Over and Back tells stories about NBA, ABA & pro basketball history. Hosted by Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch. Part of The Step Back NBA Podcast Network, powered by Fansided.
This week Jason and Rich react to the NBA's 75th-anniversary team. We'll give our thoughts on the rollout of the team, a brief history of anniversary teams, players on multiple all-time teams, players new to the NBA's 75th-anniversary team, the NBA righting wrongs with Bob McAdoo and Dominique Wilkins then finally the biggest snubs including Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and many more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Happy Basketball! The NBA has returned and as is a yearly tradition, we'll look at how the 2021-22 NBA season will make history including: Steph Curry on pace to become the NBA's all-time leading three-point shooter LeBron James' climb up the all-time ranks in several categories Dwight Howard vaulting up the total rebounds leaderboards The potential for Giannis Antetokounmpo and Curry to join an elite list of three-time MVPs Chris Paul's all-time assist and steals potential Kevin Durant getting to 25,000 points Rudy Gobert becoming a four-time Defensive Player of the Year and more! We'll also discuss the longest in-season holdouts in NBA history in relation to Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving, some retired numbers news including the Memphis Grizzlies franchise finally retiring numbers, and the switch from Spalding to Wilson for the official game ball. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On this episode of Over and Back, Jason and Rich bring back the popular Last Great Game series for the 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame class. We'll discuss a bit about each Hall of Famers career, why they are entering the Basketball Hall of Fame and then, an in-depth look at each player's last great NBA game. Players featured in this episode include: Rick Adelman Chris Bosh Bob Dandridge Toni Kukoc Paul Pierce Bill Russell Ben Wallace Chris Webber See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode of Over and Back, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch look at the quaint early days of NBA free agency. We'll discuss the basic history of NBA free agency, key free-agency situations before 1977 then do a deep dive into the 1977-1980 offseasons with major signings, crazy compensations, and deals that would have historical ramifications. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The third and final installment in our series on NBA Playoff Buzzer Beaters focuses on NBA Finals buzzer beaters including: Cliff Hagan (1957) Jerry West (1962) Julius Erving (1976) Larry Wright (1979) Dennis Johnson (1985) Michael Jordan (1997) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Our series on NBA playoff buzzer beaters continues with a look at second round, semifinals and conference finals series clinches. Shots discussed in this episode include: Tom Heinsohn concluding the very first Russell vs. Wilt playoff series in 1960 Kawhi Leonard's baseline jumper hits the rim four times before finally falling in and moving the Toronto Raptors past the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019. JoJo White's anti-climatic free-throw series clincher in 1974 against the Buffalo Braves Michael Jordan puts a dagger in the Cleveland Cavaliers' hearts again. This time in 1993. Ralph Sampson helps the young Houston Rockets upset the juggernaut Los Angeles Lakers in 1986. After years of failing to clinch their ticket to the NBA Finals, John Stockton hits a wide-open three to give the Utah Jazz their first finals berth in 1997. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week on the Over and Back Podcast we begin our new series on NBA playoff buzzer beaters! This multi-part series will take a deep dive into each and every playoff buzzer beater in NBA history. We start with episode one focusing on first-round series clinchers including: Derrick McKey's alley-opp to help the 1989 Seattle Supersonics upset the Houston Rockets Michael Jordan's iconic shot over Craig Ehlo that stabbed the city of Cleveland in the heart and helped the Chicago Bulls take the next step towards an NBA championship Damian Lillard's famed .9 shot against Dwight Howard, James Harden and the Houston Rockets Damian Lillard waving good by the Oklahoma City Thunder competitive window as he sends Russell Westbrook and Paul George out of town with one incredible (or as George put it: bad) shot. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Part 2 of Over & Back's exploration of the longest sub .500 streaks. In this episode, we'll explore four more of the longest sub .500 streaks in NBA history including not one but TWO twelve-year streaks from the Los Angeles Clippers, an unfortunate run of bad luck and bad ownership from the Golden State Warriors and finally, the Dallas Mavericks ten-year slide in the 90s. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A special bonus episode of the Over & Back Classic NBA Podcast talking about the life and career of Utah Jazz legend Mark Eaton who tragically passed away this weekend. In this brief episode, we'll talk about Eaton's defensive prowess, his unlikely path to the NBA, his accomplishments in the league and more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Part 1 of Over & Back's exploration of the longest sub .500 streaks. In this episode, we'll explore four of the longest sub .500 streaks in NBA history including two appearances from the Sacramento Kings franchise in both the 80s & 90s as well as their current streak of futility. We'll also look at the Detroit Pistons franchise and their struggles from the late 50s through 1970. Finally, we'll look at a recently broken (then continued) streak of sub .500 futility with the Minnesota Timberwolves' run of losing from 2006 to 2017. In each segment, we'll discuss the history each franchise has with losing, how they got to this point, the number of times they made the playoffs during the streak, major franchise events, the bright spots and best players during the streak, the number of coaching changes as well as the best and worst season of the streak. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On this episode of the Over and Back NBA Podcast, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch discuss franchise icons that were traded away. We'll look at six different players that were traded and the reasons for the trade, how they created a legacy with the franchise that traded them and finally how the trade worked out for the player and the franchise. Trading your legend when you probably shouldn't: Dominique Wilkins Sending your legend back home: Clyde Drexler After a trade request (not a demand): Jack Sikma Time for a new era/refresh: Jason Kidd Trying to upgrade: Peja Stojakovic Saying goodbye to a cult favorite: Muggsy Bogues Support our sponsor This podcast is brought to you by Danette May and Mindful Health LLC featuring Danette May’s top superfood product from her Earth Echo Foods line: Cacao Bliss. Get15% off when you use code MINUTE15 at https://earthechofoods.com/minutemedia See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
“Death at the Wing” is a narrative documentary series looking at the generation of basketball stars and prospects that fell victim to the historical, socioeconomic and political forces that defined the ‘80s. As the new generation of basketball players — players like Magic, Bird and Dr. J — took their mantle as the league’s stars, basketball’s faster and flashier style of play would captivate TV audiences. But along that way to wealth and stardom, the excess of the ‘80s took its toll on the next generation of the sport as Reaganomics created an explosion in wealth for the richest members of American society. Crack and cocaine made its way through neighborhoods where aspiring basketball players lived. Cars were faster and car accidents took the lives of several players. Guns became easier to acquire. Health care and education budgets were slashed. Incarceration took over rehabilitation as the country’s guiding principle to addiction. Many players were suspended and jailed, and those less fortunate died. Those that made it through became overnight superstars for an eager and demanding audience of TV and media coverage, but never in the history of any sport have we seen so many who were ready to become household brands lost in such a short time frame. Why? How? And Who? This is what this show will look into. This is DEATH AT THE WING. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jason and Rich are joined by Curtis Harris (prohoopshistory.substack.com) to talk about the life and career of NBA legend Elgin Baylor, who passed away earlier this week. Topics include: An overview of Baylor's illustrious but snakebitten career Baylor's status as one of the NBA's most underrated players ever Baylor's revolutionary style of play and influence on the game of basketball Baylor's tumultuous high school and college career Saving the Lakers franchise Baylor's battles with racism and All-Star Game boycott Baylor's famous service-shortened 1962 season Surviving a plane crash with his Lakers teammates Major injuries and the unknown world of sports medicine A bittersweet retirement Baylor's post-playing coaching and front-office careers. Additional Resources: Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball (amzn.to/3980dLP) Support for Over and Back: The Day Sports Stood Still From Emmy-winning director Antoine Fuqua and NBA All-Star Chris Paul comes THE DAY SPORTS STOOD STILL - the new HBO documentary that tells the story of the unprecedented sports shutdown in March of 2020 and the remarkable turn of events that followed. Chronicling the abrupt stoppage of sports, the athletes' prominent role in the cultural reckoning on racial injustices that escalated during the pandemic, and the complex return to competition, THE DAY SPORTS STOOD STILL premieres Wednesday, March 24 at 9pm on HBO, and streaming on HBO Max. Visit us on Twitter (@OverandBackNBA) and Facebook for an opportunity to win a free $25 NBAStore.com gift card courtesy of the team behind The Day Sports Stood Still. Manscaped Get 20% off plus free shipping at Manscaped.com using promo code Fansided20. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As a result of Elgin Baylor's passing, we are re-uploading a classic episode discussing the life, career and impact of Elgin Baylor as well as his noted NBA Finals battles with Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics. Our guest on this show was Bijan C. Bayne, author of the incredible book "Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball." You can order the book today at https://amzn.to/3980dLP. We will have a full episode dedicated to Baylor coming out later this week. Thank you. We discuss the Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Finals rivalry between 1959 and 1969 with Bijan C. Bayne, author of “Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball,” in our continuing #RussellMania series dedicated to the life and legacy of Bill Russell. We break down each of their seven NBA Finals battles (1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969), talk about Elgin Baylor's rise to superstardom and his role in popularizing basketball in Los Angeles, Baylor's revolutionary influence on offensive play, the basketball and social parallels of Russell and Baylor, how Baylor was the first NBA player to boycott a game because of segregation, Baylor's relationships with longtime teammate Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain, some of the other key Lakers of the 1960s (including Frank Selvy, Rudy LaRusso, Tom Hawkins, Hot Rod Hundley, Dick Barnett, Leroy Ellis, Gene Wiley, Walt Hazzard, Bob Boozer, Archie Clark, and Gail Goodrich), what Don Nelson's failure in Los Angeles and success in Boston said about both teams, and much more. Original airdate: 4/19/16 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich examine teams with big one-season jumps where the team didn't have a fundamental change (major new star or new coach). The show concept is inspired by the 2021 Utah Jazz who are currently on a 63-win pace after only winning 44 games the prior year. Our criteria: At least a 10-game improvement and have to be a winning team the second season No coaching change between seasons No major stars added between seasons Some of this is subjective -- sorry if we missed your favorite team! In this episode, we'll highlight a few of the teams that made huge jumps with background on the years leading up to the jump and what may have aided the improvement. We'll also do a decade-by-decade breakdown of other teams that made unexpected improvements. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Today on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast we examine the best NBA players on the worst teams. Inspired by Bradley Beal's current situation with the Washington Wizards, we dig through NBA history to find the best individual seasons on sub .500 teams, the best players on the worst NBA teams in history and more! Thank you to our episode sponsor Manscaped.com. Support the show and get your balls looking right with 20% off and free shipping by using promo code Fansided20 at manscaped.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Over & Back Classic NBA Podcast tackles a fun topic this week as we look at former all-stars/award winners who only appeared in 1 game for a team including Rasheed Wallace, Andrew Bogut, Jamal Crawford, Bob Rule, Kenny Sailors, George Carter, Tom Chambers, Tony Jackson, Steve Mix & Walt Bellamy. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The return of one of our most popular series looking at the last great game from all-time great NBA players. Today we'll look at the last great games from: Julius Erving Steve Nash Charles Barkley Wilt Chamberlain Walt Frazier David Robinson See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The return of one of our most popular series looking at the last great game from all-time great NBA players. Today we'll look at the last great games from:Julius ErvingSteve NashCharles BarkleyWilt ChamberlainWalt FrazierDavid Robinson
Join us for a special Over & Back LIVE honoring the life and career of Phoenix Suns great Paul Westphal. We're be joined by Curtis Harris of ProHoopsHistory.com to watch a classic game from Westphal's career: Game 7 of the 1979 Western Conference Finals between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Phoenix Suns.Watch the game along with us at https://youtu.be/3HnRWKwqDAU.Vurbl: https://vurbl.com/station/4WEdpx4IOdH/
Original airdate: 12/22/14Since 1947, when the New York Knicks battled the Providence Steamrollers on Christmas Day, professional basketball played on Christmas Day became an annual tradition. For every year, with the lone exception of 1998, has seen an NBA game on Christmas Day. Unlike the NFL on Thanksgiving Day, the NBA doesn't feature one particular team but rather the best and brightest in the NBA on a given year, sometimes NBA Finals rematches, sometimes the biggest rivalries — either way it's a great tradition that's given us some of the best games of the season. As only we can do here at the Over and Back podcast, we break down five classic NBA Christmas Day games, discuss the background of the teams, highlights of the game and how each team's season fared. We begin the loopback with the 1970 matchup between the Atlanta Hawks vs. Phoenix Suns featuring Pete Maravich battling Connie Hawkins, the Chicago Bulls taking on the Detroit Pistons in 1990 just as the Pistons are fading while the Bulls, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were emerging as a dynasty. We then jump all the way to 2002 to see Tracy McGrady take on Detroit with one of the best single-game performances in Christmas Game history, 2004 sees the first meeting between ex-teammates Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant and we end with a look at the 2011 season-opener (Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers). Did you enjoy this show or any of our others?
Watch the game with us at https://youtu.be/o2qqOubsEGM.It's the most wonderful time of the time! Jason and Rich continue their holiday tradition by welcoming Curtis Harris and Reinis Lācis to the show as the guys talk about the year that was and watch a classic NBA game.This year's game takes us all the way back to 1977-78, a major transition period in the world of professional basketball, as we watch the Buffalo Braves vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers from Christmas Day. We'll talk about major storylines around the NBA and the world at the time, featured players in this game including Marvin Barnes, Billy Knight, Randy Smith, Walt Frazier, Jim Chones, Austin Carr and more!
To celebrate Larry Bird's birthday, we're re-uploading a classic episode looking at NBA MVP 2nd place finishers! Did you know Bird finished in 2nd place four-times including a run of three straight to kick off the 80s? You do now! ----Who remembers who finished in second? We do! Rich and Jason looked at the runners-up in NBA MVP voting from 1956 to 2017 and what lessons we can glean from them in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.We look at how close multiple-time MVP awards like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, and Wilt Chamberlain came to additional awards and if they might even deserve additional MVPs. We discuss players who you might not have expected to finish that high in MVP voting, including Paul Arizin, Dolph Schayes, Nate Thurmond, Lenny Wilkens, George Gervin, Bernard King, Dominique Wilkins, Clyde Drexler, Alonzo Mourning, Jason Kidd, and Dwight Howard.We also talk about poor, cranky Jerry West's bad luck in finishing No. 2 in MVP voting four times. We look at Shaq's two MVP runners-up a decade apart and wonder what kept him from winning more, and whether Kobe Bryant really has a case for a second MVP. We discuss great seasons by Bob Pettit, Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Willis Reed, Bob McAdoo, Dave Cowens, Bill Walton, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kawhi Leonard.We also dig into some alternate NBA MVP awards of the past, including the Sporting News NBA MVP, Basketball Digest Player of the Year, Sam Davis Memorial Award, and the NBPA Players Voice Award. (Original airdate: 3/29/18)
Jason and Rich welcome Pete Croatto—author of the new book From Hang Time to Prime Time (https://amzn.to/3g8hoiS)—to watch the fourth quarter and overtime of a classic NBA playoff game between the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons. We also discuss Pete's new book, the NBA's rise in popularity in the 1980s, Isiah Thomas' career, Bernard King's brilliancy plus a lot of Kent Benson jokes.Follow along with the game at https://youtu.be/Qf03Y_ptFGw.
Perhaps the biggest news of this year's wild NBA offseason is the Milwaukee Bucks reported deal to acquire Bogdan Bogdanovic and the trade eventually falling through. This inspired us to look at some of the biggest and most important NBA trades in NBA history... that never happened. Trades that were reported, featured All-Stars or had major title ramifications but ended up not happening for one reason or another. Trades covered in this episode: -Bob McAdoo to Sonics-Dennis Rodman to Suns-Julius Erving to Clippers-Scottie Pippen for Shawn Kemp-James Worthy & Byron Scott to Mavericks-Allen Iverson to Piston-Charles Barkley to Lakers-Hakeem Olajuwon to Heat-Tyson Chandler to the Thunder-Kevin Garnett to Suns or Lakers-Kobe Bryant to Bulls or Pistons-Chris Paul to Lakers-Paul George to Cavs
We examine some of the best non-first round picks in NBA history on the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, hosted by Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch.Combing through each decade of draft classes, we discuss Maurice Cheeks in 1978, Danny Ainge in 1981, Jeff Hornacek, Mark Price and Dennis Rodman in 1986, Toni Kukoc in 1990, Stephen Jackson in 1997, Rashard Lewis in 1998, Manu Ginobili in 1999, Paul Millsap in 2006, Marc Gasol in 2007, Goran Dragic and DeAndre Jordan in 2008, Hassan Whiteside in 2010, Isaiah Thomas in 2011, and Draymond Green in 2012.Original airdate: 6/22/17
(Original airdate: 1/13/17)We look back at all the No. 1 overall picks in the NBA draft in the past 50 years and how their careers went in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, hosted by Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch.We discuss Anthony Bennett's recent release from the Brooklyn Nets and how he looks like the latest No. 1 overall pick to be a complete bust, how there are a wide range of outcomes for No. 1 overall picks, from some of the greatest players of all-time (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and LeBron James) to the biggest disappointments (LaRue Martin, Pervis Ellison, Michael Olowokandi, Kwame Brown, Andrea Bargnani and Greg Oden).We also talk about what is fair to expect from a No. 1 overall pick, a run of mid-1970s players who ran into injury or drug issues (Doug Collins, Bill Walton, David Thompson and John Lucas), an impressive crop of 1980s big men for five straight drafts (Ralph Sampson, Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Brad Daugherty and David Robinson), players who were very good but fell short of greatness (Cazzie Russell, Mychal Thompson, Mark Aguirre, Derrick Coleman, Larry Johnson, Glenn Robinson and Andrew Bogut) and much more.
In this episode, Jason and Rich uncover the many ways the 2020 NBA Finals made history including LeBron James' ongoing legacy building, players winning rings with multiple teams, back-to-back NBA Finals wins with different teams, back-to-back NBA Finals losses, youngest players to win rings and so much.
To celebrate the birthday of one of the NBA's first high-scoring forward—"Jumping" Joe Fulks—we're uploading a classic Over & Back episode looking at 50-point games before Wilt Chamberlain blew up the record books. ---We officially begin our series looking at 50-point games with a look back at the days when 50-point games were a rarity. We discuss the first 50+ point games in NBA history, the early dominance of George Mikan, "Jumpin" Joe Fulks, Bob Cousy's 50+ in the playoffs, Neil Johnston and more. We also delve into the strange disappearance of 50-point games in the early shot clock era, the return with Bob Pettit, George Yardley. Lastly, we discuss the explosion of 50+ point games beginning in 1959 thanks to stars like Elgin Baylor, Jack Twyman, Richie Guerin and the man who will totally transform the league: Wilt Chamberlain. (Original airdate: 2/21/2019)
Jason and Rich continue their NBA Finals Game 7s series with part eight, looking at the top two NBA Finals Game 7s of all time: Boston Celtics vs. St. Louis Hawks from 1957 and the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons from 1988. Topics discussed include the beginning of the Boston Celtics dynasty, Bill Russell's rookie year (though he wasn't the Rookie of the Year, another Celtic took that spot!), a sub-standard Hawks regular season followed by a strong playoff showing, the thrilling double overtime game and the improbable final play attempt that would've gone down in history had it worked. Lastly, we discuss one of the most famous games in modern NBA history: Lakers vs. Pistons from the 1988 NBA Finals. Topics on this game include the Lakers looking for their first back-to-back titles since 1969, ""Big Game"" James Worthy's triple-double, Magic Johnson's reliability and Joe Dumars rising to the occasion as a result of Isiah Thomas' sprained ankle.Original airdate: 6/24/15
Jason and Rich continues their Finals Game 7s series with part seven, looking at the Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs from 2013 and Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers from 1962. Topics discussed include the 2013 NBA Finals historic Game 6 comeback led by Ray Allen, why Game 7 was overshadowed by Game 6 despite being itself a great game, LeBron James' insane efficiency throughout the season, Manu Ginobili's gaffs, Kawhi Leonard's emergence and a rare display of emotion from Tim Duncan. On the 1962 front, Jason and Rich discuss Elgin Baylor and Jerry West's great games, Bill Russell having, you guessed it, a great Game 7 performance, Sam Jones and Frank Ramsey's good showing, the famous Frank Selvy missed shot and Bob Cousy infamously dribbling out the clock.Original airdate: 6/22/15
Jason and Rich continue looking back at classic NBA playoff Game 7s with a series on every NBA Finals Game 7 in history. For part six, they talk about the Syracuse Nationals vs. Fort Wayne Pistons in 1955 and the Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers in 1984. Topics discussed include how the shot clock made a difference in its first season, George King coming through in the clutch, a referee becoming an NBA coach, allegations of gambling and possible game-fixing, whether the first Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird Finals was the most important series in NBA history, Cedric Maxwell’s major role in two Celtics championships, Magic being Tragic Johnson, and much more.Original airdate: 6/16/15
Jason and Rich continue looking back at classic NBA playoff Game 7s with a series on every NBA Finals Game 7 in history. For part five, they talk about the Houston Rockets vs. New York Knicks in 1994 and the Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers in 1969. Topics discussed include John Starks’ famously awful 2-for-18 game, the rareness of a superstar vs. superstar (Hakeem Olajuwon vs. Patrick Ewing) matchup at the same position in the Finals, how insanely close the 1994 Finals really were by point differential, Bill Russell and Sam Jones’ final game, Jerry West winning Finals MVP in a series his team lost, the Lakers coach refusing to allow Wilt Chamberlain back into the game after an injury, Don Nelson’s lucky shot, and much more. Those subjects and much more are covered in this brand-new episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.Original airdate: 6/15/15
Jason and Rich continue looking back at classic NBA playoff Game 7s with a series on every NBA Finals Game 7 in history. For part four, they talk about the San Antonio Spurs vs. Detroit Pistons in 2005 and the Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers in 1966. Topics discussed include which of the 2000s Pistons are likely Hall of Famers, the wonders of young Manu Ginobili, how close the Pistons came to going back-to-back, the friendship of Larry Brown and Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan being awesome, the Celtics winning their 8th title in a row, the final game of Red Auerbach's coaching career. Bill Russell with another gaudy stat line, and a dramatic Lakers’ comeback falling just short.Original airdate: 6/11/15
Jason and Rich continue discussing every NBA Finals Game 7 in history. For part three, they talk about the Washington Bullets vs. Seattle Supersonics in 1978 and the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics in 2010. Topics discussed include Dennis Johnson’s 0-for-14 shooting performance, the origins of “the opera ain’t over till the fat lady sings,” the odd paths for both the Sonics and Bullets in 1978, Pau Gasol proving he’s not soft, how much Kobe Bryant cared about passing Shaquille O’Neal, the importance of Kendrick Perkins, and much more. Those subjects and much more are covered in this brand-new episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.Original airdate: 6/8/15
Jason and Rich continue looking at every NBA Finals Game 7 in history. In Part Two, they discuss the New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers in 1970, Minneapolis Lakers vs. Syracuse Nationals in 1954, and Rochester Royals vs. New York Knicks in 1951. Topics discussed include the shocking revelation that the “Willis Reed game” was only 15th on our list, Walt Frazier’s fantastic performance in said game, the Lakers and George Mikan’s early NBA dominance, the NBA’s odd Round Robin playoff format, the surprisingly dominant Rochester Royals mini-dynasty, Arnie Risen’s stardom and how the 1951 series was important in growing the NBA’s national significance. Those subjects and much more are covered in this brand-new episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.Original airdate: 6/4/15
Similar to our prior episode on players to spend time with both Conference Finalists, we preview this year's NBA Finals with a look at our favorite players to don Lakers and Heat jerseys. Topics include famous trades between the two franchises, highlights from our selection of players and an all-time list of prominent players to spend time with both teams.
For part one of our series looking at Game 7s of the NBA Finals, Jason and Rich discuss the Boston Celtics vs. St. Louis Hawks in 1960, Minneapolis Lakers vs. New York Knicks in 1952, and Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks in 1974.Topics discussed include Bob Cousy’s stardom and when Bill Russell became the face of the Boston Celtics dynasty, the fierce Hawks vs. Celtics Finals rivalry in four of five Finals, George Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers’ dynasty in the early 1950s, the scrappy New York Knicks who fell in the three NBA Finals in a row, the last gasp of the Milwaukee Bucks’ 1970s run with Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and the bulldog 1970s Celtics led by Dave Cowens, John Havlicek and Jo Jo White.Original airdate: 6/2/15
Jason and Rich look at the best Conference Finals Game 7s of All-Time! Games covered include historic battles like the Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic and Mike Bibby’s 2002 Sacramento Kings vs. Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers also make an appearance later in the show as discuss one of the most recent Conference Final Game 7s and also one of the most memorable as Rasheed Wallace, Scottie Pippen and the Portland Trailblazers blow a late-game lead to the 2000 Lakers. The guys also cover the famous “Havlicek Stole the Ball!” game from 1965 featuring the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers, yet another chapter in the storied Wilt Chamberlain/Bill Russell rivalry. Another Celtics/76ers tilt — this time in 1981 as Larry Bird and Julius Erving dual for a chance at the NBA Finals is also covered. Those games and much more are covered in this brand-new episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast. Original airdate: 5/19/15
The NBA's conference finals are in full swing which gave us an idea: who were the best players to play for both Eastern Conference finalists (Miami Heat & Boston Celtics) and the best players to play for both Western Conference finalists (Los Angeles Lakers & Denver Nuggets). We'll discuss some of the most interesting trades between the franchises, notable playoff series histories and then our breakdown of our favorites to play for both franchises including Antonie Walker, Grant Long and Sherman Douglas for the Heat/Celtics and Nick Van Exel, Charlie Scott and Orlando Wooldridge of the Lakers/Nuggets. We'll also discuss the more famous players to play for both franchises with names like Shaquille O'Neal, Ray Allen, Gary Payton, JR Smith and many more.
Stunning news today as Steve Nash has been hired to coach the Brooklyn Nets. In response to this huge news, we're throwing it back to a classic episode talking about Steve Nash's career and legacy as he marched toward the end of his playing career. ----With the news of Steve Nash's season-ending back injury, the career of the Canadian legend appears to be over so we needed to give him the proper Over and Back treatment. Join us as we say goodbye to a fallen hero! We begin this week's episode with a roundtable discussion alongside Podium Game contributor Bryan Gibberman and the Podium Game czar himself Jordan White. Discussions including Nash's legacy and impact on the game of basketball, how he changed the NBA, his rise to superstardom in Dallas, if he deserved to win the MVP award and why the Phoenix Suns never won an NBA championship. The second half of the show runs down the career of Steve Nash beginning with his college career in Santa Clara, making national headlines with an upset of #2 Arizona and leading Santa Clara to the top 25. We then touch briefly on Nash's early career with the Phoenix Suns (bleached blonde hair and all) before going into detail on his trade to the Dallas Mavericks, the rough beginnings as a Maverick and eventual ascension, along with Dirk Nowitzki, into the realm of superstar as Dallas makes a run to the Western Conference Finals. We wrap up with a look at Nash's return to Phoenix, his multiple MVP seasons and leading not only the number one offense in basketball but one of the most successful teams of the 2000s and finally, his latest, forgettable run and the failed experiment joining Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles. Original airdate: 10/29/14"
We discuss more fantastic early round Game 7s: -Chet Walker and the 1974 Chicago Bulls taking on the Dave Bing, Bob Lanier and the Detroit Pistons. -Kevin Johnson puts up 46 points and Charles Barkley's plays his "last game" in the NBA (hint: it wasn't) as Mario Ellie hits a game-winner for Hakeem Olajuwon and the 1995 Houston Rockets. -Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry and the Dallas Mavericks finally getting the Spurs monkey off their back in 2006 as they battle with, who else, Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli. -Plus as an added bonus, we took a not-so-retro look at the 2015 Los Angeles Clippers/San Antonio Spurs Game 7 including a gutsy performance from Chris Paul, Blake Griffin's rapid maturation and the ageless wonder Tim Duncan.Original airdate: 5/7/15
A look at the best Game 7s in NBA history begins with early rounds (first round and conference semifinals). Series recaps include: -The 1981 Western Conference Semifinals with the surprising Houston Rockets led by Calvin Murphy taking on George Gervin, Mark Olberding and San Antonio Spurs -The 1976 showdown between the "Miracle" Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Bullets -The famous Vince Carter graduation game against Allen Iverson, Dikembe Mutombo and the 2001 Philadelphia 76ers -The famed "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks 1995 series infamous for Patrick Ewing's missed layup in the final seconds -LeBron James leading a pack of scrubs to the limit with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett's 2008 Boston Celtics -The dynasty that never was 1986 Milwaukee Bucks battle Julius Erving, Charles Barkley and the 1986 Philadelphia 76ers. -Last but not least, one of the most famous games in NBA playoff history - Larry Bird vs. Dominique Wilkins, Celtics vs. Hawks from 1988.Original airdate: 4/28/15
In December 2019, we recorded this episode about Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic having one of the best sophomore seasons ever. Since then, he's continued to emerge as a bonafide NBA superstar.Luka Doncic is having one of the best sophomore seasons of all-time so we'll look at just how well he's been playing, where he ranks in best second-year seasons ever then we examine other standout sophomore years. (Original airdate: 12/12/19)
Almost as long as there's been a draft in the NBA, there's been teams tanking to get the most favorable picks and a chance at generationally great players. In a league where one player can alter a franchise both on and off the court, getting that one is so important, sometimes losing games is the best method and thus, tanking was born. Jason and Rich discuss their definitions of tanking, how it happens, who participates as well as some discussion on the origins of the NBA draft and the transition from the coin flip to the current draft lottery system. The guys then discuss a few of their favorite tanking teams, ones that were near and dear to their heart and some of the more prominent ones including the ‘83 and ‘84 Houston Rockets, 2002-03 Cavaliers, the post-Jordan Baby Bulls, 2005-06 Timberwolves and the famous Mark Madsen game and much more along the way. Alternate discussions include some of the worst teams in NBA history, worst stretches by a team and the best players on miserable teams.Original airdate: 2/9/15
On the anniversary of Larry Bird's retirement in 1992, we're bringing back an Over & Back Classic episode on the last great game of Bird's career.---Ben Taylor (Backpicks.com) joins Jason Mann to chat about Larry Bird's last great NBA performance, a 49-point triple-double in a 152-148 double OT win over Clyde Drexler and the Blazers, in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.We discuss a thrilling game with two buzzer-beaters from Bird and Kevin Gamble, how rare it is for two teams to score more than 148 points in the same game, time catching up to the Bird-McHale-Parish Celtics, how the early 1990s Blazers are a bit underappreciated, Bird managing to remain great even with major back trouble, and how both teams enjoyed the running game. We also share some thoughts on Terry Porter, Clifford Robinson, Danny Ainge, Reggie Lewis, and a young Rick Fox.We also discuss Ben's recent Top 40 Best Careers in NBA History series (http://www.backpicks.com/2017/12/11/the-backpicks-goat-the-40-best-careers-in-nba-history/): ranking Kobe Bryant outside the top 10, LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan, and Reggie Miller and Patrick Ewing being better than perhaps you remember, and talk about some of his other projects. (Original airdate: 8/17/18)
2020 will (hopefully) go down as the weirdest NBA season of all-time but what other modern seasons come close? On this episode of Over and Back, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch look at the weirdest modern NBA seasons including lockout-shortened years, stunning retirements, rules changes and more.
On this classic episode of Over and Back, Jason and Rich examine NBA players who by age 25 appeared on the trajectory for all-time greatness but for one reason or another fell off track.Players discussed include early NBA star Ed Macauley, territorial pick in the last BAA draft before the BAA and the NBL merged to form the NBA. Jason and Rich discuss Macauley's early career, the trade he's most famous for and what he did in his post-playing career. Dwight Howard: one of the NBA's shining stars in his early years that has fallen out of favor recently, Jason and Rich look at his injury history as well as his attitude and whether or not he will be considered an all-time great when he finally hangs it up.Tracy McGrady: T-Mac put together one of the NBA's greatest seasons in 2003 but just a few years later was unable to get on the court. McGrady was a star that shined bright but ultimately left many underwhelmed.Elton Brand: Mr. Reliable put together an impressive resume in his early 20s but never reached the next level.Gilbert Arenas: One of the NBA's best stories turned into one of its worse as Arenas rose up from anonymity to become a star on the Washington Wizards, ultimately though, his career will be remembered for one unfortunate incident.Luol Deng: The do-everything, jack of all trades for the mid 2000 Chicago Bulls, Deng teamed with fellow youngsters Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon to led the Bulls back to the playoffs. In addition to examinations into each of the players above, Jason and Rich also delve into players who accumulate a high percentage of stats in their first five years of the league.
We go back into our archives for our fourth ever episode on this, the 27th anniversary of Reggie Lewis' death to talk about the life, career and tragic death of the Boston Celtics' Reggie Lewis. Jason and Rich dive into the career timeline of Lewis, his rough upbringing in drug-riddled Baltimore, playing in high school with three other future NBA players and being recruited by Northeastern University and eventual UConn legend Jim Calhoun. The guys then move onto his NBA career, joining a still-talented but increasingly old Boston Celtics team, finally getting the reigns to himself, holding court at "The Table", duels with Michael Jordan, his final NBA game against the Charlotte Hornets and much more. Finally, a look at Lewis' untimely death, what occurred in the aftermath, how the media, players and the league covered the death and the downward spiral of the Boston Celtics franchise.