 [Guest: Curt Bloom - Birmingham Barons Radio] - AIR105

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2020 38:01


    My guest is long-time Birmingham Barons Radio Broadcaster, Curt Bloom. This is a special episode as it’s the first devoted purely to Michael Jordan’s baseball career. This conversation was recorded after episode eight of the The Last Dance had aired. Curt talks about first hearing the news that MJ could be headed to Alabama, how Jordan adjusted to life as a Minor League player, his interactions – and later, a special one-on-one interview - with Michael and more. Plus, Curt gave me the thumbs-up to include audio snippets of some iconic calls he made of various MJ milestones as a Barons player; all unheard for over 25 years.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)


    The Last Dance - Extras 2 [Guest: Bill Wennington - 3x NBA Champ] - AIR104

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2020 25:13


    My special guest is three-time NBA Champion of the Chicago Bulls, Bill Wennington. Bill was the first guest to appear on my podcast way back in 2012. A big thanks to another great friend of the show, Steve Kashul, for helping me reconnect with Bill. This conversation was recorded after episode four of the The Last Dance aired. We discuss numerous topics including the Bulls’ preseason trip to France in 1997, Bill’s relationship with (GM) Jerry Krause, some Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman memories, plus, just how much handycam footage does Bill have?   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)


    The Last Dance - Ep. 3 recap - AIR103

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2020 24:56

    Regular co-host, Aaron, joins me to recap episode three of The Last Dance docuseries. Continue to keep an eye on my podcast feed - more bonus shows are on the way!   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)

    The Last Dance - Extras 1 [Guests: Marc Grossman / Steve Kashul] - AIR102

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2020 39:23


    Marc Grossman - the Bulls' Head Statistician since 1977 - discusses the creative ways that Chicago's stats team maximized Michael Jordan’s playing time in 1986, when MJ had a (so-called) ‘seven-minute per half’ restriction as he recovered from a broken foot. Steve Kashul - Anchor and Host of Bulls Basketball on SportsChannel and Fox Sports Net Chicago (1991-97) / Bulls Radio Host (1997-2019) - chats about his appearance in episode two of The Last Dance. More generally, Marc and Steve each share great memories of being so deeply ingrained with the Bulls franchise.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)


    The Last Dance - Ep. 2 recap [plus news on upcoming guests] - AIR101

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2020 26:07

    We're back. Aaron joins me to recap episode two of The Last Dance docuseries. Check out my podcast feed - I've now released the first in a series of The Last Dance bonus shows, with two great guests who can personally relate to series: Marc Grossman - Head Statistician of the Bulls since 1977 (still working for the franchise today). Steve Kashul – for most of the 1990s, Anchor and Host of Chicago Bulls Basketball on SportsChannel and Fox Sports Net Chicago. He then transitioned to the role of Chicago Bulls Radio Host for more than 20 years. Marc details the creative ways the Bulls’ stats team allowed Jordan every-possible second of court-time, during his so-called ‘seven-minute per half’ restrictions, upon returning from his broken foot in the 1986 season. Steve talks about his question to Jordan that airs near the end of (The Last Dance) episode two, where he asked MJ about Pippen’s “earth-shattering comments” from Nov, 1997 – Pip had requested a trade, whilst still on the Bulls’ injured list.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)

    The Last Dance - Ep. 1 recap [Guest: Scott Burrell - 1998 NBA Champ] - AIR100

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2020 40:03


    It's here. Aaron joins me to recap episode one of ESPN's 10-part documentary series, The Last Dance. Its focus is Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ 1998 season. After the recap, I'm joined by 1998 NBA Champion, Scott Burrell. In episode one, Scott features in a memorable exchange with teammates Ron Harper and Michael Jordan at the 1997 McDonald’s Open in France. We cover that, Scott’s memories of his championship season with the Bulls and more.   Sign-up for Adam's FREE monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and welcome ratings and reviews of my show via your podcast app of choice. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)


    AIR099: ESPN's 'The Last Dance' [Nate Bellamy and Nigel Miguel]

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2020 41:08


    Let's welcome Nate Bellamy Jr. and Nigel Miguel back to the show. They joined me on episode 75 to discuss Space Jam’s 20th anniversary. Prior to that, Nigel was my guest for episode 68. I encourage you to check out those great episodes, too. Today, we’re chatting about ESPN's highly anticipated, 10-part documentary series, The Last Dance. Its focus is Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ 1998 season. For the context of this podcast chat, Nigel’s relationship with MJ goes way back to 1981 when they were both McDonald’s HS All-Americans. Nate met MJ on the set of the TV commercial, Hare Jordan, in September, 1991. Nate and Nigel share great insight and reflect on their experiences with Jordan; ones that can only come from knowing him for so many years. Thanks to those of you on Twitter who offered up questions or comments about the series that I could pose to Nate and Nigel. They respond to three listener submissions: @andgar923, @Steve_Koura and @OOffenseman.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and ratings / reviews on Apple Podcasts. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Overcast | Google Podcasts Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)


    AIR098: Lafayette 'Fat' Lever - Two-time NBA All-Star and Denver Nuggets legend

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2020 67:49

    Pueblo High School legend, Arizona State University Hall of Famer and two-time NBA All-Star, Lafayette 'Fat' Lever. Fat discusses his storied career and offers plenty of great insight into his fantastic on-court exploits. Near the end of the conversation, I mention Chicago, as it pertains to 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend (Feb 15-16). There’s a strong possibility that I’ll have an opportunity to meet with Fat - and other retired players - as my wife (Lisa) and I will be holidaying in the USA at the same time. Fingers crossed, I’ll have more specifics to share about this next month, upon our return home to Australia. For context, this conversation was recorded on January 24. Full show notes will be online over the coming days.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and Apple Podcasts ratings / reviews. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Spotify | Stitcher Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail

    AIR097: Danny Schayes - Syracuse Basketball All-Century Team and 18-year NBA veteran

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2020 90:55


    Syracuse University great and 18-year NBA veteran, Danny Schayes. The longest-tenured Syracuse University player in NBA history, Danny Schayes, reminisces about his unique life in basketball. Why makes it unique? His father, Dolph Schayes (RIP), was one of the NBA's pioneering stars. Dolph, a 12-time All-Star and 1955 NBA Champion (Syracuse Nationals), was the NBA's all-time leading scorer (19,249 points) when he retired in 1964. Dolph was the first coach of the (1971) Buffalo Braves (now known as the L.A. Clippers). A pre-teen Danny, was a Braves ball-boy. He talks fondly of that year and his interactions with greats of the game. Dolph was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1973. In 1975, Danny Schayes led his high school, the Jamesville-DeWitt Red Rams, to the Seneca Division crown and OHSL Northern Conference title (scoring 29 points in the final). Countless universities would covet Danny's signature. We talk about the recruiting process and why he ultimately chose to play for the Syracuse Orangemen. As a senior, Danny had a terrific individual season. He led Syracuse in scoring, rebounding and blocks (14.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game). The team went 22-12 and were 1981 Big East Tournament Champions, following a triple-overtime win (83-80) versus Villanova. In April of 1981, Schayes was named to the Aloha Classic All-Tournament Team. He talks about the importance of that week in Hawaii and its positive impact on his opportunity to play professionally. Danny was ultimately selected by the Utah Jazz as the 13th-overall pick in the 1981 NBA Draft. As a rookie, Danny played all 82 games. He scored in double figures 30 times (twice netting a season-high 22 points). After starting the opening 50 games of the 1983 season with Utah, Danny was traded to the Denver Nuggets. He shares funny stories about how the trade went down and his not-so-perfect adjustment to living in the Mile High City. Joining the Nuggets in 1983, Danny played seven-full seasons in Denver, averaging almost 10 points and six rebounds per game. Among the many topics we cover, Danny recounts his memories of the classic, three-overtime game against the Detroit Pistons (Dec, 1983) and his unusual encounter / fracas with the L.A. Lakers' Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1985 Western Conference Finals). Danny was traded to Milwaukee in August, 1990. He played three-full seasons with the Bucks. Their best season - as a team - was 1991. They went 48-34, before losing to Philadelphia in round one of the 1991 NBA Playoffs. Danny played 23 games with Milwaukee in the 1994 season, before he was moved to the L.A. Lakers. He had a 13-game run in Los Angeles to close out the regular season. In a majority of those games, his coach was none other than Magic Johnson. In early July, 1994, Schayes was released by the Lakers. In October, he signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns. He played 79 games with Phoenix - including the playoffs - advancing to the Western Conference semifinals, before losing to Houston in seven games. Mid-December, 1995, Danny signed a contract for rest of the season with the Miami Heat. He played 34 games with Miami - two of which were in the first round of the 1996 NBA Playoffs against Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls. He was released by the Heat in July, 1996. About three months later, Schayes signed as free agent with Orlando. He played with the Magic for three seasons, making the playoffs twice. We chat about his run in Orlando, which ultimately would be his final stop in the league after 18 seasons. Danny Schayes was named to Syracuse University’s ‘All-Century Team’ in 2000 and was inducted to the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. Along with fellow Syracuse grad and former-NBA player, Etan Thomas, Danny hosts an ESPN radio show, Centers of Attention. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did recording it. Danny is a great storyteller and digs deep into his memory bank as we cover his unique life in the sport of basketball.   Links discussed (include): * Triple-overtime classic - Pistons @ Nuggets (1984 season) * Danny versus Magic and Kareem (1985 Playoffs) * Danny Schayes - NBA Inside Stuff feature (circa 1991) * Danny screens Eddie Jones; Nick Anderson game-winner (1998) * Dolph and Danny Schayes reminisce   People mentioned in this episode, include: Julius Erving, George Mikan, Bob Pettit, Leo Rautins, Tal Brody, Wilt Chamberlain & Bob Cousy.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and Apple Podcasts ratings / reviews. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Spotify | Stitcher Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


    AIR096: Paul Mokeski - Kansas University standout and 12-year NBA veteran

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2019 111:14


    High school star, Kansas University standout and 12-year NBA veteran, Paul Mokeski. Milwaukee Bucks’ cult hero, Paul Mokeski, discusses his life in basketball. As a youngster – whilst not always comfortable in his surroundings – Paul found his calling in basketball. A burgeoning star at Encino’s Crespi Carmelite High School, he was recruited by countless colleges – some went to extremes to land his signature. However, Paul’s family (his father played college basketball) offered strong guidance and he ultimately decided to attend Kansas University. There, he challenged himself and began to thrive; on-and-off the court. He made new friends and would also meet his future wife. Mokeski was selected by the Houston Rockets in the 1979 NBA Draft. As a rookie, he was a back-up to MVP-era Moses Malone. Paul discusses the impact that Moses had on his career and shares some fantastic stories about Malone along the way. In October, 1980, the Rockets traded Paul to Detroit. Whilst the Pistons struggled, Paul enjoyed a good season, averaging better than seven points and five rebounds in only 23 minutes per game. After 119 games with the Pistons – and just 15 minutes before the (1982) trade deadline – Detroit moved Mokeski to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Paul tells the unique story of how the trade unfolded. The 1982 Cleveland Cavaliers were in disarray. In one season, the team cycled through four coaches and finished with a 15-67 record. The Cavaliers – a disastrous 3-21 at the time – waived Mokeski in December of 1982. On Christmas Eve, Paul signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Milwaukee Bucks. In mid-January of 1983, he signed a contract for the rest of the season. At the time, Milwaukee were back-to-back Central Division champions and would go on to win the division an incredible six-straight years. Paul was a key member of the Bucks and played six-full seasons with arguably the best team to not make an NBA Finals during the 1980s. In September of 1989, Paul signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Though his second tenure in Ohio was short-lived – he was released after the 1990 season – Paul was part of a team on the rise; one that would soon challenge for the Eastern Conference title. Prior to the 1991 season, Paul took part in the San Antonio Spurs’ training camp, before missing out on a roster spot. In mid-January of 1991, Mokeski was proactive and reached out to his former coach, Don Nelson, who was leading the Golden State Warriors. Paul shares the unique story of how he would earn a place on the roster for the rest of that year. This happened to be the second – and last – season of the iconic trio, Run TMC: Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin. Following the 1991 season, Paul and his family briefly ventured overseas, before he returned to the USA and took the role of player / coach with the Quad City Thunder of the Continental Basketball Association. What followed – and has continued for more than 25 years – is a coaching and scouting career that is as varied as it is interesting. This is one of my favourite conversations yet. A big thanks to great friend of the show, Jim McIlvaine, who mentioned my podcast to Paul and helped us connect. Links discussed (include): * Paul’s Bucks versus (rookie) Michael Jordan's Bulls * Paul Mokeski – career highlights * Paul Mokeski – a nifty performance versus the Bulls (1989)   People mentioned in this episode, include: Julius Erving, Larry Bird, Jack Sikma, Marques Johnson, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Bill Laimbeer & Reggie Theus.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


    AIR095: Derrick Gervin - HS great, UTSA star, NBA player and European standout

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2019 67:15


    High school great, University of Texas at San Antonio star, NBA player and European standout, Derrick Gervin. Derrick Gervin is a Detroit native. He starred at Martin Luther King High School in his home state of Michigan. Twice, he was named to Detroit's All-Public School League first team. Following high school, Gervin moved cross country to play at a college where his jersey is one of just two to have ever been retired to the rafters - the University of Texas at San Antonio. Coincidentally, as Derrick continued to hone his skills at college, his older brother - future Hall of Famer, George Gervin (The Iceman) - was lighting up the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs. Leaving college after his junior season, Derrick was selected in the 1985 NBA Draft, before eventually travelling overseas to star in Europe. He would return to the USA and achieve his dream of playing in the NBA. We cover this and much more in a wide-ranging conversation. Derrick is a great story teller and shares some fantastic memories from his life in basketball. Check out his own show, ‘Derrick Gervin’s As Good As It Gets Basketball Podcast’. He’s had a stellar list of guests, including The Iceman. A slight correction - I inadvertently refer to Derrick’s junior season as his senior year. For context, this chat was recorded just prior to the madness of 2019 NBA Free Agency.   People mentioned in this episode, include: Antoine Carr, Bill Fitch, Chris Morris, Drazen Petrovic, Flip Saunders, Joe Dumars, Joe Kleine, Leon Wood, Julius Erving, Wes Matthews & Terry Catledge.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


    BTG-6: Michael Jordan's 'The Shot' [30 years later] - Behind the Game

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2019 10:00


    Remembering Michael Jordan's iconic 1989 moment. This episode covers: - Jordan's heroics in Round 1 of the 1989 NBA Playoffs Behind the Game. The inside story - from MJ's defender, Craig Ehlo - on the moments that culminated with Michael Jordan's amazing, series-clinching jump shot to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers.   People mentioned in this episode, include: Larry Nance, Brad Daugherty, Ron Harper, Lenny Wilkens, Bernie Lincicome, Sam Smith, Mark Price, Bill Cartwright, Sam Vincent, Cheryl Raye-Stout & Peter Gee.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


    AIR094: Great NBA Games | Michael Jordan returns - Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers (Mar 19, 1995)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2019 66:17


    Adam and Aaron dissect Michael Jordan’s comeback game at Indiana - March 19th, 1995 - the Pacers hosted the visiting Bulls, at Market Square Arena. We discuss the circumstances behind Jordan's return, uncover great tidbits that preceded this much-hyped match-up and of course, offer an in-depth recap of the game itself. We chat about Michael's post-game presser, too. In the podcast archives, you’ll find numerous guest episodes that add even deeper context to this conversation. Bill Wennington, Luc Longley and Corie Blount played for the Chicago Bulls in this game. Legendary reporter, Peter Vecsey, and the great Mr. Stats, Elliott Kalb, were part of the NBA on NBC broadcast. Chicago broadcasting veteran, Cheryl Raye-Stout – who first broke the news of Jordan’s 1995 comeback - is also a previous guest. Last but not least, MaryKay Hruskocy, who worked in Media Relations for the Pacers, also recently appeared on the show and shared her memories of the 24 hours of hysteria that led up to the tip-off in Indianapolis. As per usual, the conversation is scattered with humor and plenty of insight. A must-listen, for die-hard NBA fans, regardless of the team you support. Topics / links discussed (include): * Speculation of Jordan's return (NBA on NBC - March 12, 1995) * Coverage of Michael Jordan's return (various networks) * Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers (NBA on NBC - March 19, 1995) * Michael Jordan's post-game presser (March 19, 1995)   People mentioned in this episode, include: Reggie Miller, Rik Smits, Phil Jackson, Ahmad Rashad, Marv Albert, Bob Costas, Elliott Kalb, Matt Guokas, Hannah Storm, Dale Davis, B.J. Armstrong, Mark Jackson, Pete Myers, Ron Harper, Scottie Pippen, Will Perdue & Steve Kerr.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


    BTG-5: Michael Jordan's April Fools' Day history - Behind the Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2019 6:55


    Michael Jordan isn't immune to hi-jinks. This episode covers: - Jordan's role in a few (1980s) April Fools' Day pranks Behind the Game. Learn of three instances where Michael Jordan was involved in April Fools' Day stunts. We begin with Laney High School (1981), then move to the University of North Carolina (1982) and conclude with the Chicago Bulls (1987) of the NBA.   People mentioned in this episode, include: James Worthy, Ralph Sampson & Pat Benkowski.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


    AIR093: Tom O’Grady - NBA Creative Director (former), Gameplan Creative CEO and Sports Design Trendsetter

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2019 77:30


    NBA Creative Director (former), Gameplan Creative CEO and Sports Design Trendsetter, Tom O'Grady. Tom was born and raised in Chicago and graduated with a degree in Design, Marketing and Visual Communications from Columbia College Chicago in 1981. We talk about his childhood memories and the large influence that sport had on him and his family. During the 1980s, Tom worked as an ad agency art director on the McDonald’s business. Simultaneously, McDonald’s began to devote resources to sports marketing. This was the perfect opportunity for Tom – he combined his love of sports with his passion for design. He met and worked with Michael Jordan on the memorable Large fries for “Small Fries” ad campaign and also contributed design work to the inaugural McDonald’s Open later that same year (1987). Judy Shoemaker was the agency account director that Tom worked with on the McDonald’s Open project. In 1988, she accepted the role of Vice President, Marketing, with NBA Properties. Two years later, Judy began to recruit Tom to join her at the NBA. Commissioner David Stern named Tom O’Grady the league’s first Creative Director in 1990. Tom discusses the process that led him to leave Chicago and take up residence in New York. We discuss the impact that well-known designer, Alexander Julian, had on the aesthetics of the expansion Charlotte Hornets (1989 season). To that point, equipment managers were largely responsible for their team’s uniform design (in concert with Medalist Sand-Knit). Tom talks about how he built the NBA’s creative services team, recruiting designers who were comfortable with the explosion in graphic design software of the early 1990s. Tom was tasked with the creative direction for The Dream Team (1992 Olympic Games). He shares inside stories on how the now-iconic photos were created during the 1992 NBA season. Tom was responsible for the rebrand of the Phoenix Suns (1993 season). He met with then-team president, Jerry Colangelo, and the Suns’ ownership group. We do a deep dive on the creative process. That same season, Phoenix celebrated its silver anniversary (25th season) in the NBA, Charles Barkley joined the team and the Suns met Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the 1993 NBA Finals. A fascinating aspect of our conversation relates to design considerations the NBA factored in to its television broadcasts. For example, when the league received team prototypes, they would broadcast test the new uniforms at the New Jersey Nets’ home arena (The Meadowlands), to ensure colors and numbers would “read”. 1995 was a big year for the NBA and Tom. He oversaw the launch of the NBA.com website and was also vital in the Atlanta Hawks’ new logo – a hawk in flight, its claws clutching a basketball. Further, two expansion teams – the Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies – were set to enter the league for the 1996 season. Tom was responsible for the brand identity creation of the franchises. In a future episode of the show, Tom will return to discuss (in-depth) the Raptors / Grizzlies origin story, plus, the iconic 1995 and 1996 NBA All-Star Weekend designs. Our discussion also includes the near-rebrand from the New Jersey Nets to the New Jersey Swamp Dragons. We talk about Zach Lowe‘s excellent ESPN piece that detailed the proposed identity change. We round out the episode by talking about Tom’s all-time favourite NBA uniforms, his crucial role as brand architect for the WNBA’s launch in 1997. All this and plenty more in one of the best conversations I’ve had yet. Topics / links discussed (include): * A would-be secondary logo for the Chicago Bulls? * The rebranded Phoenix Suns uniform (debuted in 1993 season) * 1995 and 1996 NBA All-Star Weekend * What if?! The Nets were almost the New Jersey Swamp Dragons!   People mentioned in this episode, include: Chris Tripucka, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Rick Welts, Don Sperling, Peter Capolino, Dick Sakahara, Andrew Bernstein, Anne Occi, David Haney, & David Boss.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


    NB88-5: December 5 through 18, 1987 - MJ's fourth NBA season

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2019 29:27


    Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's fourth season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers: - December 5 through December 18, 1987 - Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history   Notable: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s streak of 787 straight double-figure scoring games ends Larry Jordan (Michael’s brother) drafted by the IBA’s Chicago Express Ralph Sampson traded from Houston to Golden State for Joe Barry Carroll   Links discussed: * Chicago versus Houston - Rockets trade Sampson after this game * Michael Jordan's heroics force overtime versus Detroit   This episode continues our coverage of the 1987-88 NBA season. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends! For context, here’s our 13-episode series (#NB87), exploring Michael Jordan’s third season in the NBA. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era. People mentioned include: Doug Collins, Kevin Johnson, Muggsy Bogues, Bob Cousy, Benoit Benjamin, Charles Barkley, Calvin Murphy, Bo Jackson, Chris Mullin, Martin Nessley & Bob Ryan.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


    AIR092: The Malone Brothers - Wild About '88: The Rise of Arizona Basketball

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2019 68:28


    Brothers, Sean and Brad Malone, are co-directors and producers of Wild About ’88 – The Rise of Arizona Basketball. In 1988, Sean and Brad caught basketball fever (often contagious – I contracted it the following year). As fate would have it, the Arizona Wildcats were firing on all cylinders, advancing to the Final Four of the 1988 NCAA Tournament. Tucson loved their Wildcats and the city relished in its team’s dominant 35-3 season. Arizona’s roster featured six players who would make the NBA – Sean Elliott, Steve Kerr, Jud Buechler, Tom Tolbert, the late Sean Rooks (redshirt) and Anthony Cook. We discuss the brothers’ respective love for the Wildcats and how they went from being super fans of the Cats, to producing a film that documents a season for the ages. Sean and Brad talk to the brilliance of the program’s “unlikely and fantastic rise under former head coach, Lute Olson”. They detail the importance of Steve Kerr’s captaincy of the 1988 Wildcats, plus, the unique circumstances behind Kerr still being a member of the team. Further, we cover the legendary Sean Elliott’s signing with Arizona and the vital role played by ‘The Gumbies’ – the Wildcats’ lesser-known, yet equally important players. We also chat about the impressive list of interviewees who are involved in the film and how Sean and Brad managed to contact them and arrange conversations that form the documentary’s backbone. You’ll hear great behind the scenes stories about Steve Kerr’s interview and an amusing Skype scenario that involves the always-affable Tom Tolbert. The episode concludes with Sean and Brad’s recollections of ‘The Game I’ll Never Forget’. There’s always time for a Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins story. Listen to our conversation and you’ll clearly identify with Sean and Brad’s positive approach and dedication to their forthcoming documentary. They have literally spent hundreds of hours researching and planning the film. Follow the brothers’ blog to keep up to date on the film’s status. Add your support (financially, or, via connections) here. Links discussed (include): * This great clip – penned by Wildcats’ Harvey Mason – topped radio charts in ’88   People mentioned in this episode, include: Dick Vitale, Billy Packer, Bruce Fraser, Jay Bilas, Craig McMillan, Matt Muehlebach, Craig Ehlo, Roy Williams, Mike Kryzewski & Mike Bibby.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


    AIR091: Xavier McDaniel - First-Team All-American, NBA All-Star and 12-year veteran

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2019 99:31


    NCAA great, 12-year NBA veteran and 1988 All-Star, Xavier McDaniel. The X-Man joins the show for a wide-ranging discussion about his life in basketball. Few players in NBA history were as physical as McDaniel. However, there's much more to Xavier's bow than simply being an enforcer. He was the first-ever player (1985) to lead the NCAA [Division I] in scoring and rebounding in the same season. His name is littered throughout the record books at Wichita State, where he played four seasons with the Shockers. As a senior, he was named First-team All-American. The Seattle SuperSonics drafted Xavier with the fourth pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. He played all 82 games as a rookie and was second to (future teammate and great friend) Patrick Ewing in Rookie of the Year voting. Xavier talks about his six seasons in Seattle. He discusses the impact that Maurice Lucas had on his game, speaks candidly about his role in the 1988 NBA All-Star Game and talks fondly of (would-be) future stars, Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton. We discuss his trade to Phoenix (15 games into the 1991 season) and how he became a member of the New York Knicks. Though he played the one season with the Knicks, his addition to the team made New York instant contenders for the NBA title. In 1992, the Knicks extended the Chicago Bulls to seven games in the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. We discuss the series in-depth and Xavier expresses his thoughts on the series as only he can. McDaniel joined the Boston Celtics in the wake of Larry Bird's retirement. He played for three seasons in Boston. We discuss his memories of that time, how the Celtics tried to adjust to life without Bird, the soon-to-be retirement of Kevin McHale and the tragic loss of Reggie Lewis. Xavier headed overseas to play a season in Greece (1996), before returning to the NBA to close out his career as a member of the New Jersey Nets. He talks about his retirement from basketball, some of the great honors he's received and much more, in a conversation that clearly demonstrates Xavier McDaniel's passion for basketball. This is without doubt, one of the most-enjoyable conversations I've had to date. Links discussed (include): * X-Man playing for the Wichita State Shockers * Bird calls game-winner over X-Man (1987 season) * "I remember I was tired as hell!" (1990 season) * McDaniel wows The Garden faithful * "[expletive] you, X!" ... "[expletive] you, Mike!!" (1992) * The X-Man Cometh - Singles (1992) * Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction (2006)   People mentioned in this episode, include: Cliff Levingston, Antoine Carr, Tom Chambers, Dale Ellis, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Pat Riley, Charles Oakley, Aubrey Sherrod, John Starks, Cheese Johnson, Bernie Bickerstaff, Arvydas Sabonis, Tyrone Corbin & Detlef Schrempf.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


    AIR090: MaryKay Hruskocy - An Indiana Pacers staff member's unexpected part in NBA history

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2019 63:50


    Indiana Pacers staffer (Media Relations / Publications: 1991-2007), MaryKay Hruskocy. Though a native of Whiting, IN, MaryKay grew up a fan of Chicago sports. As the Bulls were celebrating their 1991 NBA Championship at Grant Park, MaryKay was driving to Indianapolis to commence her career in media relations for the Indiana Pacers. Our conversation covers behind-the-scenes memories from MaryKay’s tenure with the team. This includes, arguably, the biggest one-day sporting event of the 1990s. Two words: “I’m back”. She discusses the frenzy surrounding Michael Jordan’s NBA return in 1995; detailing how the Pacers managed the news and went into overdrive to prepare Market Square Arena - in less than 24 hours - for a game that suddenly held as much importance as the NBA Finals. Hruskocy details how she created the Pacers' team newsletter, distributed by fax to approximately 3,000 loyal subscribers. MarkyKay discusses how she was tasked with putting together Indiana's media guides in-house and shares a fantastic story about her creative use of technology that allowed a prominent member of the roster to be 'present' for the official team photo (2005). We also talk about MaryKay's push to have (Pacers) ABA greats, Mel Daniels and Roger Brown, enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame. All this and more in a wide-ranging, engaging discussion about the history of the Indiana Pacers. Links discussed (include): * Chicago celebrates the 1991 NBA Champion Bulls * Great Scott! (1994 NBA Playoffs) * "I'm back" (March, 1995) * Rik gives Orlando the Smits (1995 NBA Playoffs) * Photo manipulation (2005 Pacers) * Mel Daniels (enshrined in 2012) * Roger Brown (enshrined in 2013)   People mentioned in this episode, include: Larry Bird, David Benner, Artis Gilmore, Byron Scott, Dale Davis, Rik Smits, Reggie Theus, Rick Fox, Reggie Miller, Travis Best, Erik Spoelstra & Joe Maddon.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


    AIR089: Mike Thibault - Washington Mystics Head Coach and GM (drafted Michael Jordan to the Bulls)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2019 87:51


    Washington Mystics Head Coach and General Manager, Mike Thibault. Our wide-ranging conversation examines a multitude of great topics. Thibault's (pronounced Tee-bo) coaching career began in the 1970s. Before the decade ended, he was scouting for the L.A. Lakers and contributed to the team’s 1980 and 1982 NBA championships. We discuss Mike's move to Chicago, where he was an assistant coach for the Bulls for four seasons (1983 through 1986). He scouted the top-three picks - Olajuwon, Bowie and Jordan - in the iconic 1984 NBA Draft. Mike details Chicago’s approach to that draft and the behind-the-scenes decision making that led to Michael Jordan's selection. Plus, you’ll hear just how close the Bulls came to selecting a future Hall of Famer in the 1985 draft. A ‘what if?’ for the ages. After a year at the helm of the inaugural World Basketball League's (WBL) Calgary 88's - where he was responsible for almost every decision affecting the franchise - Mike took over another first-year franchise. This time, the Continental Basketball Association's (CBA) Omaha Racers. From 1989 through 1997, he steered the Racers to eight-straight playoff appearances - winning the CBA title in 1993. In 1998, Mike returned to the NBA. He was a scout for George Karl in Seattle, before joining Karl - as his assistant coach - in Milwaukee (through 2002). 2003 would be a turning point in Mike's career. He became head coach of the (WNBA's) Connecticut Sun. He led the team for 10 seasons; twice making the finals (2004 and 2005). Further, Mike was named Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2008. In late 2012, Thibault took over as head coach of the Washington Mystics. In the two seasons prior, the team went 11-57. He led the franchise to postseason play in each of the first-three seasons. In 2018, the Mystics made it to the finals - the first time in franchise history. When we recorded this conversation in late 2018, Mike was sitting on 310 WNBA victories - nobody has won more games as coach than him. Mike discusses the Mystics' upcoming 2019 season (commencing in late May) and reflects on his memories of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was assistant coach on Team USA's gold-medal winning women's team. Links discussed (include): * The famous 1984 NBA Draft * Sam Bowie or Michael Jordan? * Team USA (women’s) win gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics * Most wins as WNBA head coach (now 310 – as of 2018)   People mentioned in this episode, include: Jerry West, Pat Riley, Charles Oakley, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, Pete Newell, Rod Thorn, Jerry Krause, Bob McAdoo, Elena Delle Donne, Karl Malone & Kevin Gamble.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


    AIR088: Adam guests on 'Forgotten Maverick'

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2018 40:08


    My friend, Mike Fraler, host of 'Forgotten Maverick', recently invited me on his show. We discuss how our podcasts came to be and reminisce about our love of NBA history. I also discuss my 1994 and 1995 trips to the USA, and how luck wasn’t on my side – both times I visited the States, Michael Jordan was in the midst of his first retirement. Fancy some NBA trivia? Listen in and test your knowledge against mine. As the name of Mike's podcast cleverly suggests, he chats with Dallas Mavericks players of years gone by. Mike’s twin brother, Jeff, has his own NBA-history podcast: ‘Forgotten Lakers’, Are you sensing a theme, here? If you enjoy my podcast, you’ll certainly enjoy Mike and Jeff’s. Search for ‘Forgotten Maverick’ and ‘Forgotten Lakers’ on your podcast player of choice.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


    NB88-4: November 21 through December 4, 1987 - MJ's fourth NBA season

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2018 30:57


    Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's fourth season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers: - November 21 through December 4, 1987 - Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history   Notable: Petur Gudmundsson – career-high 21 points Mark McNamara – career-high 22 rebounds Franklin Edwards – career-high 16 assists   Links discussed: * Travelin’ Bulls (Higher Ground) * Jordan jabs Jazz: “Was he big enough?”   This episode continues our coverage of the 1987-88 NBA season. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends! For context, here’s our 13-episode series (#NB87), exploring Michael Jordan’s third season in the NBA. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era. People mentioned include: Horace Grant, Mark Jackson, Xavier McDaniel, Fat Lever, Adrian Dantley, Wes Matthews, Clyde Drexler, Manute Bol, Muggsy Bogues, Walt Frazier, Tellis Frank & Bob Ryan.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


    AIR087: Mark Price - NBA All-Star, Cleveland Cavaliers legend and Hall of Fame candidate

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2018 80:49


    Four-time NBA All-Star, All-NBA (1993) and Dream Team II (1994) member, Mark Price. Mark Price rose to basketball prominence from humble beginnings. He starred at Enid High School in Oklahoma, breaking many records; serendipitously, equaling feats set by his famous father, Denny, decades earlier. After high school, Mark played four years with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. To this day, his name is littered throughout the record books. As a freshman, he led the ACC in scoring (20.3 ppg) – an outstanding achievement, given the depth of talent in the conference. Prior to his sophomore campaign, he was a member of Team USA’s gold-medal winning squad at the 1983 Pan-American Games in Venezuela. Mark, and fellow teammate, John Salley, were named team co-captains as sophomores. As a junior, Mark led his team to a 27-8 record. Tech won the ACC Championship, Price was named Tournament MVP and also won (1985) ACC Player of the Year. Georgia Tech advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, before finally bowing out to the Patrick Ewing-led Georgetown Hoyas. Mark left Georgia Tech as the only player in school history to lead the team in scoring all four seasons. Mark was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1986 NBA Draft, before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. We discuss Price’s transition from college to the pros, plus, how the Cavaliers franchise went from ‘cadavers’ to contenders in just two seasons. Mark breaks down each season in Cleveland and we touch on memorable moments from throughout his fantastic tenure with the Cavaliers, culminating with the team’s run to the 1992 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, where they met the Chicago Bulls – one of Mark’s five post-season series’ versus Chicago. Mark also talks about his trade from Cleveland to the Golden State Warriors and his season in Washington where he was teammates with his brother, Brent Price. Mark’s last season was spent in Orlando. We conclude the conversation by discussing Mark’s journey on the sidelines, where he has a wealth of experience in a multitude of roles; most recently (September, 2018), where he was named an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets. This is a strong contender for my favourite episode of the show yet. Links discussed (include): * Mark’s (1983) Team USA wins gold at the Pan-American Games * Mark recalls his historic 1989 Playoffs series versus Chicago * Mark returns from a possible career-ending injury * Dream Team II destroys all-comers; wins 1994 World Champs * Price joins Denver Nuggets as an assistant coach   People mentioned in this episode, include: Craig Ehlo, Brad Daugherty, Ron Harper, Larry Bird, Drazen Petrovic, Lenny Wilkens, Mike Fratello, Wayman Tisdale, Chris Mullin, Spud Webb, Johnny Dawkins, Wayne Embry, Nate McMillan, Jim McIlvaine & Kenny Smith.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


    AIR086: Elliott Kalb - Author, producer and "Mr. Stats" for the NBA on NBC

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2018 71:25


    The one and only "Mr. Stats" (NBA on NBC) and author of Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Basketball?, Elliott Kalb. Elliott is a multiple Sports Emmy-winning producer, writer and television personality. He has worked in sports television for more than 35 years, including more than two decades with NBC, where he was known as “Mr. Stats”. Currently, he is the Senior Editorial Director of MLB Network. In the 1990s through early-2000s, Elliott didn’t often appear on camera, however, he was a vital cog in the mighty NBA on NBC machine. We cover a wide variety of topics and he shares plenty of great stories about his life and the experiences he’s had with a who’s who of talent for more than 30 years. He discusses his most-memorable games from his 12-year run with the NBA on NBC. Elliott also chats about his love for the 1972 L.A. Lakers and how, almost 20 years later, he ended up alongside Pat Riley - a member of that famed squad - a recent addition to the NBA on NBC team. Links discussed (include): * Magic Johnson's awesome ending to the 1992 NBA All-Star Game * Michael Jordan: "I'm back" * Dennis Rodman's unannounced trip to the broadcast table   People mentioned in this episode, include: Willis Reed, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O'Neal, Sean Elliott, David Robinson, Bill Russell, Isiah Thomas, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Scottie Pippen, Bob Costas, Ahmad Rashad, Mike Fratello & Bob Lanier.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


    NB88-3: November 7 through November 20, 1987 - MJ's fourth NBA season

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2018 33:13


    Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's fourth season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers: - November 7 through November 20, 1987 - Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history   Notable: Larry Bird opens the season with an amazing performance at Washington Artis Gilmore returns to Chicago (last played for the Bulls in 1982 season) Chicago wins its 500th game in franchise history Darren's day(e). Bird-less Celtics, down 28, beat Knicks at the buzzer The Chicago Bulls' home-sellout streak commenced   Links discussed: * Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls (season-opener) * Bird's buzzer-beater buries Bullets * Reggie Miller, Chuck Person pace Indiana   This episode continues our coverage of the 1987-88 NBA season. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends! For context, here’s our 13-episode series (#NB87), exploring Michael Jordan’s third season in the NBA. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era. People mentioned include: Maurice Cheeks, Rory Sparrow, Dallas Comegys, Jawann Oldham, Mark Eaton, Darren Daye, Dennis Johnson, Doc Rivers, Terry Porter & Bob Ryan.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


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