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In all Airness: Michael Jordan-era NBA History Podcast by Adam Ryan

In all Airness: Michael Jordan-era NBA History Podcast

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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 content.


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AIR076: Don Casey - HS, college and NBA coaching great


Tue, Mar 21, 2017


High school, college and NBA coaching great, Don Casey.

To say that Don Casey is an important figure to the game of basketball, is to massively undersell his contributions. His head-coaching journey began in 1958, when he was just 21 years old. Almost by accident, Don found basketball; perhaps, basketball found Don. He enjoyed great success, leading Bishop Eustace High School to two state championships (Class B and A in successive seasons) in six years.

We discuss Don’s transition to the college ranks, where he spent nine seasons as the head coach of Temple University. We also chat about his long-time mentor, the legendary Harry Litwack.

The NBA came calling for the 1983 season. Don remained at the highest level (as an assistant and/or head coach) for almost 20 years. We talk about his memories and experiences from that stage of his life. He went from the sleepless nights and frustrations of leading the L.A. Clippers (through 1990), to joining Chris Ford‘s coaching staff on the Boston Celtics (1991). We reflect on Don’s memories of Boston, including his links to the great Jack McCallum, who at one time, lived with Don whilst researching Unfinished Business. Don would move to New Jersey after the 1996 season, to work for John Calipari, before finishing his NBA (coaching) career as head coach of the New Jersey Nets.

The conversation concludes with a brief discussion about Don’s post-NBA interests.

Links discussed (include):

* Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers (1991 NBA Playoffs)

* New Jersey Nets vs Chicago Bulls (1998 NBA Playoffs)

People mentioned in this episode, include: Terence Stansbury, Chuck Person, Jim McIlvaine, Kendall Gill, Bob Hill, Jim Lynam, Larry Bird, Red Auerbach, Reggie Miller, Sherman Douglas, Ernie Grunfeld, Gene Shue, Don Chaney & John Bagley.

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NB87-3: November 16 through 30, 1986 - MJ's third NBA season


Sat, Feb 25, 2017


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's third season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season – November 16 through 30, 1986

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1986-87 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played five games in this span – two wins and three losses.

Notable milestones:

Don Nelson - won his 500th game as coach

Links discussed:

* Michael Jordan saves the day, as Bulls nix Knicks

This episode continues our coverage of the 1986-87 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Moses Malone, John Paxson, Alvin Robertson, Marques Johnson, Charles Oakley, Ed Nealy, Dave Feitl, Ben McDonald, Robert Parish, Hot Rod Williams, Alex English, Sleepy Floyd & Darren Daye.

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BTG-2: Michael Jordan wears jersey number 12 [Feb 14, 1990] - Behind the Game


Tue, Feb 14, 2017


No love for Michael Jordan on Valentine's Day, 1990. This episode covers:

- details behind Jordan's sole-performance in jersey #12 [Feb 14, 1990]

Behind the Game. Learn why Michael Jordan was forced to wear a nameless jersey. Love, theft and basketball.

Links discussed:

Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic [February 14, 1990]

* Game highlights

People mentioned in this episode, include: Andrew Bernstein, Larry Guest & Johnny Red Kerr.

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BTG-1: Tom Chambers' dunk on Mark Jackson [Jan 27, 1989] - Behind the Game


Sat, Jan 28, 2017


Tom Chambers’ iconic jam on Mark Jackson. This episode covers:

- details behind one of the NBA’s all-time greatest slam dunks [Jan 27, 1989]

The first in a new series of podcast episodes: Behind the Game. Learn why Tom Chambers and Mark Jackson are forever linked in NBA history.

Links discussed:

New York Knicks at Phoenix Suns [January 27, 1989]

* Game highlights

* Pigeons and statues

People mentioned in this episode, include: Eddie Johnson, Jeff Hornacek, Kevin Johnson, Mark West, Tyrone Corbin, Larry Nance, James Edwards, Jay Humphries, Dan Majerle, Tim Perry, Andrew Lang, Patrick Ewing & Gerald Wilkins.

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NB87-2: October 31 through November 15, 1986 - MJ's third NBA season


Fri, Jan 20, 2017


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's third season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

-  NBA regular season – October 31 through November 15, 1986

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the first 16 days of the 1986-87 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played eight games in this span – five wins and three losses.

Michael Jordan ensured Doug Collins' coaching debut was a memorable one. Jordan registered his first 50-point game at New York and his scintillating form led Chicago to start the season with three-consecutive wins.

Notable milestones:

Mark West - scored a career-high 27 points
John Long - scored a career-high 44 points
Bill Hanzlik - scored a career-high 33 points

Links discussed:

* Bowie’s persistent leg-related problems led to a shocking incident versus Dallas

This episode continues our coverage of the 1986-87 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Earl Cureton, Ron Harper, Sam Bowie, Adrian Dantley, Granville Waiters, Dave Corzine, Rory Sparrow, Chuck Person, Johnny Dawkins & Mike Smrek.

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NB87-1: pre-draft / 1986 Draft, 1986-87 Bulls training camp and preseason games - Michael Jordan's third NBA season


Fri, Jan 06, 2017


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's third season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Off-season news, notes and quotes

- 1986 NBA Draft

- Chicago Bulls 1986-87 training camp and preseason games

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

We're back with a new series. Starting early-to-mid June, 1986, we discuss a wide array of interesting topics and happenings, from the NBA's off-season.

We cover the 1986 NBA Draft and how the Bulls planned to retool for the upcoming season. We recap Chicago's 1986-87 preseason games. The results were mixed. Michael Jordan was ever-reliable, however, most other players were still looking to cement their position and importance to the team.

To round out the episode, we talk about the Bulls' efforts to put forth a competitive and cohesive team, on the eve of the regular season.

Links discussed:

* Moses Malone a Piston?
* UNC Pro-Alumni Game
* John Shasky wearing (Bulls) #45 - same year (1995) MJ did
* ‘The Trail’ (Arvydas Sabonis episodes
* Mike 'Gibbo' Gibson - Australian journalist
* Stan Albeck's parting shot (see full show notes) [Chicago Tribune]

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Doug Collins, Brad Sellers, Gene Banks, Pete Myers, Orlando Woolridge, Steve Colter, Hot Rod Williams, Jeff Ruland, Dave Corzine, Olden Polynice, Jawann Oldham, Chuck Person, Granville Waiters, Joe Barry Carroll, Bob Hansen, Elston Turner, Johnny Dawkins, Kenny Walker & Alfredrick Hughes.

This episode begins our coverage of the 1986-87 NBA season. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends! For context, here's our 15-episode series, exploring Michael Jordan's sophomore campaign.

Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

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AIR075: Space Jam's 20th anniversary - Nigel Miguel and Nate Bellamy Jr


Fri, Dec 09, 2016


To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the highest-grossing basketball movie of all-time, Nigel and Nate pull back the curtain and share inside stories on the iconic Space Jam.

Nigel and Nate were vital contributors, both in-front of and behind the cameras. They also played a crucial role in the smooth running of the legendary Jordan Dome. Both gentlemen are close friends of Michael Jordan and recall some fantastic stories from on the set and discuss how the genre-bending movie came to be.

Topics / links discussed (include):

People mentioned in this episode, include: Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Dennis Rodman, Marques Johnson, Larry Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Muggsy Bogues, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing & Shawn Bradley.

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NB86-15: Michael Jordan's second NBA season - Special guest, Mike Carey (1980s Celtics beat writer) - 1986 series finale


Thu, Nov 17, 2016


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Mike Carey - covering the Boston Celtics on a daily basis

- Marvin Barnes' importance to the success of the 1986 Celtics

- What is was like to travel with the Celtics throughout the season

- How Mike and Danny Ainge first heard news of Len Bias' tragic death

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

The ultimate episode of #NB86. We finish our series with an in-depth interview, inviting award-winning (Boston Herald - 1980s) Celtics beat writer, Mike Carey, on the show. He discusses his experiences travelling with the mighty Boston Celtics.

Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

Links discussed:

* 1985 NBA Finals. The Lakers defeat the Celtics on the famed parquet floor
* Bill Walton's importance and his undying love for the Celtics franchise
* Michael Jordan's 63-point explosion versus Boston
* The Boston Celtics celebrate a 16th NBA title
* From jubilation to complete despair. Len Bias' tragic death

This episode concludes our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the series. If you enjoyed the content, please share it with your friends!

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NB86-14: Michael Jordan's second NBA season - 1986 Playoffs through Finals


Sat, Nov 05, 2016


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Playoffs through 1986 NBA Finals (April 17 through June 8)

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

The penultimate episode of #NB86. We discuss numerous happenings from the 1985-86 NBA season. This time, the Playoffs through NBA Finals. Make sure you stay tuned for our final episode, when award-winning (1980s) Celtics beat writer, Mike Carey, joins the show.

Notable milestones:

* Larry Bird - won his third-consecutive Most Valuable Player Award
* Patrick Ewing - named Rookie of the Year
* Alvin Robertson - named Most Improved Player & Defensive Player of the Year
* Michael Jordan - set a single-game playoff record, scoring 63 points at Boston
* Hakeem Olajuwon - tied a then-NBA Finals record, with eight blocks
* Calvin Natt - scored a career-high 40 points
* Randy Wittman - scored a career-high 35 points
* Wes Matthews - scored a career-high 30 points
* Spud Webb - registered a career-high 18 assists

Links discussed:

* Dudley Bradley goes glass
* Adam's inadvertent Twitter fracas with Pat O'Brien
* Ralph Sampson's miracle shot

Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Doug Collins, Jerry Sichting, Terry Teagle & Xavier McDaniel.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

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AIR074: Kelly Tripucka (Part II) - Notre Dame star, two-time NBA All-Star and broadcaster


Fri, Oct 21, 2016


Notre Dame great, two-time NBA All-Star and broadcaster, Kelly Tripucka.

Part two of an in-depth, wide-ranging conversation about Kelly's career.

Topics / links discussed (include):

People mentioned in this episode, include: Bill Laimbeer, Julius Erving, Bernard King, Jerry West, Dave Bing, Kiki VanDeWeghe, Pete Maravich, Rex Chapman, Bill Hanzlik, Dell Curry, Adrian Dantley & Muggsy Bogues.

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AIR073: Kelly Tripucka (Part I) - Notre Dame star, two-time NBA All-Star and broadcaster


Mon, Sep 26, 2016


Notre Dame great, two-time NBA All-Star and broadcaster, Kelly Tripucka.

Part one of an in-depth, wide-ranging conversation about Kelly's career.

Topics / links discussed (include):

People mentioned in this episode, include: Peyton Manning, Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Julius Erving, Mark Aguirre, Dave Bing, Kiki VanDeWeghe, Pete Maravich, Danny Ainge, Bill Hanzlik, Albert King, Orlando Woolridge & Magic Johnson.

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NB86-13: Michael Jordan's second NBA season - March 24 through April 13, 1986


Tue, Aug 30, 2016


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - March 24 through April 13, 1986

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls finished the regular season with ten games in twenty days – six wins and four losses.

Michael Jordan - who buoyed his Bulls' chances of returning to the playoffs - led Chicago in a tug of war against the Cleveland Cavaliers. As the regular season drew to a close, both teams were fighting for the right to contend in the postseason. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

Links discussed: Erving buries Boston

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Dominique Wilkins, Danny Ainge, Adrian Dantley, Mike Gminski, Larry Bird, Jerry Reynolds, Louis Orr, Charles Barkley, Herb Williams, Ken Bannister & Keith Lee.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

86-03-25 - New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-28 - Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

86-03-29 - Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

86-04-01 - Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

86-04-03 - Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers

86-04-05 - Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

86-04-07 - Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

86-04-08 - Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

86-04-11 - Washington Bullets @ Chicago Bulls

86-04-13 - Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

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NB86-12: Michael Jordan's second NBA season - March 9 through 23, 1986


Thu, Aug 11, 2016


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - March 9 through 23, 1986

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played eight games in this span – three wins and five losses.

Michael Jordan returned to the court in an effort to drive the Bulls into the NBA Playoffs. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

Links discussed: The Mozart of Basketball: The Remarkable Life and Legacy of Drazen Petrovic | The Starters

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Charles Oakley, Larry Bird, Adrian Dantley, Herb Williams, Gene Banks, Karl Malone, George Gervin, Rod Higgins, James Bailey, Benoit Benjamin, Kevin Willis, Chris McNealy, Drazen Petrovic & Keith Smith.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

86-03-09 - New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-11 - New Jersey Nets @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-13 - Denver Nuggets @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-15 - Milwaukee @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-17 - Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

86-03-19 - Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers

86-03-21 - Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

86-03-22 - Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

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AIR072: Michael Holton - NCAA Championship finalist and NBA / CBA veteran


Wed, Jul 27, 2016


NCAA Championship finalist, NBA / CBA veteran and broadcaster, Michael Holton.

High School: Pasadena, California

Michael was a great player in high school. As a senior (1979), he averaged 27 points per game. He discusses his fondest memories of playing high school basketball. Fifteen years later – when Michael entered the coaching ranks – he’d reunite with his high school coach, George Terzian. Michael also talks about his decision to sign with the UCLA Bruins.

College: University of California, Los Angeles | Years: 1979-80 – 1982-83

Michael was a starter as a freshman and was named the Bruins’ outstanding first-year player. He recalls his initial fear of perhaps not being good enough to succeed on the next level – that fear was quickly allayed. After winning only eight of the first 14 games, the Bruins caught fire at the perfect time; steamrolling through the 1980 NCAA Tournament, all the way to the Championship Game versus the Louisville Cardinals. For perspective, here’s the list of teams that UCLA defeated and some of the big-time players Michael encountered:

Old Dominion (Mark West) / DePaul (Terry Cummings & Mark Aguirre) / Ohio State (Kelvin Ransey & Clark Kellogg) / Clemson (Larry Nance & Mitchell Wiggins) / Purdue (Joe Barry Carroll).

In the 1980 Championship game, UCLA lost 59-54. The Cardinals were littered with future-NBA players: Darrell Griffith, Derek Smith, Rodney McCray & Jerry Eaves. Michael reflects on that amazing run to the final.

Holton’s freshman season was the senior year for Kiki VanDeWeghe – who went on to star in the NBA, notching-up seven seasons of 20-plus points per game in the 1980s – Michael talks about the importance influence of the Bruins’ junior and senior players.

As a sophomore in 1981 (outright) and junior in 1982 (tied with Ralph Jackson), Michael was named the Bruins’ Outstanding Team Player. UCLA made the second round of the 1981 NCAA Tournament, but missed the post-season in 1982. Former guests and friends of the show, Mark Eaton and Nigel Miguel, joined the Bruins around this time, too. Michael talks about the transition from (coaches) Larry Brown to Larry Farmer.

As a senior, Michael was named captain and led the team in free-throw percentage. His college career ended (1983) with a second-round exit to the Utah Utes. After reaching the title game as a freshman, Michael contrasts his feelings about exiting the tournament early (as a senior).

NBA / CBA career | Years: 1983-84 – 1991-92

We discuss the 1983 Draft. Michael’s opportunity to play in the NBA would have to wait one season. After Golden State waived him (October, 1983), he signed with the Coquis; the Continental Basketball Association’s (CBA) newly-minted expansion franchise. The Coquis made it to the playoffs, before bowing out to Phil Jackson’s Albany Patroons in the semi-finals.

In late September of 1984, Michael signed with the Phoenix Suns as a free agent – joining former Bruins teammates, Mike Sanders and Rod Foster. Holton recalls the step-up from Puerto Rico to the Suns. His Suns met the would-be NBA Champion, L.A. Lakers, in the first round (0-3) of the 1985 Playoffs. As he displayed throughout our chat, Michael has a great sense of humor, regaling his first taste of playoff basketball.

After a 0-4 start to season, Phoenix waived Holton. He returned to the CBA and played a key role – scoring 13 points – leading his CBA All-Star team to a 110-108 win over defending champs, Tampa Bay, in Florida. That was February 11, 1986. Michael details the wonderful background behind his meeting with the Chicago Bulls’ VP of Operations, Jerry Krause, moments after the aforementioned CBA game. Holton signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Bulls – he’d later sign with the team for the rest of the season.

Michael Holton joined the Bulls franchise at a fascinating time in its history. Michael Jordan had broken his foot in just the third game of the season; he hoped to make an on-court return before season’s end. Holton’s future with the Bulls was largely dependent on Jordan’s injury rehabilitation. He shares unique insight into his early interactions with not only his new teammates, but his practice-court battles with a young Air Jordan.

We discuss the details behind an incredible promotional poster – Raging Bulls – that Michael appeared on.

When Michael was left off the Bulls’ (1986) post-season roster – to make way for Jawann Oldham – he accepted an offer to play overseas for the Great Taste Coffee Makers, in the Philippine Basketball Association. He enjoyed considerable success in a short span – including two 40-plus point games.

Michael signed as a veteran free agent with the Blazers, in August of 1986. He joined the team for its Summer League games in Los Angeles. In one of those games, he scored 37 points against his former team, the Phoenix Suns.

The Trail Blazers’ Mike Schuler, replaced the legendary Dr. Jack Ramsay. In his first season (1987) at the helm, Schuler led the Blazers to a 49-33 record – the best effort for a Portland team since the 1978 campaign – and won Coach of the Year honors.

Holton’s second season with the Blazers resulted in an even-better regular season (53-29). His responsibilities also increased significantly as he became a trusted part of the rotation. Michael discussed his increased role with the team and some of the all-time Blazer greats that he played with, including Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter.

As one of the (Blazers) players left unprotected for the (June 23, 1988) NBA Expansion Draft, Michael was picked by a new franchise – the Charlotte Hornets. He was selected sixth by the Hornets (12th overall), who alternated picks with the other new franchise – the Miami Heat. We chat about the build-up to the Hornets’ NBA debut and how the city at-large, immediately fell in love with the new franchise.

The new franchise’s amazing fans ensured that Charlotte Coliseum would be packed to the rafters. The Hornets led the league in attendance in eight of its first 10 seasons – they were in second place, the other two occasions.

Holton started at point-guard in Charlotte’s first 60 games and arguably had his best NBA season in 1989, averaging 8.3 points, 6.3 assists and one steal per game, in just over 25 minutes per contest.

Michael required back surgery prior to the start of the 1990 season. After an 8-32 start, Coach Harter was replaced by Gene Littles. He steered the team to an 11-31 finish, as the Hornets ended the season at 19-63. Holton only managed 16 games in total and didn’t return to the court until late February (1990). He talks openly about his recovery from surgery, watching from the sidelines as the team really struggled, and the franchise’s expectations of his return. Three days shy of the start to the 1991 season, Charlotte waived Michael.

Michael finished his playing career with stops in the CBA. First, with the Tulsa Fast Breakers and then, the expansion Tri-City Chinook. He reflects on how his on-court career played out, including his last attempt to make it back to the NBA.

Michael transitioned into coaching, not long after retiring as a player. Following stints in high school and two seasons with Oregon-based colleges, he returned to UCLA – this time as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. The team enjoyed great success (1996 through 2001). Michael talks about what it was like to return to the Bruins, almost 15 years after he left the school as a player.

We also talk about Michael’s tenure as head coach at the University of Portland. He left the Pilots in 2006, after five seasons. He shares his thoughts on leading the team and highlights from the journey. NBA great, Terry Porter – Holton’s former teammate on the Blazers – was recently named head coach at the University of Portland. We briefly talk about the task ahead of Terry, as the upcoming season approaches.

These days, Michael works for the Portland Trail Blazers’ broadcasting team. Recently, he teamed up with his former (UCLA and NBA) teammate, Mike Sanders, for a camp in the Czech Republic – part of the Michael Holton Basketball Academy. He talks about the importance of giving back to the community.

I ask Michael to recall “The Game I’ll Never Forget”. Our conversation concludes with a brief discussion about the significance of the jersey numbers that Michael wore throughout his career.

People mentioned in this episode, include: Sidney Green, John Paxson, Kyle Macy & Gene Banks.

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NB86-11: Michael Jordan's second NBA season - February 22 through March 8, 1986


Mon, Jul 11, 2016


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - February 22 through March 8, 1986

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played seven games in this span – two wins and five losses.

Chicago continued to fight for playoff position, as the on-court return of Michael Jordan finally seemed a real possibility. In his absence, the great play of Michael Holton - a recent CBA All-Star signee - helped the Bulls steady the ship in a season riddled with significant injuries.

In other NBA news, the Boston Celtics became the first team to reach 50 wins for the season. That milestone also marked a seventh-consecutive season of 50-plus victories for the franchise.

Charles Oakley's star continued to rise as he was named February's Rookie of the Month. His stellar play was putting pressure to perform on fellow teammate and Bulls veteran, Sidney Green. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Dominique Wilkins, Mark Aguirre, Moses Malone, Sidney Moncrief, Doc Rivers, Charles Barkley, Robert Parish, Micheal Ray Richardson, Rod Higgins, Tony Brown & Bryan Warrick.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

86-02-22 - Seattle SuperSonics @ Chicago Bulls

86-02-24 - Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons

86-02-25 - Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls

86-02-28 - Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-04 - Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-05 - Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

86-03-07 - Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

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NB86-10: Michael Jordan's second NBA season - February 7 through 21, 1986


Mon, Jun 27, 2016


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - February 7 through 21, 1986

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played six games in this span – two wins and four losses.

Michael Jordan sought second (and third) opinions on his broken foot, before ultimately making the difficult decision to postpone his would-be (February) comeback plans. His Chicago Bulls were facing the distinct possibility of missing the 1986 NBA Playoffs, if the team's form continued to plummet.

In other NBA news, Alvin Robertson entered rarefied air, becoming just the second player in history (joining Nate Thurmond) to record a quadruple-double, in the San Antonio Spurs' win versus the visiting Phoenix Suns.

Larry Bird continued to star, as his league-leading Celtics became the first team to register forty regular-season wins. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Herb Williams, Moses Malone, Dominique Wilkins, Charles Barkley, Michael Holton, Kevin McKenna, Micheal Ray Richardson, Julius Erving, Kyle Macy, Mike Gminski & Jeff Lamp.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

86-02-12 - Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers

86-02-14 - Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls

86-02-16 - Dallas Mavericks @ Chicago Bulls

86-02-17 - Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers

86-02-19 - Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

86-02-21 - Portland Trail Blazers @ Chicago Bulls

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NB86-9: Michael Jordan's second NBA season - January 23 through February 6, 1986


Mon, Jun 13, 2016


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - January 23 through February 6, 1986

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played eight games in this span – two wins and six losses.

The Michael Jordan-less Chicago Bulls were struggling to keep its head above water. Could they weather the storm, prior to the on-court return of the franchise cornerstone? The Bulls had some great individual performers - the talented (rookie) Charles Oakley; the sporadic brilliance of (troubled) Quintin Dailey; and ageing star, George Gervin, to name a few - yet couldn't string together more than three-consecutive wins since Jordan injured himself in just the third game of the season.

In other NBA news, the Los Angeles Clippers had their first win - since moving from San Diego - over the cross-town Los Angeles Lakers. On the topic of historical achievements, Manute Bol recorded an astonishing (equal career-high) 15 blocks, in his Washington Bullets' win versus the Atlanta Hawks.

Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics continued to steamroll opponents, en route to a 13-game winning streak; remarkably, it wouldn't be the longest such streak the team enjoyed during this season. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA's golden era.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Kiki VanDeWeghe, Charles Oakley, Alex English, Kelly Tripucka, Patrick Ewing, David Thirdkill, Charles Barkley, Kyle Macy & Keith Lee.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

86-01-25 - Phoenix Suns @ Chicago Bulls

86-01-27 - Chicago Bulls @ Dallas Mavericks

86-01-28 - Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

86-01-30 - Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls

86-02-01 - Houston Rockets @ Chicago Bulls

86-02-02 - Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers

86-02-04 - Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls

86-02-06 - Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

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NB86-8: Michael Jordan's second NBA season - January 8 through 22, 1986


Mon, May 30, 2016


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - January 8 through 22, 1986

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played six games in this span – one win and five losses.

We chat about the Bulls' continued struggle to remain competitive, in the absence of (still injured) Michael Jordan. Conversely, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers - led by superstars, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson - seemed headed for a would-be rematch of the previous season's NBA Finals.

In other NBA news, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the first player to surpass 34,000 career points. Meanwhile, the rivalry between Jawann Oldham and Manute Bol, led to a frightening brawl at Chicago Stadium. That fracas offset another (video) tidbit that was highlighted on (NBA Entertainment's) Awesome Endings.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Darwin Cook, LaSalle Thompson, Calvin Natt, Marques Johnson, Purvis Short, Charles Oakley, Kyle Macy, Otis Birdsong & Herb Williams.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

86-01-11 - Los Angeles Clippers @ Chicago Bulls

86-01-14 - Washington Bullets @ Chicago Bulls

86-01-15 - Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons

86-01-17 - Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls

86-01-19 - Chicago Bulls @ Washington Bullets

86-01-20 - Los Angeles Lakers @ Chicago Bulls

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AIR071: Phoenix Rising - Suns: 1968-69 through 1993 NBA Finals


Thu, May 19, 2016


Adam and Adam discuss the evolution of the Phoenix Suns. From the franchise's 1968-69 inception, through to the 1993 NBA Finals.

We cover a wide range of topics. You'll soon learn why Adam is a true Phoenix Suns ‘Super Fan’. When he was a young boy, the Suns were Phoenix's only professional sports team. We chat about the 1976 season and the Suns' improbable first trip to the NBA Finals. That 1976 team was lovingly referred to as the 'Sunderella Suns'. Earlier this year, Tom Leander released a fantastic documentary - of the same name - devoted to the 40th anniversary of that iconic squad [Part I | Part II].

Our main topic of discussion, focuses on how the Suns franchise was rebuilt from the ground-up, throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, culminating with their 1993 NBA Finals appearance. We cover some of the off-court issues that plagued the team during the 1980s, then discuss the tragic death of promising Suns center, Nick Vanos. Plus, Adam has a great story about the 1988 NBA Draft and the aftermath of the Suns selecting Dan Majerle. It wouldn't be a conversation about the Phoenix Suns, if we didn't chat about Tom Chambers' insane jam over Mark Jackson.

In November, 1990, Adam sat next to photographers, near the basket support at Memorial Coliseum, to watch the visiting Chicago Bulls - who went on to win the 1991 NBA Finals - take on the Phoenix Suns. He talks about his unique view and memories of that game. The Suns continued to strengthen their roster and all the pieces fell into place, when they traded for Charles Barkley, not long after the 1992 NBA Finals. We talk about the 1993 post-season. Phoenix narrowly escaped a first-round humiliation to the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Lakers. Paul Westphal boldly predicted the Suns would win in five games, which they did. We then discuss the 1993 NBA Finals and how the Suns worked their way back into the series, after losing their first two (home) games at America West Arena.

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.

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Curtis Perry, Kevin Johnson, Alvan Adams, Michael Jordan, Larry Nance, Tim Perry, Cedric Ceballos, Mike D'Antoni & Steve Nash.

Statistics mentioned, are often courtesy of Basketball-Reference.

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AIR070: Rolando Blackman - Kansas State legend and four-time NBA All-Star


Mon, May 02, 2016


Kansas State legend and four-time NBA All-Star, Rolando Blackman.

High School: William E. Grady Career and Technical, New York

As a young boy, Rolando moved from Panama to New York. We discuss his successful transition to a new country and how he managed to learn - then master - a second language, all from just the age of eight.

To this point, Rolando's sporting love was football (soccer). After two years of struggling to find others who shared his love of the game, he began to take an interest in basketball, courtesy of his soon-to-be mentor, Ted Gustus. What followed was a transformation from "a kid who couldn't play...a kid who was throwing the ball away", to being named one of the city's top high-school players. Perseverance, passion and focus was paramount. Three times (seventh, eighth and ninth grade) Blackman was cut from his high-school team, before making his breakthrough and fast becoming one of the state's finest players.

College: Kansas State University | Years: 1977-78 - 1980-81

We chat about Rolando's decision to attend Kansas State University. He had upwards of 200 offers from schools across the country. For three of his four college seasons, Rolando was teammates with friend of the show, Ed Nealy. As a junior, the Wildcats made it to the NCAA Tournament, before bowing out (second round) with a two-point loss to eventual champions, the Louisville Cardinals. Individually, Blackman had a fantastic season, being named Big 8 (now Big 12) Player of the Year and 3rd-Team All-American.

Following his junior season, Rolando was invited to the Olympic trials (May, 1980) in Kentucky. Upwards of 50 nations - USA included - boycotted the (July) Games, protesting the Soviet's invasion of Afghanistan. Whilst researching for my conversation with Rolando, I discovered that (his) Team USA participated in exhibition games - dubbed the 'Gold Medal Series' - against teams of NBA stars, culminating in a match-up against the 1976, gold medal-winning U.S. Olympians. Rolando reflects on the trials, the exhibitions that followed and the moment he realized he was one of the nation's elite players.

As a senior at Kansas State, Rolando's buzzer-beating, second-round heroics, helped advance his Wildcats, deep into the NCAA Tournament - ultimately making a trip to the 1981 Elite Eight. It's widely agreed that his game-winner versus Oregon State - along with U.S. Reed and John Smith's same-day buzzer beaters - solidified the term, 'March Madness'.

NBA / Euro career | Years: 1981-82 - 1995-96

We discuss the 1981 Draft. Rolando was a first-round selection. He shares a fantastic draft-day story about fellow-1980 Olympian and future (Dallas) teammate, Mark Aguirre.

Rolando joined the expansion Dallas Mavericks, after just their first season in the NBA. They went 15-67 before he entered the scene. The team improved markedly in his first-two seasons with the Mavericks. He talks about the transition from being a college standout, to steering a fledgling team in the NBA.

I refer to my conversation with another friend of the show, Dale Ellis, when I ask Rolando to recall the franchise's first (series) victory in the 1984 NBA Playoffs. It culminated in a crazy finish to the fifth-and-deciding first-round game versus the Seattle SuperSonics. The game was played at Moody Coliseum, due to Reunion Arena's already-existing booking to host a WCT (tennis) tournament. Dallas won the game in overtime, not before both teams were ushered back from the dressing rooms, to play out the final second on the clock - which didn’t start, the first-time around. The game is known as 'Moody Madness'.

Rolando Blackman's passion for life, is perhaps best demonstrated in the 1987 NBA All-Star Game. In the final three seconds of the fourth quarter, down two points, he drove strong to the hoop, as a contingent of Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Isiah Thomas and Michael Jordan tried to stop him. A foul was called, just before the time expired. Blackman stood alone, needing to make both free-throws, to force an overtime session. Rolando details his mindset on the final moments of regulation, the ensuing shots from the charity stripe and how he dealt with the countless distractions - most notably, Magic Johnson's attempts to limit Isiah's incessant trash-talking. As you may expect, we also deep-dive into Rolando's famous exclaim - "Confidence, Baby, confidence!" - one of the NBA's most-memorable moments ever.

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of that game. Rolando also discusses his opinion of Tom Chambers' All-Star Game MVP honors. Speaking of All-Star Games, we chat about the 1986 contest, played at Dallas' Reunion Arena. Rolando talks about being the Mavericks’ sole on-court representative.

It wouldn't be a conversation about the 1980s Dallas Mavericks, if we didn't cover the team's battles against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Mavericks extended the World Champion Lakers, to seven games in the 1988 Western Conference Finals.

From 1988 through 1992, the Mavericks were coached by John MacLeod and then, Richie Adubato. The franchise began a decline that would bottom out, the year after Blackman left the team. Rolando candidly discusses the series of events which led to the franchise's lowest era to date.

In June of 1992, the Mavericks traded Rolando to New York. Instead of playing for Dallas’ 11-71 (1993) squad, he was a member of the mighty New York Knicks - a franchise set to seriously challenge the Chicago Bulls’ quest for a third-straight NBA title. We chat about Rolando's move to New York and his thoughts on the trade.

The 1994 season is one of my all-time favorites. The league was in transition, with the then-retired Michael Jordan, playing baseball. The Houston Rockets and (Blackman's) New York Knicks were poised to make the leap to the NBA's elite. After disposing of the New Jersey Nets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, en route to the NBA Finals, the Knicks went to seventh-and-deciding-games, in the next-three series – versus, Chicago, Indiana & Houston. Rolando shares his thoughts on the end of his NBA career, plus, talks about his decision to finish his playing days with international stints in Greece and Italy.

After retiring as player, Rolando would return to Dallas. In the early 2000s, he was a Player Development Coach for the Mavericks. These were crucial years in the development of future Hall of Famer, Dirk Nowitzki. Rolando talks about how closely he worked - and scrimmaged - with a young Dirk.

Within the decade, Rolando also coached internationally. In the 2006 season, he was an assistant coach to Avery Johnson, as the Mavericks made it to the NBA Finals. We discuss his future ambitions within the sport of basketball.

In 2000, the Mavericks retired his famous #22 jersey. Then, in 2007, Kansas State retired his #25 jersey. In 2015, Blackman was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

I ask Rolando - though it's almost a certainty we'd know what he'd pick - to recall “The Game I’ll Never Forget”. Our conversation concludes with a quick chat about the significance of his jersey numbers.

People mentioned in this episode, include: Sam Bowie, Sam Perkins, Hubert Davis, James Worthy & Kurt Nimphius.

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AIR069: Great NBA Games – Indiana Pacers vs Chicago Bulls (May 31, 1998)


Mon, Apr 18, 2016


Adam and Jeff discuss Chicago's must-win Game 7, to clinch the Eastern Conference and make a sixth trip to the NBA Finals - May 31st, 1998 - the Bulls take on the visiting Pacers, at the United Center.

We cover all the key aspects of the game. We discuss the NBC broadcast and its commentary team of Bob Costas, Doug Collins, Isiah Thomas, Ahmad Rashad and Jim Gray. We chat about Indiana's rookie coach, the iconic Larry Bird, and his drive to give the Pacers their first-ever trip to the NBA Finals. Conversely, Phil Jackson dubbed this 1998 season, The Last Dance. Something had to give. We talk about each team’s roster and our memories and opinions on this do-or-die match-up.

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.

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Reggie Miller, Luc Longley, Mark Jackson, Toni Kukoc, Rik Smits, Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman, Ron Harper, Travis Best, Chris Mullin, Jud Buechler & Jalen Rose.

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NB86-7: Michael Jordan's second NBA season - December 24, 1985, through January 7, 1986


Mon, Apr 04, 2016


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - December 24, 1985, through January 7, 1986

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played six games in this span – three wins and three losses.

Legendary Philadelphia 76ers Public Address Announcer, Dave Zinkoff, passed away on Christmas Day. Julius Erving remained in Philadelphia to attend the funeral. We discuss his touching eulogy that honored his great friend.

We chat about Michael Jordan's plaster cast - it was removed, just after Christmas, allowing him to increase his rehabilitation efforts. Newspapers suggested his on-court return would likely be February 1, 1986. However, Jordan's first game back wouldn't be until March 15.

In other NBA news, future Hall of Famer, Jamaal Wilkes, announced his retirement. George Gervin, praising the skills of opponent, Darryl Dawkins, quoted a line from a Memorex advertisement, popular in its day. This led to some interesting podcast follow-up, surrounding the history of the famous ad.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Alvin Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Purvis Short, Dominique Wilkins, Tony Campbell, Sleepy Floyd, Herb Williams, Bob Thornton, Mike Smrek & John Havlicek.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

85-12-26 - New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

85-12-28 - Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls

85-12-30 - Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

86-01-02 - Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls

86-01-04 - Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

86-01-07 - New Jersey Nets @ Chicago Bulls

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AIR068: Nigel Miguel - High School All-American, NIT Champion, Film Producer & Actor


Mon, Mar 21, 2016


High School All-American, NIT Champion, Film Producer & Actor, Nigel Miguel.

High School: Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), California

As a child, Nigel moved from Central America to California. We talk about his role models as a youngster, before transitioning into his high-school career, where, as a senior, he led his team to a 19-5 record, en route to winning the Del Rey League Championship. He was named a 1981 McDonald’s All-American, in the famous class that included Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin. He discusses the tremendous opportunities that afforded him, including a crucial role in the USA’s gold-medal win at the 1981 Albert Schweitzer Tournament (often referred to as the Mini-Basketball World Cup, or Junior Olympics).

College: University of California Los Angeles | Years: 1981-82 – 1984-85

Nigel played four seasons at UCLA. As a freshman, he was teammates with future Utah Jazz great – and friend of the show – Mark Eaton. In his sophomore season, Nigel’s Bruins made it the NCAA Tournament. He talks about the joy of making it to the tournament, coupled with the disappointment of a first-game exit.

In his junior and senior years, Nigel paired with all-time great, Reggie Miller. Prior to his last season with the team, Walt Hazzard – a player on John Wooden’s first NCAA Championship team – took the helm as UCLA coach. We discuss his lasting impact on Nigel and the team.. Miguel ended his Bruins career in style, scoring an equal game-high, 18 points, as UCLA won the 1985 NIT Championship, at the famed Madison Square Garden.

CBA / NBA career | Years: 1985-86 – 1986-87

We talk about the lead-up to the 1985 NBA Draft, including team interviews that Nigel undertook, and, his one-on-one workout with the legendary Jerry West, on the court at the Great Western Forum.

After being the last player cut from the New Jersey Nets’ training camp, Nigel signed with Wisconsin’s new CBA franchise, the La Crosse Catbirds. He talks about his fondness for that season, where he was named to the league’s All-Rookie team, averaging more than 17 points per game. Miguel was runner-up to future NBA All-Star, Michael Adams, for Rookie of the Year. The Catbirds made it to the 1986 CBA Championship series, before losing out to (former podcast guest) Ed Nealy and his Tampa Bay Thrillers.

Continued interest from the New Jersey Nets (and L.A. Lakers), led to Nigel’s return to (Nets) training camp, in anticipation of a roster spot for the 1986-87 NBA season. He talks about the seemingly-innocuous ‘tweak’ of his ankle, during a lead-up game. That quickly led to an inner-monologue: “My foot is on the ground…but I don’t feel anything”. He’d fractured his heel bone and damaged his Achilles tendon.

NBA veteran, Buck Williams, helped Nigel put his injury into context – offering suggestions on how to overcome the disappointment of having his professional career, seemingly reach an abrupt end.

Entertainment: Commercials, television, movies and more

After commencing rehabilitation for the 1987-88 NBA season, Nigel lost the desire to compete at the highest level, making a conscious decision to pursue other opportunities. His love for the entertainment industry, went as far back as high school – he attended classes with peers who had connections (family and otherwise) with the entertainment industry.

Miguel’s attorney helped connect Nigel with an agent and key members of the entertainment industry. Not long after, Dennis Hopper - recognizing the former-Bruins player - struck up a conversation with Miguel. Within an hour, Nigel was offered his first movie role, in Colors (1988). Future roles included the TV series, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper (1992) and movies, White Men Can’t Jump (1992), Blue Chips (1994) and the iconic Space Jam (1996), where Miguel appears on-screen and off; he was Basketball Technical Advisor.

We chat about his crucial involvement in the behind-the-scenes running of the legendary Jordan Dome, where Michael Jordan took part in amazing pick-up games – including Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Larry Johnson, Dennis Rodman & Jack Haley – during production of the film.

Nigel also details what it was like to be Michael Jordan’s ‘body double’ for seven years.

We chat about Nigel being named Belize’s ‘Goodwill Ambassador‘ (1994) and ‘Film Ambassador’ (2008), along with what the prestigious positions mean to him. Nigel also talks about creating II Jam Casting & Production.

I ask Nigel to recall “The Game I’ll Never Forget” and round out the conversation with a chat about the significance of his jersey number.

Nigel Miguel: IMDb | Media: Ardomi | Twitter: @FilmBelize

We discuss Mitchell's career in basketball since he retired as a player. He's been involved in various roles, most recently, accepting a position as a sports agent at Jackson Management Group (owned by Phil Jackson's son, Charles).

Our conversation rounds out with a quick chat about the significance of Mitchell's jersey numbers.

People mentioned in this episode, include: Cedric Ceballos, Pearl Washington & Gail Goodrich.

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NB86-6: Michael Jordan's second NBA season - December 9 through 23, 1985


Mon, Mar 14, 2016


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - December 9 through 23, 1985

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played seven games in this span – three wins and four losses.

Around the league, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers continued their fantastic starts to the season. We chat about a (possible) 'cast-breaking ceremony', to check whether Michael Jordan's broken foot had healed. However, this news only plays the role of 'supporting cast', in an episode where Manute Bol stands tall...very tall. In the absence of Jeff Ruland (broken ankle), Bol's first-career start resulted in 18 points, 12 blocks and nine rebounds.

We also talk about the reasoning behind Jordan's decision to (mostly) not travel with his team. The Chicago Tribune reported that teammates were voicing their disappointment in MJ's 'lack of moral support' - he even declined the request (to attend games) of Bulls' GM, Jerry Krause.

The Dallas Mavericks' Mark Aguirre, was suspended by his team, after refusing Coach Dick Motta's request to re-enter a game, in Atlanta. Motta took exception to Mark helping his friend, Dominique Wilkins, to his feet, after the pair collided, earlier in the game.

Further, we discuss some milestones. It was a great span for the San Antonio Spurs. Alvin Robertson was named the NBA's Player of the Week, notching a career-high 41 points against the Denver Nuggets. In that same game, Artis Gilmore eclipsed 23,000 career points (ABA and NBA).

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Sidney Green, Melvin Turpin, Hot Rod Hundley, Jawann Oldham, Mark Eaton, Fat Lever, Rolando Blackman & Doug Moe.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

85-12-10 - San Antonio Spurs @ Chicago Bulls

85-12-12 - Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls

85-12-14 - Sacramento Kings @ Chicago Bulls

85-12-15 - Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

85-12-17 - Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls

85-12-19 - Washington Bullets @ Chicago Bulls

85-12-21 - Utah Jazz @ Chicago Bulls

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NB86-5: Michael Jordan's second NBA season - November 24 through December 8, 1985


Mon, Feb 29, 2016


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - November 24 through December 8, 1985

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played nine games (all on the road) in this span – two wins and seven losses. 18 of the Bulls' first 24 games, were away from home.

We chat about the increased productivity of Chicago's Quintin Dailey. His scoring ability was needed more than ever, with Michael Jordan still on the sidelines. Never short of a post-game quote, Dailey had choice words about the Washington Bullets' Darren Daye, after an incident with the Bulls' John Paxson.

We also talk about the Boston Celtics' tremendous early-season form. The team's nine-game win streak was broken by the visiting Portland Trail Blazers - it would be the Celtics' sole regular-season loss at home.

Stan Albeck (Chicago coach) extraordinarily asked permission from his regular starters, to have his four former-Spurs players, in the starting lineup, for the Bulls' game at San Antonio. It worked beautifully, with each of the ex-Spurs having good performances.

Further, we discuss some scoring milestones. The Denver Nuggets' Alex English racked up 15,000 career points, whilst the Cleveland Cavaliers' World B. Free, surpassed 16,000 for his career.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: George Gervin, Fat Lever, Terence Stansbury, Adrian Dantley, Mel Turpin, Jawann Oldham, Herb Williams, Maurice Lucas & Jeff Ruland.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

85-11-24 - Chicago Bulls @ Washington Bullets

85-11-26 - Chicago Bulls @ Denver Nuggets

85-11-27 - Chicago Bulls @ Utah Jazz

85-11-29 - Chicago Bulls @ Portland Trail Blazers

85-12-01 - Chicago Bulls @ Los Angeles Lakers

85-12-03 - Chicago Bulls @ Sacramento Kings

85-12-04 - Chicago Bulls @ Phoenix Suns

85-12-06 - Chicago Bulls @ San Antonio Spurs

85-12-07 - Chicago Bulls @ Houston Rockets

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Message from Adam - on holidays - episodes return, late February, 2016


Sun, Jan 31, 2016


Hey, it’s Adam here. A quick note to advise you that I’ll be away on holidays for the next three-plus weeks. As I type this, it’s late at night - here in Australia - January 31st, 2016.

My podcast will return to its relatively-normal release schedule, in late February, 2016. My goal is for fortnightly episodes at worst, weekly, at best. Most likely – reading this - you already subscribe to my show. Thanks so much for continuing to listen and supporting my passion. I have plenty of great guests lined up as the year progresses. Numerous topic-based episodes, too. Further, we’ll continue our special #NB86 series.

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I welcome your interaction – feel free to e-mail me: inallairness@gmail.com. I’m always happy to discuss our mutual love of NBA history.

Have a great 2016 and I look forward to releasing plenty of new and exciting content for you, as the year goes on. All the best and thanks once more for being a listener of the show.

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AIR067: Mitchell Butler - High School All-American & eight-year NBA veteran


Sat, Jan 23, 2016


High School All-American and eight-year NBA veteran, Mitchell Butler.

High School: Oakwood, California

Mitchell reflects on his outstanding high school career. From 1987 to 1989, he was named the Southern Section Small Schools Division, Player of the Year. In 1988, he led Oakwood to the (Liberty League) Division Championship, notching an astonishing 47 points, 19 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks, in his team's 61-60 victory. We talk about his 1988 quarterfinal game, where he tallied a staggering 50, of his team’s 55 points, in an eight-point win (55-47).

In November of 1988 – in the early-signing period ahead of his senior year at high school - Mitchell signed a letter of intent with the UCLA Bruins. He discusses how heavily he was recruited and what led him to ultimately choose the Bruins.

Mitchell also talks about his 1989 (Third Team) All-American selection.

College: University of California Los Angeles | Years: 1989-90 - 1992-93

At the time of recording our conversation, Mitchell ranked sixth all-time, in total games played (130) for the UCLA Bruins. Whilst researching for our chat, I discovered that in the last warm-up game (November, 1989) prior to his freshman season, Butler's Bruins played against my fellow countrymen, the Australian Boomers. UCLA defeated the Aussies, 80-68, at Pauley Pavilion.

Mitchell played in the NCAA Tournament, in each of his four seasons. We chat about his freshman campaign, where he made it to the Sweet Sixteen, against Duke - the eventual National Finalists (who lost to UNLV). As a sophomore, Butler started almost every game, before the Bruins were upset by Penn State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. We discuss how close Mitchell came to transferring from UCLA after that second season. UCLA made it to the Elite Eight, in 1992, before losing out to Calbert Cheaney and his Indiana Hoosiers. Though it was a disappointing end to the season, Mitchell won his team's Player Improvement Award, due to his all-around play and positive mental attitude. As a senior, he was named team captain and also enjoyed (arguably) his best season as a Bruin, with 9.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. We cover UCLA's near-upset of Michigan's Fab Five, in a classic, second-round overtime game, in the 1993 NCAA Tournament.

NBA / Euro / ABA / CBA career | Years: 1993-94 - 2003-04

We talk about the circumstances behind Mitchell being overlooked on (1993) draft day, and how he made his way into the league, in the months that followed.

Individually, Mitchell's best NBA seasons were his first two years in the league, averaging almost eight points and three rebounds, in just 19 minutes per game. We cover his first stint with Washington and also, his links to Australian legend - and former podcast guest - Andrew Gaze. Butler twice scored an NBA-career high of 26 points. Mitchell describes the feeling of being 'on fire'.

Thanks to a tip-off from great friend of the podcast, Jim McIlvaine, I ask Mitchell about his acting career. We briefly discuss his roles in Blue Chips (1994) & Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996). Mitchell talks about his involvement with Space Jam (1996), however, his scenes were ultimately cut from the movie.

Prior to the 1997 season, Washington traded Mitchell (along with Rasheed Wallace) to Portland, in return for Harvey Grant and Rod Strickland. We talk about Mitchell's thoughts on the deal. Butler made it to the playoffs for the first time in his NBA career - playing limited minutes in a four-game series loss to the L.A. Lakers. He talks about how it felt to be part of a playoff team.

Mitchell signed as a free agent with Cleveland. Barely a month into the season, he suffered significant neck and shoulder problems, leading to surgery. He talks about the impact the injury had on his career, and how he dealt with news that he'd miss the rest of the season.

Following the lockout-shortened 1999 season, Butler wouldn’t return to the NBA until the 2001-02 campaign. During that gap in his NBA r?sum?, he headed overseas and played in Lithuania, before returning home and playing in the American Basketball Association (not related to the original ABA, I should add).

Mitchell returned to the Trail Blazers franchise, signing as a free agent. He discusses what it was like to be back in the NBA and how his second time with the team, differed so much to his 1997 season.

Prior to his final season in the NBA, Mitchell was a key member of the Continental Basketball Association's (CBA) Yakima Sun Kings. His team won the 2003 Championship. He reflects fondly on his time in the league.

Butler closed out his NBA-playing career, returning to suit up for the Washington Wizards. We chat about his final season, what opportunities presented themselves and whether he could have played on, beyond 2004.

Mitchell featured in a number of Top 10 Plays on NBA Action. I asked him to choose his favorite move and he certainly didn't disappoint.

I ask Mitchell to recall “The Game I’ll Never Forget”. In a first for the podcast, he shares three-memorable games - one each from high school, college and the NBA.

We discuss Mitchell's career in basketball since he retired as a player. He's been involved in various roles, most recently, accepting a position as a sports agent at Jackson Management Group (owned by Phil Jackson's son, Charles).

Our conversation rounds out with a quick chat about the significance of Mitchell's jersey numbers.

People mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Adams, Tyus Edney, Darrick Martin, Chris Webber, Vernon Maxwell, Allan Houston, Kenny Anderson, Tracy Murray, James Robinson & Ed O'Bannon.

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AIR066: Peter Capolino - Founder, Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company


Thu, Jan 14, 2016


Founder of Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company, Peter Capolino.

We talk about Peter's family and its relationship to sports. Peter's father, Sisto - later renamed James, by original founders, Frank Mitchell and Charles Ness - began work with Mitchell & Ness (1917), at just 13 years of age. In the early 1950s, Sisto purchased the business, bringing Peter into the fold.

Peter describes the meticulous research conducted, allowing Mitchell & Ness to produce such high quality, throwback uniforms. Countless hours were spent, combing through archival newspapers, visiting libraries, museums and numerous sporting halls of fame. We discuss the advances in technology and its impact on how the business manufactured apparel.

In 1998, Peter was asked to recreate the history of the NBA (Hardwood Classics), as he had done with MLB's Cooperstown Collection. Peter discusses how he obtained licences for each professional league (including the NFL and NHL), allowing him to produce historically-accurate uniforms.

Just before the turn of the millennium, Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company's profile exploded, thanks is large part to links with hip-hop and rap artists. Peter shares some stories about Big Boi and Andr? 3000 (Outkast), plus the classic background behind the improbable link between one of his favorite footballers, Sammy Baugh, and Jay Z.

Peter also elaborates on the deal he struck with Michael Jordan, getting the licence and exclusive rights to reproduce MJ's Chicago Bulls jerseys.

Sports Illustrated has published three-prominent features - Baseball Flannels are Hot (1987), Throwback Hip-Hop Style Points (2002) and Rockin' the Retros (2003) - on Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company.

Peter sold Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company to Adidas, in 2008 - continuing to work for them, a further four years - and still consults with the company today. This conversation is a must-listen for fans of any major-league sport.

People mentioned in this episode, include: Tom Gola, Connie Simmons, Bill Russell, Rick Barry, Bill Walton, Richie Ashburn, Dale Murphy, Nolan Ryan, Allen Iverson, Wilt Chamberlain, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Roy Sievers, & Bob Skinner.

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NB86-4: Michael Jordan's second NBA season - November 9 through 23, 1985


Thu, Jan 07, 2016


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - November 9 through 23, 1985

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the second 15-day block of the 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played eight games in this span – three wins and five losses.

We chat about the Bulls' transition from its heavy reliance on (recently injured) Michael Jordan. Chicago was trying to adapt to not having MJ on the floor - this allowed star, Orlando Woolridge, to mesh with lesser-known talents like Sidney Green, Dave Corzine, Jawann Oldham and Kyle Macy; assuming more responsibility for the team's fortunes.

We also talk about the role that Michael Jordan played, helping the North Carolina Tar Heels, secure the signature of Scott Williams (future three-time NBA Champion).

Further, we discuss the Lakers' best start to a season since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1960, Quintin Dailey's return to playing duty, Alex English's 54-point explosion versus Houston, Xavier McDaniel's cameo in (1992 movie) Singles and much more.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: George Gervin, Steve Stipanovich, Ken Bannister, Bill Walton, Terry Cummings, Mychal Thompson & Derrick Gervin.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

85-11-09 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

85-11-12 - Box Score: Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

85-11-13 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers

85-11-15 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

85-11-16 - Box Score: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

85-11-19 - Box Score: Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls

85-11-20 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

85-11-23 - Box Score: Golden State Warriors @ Chicago Bulls

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NB86-3: Michael Jordan's second NBA season - October 25 through November 8, 1985


Sat, Dec 19, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - October 25 through November 8, 1985

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the first 15 days of the 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played seven games in this span – three wins and four losses. Without doubt, the biggest news of the young season, was Michael Jordan's fractured left foot - initially reported to be a 'jammed ankle' - suffered in the team's third game. He'd miss 64 regular-season games.

We chat about Larry Bird's near quadruple-double that opened the Celtics' season. That same game was also Bill Walton's debut with Boston. We also talk about the great play of the L.A. Clippers' Derek Smith, who lit up the newly-relocated Sacramento Kings, for 36 points. Patrick Ewing made his NBA debut, however, suffered more losses in his first two weeks as a pro (seven), than he did in his entire senior season at Georgetown (three).

Further, we discuss John Paxson signing with the Bulls and Manute Bol's first NBA points. Also, we mention 40-plus point performances from Mark Aguirre, Alex English and Akeem Olajuwon, chat about Chris Mullin's heroics in his first regular-season game and much more.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Buck Williams, Isiah Thomas, Terence Stansbury, Charles Oakley, Wes Matthews, Tom Chambers, Georgi Glouchkov & Orlando Woolridge.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

85-10-25 - Box Score: Cleveland Cavailiers @ Chicago Bulls

85-10-26 - Box Score: Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls

85-10-29 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Golden State Warriors

85-10-31 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ L.A. Clippers

85-11-02 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Seattle SuperSonics

85-11-06 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons

85-11-07 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

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AIR065: Eddie Nealy - Kansas State standout & 10-year NBA veteran


Sat, Dec 12, 2015


Kansas State Wildcats standout and 10-year NBA veteran, Eddie Nealy.

[Note: whilst mostly known as 'Ed', I refer to him throughout, as Eddie]

High School: Bonner Springs, Kansas

Eddie's father was his high school basketball coach. He describes what it was like to have his dad calling the shots. The main focus was an emphasis on developing the fundamentals of his game. This would prove vital, as Nealy's longevity at the highest level was due in no small part, to his tireless work ethic and mastery of hustle.

College: Kansas State University | Years: 1978-79 - 1981-82

Nealy was a two-time Academic All-American, largely recruited by two schools - Yale and Kansas State. He talks about the reasoning behind his decision to play for the Wildcats. We also chat about a major role that he played in a fantastic game, in his freshman season. He hit crucial free throws to seal victory in the closing seconds. Eddie's Wildcats made it to the NCAA Tournament, in three of his four college seasons. In 1981, they advanced to the Elite Eight. I ask Eddie to talk about some key memories from his time at Kansas State, which also included an oversea tour to Japan, prior to senior season. Nealy left college with averages of 10.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. For three of those seasons, he was teammates with the great Rolando Blackman. We cover his recollections of teaming with the future, four-time NBA All-Star.

NBA / CBA career | Years: 1982-83 - 1992-93

We talk about Eddie's (1982) NBA Draft-day whereabouts and how he first heard the news that he was selected by the Kansas City Kings. He also reflects on what it meant to be selected by his home-state team.

Along with (former podcast guest) Eddie Johnson, Nealy played all 82 regular-season games in his rookie season. He recalls some memories from his first year in the league. The following year - his first trip to the post-season - Eddie's Kings lost to eventual NBA Finalists, the L.A. Lakers. Nealy talks about his experiences playing the might of the L.A. Lakers. After missing most of the Kings' (1984-85) training camp, Eddie was released, signing on with the Continental Basketball Association's (CBA) Sarasota Stingers - for part of the 1984-85 season - before signing as a free agent and returning to the Kansas City Kings, in late February, 1985. Following the Kings' off-season relocation to Sacramento, Nealy was released by the team. He returned to the CBA and was a member of the 1986 CBA Champion, Tampa Bay Thrillers, led by Bill Musselman. Eddie fondly recalls his experiences playing in the CBA.

In mid-July, 1986, Nealy signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs. He played with the team for two seasons. These days (2015), Eddie resides in Texas. We talk about his playing days in San Antonio and what it could have been like to play with David Robinson. Eddie also reflects on some former San Antonio teammates.

Prior to the 1989 season, Nealy signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls. He played 13 games in his first stint as a Bull, before Chicago traded him to Phoenix (mid-December), in exchange for Craig Hodges. Eddie talks about the move to Chicago and how he responded to hearing news of a trade to the Valley of the Sun. He also recalls a great story from the Bulls' practice court, involving him and Michael Jordan.

In October, 1989, Phoenix traded Eddie back to Chicago. He was a Bull for the second time. We discuss what he was thinking, when he learnt he was headed back to the Windy City. Nealy played a pivotal role in Chicago's playoff run. We reminisce about Game 4 of the 1990 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals - Chicago at Philadelphia. Eddie had a terrific performance, scoring 9 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. Jordan torched the Sixers for 45 points. Nealy and Jordan were interviewed by Jim Gray (CBS), post-game.

Before the 1991 season, Eddie signed with Phoenix as a free agent. He played with the Suns for two seasons - an exciting team, with a very-promising future. We talk about his return to Phoenix.

Nealy was waived by Phoenix (early November, 1992), signing with the Warriors, later that same month. He played 30 games in Golden State, before - with the help of Don Nelson - they traded him back to Chicago, for his third stay as a member of the Bulls. After the regular season, the Bulls placed Eddie on the inactive roster. We discuss his memories of the 1993 season, his involvement with the team and how he felt, watching from the sidelines - particularly, when John Paxson launched his famous three-point shot that sealed Chicago's 1993 NBA Championship.

I ask Eddie to recall “The Game I’ll Never Forget”.

In 2014, Nealy was inducted to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. We talk about how he felt to receive that great honor.

Phil Jackson once said that having Nealy on his roster, was like having another coach. We discuss Eddie's (possible) opportunities missed and future coaching ambitions.

Our conversation rounds out with a quick chat about the significance (if any) of Eddie's jersey numbers.

People mentioned in this episode, include: Charles Barkley, LaSalle Thompson, Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle, Chris Mullin & Tim Hardaway.

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NB86-2: Michael Jordan's second NBA season - Cavaliers (Oct 25), Pistons (Oct 26) at Bulls - 1985


Fri, Nov 13, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Cleveland at Chicago - October 25, 1985

- Detroit at Chicago - October 26, 1985

In this episode, we discuss the first two games of MJ's second season. We were fortunate to have access to the game DVDs, giving us plenty of topics and moments to talk about. In our first game for review, Chicago needed an overtime session to determine their fate, against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers. Next, we chat about a remarkable contest between the Bulls and Pistons, featuring unique moments on and off the court.

Aside from a focus on Jordan's burgeoning career, we cover numerous sub-plots, individual milestones, amusing moments and minutiae from both games.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Orlando Woolridge, Charles Oakley, Dave Corzine, Jawann Oldham, Kyle Macy, George Gervin, World B. Free, Billy McKinney, John Bagley, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Roy Hinson, Bill Laimbeer & Rick Mahorn.

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NB86-1: Michael Jordan's second NBA season - pre-draft / 1985 Draft, 1985-86 Bulls training camp and preseason games


Fri, Nov 06, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Off-season news, notes and quotes

- 1985 NBA Draft

- Chicago Bulls 1985-86 training camp and preseason games

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

We're back with a new series. Starting mid-June, 1985, we discuss a wide array of interesting topics and happenings, from the NBA's off-season.

We chat about the Chicago Bulls' moves to sign a new head coach, in the wake of Kevin Loughery's firing. We cover the 1985 NBA Draft and the multitude of deals that Chicago made, to secure Charles Oakley's arrival and the team's future.

You'll learn about the 'Schlitz Malt Liquor Summer Basketball League', hosted at Chicago State University, in late June and early July, 1985. Professional players who took part, included Michael Jordan, Isiah Thomas, Reggie Theus, Terry Cummings, Orlando Woolridge & Maurice Cheeks.

We also talk about the burgeoning career of (Washington Bullets draftee) Manute Bol. The Chicago Tribune ran a great feature on Bol, covering his then-stint with the United States Basketball League, where he was averaging an astonishing 12 blocks per game.

In late July, 1985, the University of Illinois at Chicago, hosted an NBA Rookie Summer League, featuring the Bulls, Hawks, Cavaliers, Pistons, Pacers & Bucks. The teams played a series of exhibitions, open to the public. Players involved - referred to as rookies, free agents and fringe pros - included Spud Webb, Joe Dumars, Kevin Willis, Tony Campbell, Ron Anderson, Antoine Carr, Terence Stansbury & Randy Breuer.

To encourage camaraderie and team unity, the Bulls held their (1985-86) preseason training camp at Beloit College, Wisconsin. Aside from basketball, Michael Jordan served as an honorary official (coin toss) at the Beloit-Cornell football game.

We detail the Bulls' interest in (free agent) Kyle Macy and the formerly-retired Billy McKinney. Plus, Spencer Haywood made a comeback attempt - attending training camp with the Pistons - two seasons removed from his last NBA game.

We recap Chicago's 1985-86 preseason games. They were the only team without a win.

We detail the Bulls' interest in (free agent) Kyle Macy and the formerly-retired Billy McKinney. Plus, Spencer Haywood made a comeback attempt - attending training camp with the Pistons - two seasons removed from his last NBA game.

To round out the episode, we talk about the Bulls' trade for George Gervin, on the eve of the regular season. That deal had ramifications - for more than one reason.

This episode begins our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends! For context, here's our 30-episode series, exploring Michael Jordan's rookie campaign.

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Mike Dunleavy, Quintin Dailey, Dave Corzine, Wes Matthews & Adrian Branch.

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AIR064: Bill Hazen - Broadcast veteran / play-by-play man during Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season (1984-85)


Wed, Oct 28, 2015


Veteran broadcaster of more than 50 Michael Jordan rookie games (1984-85), Bill Hazen.

Hazen previously appeared on the finale of our #NB85 series. However, that was an edited-down version, relating solely to the 1985 Chicago Bulls. This is the entire conversation, covering Bill's whole career, to date.

Hazen was born and raised in Chicago. We briefly discuss the city's history of professional basketball; leading to the expansion Bulls' entry, in the NBA's 1966-67 season.

Bill discusses his career in broadcasting. His journey began in Columbus, Indiana - working as a disc-jockey and producing commercials - before he landed "the break of a lifetime" and moved to Milwaukee, becoming Sports Director for WISN Radio. This also gave Bill the opportunity to call play-by-play for the Marquette Golden Eagles, surrounded by luminaries Al McGuire, Hank Raymonds and Rick Majerus.

Later, Bill took a job as a sports broadcaster and talk-show host, at Houston's KTRH. As circumstance would have it, when the talk show was not on the air, the station broadcast Houston Rockets games. Bill then worked play-by-play on TV games, for the Rockets' late-1970s teams, calling names like Moses Malone, John Lucas and Rudy Tomjanovich, to name a few.

You'll hear some amazing accounts of Michael Jordan's first season in the NBA. Hazen was in attendance at Angel Guardian Gym - the Bulls' practice facility for Jordan's rookie season - he watched Michael shake hands with new coach, Kevin Loughery, before training camp had even commenced.

We reminisce about some of the great moments during Jordan's first season as a pro, including this remarkable piece of commentary that Bill exclaimed, in November, 1984.

Another stellar piece of Bill's commentary, was later used in the iconic advertising campaign, 'America's Game / NBA Action: It's FANtastic'.

We also discuss Bill's early use of computer technology to prepare for games and the dismantling of numerous personnel - coaches, executives and broadcasters - following the Bulls' 1985 season.

In the mid-1990s, Bill worked for ESPN International, recording live audio to accompany 'Game of the Week' packages, distributed overseas. Also at this time, Bill called games for the NFL and produced live audio for the 1995 MLB World Series.

We conclude our wide-ranging conversation, chatting about Bill's production company.

The most prominent people mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Kevin Loughery, Johnny Red Kerr, Paul Westhead, Orlando Woolridge, Jerry Sloan, Sidney Moncrief, Jawann Oldham, Dave Corzine, Rod Thorn & Vernon Maxwell.

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NB85-30: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - Special guest, Bill Hazen (broadcaster) - 1985 series finale


Fri, Oct 23, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Bill Hazen's broadcasting career with the Chicago Bulls (1983-85)

- Never-before-told accounts of Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

The ultimate episode of #NB85. We finish our series with an in-depth interview, inviting Bill Hazen on the show, to talk about his experiences covering the Chicago Bulls (1983-85). Bill was the play-by-play man for more than 50 of Michael Jordan's rookie games.

Hazen was born and raised in Chicago. We briefly discuss the city's history of professional basketball; leading to the expansion Bulls' entry, in the NBA's 1966-67 season.

You'll hear some amazing accounts of Michael Jordan's first season in the NBA. Hazen was in attendance at Angel Guardian Gym - the Bulls' practice facility for Jordan's rookie season - he watched Michael shake hands with new coach, Kevin Loughery, before training camp had even commenced.

Hazen was born and raised in Chicago. We briefly discuss the city's history of professional basketball; leading to the expansion Bulls' entry, in the NBA's 1966-67 season.

We reminisce about some of the great moments during Jordan's first season as a pro, including this remarkable piece of commentary that Bill exclaimed, in November, 1984.

Another stellar piece of Bill's commentary, was later used in the iconic advertising campaign, 'America's Game / NBA Action: It's FANtastic'.

We also discuss Bill's early use of computer technology to prepare for games, the dismantling of numerous personnel - coaches, executives and broadcasters - following the 1985 season, Bill's production company and much more.

This episode concludes our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the series. If you enjoyed the content, please share it with your friends!

Make sure you keep an eye on my website. Research is already under way for #NB86. A new series, devoted to 1985-86 - Michael Jordan's tumultuous second year in the NBA - also, a season highlighted by a stunning Boston Celtics championship team.

The most prominent people mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Kevin Loughery, Johnny Red Kerr, Paul Westhead, Orlando Woolridge, Jerry Sloan, Sidney Moncrief, Jawann Oldham, Dave Corzine, Rod Thorn, Fred Carter, Dick Motta, Bill Blair, Vernon Maxwell & Phil Johnson.

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NB85-29: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - 1985 Playoffs - NBA Finals


Fri, Oct 16, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- 1985 NBA Finals (May 23 through June 9)

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

The penultimate episode of #NB85. We discuss numerous happenings from the 1984-85 NBA season. This time, The Finals. Make sure you stay tuned for our final episode. We have a tremendous guest joining us, to finish the series in style.

NBA Finals: L.A. Lakers v Boston Celtics

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent people mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Byron Scott, James Worthy, Julius Erving, Scott Wedman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dennis Johnson, Kevin Loughery, Jawann Oldham, Quintin Dailey, David Greenwood, Bryant Reeves, Jim Jackson & Hot Rod Williams.

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AIR063: Clay Johnson - NBA Champion, two-time Junior College All-American and Missouri star


Tue, Oct 13, 2015


Two-time Junior College All-American, Missouri star and NBA Champion, Clay Johnson.

Clay discusses his childhood love of multiple sports - including three years playing soccer (football) - where he developed skills that he would use to his advantage, on a basketball court. His journey to the NBA almost didn't happen. Following high school, Clay contemplated a career as a plumber, before being convinced to attend junior college, where he became a two-time All-American at Penn Valley Community College. He still ranks (see pages 26 & 58) Top 10 for 'Rebounds in a Season' and 'Rebounds in a Career'. Atop these lofty achievements, he's also a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA Region XVI) Hall of Fame.

Johnson was recruited to the University of Missouri, by Coach Norm Stewart. As a junior, Clay scored a career-high 39 points, in a game against Colorado. In his senior season, he was a team captain, hitting a game-winning jump shot, to advance Mizzou to the second round of the Big Eight Postseason Tournament. Remarkably, with a losing record (14-15), the team (also featuring Larry Drew) qualified for the 1978 NCAA Tournament. In his final game as a Tiger, Clay torched Utah for 30 points.

We talk about the 1978 NBA Draft, where Clay was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the fifth round. Clay recalls his experiences playing in the Summer Pro League and some NBA preseason games. He was waived by Portland, before the regular season commenced.

Clay took his considerable skills to the Western Basketball Association and Continental Basketball Association, where he displayed his talents for a few seasons - primarily with the Billings Volcanos - determined to make his way back into the NBA.

In August of 1981, Clay signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers. He had to wait until April of 1982, to make his NBA debut - as fate would have it - against Portland, the team that first drafted him, back in 1978.

We chat about Jeff Pearlman's excellent book, Showtime, where Clay is quoted on his dislike of (Lakers) Coach Paul Westhead. He contrasts that, with the high esteem he holds for Coach Pat Riley, who Johnson played under, during his two seasons with the Lakers. Clay was a member of the Lakers' 1982 NBA Championship squad. We talk about his experiences on that team and playing alongside (future) Hall of Famers, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and James Worthy.

Clay's last NBA season was 1984, as a member of the Seattle SuperSonics. After failing to come to terms with Coach Lenny Wilkens, Johnson returned home to Missouri, joining the CBA's Kansas City Sizzlers.

Family aside, Clay's energy and passion - since his playing career ended - revolves around his Clay Johnson Foundation, where he mentors youth in the Kansas City area and around the country.

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NB85-28: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - 1985 Playoffs - Conference Finals


Tue, Sep 29, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- 1985 NBA Playoffs - Conference Finals (May 11 through 22)

- 1985 NBA Draft Lottery - "The Patrick Ewing Sweepstakes"

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the 1984-85 NBA season. This time, the Conference Finals and 1985 NBA Draft Lottery.

East: Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers

West: L.A. Lakers v Denver Nuggets

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Dave DeBusschere, Fat Lever, Byron Scott, James Worthy, Moses Malone, Maurice Cheeks, Calvin Natt, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Alex English, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dan Issel & Mark Aguirre.

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AIR062: Mike Brown - George Washington University star and 11-year NBA veteran


Sun, Sep 13, 2015


Atlantic 10 Legend (George Washington) and 11-year NBA veteran, Mike Brown.

Mike discusses his multi-sport childhood and his decision to focus on basketball. His path to the NBA began at Clifford J. Scott High School. We chat about his tremendous tenure at George Washington University, where he starred academically (Criminal Justice) and athletically. Mike led the Colonials in scoring and rebounding, in each of his four seasons with the team. Between his junior and senior seasons, he participated in the 1984 US Olympic Trials at Indiana University. He shares his memories of those famous trials. We also talk about Mike's relationship with Patrick Ewing, who played for the Georgetown Hoyas, just miles away from the George Washington campus.

We talk about the 1985 NBA Draft, one of the most talent-laden in the history of the game. The Chicago Bulls selected Mike in the third round (69th-pick overall). Following a season overseas (Italy), Brown returned to the Bulls, and played the 1987 and 1988 seasons with the team, alongside Michael Jordan and (a young) Scottie Pippen.

I also asked Mike about his memories of this famous move - he didn't disappoint.

In June of 1988, the expansion Charlotte Hornets, selected Mike in the Expansion Draft, trading him to the Utah Jazz, for Kelly Tripucka.

The next five years of Mike's career (1989-1993), were spent in Utah. The Jazz advanced to the Western Conference Finals in 1992, and we talk about the opportunities that opened for Mike, both on and off the court. He talks fondly about his time with the franchise and being teammates with John Stockton and Karl Malone. We also discuss the 1992 Olympic Games, where Mike traveled to Barcelona to watch four of his teammates (Jordan, Pippen, Stockton & Malone) win the gold medal for Team USA.

After the 1993 season, Mike was traded to Minnesota, in exchange for Felton Spencer. He talks about the adjustment of leaving a winning culture in Utah, to a franchise that was still searching for its identity. The last few seasons of Mike's career, were with the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns. He also returned overseas for a second stint in Europe.

Mike also reflects on some of the great coaches he played for, including Doug Collins, Frank Layden and Jerry Sloan, to name a few.

Since his playing career ended, Mike has been involved in coaching at various levels, and is currently working for the NBA, in a player-development role. We round out the conversation, talking about Mike's (Las Vegas) radio show, The Embracing Project and finally, his gold-medal success at the World Masters Games, here in Australia.

We didn't get to cover this, however, it's very cool and definitely worth a look. Mike is clearly a fan of vintage cars.

You can follow Mike on Twitter.

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AIR061: Great NBA Games – Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics (March 31, 1991)


Tue, Sep 01, 2015


Adam, Aaron and Todd discuss a classic double-overtime game featuring Michael Jordan and Larry Bird - March 31st, 1991 - the Celtics take on the visiting Bulls, at Boston Garden.

We discuss all the key aspects of the game. We talk about the NBC broadcast and its commentary team of Marv Albert, Mike Fratello and Ahmad Rashad. We chat about the great regular season that each team was enjoying, as the Playoffs approached. We talk about each team’s roster and our memories and opinions on this exciting match-up.

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.

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, John Paxson, Reggie Lewis, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Brian Shaw, Kevin Gamble, Dee Brown, Ed Pinckney, Stojko Vrankovic & Cliff Levingston.

Statistics mentioned, are often courtesy of Basketball-Reference.

Watch the Google Hangout - recorded live on August 20, 2015 - or, should you prefer the audio-only version (via your podcast app of choice), you'll hear an edited version of the conversation.

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NB85-27: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - 1985 Playoffs - Round 2


Tue, Aug 18, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- 1985 NBA Playoffs - Round 2 (April 27 through May 10)

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the 1984-85 NBA season. Whilst the Chicago Bulls were eliminated in the first round, we continue our coverage of the Playoffs. This time, the Conference Semifinals.

East: Philadelphia 76ers v Milwaukee Bucks | Boston Celtics v Detroit Pistons

West: L.A. Lakers v Portland Trail Blazers | Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz

The episode also includes a great conversation that Aaron had, with ESPN Chicago's Marc Silverman (of Waddle & Silvy). Recorded, in-person, in Chicago (February, 2015). Marc discusses his memories of growing up in Chicago, attending Bulls games - pre-Jordan and beyond. Thank you, Silvy, for indulging us.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent people mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Terry Cummings, Paul Pressey, Magic Johnson, Darrell Griffith, Sidney Moncrief, Fat Lever, Alex English, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mark Eaton, Thurl Bailey, Michael Cooper, Don Nelson & Rod Thorn.

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AIR060: Memorable NBA Games - Dominique Wilkins returns to Atlanta (1994) - Clippers at Hawks


Thu, Aug 06, 2015


Adam and Aaron discuss Dominique Wilkins' first-game back in Atlanta, as an opposition player - March 25th, 1994. Nique dropped 36 points on his former team, as the L.A. Clippers defeated the Atlanta Hawks by three points. This game took place 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 its commentary team of Tim Brando and Mike Glenn. Bob Weiss is overlooked in this story-line. He was now coaching the Clippers, however, had just spent the previous three seasons, with the Hawks. We chat about the commentary team's 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.

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.

The most prominent 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.

Statistics mentioned in many episodes, are courtesy of Basketball-Reference.

Thanks to Paul Vido of the Downtown team, for the Danny Manning photo (see show notes).

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NB85-26: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - 1985 Playoffs - Round 1


Sat, Jul 25, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- 1985 NBA Playoffs - Round 1 (April 15 through 28)

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls took on the Milwaukee Bucks - Jordan's first foray into the postseason. The Bucks prevailed, winning in four games (3-1). We also cover each and every series, across both conferences.

East: Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers | Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Bullets | Detroit Pistons v New Jersey Nets

West: L.A. Lakers v Phoenix Suns | Denver Nuggets v San Antonio Spurs | Houston Rockets v Utah Jazz | Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Terry Cummings, Paul Pressey, Sidney Moncrief, Fat Lever, Alex English, Rolando Blackman, Mark Eaton, Hakeem Olajuwon, Sidney Green, Thurl Bailey, Billy Paultz, Audie Norris, Lewis Lloyd & Charles Pittman.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

85-04-19 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

85-04-21 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

85-04-24 - Box Score: Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

85-04-26 - Box Score: Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

We also refer to this classic, fifth and deciding game, from the Western Conference. The visiting Utah Jazz, stun the Houston Rockets - a franchise-defining victory.

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NB85-25: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - March 25 through April 14, 1985


Mon, Jul 13, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - March 25 through April 14, 1985

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls finished the regular season, with ten games in nineteen days – four wins and six losses.

We chat about Bernard King's arthroscopic - a week later, reconstructive - knee surgery and its implications on his career. Then, cover the changing hierarchy of the Bulls' franchise - particularly the arrival of Jerry Krause, coupled with the departure of Rod Thorn. We also talk about the NBA's best-performing players - including Dave Corzine's season-high 23 points - milestones reached - Moses Malone surpassing 10,000 career rebounds, Stan Albeck registering his 300th win as coach, John Bagley (team; Cleveland) & Isiah Thomas' (league) records for assists in a single season - and much more.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Calvin Natt, David Greenwood, Derek Smith, Dan Issel, Bill Laimbeer, Hakeem Olajuwon & Micheal Ray Richardson.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

85-03-26 - Box Score: Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls

85-03-28 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

85-03-30 - Box Score: Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls

85-04-02 - Box Score: New Jersey Nets @ Chicago Bulls

85-04-03 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Washington Bullets

85-04-05 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers

85-04-06 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

85-04-08 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers

85-04-12 - Box Score: Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

85-04-13 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

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AIR059: Cedric Ceballos - NBA All-Star, 11-year veteran & Slam Dunk Champion


Tue, Jun 30, 2015


NBA All-Star, 11-year veteran & Slam Dunk Champion, Cedric Ceballos.

Prior to delving into Cedric's on-court prowess, we talk about his love for music and the famous album, 'Basketball's Best Kept Secret', featuring Dana Barros and many others.

Little-known fact: Cedric was a ball-boy at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Ceballos went on to star at Ventura College, before playing his junior and senior seasons at Cal State Fullerton - where he was scouted by Jerry West - averaging better than 22 points & 10 rebounds per game.

Cedric discusses the 1990 NBA Draft, and his flurry of emotions, waiting to hear his name called. He was selected 48th overall, by the Phoenix Suns. Ced talks about his transition from college, and learning the game from veterans like Tom Chambers, Eddie Johnson & Dan Majerle.

Our conversation also uncovers the fascinating truth behind Dee Brown's victory - punctuated by his memorable, pumping-up of the Reebok shoes, and 'Blind Dunk' - in the 1991 Slam Dunk Competition.

Cedric won the 1992 contest, finishing with his famous 'Hocus Pocus' jam, dedicated to Magic Johnson. Few people know, that Cedric & Dee competed in a college dunk contest, at the Orlando All-Star Classic. 25 years later, prepare to hear the inside story that will change most of what you know about the history of the NBA's 1991 Dunk Contest.

We break down the 1993 season. Paul Westphal was named as coach, the Suns traded for Charles Barkley and Cedric led the league in field-goal percentage (57.6). Phoenix steamrolled the league, en route to 62 wins and the number-one seed in the Playoffs. The Suns survived their first-round series against the upstart Lakers, with an overtime victory in the fifth and deciding game.

Injury hit Cedric at the worst possible time. He broke his foot during the 1993 Western Conference Finals; missing the NBA Finals against Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the Chicago Bulls. He talks about the emotions of supporting his team from the sidelines.

We cover Cedric's trade (September, 1994) from Phoenix to the L.A. Lakers, where he enjoyed NBA-career highs in scoring, rebounds and assists. Ceballos was named an All-Star, however, an incident with Dikembe Mutombo, days prior to the 1995 All-Star Game, led to Cedric missing the game due to injury. In a cruel twist of fate, Mutombo would receive his second All-Star nod.

Magic Johnson returned to the NBA during the 1996 season. Cedric talks about co-captaining the Lakers with Nick Van Exel, the impact of Magic's return and how it felt to miss the opportunity to challenge for a title, playing alongside one of the all-time greats.

Cedric appeared in the iconic movie, Space Jam. We talk about his memories of the experience and the effect it continues to have on his life. He also opens up about playing basketball inside The Jordan Dome - the purpose-built workout facility, constructed for Jordan's use, during downtime around the filming of the movie.

During the 1997 season, Ceballos was traded back to Phoenix - the Suns were in turmoil, but Cedric and his (new) teammates turned the season around, steering the franchise into the Playoffs.

In the 1998 season, Cedric was traded to Dallas. He talks about the challenges of playing for a franchise that was fighting for relevancy. He speaks fondly of former-teammate, (Australia's) Chris Anstey and a great victory the Mavs had over the rampaging Bulls, in March of 1998.

After his time with the Mavericks, he closed out his NBA career with stops in Detroit and Miami. He then played in various leagues around the USA, became a member of the Harlem Globetrotters and also headed overseas to play professionally.

You can follow Cedric online. Check him out on Twitter. Learn more about his other interests, including ShootersRev and The Stream World.

Thanks to Paul Corliss and the NBRPA team, for scheduling Cedric's podcast appearance.

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AIR058: Terence Stansbury – Temple University Hall of Famer, NBA & European veteran


Tue, Jun 16, 2015


Temple University Hall of Famer, NBA & European veteran, Terence Stansbury.

We discuss the unique origin of Terence’s high school basketball career. He mentions some of the players he admired, including Julius Erving, Walt Frazier, Pete Maravich, Wilt Chamberlain and Joe Bryant.

Terence starred at Temple, leading his Owls to the 1984 NCAA Tournament. At that Tourney, he hit a game-winning buzzer-beater, to defeat the might of St. John’s, led by Chris Mullin, Bill Wennington & Mark Jackson. That victory setup the last game of Terence’s college career, against Michael Jordan and the North Carolina Tar Heels. We discuss both games – the latter, Stansbury more than held his own, against Jordan.

Stansbury trialed for Team USA’s 1983 Pan-American Games squad, then, in 1984, was one of the select group, invited to participate in Team USA’s Olympic Trials. Terence details great moments from both experiences, including his first (in person) meeting with Charles Barkley and rooming with another future Hall of Famer, John Stockton.

We chat about the famous 1984 NBA Draft, where the Dallas Mavericks selected Terence with the 15th overall pick. We cover his brief, yet intriguing, tenure with the Mavs, before the trade that sent him to the Indiana Pacers, where he played two of his three NBA seasons.

One of the Google searches that I did, whilst researching Terence’s career, led to this photo of Paul Mokeski. As luck would have it, there’s a classic story behind this, that began with a foul, and ended, many years later, close to five thousand miles away.

Terence remembers former teammate, Dwayne McClain, a guy with links to my home country of Australia. They were teammates during the 1986 NBA season. The ‘D-Train’ was a standout at Villanova University, later, starring in the National Basketball League.

It’s impossible to chat with Terence Stansbury and not talk about his three-consecutive, third-place finishes in the Slam Dunk Competition (1985 | 1986 | 1987). I ask Terence about the origin of his famous ‘Statue of Liberty 360? jam and the involvement of his family and friends, in the 1985 and 1986 contests, particularly.

We also discuss the circumstances behind Terence’s trade to Seattle. After the 1987 season, Terence briefly played in the Continental Basketball Association, before being presented with an opportunity to play in Europe (early 1988). From there, he played at the highest level, traveling to places such as Holland, Belgium, France – where he’s a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame – Israel and Greece.

We round out the conversation by covering Terence’s current-day involvement with basketball.

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NB85-24: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - March 10 through 24, 1985


Wed, Jun 03, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - March 10 through 24, 1985

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played yet another, schedule-stuffing nine games, in this span – four wins and five losses.

We chat about Jerry Reinsdorf becoming the Chicago Bulls' majority owner. Then, cover Bernard King's very serious, career-altering knee injury. We also talk about the NBA's best-performing players - including Larry Bird's astonishing 60-point explosion versus Atlanta - milestones reached - George Gervin passing Jerry West, to become the then-ninth all-time highest scorer in league history - and much more.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Jawann Oldham, Alvan Adams, Bill Laimbeer, Dave Corzine, Jeff Malone, Steve Johnson, Darrell Griffith, Robert Parish, Manute Bol & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

85-03-11 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Washington Bullets

85-03-12 - Box Score: Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls

85-03-14 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

85-03-15 - Box Score: Phoenix Suns @ Chicago Bulls

85-03-17 - Box Score: Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

85-03-19 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Houston Rockets

85-03-20 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ San Antonio Spurs

85-03-23 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Dallas Mavericks

85-03-24 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Utah Jazz

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AIR057: Dale Ellis - Two-time All-American (Tennessee), All-Star & 17-year NBA veteran


Wed, May 27, 2015


Two-time All-American (Tennessee), All-Star and 17-year NBA veteran, Dale Ellis.

We discuss Dale's high school basketball days, followed by his outstanding four seasons with the Tennessee Volunteers, where he was twice named All-American.

Dale talks about his whereabouts on NBA Draft Day, 1983, when he was selected ninth overall by the Dallas Mavericks. We cover his three seasons with the Mavs, playing alongside fellow draftee Derek Harper, including these memorable finishes to games against the mighty Los Angeles Lakers.

Here's the wild finish - aka 'Moody Madness' - that I asked Dale about (1984 Playoffs).

Dale discusses his trade from Dallas to Seattle, where he set the NBA record for highest, single-season scoring increase - from 7.1 (1986, Dallas) to a staggering 24.9 points per game (1987, Seattle). Ellis also won Most Improved Player and in that year's Playoffs, dominated his former team, helping steer the Sonics to the Western Conference Finals.

We chat about some of the many great players that Dale played with, including Nate McMillan, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Tom Chambers, Xavier McDaniel, Avery Johnson, Dennis Rodman & David Robinson.

Of course, with Dale Ellis as my guest, I had to ask about his incredible three-point shooting prowess. Dale was the first player in NBA history, to make 1000 three-point field goals. He competed in numerous Three-Point Shootouts, too, including the iconic match-up with Larry Bird, in 1988 at Chicago Stadium.

When Dale mentioned Michael Jordan, I didn't need to be told twice, to ask more about their battles over the years. He recalls some funny stories and talks about MJ's greatness.

Dale reminisces about his fantastic 1989 season. Aside from averaging a career-high 27.5ppg and being named to the All-NBA 3rd Team, he had an All-Star Weekend for the ages, winning the Three-Point Shootout and then scored 27 points the following day, for the Western Conference All-Stars. Dale also shares a great All-Star story, talking about his idol, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, plus, playing with future Hall of Famer, John Stockton.

We also discuss his seasons spent with the Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and his return to Seattle in 1998, where he would lead the NBA, connecting on a staggering 46.4% of his three-point field goals.

Last year (2014), Dale became just the fourth player to have his jersey retired, by the University of Tennessee. He discussed memories of his teammates, and how graduating from college (1985) was the hardest thing he has ever done in his life.

We talk about the Inaugural 2015 Breakthrough Atlanta Celebrity Basketball Game, where Dale will lead his squad against former teammate, Dikembe Mutombo. Click here to learn more about this game.

Our conversation also covers Dale's modern-day involvement with basketball, his future ambitions and online presence: SportsBlog | Twitter | Facebook.

Thanks to Paul Corliss and the NBRPA team, for scheduling Dale's podcast appearance.

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NB85-23: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - February 23 through March 9, 1985


Wed, May 20, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - February 23 through March 9, 1985

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played a schedule-stuffing nine games, in this span – five wins and four losses.

We chat about Chicago's run to a possible-playoff appearance, by making the most of seven games at home. We also talk about the NBA's best-performing players - including Kevin McHale's then-team record, 56-points - milestones reached - Julius Erving becoming the then-third all-time highest scorer in league history - and much more.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Bernard King, Jawann Oldham, Mark Aguirre, Ennis Whatley, Mark Eaton, Orlando Woolridge, Quintin Dailey, Darryl Dawkins, Sleepy Floyd, Bill Laimbeer, Magic Johnson & Hakeem Olajuwon.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

85-02-23 - Box Score: Golden State Warriors @ Chicago Bulls

85-02-26 - Box Score: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

85-02-27 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons

85-03-01 - Box Score: New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

85-03-03 - Box Score: New Jersey Nets @ Chicago Bulls

85-03-05 - Box Score: Washington Bullets @ Chicago Bulls

85-03-06 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

85-03-08 - Box Score: L.A. Clippers @ Chicago Bulls

85-03-09 - Box Score: Utah Jazz @ Chicago Bulls

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NB85-22: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - Bulls at Celtics (Mar 6), vs Clippers (Mar 8), vs Jazz (Mar 9) - 1985


Tue, May 12, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Chicago at Boston - March 6, 1985

- L.A. Clippers at Chicago - March 8, 1985

- Utah at Chicago - March 9, 1985

In this episode, we discuss the sixty-first, sixty-second and sixty-third games of MJ's professional career. We were fortunate to have access to the game DVDs, giving us plenty of topics and moments to talk about. In our first game for discussion, the Bulls travel to the storied Boston Garden. Next, we chat about the L.A. Clippers' stop in Chicago - their sole trip to the Windy City, for the season. We conclude by covering another home game, this time, against the visiting Jazz of Utah.

Aside from a focus on Jordan's burgeoning career, we cover numerous sub-plots, individual milestones, amusing moments and minutiae from both games.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Orlando Woolridge, Larry Bird, Derek Smith, Wes Matthews, Kevin McHale, Michael Cage, Dave Corzine, John Stockton, Ray Williams, Darrell Griffith, Mark Eaton, Thurl Bailey, Jeff Wilkins & Dale Wilkinson.

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AIR056: Rick Brown - SEC Legend, NBA veteran & European Champion


Wed, May 06, 2015


SEC Legend, NBA veteran and European Champion, Rick Brown.

We discuss Rick's early career and his tough, yet rewarding, decision to move to Atlanta and play high-school basketball. His outstanding HS years put Rick on the national radar and he was recruited by numerous colleges, including Michigan and Kentucky. Ultimately, he decided to move back home and played four years with Mississippi State University.

Rick was one of the players that the Golden State Warriors drafted, after they traded away Robert Parish and dealt their number three pick to the Celtics, in the 1980 NBA Draft - that selection would be Kevin McHale - effectively forming Boston's Hall of Fame, 'Big Three'.

Rick recalls his years with the Warriors, and talks about playing with personalities like World B. Free, Bernard King and Joe Barry Carroll. Golden State traded Rick to Atlanta, mid-way through the 1983 season - this was Dominique Wilkins' rookie year. We talk about his time with the Hawks and also his role in Larry Bird's incredible 60-point game, in 1985.

After finishing his NBA career, Rick moved overseas and achieved high levels of success, becoming a European Champion in the process. He played ten years in Europe, with very-recognizable names, including Mike D'Antoni, Bob McAdoo and Arvydas Sabonis. One of Rick's greatest moments, happened in 1992, when he won his team (Real Madrid) the European Cup Final.

Last year (2014), Rick was inducted into Mississippi State University's Sports Hall of Fame. He talks about that honor and the importance of leaving a legacy to his family. We also briefly chat about his sons who are looking to make a name for themselves in the future.

After our conversation, I briefly invite my good friend, Cobi Sobrino - who was in attendance at the 1992 European Cup Final - onto the show. He recalls the game and Rick's impact on European basketball.

My Forgotten Legends (Cobi's basketball-history website / podcast).

Chlo? (Rick's wife) runs, Bread-Winning Moms (blog / podcast) mentioned in this episode.

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NB85-21: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - Lakers at Bulls (Feb 19), vs Celtics (Feb 22) - 1985


Tue, Apr 28, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- L.A. Lakers at Chicago - February 19, 1985

- Chicago vs Boston (at Hartford) - February 22, 1985

In this episode, we discuss the fifty-third and fifty-fourth games of MJ's professional career. We were fortunate to have access to the game DVDs, giving us plenty of topics and moments to talk about. In our first game for discussion, the visiting Lakers make their one and only trip to the Windy City. Next, we chat about the Bulls' visit to Hartford - Boston's home-away-from-home - to take on the might of the Celtics.

Aside from a focus on Jordan's burgeoning career, we cover numerous sub-plots, individual milestones, amusing moments and minutiae from both games.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Byron Scott, Michael Cooper, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Orlando Woolridge, Larry Bird, Dennis Johnson, Bob McAdoo, Kevin McHale, Jawann Oldham, Robert Parish, Dave Corzine, Scott Wedman & Greg Kite.

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NB85-20: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - February 8 through 22, 1985


Wed, Apr 22, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - February 8 through 22, 1985

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played five games in this span – one win and four losses.

We chat about the impending (majority) ownership of Jerry Reinsdorf and his (not-too-distant) personnel moves that would change the face of Chicago's franchise. We also talk about the NBA's best-performing players - including Larry Bird's astonishing, near quadruple-double - milestones reached and much more.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Bernard King, Isiah Thomas, Akeem Olajuwon, Mark Aguirre, Sidney Green, Julius Erving, Ralph Sampson, Mark Eaton, James Worthy, Tim McCormick, Ron Harper & Phil Jackson.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

85-02-12 - Box Score: Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls

85-02-15 - Box Score: Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls

85-02-17 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

85-02-19 - Box Score: L.A. Lakers @ Chicago Bulls

85-02-22 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics (at Hartford)

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NB85-19: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - Bulls at 76ers (Feb 1), vs Pistons (Feb 12) - 1985


Wed, Apr 15, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Chicago at Philadelphia - February 1, 1985

- Detroit at Chicago - February 12, 1985

In this episode, we discuss the forty-seventh and fiftieth games of MJ's professional career. We were fortunate to have access to the game DVDs, giving us plenty of topics and moments to talk about. In our first game for discussion, Jordan's Bulls visit Philadelphia to take on the 76ers. Then we cover what is often referred to as the 'Revenge Game'. (Allegedly) spurned - following his treatment in the 1985 NBA All-Star Game - Michael Jordan explodes for a season-high 49 points.

Aside from a focus on Jordan's burgeoning career, we cover numerous sub-plots, individual milestones, amusing moments and minutiae from both games.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Dave Corzine, Rod Higgins, Moses Malone, Sidney Green, Maurice Cheeks, Orlando Woolridge, Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Vinnie Johnson, Major Jones, Brook Steppe & Chris Engler.

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AIR055: Todd Spehr - Drazen: The Remarkable Life and Legacy of the Mozart of Basketball


Wed, Apr 08, 2015


Drazen Petrovic biographer, Todd Spehr.

Personally, this is an extra-special episode. My great friend of almost fifteen years, Todd Spehr, just released a biography on the life and times of Drazen Petrovic. I invited another great mate of mine (and NB85 co-host), Aaron, to also chat with Todd, earlier this week.

For more than three years, Todd has been consumed with the life of Drazen Petrovic. Thanks to exhaustive research - he interviewed over 70 people - the resulting book offers comprehensive coverage of Drazen's incredible rise from Europe to the NBA. It is a book of stories, told by those who knew Petrovic best. Drazen blazed a trail (no pun intended) and was a pioneer for Europeans in the NBA, including Sarunas Marciulionis, Arvydas Sabonis, Stojko Vrankovic, Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoc, Dino Radja & Peja Stojakovic, to name just a few.

We discuss behind-the-scenes details of the book, including the interview process, the depths of Todd's research and countless hours of game film (some, never seen before) he studied, giving him a unique insight on a player who was already a legend in his native country, before he set foot in the United States of America.

To borrow a quote from the book's promotional materials, 'Drazen is a tribute to the determination and spirit Petrovic brought to every aspect of his short, brilliant life'.

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AIR054: Mario Elie - Three-time NBA Champion and Rockets' 30-Year Team member


Tue, Mar 31, 2015


Three-time NBA Champion and one of Houston's Top 10 Players of all-time, Mario Elie.

We discuss Mario's incredible journey from New York's Power Memorial High School, through to becoming a three-time NBA Champion - a perfect example of hard work, determination and achievement.

Many years before he joined the Golden State Warriors, Mario was teammates with future Hall of Famer, Chris Mullin. We reminisce about Mario's HS career and decision to play for American International College. He had a stellar run and was named Conference Rookie of the Year (1982), three-time All-American and led his division II team to the Elite Eight in the 1985 NCAA Tournament. He was inducted into AIC’s Hall of Fame in 2005, and earlier this year, had his #41 jersey retired.

The Milwaukee Bucks selected Elie with pick 160 (7th round) in the 1985 NBA Draft. His first NBA game was more than five seasons later (Dec 28, 1990). In the interim, Mario played in numerous countries across Europe - Ireland, Argentina and Portugal, to name a few - further developing his game. He returned to home soil and played in developmental leagues across America, including the USBL, WBL & CBA (where he would become an All-Star).

In December, 1990, Mario's NBA opportunity arrived, courtesy of then-76ers GM, Gene Shue. The countless miles of travel and perseverance paid off. After a brief stint with Philadelphia, Mario signed with Golden State, where he played alongside the famed 'Run TMC' (Hardaway, Richmond & Mullin). Two seasons later (1993), he was a Trail Blazer.

We chat about the moment Mario found out he was traded to the Rockets, and deep dive into his career with Houston, where he played five seasons and won two NBA Championships. In the do-or-die Game 7 of the 1995 Western Conference Semi-Finals, he made one of the biggest shots in NBA history – affectionately known as the ‘Kiss of Death’. He shares the details of how that famous show of emotion, came to be.

Prior to the (1999) lockout-shortened season, Mario signed as a free agent with San Antonio, where he won his third NBA title. He talks about his key role in Sean Elliott's Memorial Day Miracle and the leadership of Hall of Famer, David Robinson, and (future Hall of Famer) a young Tim Duncan. I even find a way to briefly talk about another teammate of Mario's, Australian legend, Andrew Gaze.

Recently, the Houston Rockets celebrated the 20th anniversary of their back-to-back NBA Championships. Mario talks about that experience and the joy of re-connecting with many of his friends and former teammates, including Vernon Maxwell, Sam Cassell, Robert Horry, Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon, Otis Thorpe, Kenny Smith, Chucky Brown, Rudy Tomjanovich and more.

We round out the discussion, by chatting about Mario's coaching background. He has worked as an NBA assistant coach for the best part of ten years. He discusses those experiences, his future ambitions at the highest level and the ultimate moment of his career, to date.

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AIR053: Luc Longley (three-time NBA Champion) talks Jordan's, "I'm back", Bulls and more


Fri, Mar 20, 2015


Three-time Olympian / NBA Champion and Australia’s first ever NBA player, Luc Longley.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (first) NBA return. I'm delighted to welcome back Luc Longley to the podcast. We discuss his recollections of the hoopla surrounding MJ's return to the Chicago Bulls, following Jordan's 1993 retirement.

This conversation is much more than simply chatting about Jordan's comeback. We also delve deeper into Luc's career with the Bulls and reminisce about some of Chicago's memorable playoff series', versus:

- New York Knicks (1994: Toni Kukoc's game-winner and Scottie Pippen's monster dunk on Patrick Ewing)

- Orlando Magic (1995: Bulls' shock exit and Horace Grant's post-series celebration)

- Orlando Magic (1996: Chicago's four-game sweep and Luc's match-up against Shaquille O'Neal).

Further, I share my story about meeting Luc in 1991 and he talks fondly about the friendships he developed playing alongside memorable teammates, including Bill Cartwright, John Paxson and B.J. Armstrong. We find time to talk about his assistant coaching role with the Australian Boomers, the future of basketball in Australia and the importance of players like Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, Joe Ingles and Dante Exum.

We also reference a great article that recently appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, titled, "Luc Longley - from running with the Chicago Bulls to falling in love with basketball again" (written by David Sygall). This is a really enjoyable chat.

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AIR052: (Our) Greatest NBA Broadcasters and Commentators


Tue, Mar 17, 2015


Adam & Aaron select their Top 5 NBA Broadcasters / Commentators.

We chat about those responsible for fostering our respective love for the game of basketball. Primarily, we talk about the golden era of not only the NBA, but commentary, too. This episode is littered with sound-bites from some of the most-iconic commentators the game has ever known. We primarily focus on the timeframe 1984 to 1998. We know you'll enjoy this audible trip down memory lane.

A sprinkling of those mentioned / sound-checked in this episode, include: Marv Albert, Mike Fratello, Ron Thulin, Bob Neal, Doug Collins, Bob Costas, Peter Vecsey, Dick Stockton, Hubie Brown, Ahmad Rashad, Michael Jordan, Shawn Kemp, Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman, Rick Mahorn, Gary Payton, Dikembe Mutombo, Karl Malone, Toni Kukoc, Reggie Miller & Robert Pack.

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NB85-18: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - All-Star Game - February 10, 1985


Mon, Mar 09, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA All-Star Game - February 10, 1985

In this episode, we break down the NBA's thirty-fifth All-Star Game. The game was played at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana, in-front of a then-record NBA crowd of 43,146. We were fortunate to have access to the game DVD, giving us plenty of topics and moments to talk about, including the alleged 'freeze-out' of Michael Jordan, supposedly led by Isiah Thomas.

We chat about Alex English and his humanitarian efforts. Following encouragement from Alex, his fellow stars donated their game payments to an Ethiopian relief effort. The game itself was played at a fast pace, led by perennial All-Stars, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas. Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon - who finished with similar stat-lines - were the only rookies who played in the game.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Ralph Sampson, Larry Nance, George Gervin, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Bernard King, Sidney Moncrief, Terry Cummings & Calvin Natt.

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AIR051: Paul Corliss - VP, Marketing and Communications - National Basketball Retired Players Association


Mon, Mar 02, 2015


NBRPA Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Paul Corliss.

The National Basketball Retired Players Association, was founded in 1992 by NBA luminaries, Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA is a non-profit association comprised of former professional basketball players (NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters, and WNBA). It is the only alumni association of its kind, supported directly by the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).

We cover Paul's career as a sports writer, after he graduated from college. He then worked at NASCAR and the NFL for the best part of ten years, before commencing his current role in 2011, alongside CEO Arnie Fielkow.

We chat about the origins of the NBRPA and the wide array of (quoted from their website) 'programs, services and benefits designed to help retired basketball players and their families successfully navigate life after the game'.

Paul talks about the NBRPA's unprecedented success at the 2015 All-Star Weekend. The Legends of Basketball participated in community-based projects, celebrated Black History Month and conducted numerous radio and on-air television interviews - in conjunction with NBA TV - that will air over the coming months.

This is a perfect opportunity to learn more about the NBRPA. We even have time to discuss some of Paul's greatest memories of working with Magic Johnson, Bill Walton, Spencer Haywood, Jalen Rose, Teresa Weatherspoon, Ralph Sampson, Tiny Archibald and many other Legends of Basketball.

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NB85-17: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - Bulls at Knicks (Jan 5) / January 24 through February 7, 1985


Tue, Feb 24, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Chicago at New York: January 5, 1985

- NBA regular season - January 24 through February 7, 1985

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we break down the thirty-fourth game of MJ's professional career. We were fortunate to have access to the game DVD, giving us plenty of topics and moments to talk about. The Bulls were hoping to remain above .500 for the season, whilst the Knicks - losers of eight of their last nine games - had dropped six straight. Bernard King entered the game averaging 40 points a contest, in his past five outings.

Next, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played seven games in this span – three wins and four losses.

We chat about one of the most unusual personnel moves of the era. The Atlanta Hawks - without three of their guards - were forced to activate one of their TV commentators to the playing roster! We also talk about the NBA's best-performing players - including Larry Bird's back-to-back buzzer-beaters - milestones reached and much more.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Mark Aguirre, Moses Malone, Isiah Thomas, Terry Cummings, Dominique Wilkins, Pat Cummings & Tom McMillen.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

85-01-25 - Box Score: Seattle SuperSonics @ Chicago Bulls

85-01-26 - Box Score: Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

85-01-29 - Box Score: Kansas City Kings @ Chicago Bulls

85-01-30 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Washington Bullets

85-02-01 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers

85-02-05 - Box Score: Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls

85-02-07 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

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NB85-16: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - January 9 through 23, 1985


Tue, Feb 10, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - January 9 through 23, 1985

- Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played eight games in this span - four wins and four losses.

We discuss Bernard King's quest to become the 'perfect basketball player', including unique training drills that prepared him for opposition double and triple-teams. We also break down the Chicago Bulls' inconsistency. They alternated losses and wins in this period of time. We talk about Moses Malone's preseason workouts with Hakeem Olajuwon, chat about the NBA's best-performing players, milestones reached - including Larry Bird's 10,000th point and Lenny Wilkens' 1,000th game as coach - and much more.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Adrian Dantley, Phil Hubbard, Isiah Thomas, Larry Smith, Jack Sikma, Rod Higgins, Tom Chambers & World B. Free.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

85-01-09 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

85-01-11 - Box Score: New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

85-01-12 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

85-01-14 - Box Score: Denver Nuggets @ Chicago Bulls

85-01-16 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

85-01-17 - Box Score: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

85-01-19 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers

85-01-22 - Box Score: Portland Trail Blazers @ Chicago Bulls

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NB85-15: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - December 25, 1984, through January 8, 1985


Mon, Jan 26, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - December 25, 1984, through January 8, 1985

- Insightful early-season minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played just five games in this span - two wins and three losses.

We discuss Bernard King's 60-point explosion on Christmas Day - still not enough to deliver cheer to Knicks' fans. We also break down the Chicago Bulls' splits, as they rounded out the 1984 calendar year. We talk about the Player of the Month winners for November (Alex English) and December (Larry Bird), and chat about the NBA's best-performing players, milestones reached and much more.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Purvis Short, Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Dominique Wilkins, Quintin Dailey & Hakeem Olajuwon.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

84-12-27 - Box Score: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

84-12-29 - Box Score: Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

85-01-02 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

85-01-04 - Box Score: Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

85-01-05 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

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AIR050: Reflections from Inside - Looking back on NBA History


Fri, Jan 16, 2015


Thank you for being a part of my podcast journey. We've reached 50 episodes of 'In all Airness'. Here's to plenty more, as we kick-off 2015. A special thanks to my beautiful wife, Lisa, for being so understanding and accommodating of my passion for the podcast.

Thanks, too, Aaron - co-hosting 10 of the episodes (and at least - as I type this - a further 16 'NB85' episodes, too). I couldn't ask for a greater guy to have along for the ride. A huge tip of the hat to Luke - my brother; we've watched and played, countless hours of basketball throughout the 1990s & 2000s - and close friends, Todd, Adam & Reece - all advocates of the show who share a love for the game of basketball.

Of course, this show would be nothing without two crucial components - you, the listener, and the guests themselves. I won't single anyone out, however, each and every one of you contribute; allowing the podcast to occupy its own unique, online home. If you enjoy the show, please tell your friends about it. That's the best way for the podcast to grow.

I'll round out my appreciation, with a special thanks to Paul and the National Basketball Retired Players Association. I'm excited for what our future collaborations will bring.

To those who have asked, my regular interviews with great guests, will certainly continue - once the 'NB85' series concludes.

Now, on to the show. In this special episode, I'm joined by great friends - Aaron & Adam. We chat about how we first fell in love with the NBA & I detail how the podcast originated. We discuss the high-profile guests, including fellow Australians, Andrew Gaze, Luc Longley & Mark Bradtke, as well as USA greats such as Christian Laettner, Kenny Anderson and many more - plus the numerous topic-based episodes, too.

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NB85-14: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - December 10 through 24, 1984


Sun, Jan 11, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - December 10 through December 24, 1984

- Insightful early-season minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played seven games in this span - two wins and five-consecutive losses - it took a double-overtime victory against Atlanta, for Chicago to end (what would be) their longest-losing streak of the entire season.

We talk about the Bulls' inability to win close games; they would compete with their opposition for 46 minutes, before fading out, late. Our 'NBA Trivia' feature returns in this episode. How strong is your basketball knowledge?! We chat about the NBA's best-performing players, milestones reached - including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becoming the first player to surpass 32,000 points - and much more.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Otis Birdsong, Bill Laimbeer, Ralph Sampson, Derek Smith, Jawann Oldham, Alex English, Magic Johnson, Otis Thorpe, Isiah Thomas, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Purvis Short, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Quintin Dailey, Bernard King, Hakeem Olajuwon & Terry Cummings.

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

84-12-11 - Box Score: Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls

84-12-12 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons

84-12-14 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

84-12-15 - Box Score: Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls

84-12-18 - Box Score: Houston Rockets @ Chicago Bulls

84-12-20 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

84-12-22 - Box Score: Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls

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NB85-13: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - Bulls at Trail Blazers (Nov 24), Clippers (Nov 30) - 1984


Sun, Jan 04, 2015


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Chicago at Portland: November 24, 1984

- Chicago at L.A. Clippers: November 30, 1984

In this episode, we discuss the fifteenth and eighteenth games of MJ's professional career. We were fortunate to have access to the game DVDs, giving us plenty of topics and moments to talk about. In our first game for discussion, Jordan's Bulls visit Portland and partake in a high-scoring contest, which also doubled as the first professional meeting between the second and third picks of that year's Draft. The next game under the nostalgia microscope, is highlighted by one of MJ's most-incredible moves ever, against the L.A. Clippers.

Aside from a focus on Jordan's burgeoning career, we cover numerous sub-plots, individual milestones, amusing moments and minutiae from both games.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Sam Bowie, Derek Smith, Clyde Drexler, Dave Corzine, Jim Paxson, Kiki VanDeWeghe, Quintin Dailey, Orlando Woolridge, Ennis Whatley, Marques Johnson, Bill Walton, Norm Nixon, Junior Bridgeman, Steve Johnson, Caldwell Jones, Michael Cage, James Donaldson, Charles Barkley, Jerome Kersey, Fat Lever, Steve Colter, David Greenwood, Harvey Catchings & Steve Jones.

Topics / articles discussed (every effort has been made to confirm exact dates):

84-11-24 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Portland Trail Blazers

84-11-24 - Chicago Bulls at Portland Trail Blazers (highlights)

84-11-26 - Loss to red-hot Blazers fails to burn the Bulls

84-11-30 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ L.A. Clippers

84-11-30 - Chicago Bulls at L.A. Clippers (highlights)

84-12-01 - Jordan rescues Bulls – Desperate shot stuns Clippers

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NB85-12: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - November 25 through December 9, 1984


Tue, Dec 30, 2014


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - November 25 through December 9, 1984

- Insightful early-season minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played seven games in this span - five wins and two losses - continuing their run of hot and cold streaks.

We talk about an incident at a Bulls training session, involving David Greenwood and Sidney Green; each fighting - literally and figuratively - for on-court minutes. We also unveil a new 'NBA Trivia' feature. How strong is your basketball knowledge?! We chat about the NBA's best-performing players, milestones reached and much more. Further, you'll learn about a bizarre, in-game promotion that received a very 'chili' reaction. The episode is punctuated by a whirling dervish of high-scoring performances, from two superstars with contrasting offensive prowess; Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bernard King, Orlando Woolridge, Quintin Dailey, Moses Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Cage, Purvis Short, Fat Lever, Jack Sikma, Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Clark Kellogg & John Lucas.

Topics / articles discussed (every effort has been made to confirm exact dates):

84-11-27 - Fight adds punch to Bulls' forward battle

84-11-27 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Golden State Warriors

84-11-29 - Fans can't stand to see Jordan sit

84-11-29 - Hawks' spicy freebies draw a chili reception

84-11-29 - Malone reaches a milestone or 2 as 76ers defeat Pacers

84-11-29 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Phoenix Suns

84-11-30 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ L.A. Clippers

84-12-01 - Jordan rescues Bulls - Desperate shot stuns Clippers

84-12-02 - Suns give MacLeod 500th win

84-12-02 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ L.A. Lakers

84-12-04 - Bucks considering action against airline

84-12-04 - Box Score: New Jersey Nets @ Chicago Bulls

84-12-06 - Jumping the gun

84-12-07 - NBA's tough times are over

84-12-07 - Box Score: New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

84-12-08 - Box Score: Dallas Mavericks @ Chicago Bulls

84-12-09 - Celtics Slip By Atlanta

84-12-09 - Keeping watch

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NB85-11: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - Spurs (Nov 13), 76ers (Nov 17) at Bulls - 1984


Mon, Dec 22, 2014


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- San Antonio at Chicago: November 13, 1984

- Philadelphia at Chicago: November 17, 1984

In this episode, we discuss the ninth and eleventh games of MJ's professional career. We were fortunate to have access to the game DVDs, giving us plenty of topics and moments to talk about. In our first game for discussion, Jordan lights up the Spurs with one of his seven, 40-plus (point) games of the 1984-85 NBA season. Following that masterclass, MJ's Bulls are schooled by The Doctor and his rampaging Philadelphia teammates.

Aside from a focus on Jordan's burgeoning career, we cover numerous sub-plots, individual milestones, amusing moments and minutiae from both games.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Dave Corzine, Quintin Dailey, George Gervin, Artis Gilmore, Moses Malone, Julius Erving, Orlando Woolridge & Charles Barkley.

Topics / articles discussed (every effort has been made to confirm exact dates):

84-11-13 - Box Score: San Antonio Spurs @ Chicago Bulls

84-11-13 - San Antonio Spurs at Chicago Bulls (highlights)

84-11-14 - It's Jordan early, late

84-11-17 - Box Score: Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls

84-11-17 - Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls (Barkley jams around MJ)

84-11-18 - Moses takes command

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NB85-10: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - November 10 through 24, 1984


Sun, Nov 30, 2014


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - November 10 through November 24, 1984

- Insightful early-season minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the second 15-day block of the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played eight games in this span, which included MJ's first game-winning shot. Jordan also recorded his (equal) second-best scoring game (45 points) as a rookie, too. On the topic of scoring sprees, we also talk about Purvis Short and Bernard King, who were nothing less than stellar, achieving some of the season's highest individual-scoring performances.

We chat about the mixed fortunes of David Greenwood and Ronnie Lester, as Chicago's roster started to take shape. In more random news of the era, Julius Erving and Michael Jordan met for the first time. We also talk about the NBA's best-performing players, milestones reached and much more.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Purvis Short, Bernard King, Orlando Woolridge & Moses Malone.

Topics / articles discussed (every effort has been made to confirm exact dates):

84-11-10 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers

84-11-10 - Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers (highlights)

84-11-11 - Jordan has just what Bulls need

84-11-11 - NBA enters a new era: The Michael Jordan Show

84-11-12 - Not all the Bulls are sky-high

84-11-13 - Box Score: San Antonio Spurs @ Chicago Bulls

84-11-13 - San Antonio Spurs at Chicago Bulls (highlights)

84-11-14 - Stadium rocks, Jordan rolls

84-11-14 - Bird and Erving are fined $7,500

84-11-15 - Box Score: Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls

84-11-16 - Greenbacks lure Greenwood to Bulls

84-11-16 - Celtics read Bulls riot act

84-11-16 - Cavs finally win one

84-11-17 - Bulls turn Lester loose

84-11-17 - Box Score: Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls

84-11-17 - Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls (highlights)

84-11-18 - Moses takes command

84-11-19 - Box Score: Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls

84-11-20 - Bulls flat, slump growing

84-11-20 - Sloan joins Jazz as an assistant

84-11-21 - Young superstar fights for life

84-11-21 - Loughery has Bulls on crash course

84-11-21 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

84-11-22 - Bulls spring a new leak

84-11-23 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Seattle SuperSonics

84-11-24 - Bulls blow out Sonics to end slump at four

84-11-24 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Portland Trail Blazers

84-11-24 - Chicago Bulls at Portland Trail Blazers (highlights)

84-11-26 - Loss to red-hot Blazers fails to burn the Bulls

Purvis Short highlights

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NB85-9: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - Bulls at Pistons (Nov 7), Knicks (Nov 8) - 1984


Fri, Nov 28, 2014


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Chicago at Detroit: November 7, 1984

- Chicago at New York: November 8, 1984

In this episode, we discuss the sixth and seventh games of MJ's professional career. We were fortunate to have access to the game DVDs, giving us plenty of topics and moments to talk about. These contests must rank as two of his most-spectacular rookie games - his visit to Detroit turned into a slam-dunk fest; his first regular-season appearance in New York, was punctuated by a cavalcade of amazing moves and jams.

Aside from a focus on Jordan's burgeoning career, we cover numerous sub-plots, individual milestones, amusing moments and minutiae from both games.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Dave Corzine, Quintin Dailey, Kelly Tripucka, Isiah Thomas, Orlando Woolridge & Bernard King.

Topics / articles discussed (every effort has been made to confirm exact dates):

83-01-29 - Kelly Tripucka's 'Flu Game'

84-11-07 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons

84-11-07 - Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons (highlights)

84-11-08 - Bulls worth yelling about

84-11-08 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

84-11-08 - Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks (highlights)

84-11-09 - Bulls, Jordan conquer N.Y.

New York Knicks P.A. Announcer, Mike Walczewski

Enrico Pallazzo - National Anthem (The Naked Gun - Leslie Nielsen)

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NB85-8: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - October 26 through November 9, 1984


Thu, Nov 13, 2014


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- NBA regular season - October 26 through November 9, 1984

- Chicago and Milwaukee's home-and-home series (Oct 27 & 29)

- Insightful early-season minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the first 15 days of the 1984-85 NBA season. We talk about the debut of future Hall of Fame players - Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon & John Stockton, then detail the Bulls' (late October) home-and-home series with the Bucks.

We chat about Stockton's unwitting role in a Seattle radio station contest; his last-ditch shot had one-million dollars riding on it. In more random news of the era, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's BMW succumbs to foul play (no pun intended). We also talk about the NBA's best-performing players, milestones reached, the infamous Julius Erving & Larry Bird fight and much more.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Dave Corzine, Quintin Dailey, Kiki VanDeWeghe & Adrian Dantley.

Topics / articles discussed (every effort has been made to confirm exact dates):

84-10-27 - NBA Preview: Taking a Look At The 1984-85 Season

84-10-27 - Stockton plays off key for Jazz

84-10-27 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

84-10-27 - Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks (highlights)

84-10-29 - Box Score: Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

84-10-29 - Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls (highlights)

84-10-30 - Rookie Jordan sparks Bulls

84-10-30 - Rookie Jordan takes control in second half to ignite Bulls

84-10-30 - NBA no-shows would have powerful team

84-10-30 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Kansas City Kings

84-10-31 - Chicago calls Dailey for Walking

84-10-31 - Jordan leads Chicago

84-11-01 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Denver Nuggets

84-11-02 - Bulls 'Dunn' by Nuggets

84-11-06 - Theus, Free are at odds with new coaches

84-11-07 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons

84-11-07 - Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons (highlights)

84-11-08 - Detroit caught the Michael Jordan Show Thursday

84-11-08 - Odds and Ends: Off-beat stats of the National Basketball Association

84-11-08 - Jazz signs top scorer

84-11-08 - Box Score: Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

84-11-08 - Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks (highlights)

84-11-09 - Julius Erving and Larry Bird exchange pleasantries

84-11-10 - Bird, Boston outfight 76ers

84-11-10 - News story on the fight

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NB85-7: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - Sam Smith - There Is No Next: NBA Legends on the Legacy of MJ


Tue, Nov 04, 2014


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Sam Smith's book: There is No Next: NBA Legends on the Legacy of Michael Jordan

In another special episode, we are joined by Bulls.com columnist, New York Times best-selling author (The Jordan Rules) and former podcast guest, Sam Smith. We deep dive into a great discussion of Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season (1984-85) and the Chicago Bulls franchise itself. We ask Sam all about his new book, which is part oral history / part narrative. Sam discussed MJ with an incredible cast of luminaries, including Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, President Obama and many more.

Thanks to (the appropriately named) 'Johnny Kilroy' for submitting a listener question. You'll hear Sam's answer within this episode.

This episode is (mostly) devoted to the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players (and coaches) mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Orlando Woolridge, Dave Corzine, Quintin Dailey, Reggie Miller, Don Nelson & Kevin Loughery.

Topics discussed: Michael Jordan's debut, 30 years ago

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NB85-6: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - MJ's Chicago Bulls regular-season debut - October 26, 1984


Mon, Oct 27, 2014


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Michael Jordan's NBA regular-season debut with the Chicago Bulls (October 26, 1984)

In this special episode, we detail Michael Jordan's regular-season debut in the NBA. Until very recently, specifics of MJ's first professional game have been scarce. Wait no more, as we break down the entire contest - from pre-game, to quarter-by-quarter discussion and post-game statistics.

You may be surprised to learn that His Airness only just avoided serious injury in the game's first half, after landing awkwardly following his first slam dunk attempt. He lay motionless on the court, for almost 30 seconds.

This episode commences our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Orlando Woolridge, Caldwell Jones, Jeff Ruland, Rick Mahorn, Dave Corzine & Quintin Dailey.

Topics / articles discussed (every effort has been made to confirm exact dates):

84-10-26 - Jordan show premieres

84-10-26 - Washington Bullets at Chicago Bulls (pre-game / introductions)

84-10-26 - Washington Bullets at Chicago Bulls (highlights)

84-10-26 - Box Score: Washington Bullets at Chicago Bulls

86-05-28 - Mike Schuler press conference

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NB85-5: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - Chicago, Nike sign Jordan, 1984-85 Bulls training camp and preseason games


Mon, Oct 06, 2014


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Chicago Bulls' negotiations to sign Jordan

- Details of Nike's efforts to secure Jordan's signature

- Chicago Bulls' 1984-85 training camp and preseason games

In this episode, we discuss the lead-up to the Bulls' signing of Michael Jordan (September, 1984); including newly-discovered details that his first-pro contract may not have been what we thought it was. Thanks to Roland's Lazenby's, Michael Jordan: The Life and Julie Strasser's, Swoosh: Unauthorized Story of Nike, we cover Nike's play to obtain MJ's signature and discuss whether or not Adidas & Converse had a real chance to lure him away. We're also pleased to detail all seven games from Michael Jordan's first preseason with the Chicago Bulls (October, 1984).

After listening to this, our fifth episode, you'll be anticipating our next installment - we'll discuss Michael Jordan's regular-season debut - the day that NBA history would be changed forever.

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Orlando Woolridge, Caldwell Jones, Terry Cummings, Eddie Johnson & Ricky Pierce.

Topics / articles discussed (every effort has been made to confirm exact dates):

84-08-12 - Basketball: Rockets-Bulls trade

84-08-16 - Wilmington's Jordan ready to join Bulls

84-08-25 - Olympic hero Jordan gets keys to hometown

84-09-12 - Bulls to sign Jordan today

84-09-13 - Jordan's signature step up for Bulls

84-09-14 - Jordan's pact is reported even richer

84-10-06 - Jordan leads Bulls

84-10-08 - Jordan nets 32 points, Chicago topples Kings

84-10-09 - No parades yet for undefeated Bulls

84-10-09 - Jordan hits 22 as Bulls bump Bucks

84-10-14 - Nelson pleased as Bucks win

84-10-16 - Jordan scores 20 to lead Bulls' win

84-10-18 - Michael Jordan preseason interview @ Madison Square Garden

84-10-19 - Jordan has 23 in win

84-10-20 - Bulls' preseason closes with defeat

84-10-24 - Jordan Appears to Be for Real

84-10-26 - Olajuwon, Jordan ease into rookie spotlight

85-05-16 - Winning Teammates Respect Toughest Aspect for Jordan

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NB85-4: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - 1984 USA Olympic Games


Fri, Sep 05, 2014


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Team USA's gold-medal run in the 1984 Olympic Games

The Olympians swept their way to gold, putting the sword to every team they played at the 1984 Olympic Games, in Los Angeles. In this episode, we recap each game along the way - settle in and prepare to learn the background behind each of USA's eight-game tear, versus the world.

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin, Wayman Tisdale, Steve Alford, Leon Wood & Sam Perkins.

Topics / articles discussed (every effort has been made to confirm exact dates):

84-07-23 - US team a cinch for gold?

84-07-28 - China's basketball team plays police

84-07-28 - Will U.S. hoop team win easily?

84-07-30 - Robertson, Jordan on target as US cagers clobber Chinese

84-07-30 - U.S. rips China

84-08-01 - Knight's intimidation leads U.S. hoopsters past Canada

84-08-01 - Jordan, US overwhelm Canadians

84-08-01 - It's another easy day for Knight's team

84-08-02 - Knight's cagers demonstrate defensive lesson to Uruguay

84-08-04 - Americans fry French, 120-62

84-08-05 - Jordan beats Spain, then U.S. does

84-08-05 - Jordan Definitely Basketball Version Of A Perfect Ten

84-08-06 - Alford fires U.S. into medal round

84-08-09 - Americans bounce into gold-medal game

84-08-11 - Knight's team proves it's America's game

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NB85-3: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - 1984 USA pre-Olympic Exhibition Games


Wed, Aug 13, 2014


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan‘s (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Team USA’s 1984 pre-Olympic Exhibition Games versus NBA Stars

The Olympians played a total of nine exhibition games in just under five weeks, as a build-up to the 1984 Olympic Games, in Los Angeles. You’ll learn facts, figures and tidbits from each of the exhibition games – much of which, we’re confident you’ve never heard before.

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Chris Mullin, Patrick Ewing, Isiah Thomas, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Sam Bowie & Terry Cummings.

Many thanks to great friend of the show, Todd Spehr. He kindly provided box scores for each of the exhibition games.

Topics / articles discussed (every effort has been made to confirm exact dates):

84-06-23 - Olympic cagers prove team skills with victory over former Hoosiers

84-06-23 - Jordan won’t overdose on basketball

84-06-28 - Olympic Cage Squad Finalized

84-07-02 - USA cagers shaping up

84-07-02 - Ewing Hears The Cheers

84-07-04 - USA’s Basketball Tradition on Line When Olympic Competition Commences

84-07-10 - U.S. Olympic basketball team becomes part of game’s history

84-07-13 - Jordan paces Olympians’ win

84-07-13 - Michael Jordan leads Olympians

84-07-13 - Knight influence is evident

84-07-17 - Knight’s Brash Courtside Manner Is No Accident

84-07-26 - Carolina twosome decisive

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AIR049: Mark Eaton - Utah Jazz great, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and NBA All-Star


Wed, Jul 23, 2014


Utah Jazz great, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and NBA All-Star, Mark Eaton.

Few players have ever experienced a rise from near-obscurity to NBA All-Star, like Mark Eaton. We discuss Mark's incredible transition from auto-mechanic to NBA-draftee and ultimately, Defensive Player of the Year (twice) and All-Star honors.

We chat about Mark's two seasons at Cypress Junior College, that led to him accepting a scholarship at UCLA. During his time with the Bruins, Mark had a brief, yet crucial encounter with all-time great, Wilt Chamberlain. The future-impact of that meeting forever changed Mark's focus on the game of basketball.

We cover Mark's early years in the NBA and how he adapted to playing at the highest level. He details his strong relationship with coaching great Frank Layden - the man who coined the phrase, "You can't teach height" - Layden coached Mark in his first six-plus seasons with Utah.

Mark talks about his defensive-prowess that led to him being named a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. We also discuss the 1989 All-Star Game, where Mark was honored by the coaches and named as a reserve.

No conversation with a Utah Jazz great would be complete, without discussing John Stockton and Karl Malone - two Hall of Fame players that Mark was teammates with for almost ten seasons.

We also chat about Mark's post-NBA career and his involvement with the television, radio and restaurant industries. Since 2006, Mark has been a sought-after business and motivational speaker.

Learn more about the life of one of the greatest defensive centers in NBA history.

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NB85-2: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – 1984 USA Olympic Training Camp / 1984 Draft


Mon, Jun 30, 2014


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

- Team USA 1984 Olympic Training Camp

- 1984 NBA Draft

- NBA TV's Original Documentary: 'THE84DRAFT'

- Roland Lazenby's book - Michael Jordan: The Life

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Chuck Person, Charles Barkley, Terry Cummings and Julius Erving.

Topics / articles discussed (every effort has been made to confirm exact dates):

84-05-23 - Rockets win coin flip with Blazers

84-05-23 - Rockets win flip again, will draft Olajuwon

84-06-05 - Pros consider draft picks

84-06-14 - Jordan's draft is June 19

84-06-15 - Person hoping to make team

84-06-16 - NBA files suit, seeks to replace Clippers

84-06-17 - Rockets expect to make Olajuwon first pick

84-06-17 - U.S. Olympic basketball tryouts a sports fan's delight

84-06-17 - Preps to attend summer camps

84-06-19 - Predicting first-round draft picks a guess past top three

84-06-19 - Olajuwon's parents have worries over son's education, not draft

84-06-19 - NBA (Draft predictions)

84-06-19 - Stockton Jazzed at Utah's choice

84-06-20 - NBA draft underlines strength of U.S. Olympic team

84-06-21 - 76ers Reject Erving Deal

84-06-22 - Jordan might own a city

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NB85-1: Michael Jordan's rookie NBA season - UNC Tar Heels / 1984 USA Olympic Trials / pre-draft


Mon, Jun 16, 2014


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. Our special, debut episode covers:

- Michael Jordan's final season (1984) with the North Carolina Tar Heels

- Team USA 1984 Olympic Trials (including a chat with Roosevelt Chapman)

- Lead-up to the 1984 NBA Draft

A wide-array of players are mentioned in this episode. The most-prominent, include: Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Terry Porter, Danny Manning, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Wayman Tisdale and Sam Perkins.

Topics / articles discussed (every effort has been made to confirm exact dates):

84-03-14 - AP All-America

84-03-22 - Jordan's final game for North Carolina

84-03-28 - Jordan player of year

84-03-31 - Michael Jordan: Final Four - in 1985

84-04-04 - Olympic Trials

84-04-14 - Bowie, Turpin won't attend Olympic trials

84-04-18 - Olympic cagers begin practice

84-04-21 - U.S. Olympic basketball tryouts a sports fan's delight

84-04-21 - Point's Porter fights for berth

84-04-21 - Knight to make first cut of Olympic hopefuls

84-04-22 - Jordan, Barkley Pace White To Victory

84-04-22 - Olympic trials characterized by rugged play

84-04-23 - Olympic Team Aching

84-04-23 - Tisdale Paces White Win

84-04-23 - Ewing, Jordan on list of final 20 on Olympic team

84-04-23 - Knight assesses survivors

84-04-24 - Knight Cuts Olympic Squad Down to 20

84-04-24 - Knight's basketball boot camp ends

84-04-24 - Men's pre-Olympic schedule

84-04-25 - A Golden Team

84-04-28 - No fooling: Akeem to turn pro

84-05-06 - Michael Jordan to turn pro; Wayman Tisdale to stay in school

84-05-06 - Smith wants best for players

84-05-06 - Jordan awaits pro future

84-05-07 - Jordan follows advice

84-05-08 - NBA postpones draft coin flip

84-05-10 - Pullout won't dim Jordan's desire

84-05-14 - Knight enjoying mini-camp

84-05-14 - Porter among 4 cut from Olympic cage team

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AIR048: Roosevelt Chapman - Dayton legend, NBA draftee and international star


Wed, Jun 04, 2014


Dayton Flyers' all-time leading scorer and NCAA star, Roosevelt Chapman. Adam & Aaron welcome Roosevelt to the podcast, with an in-depth discussion of his very successful, well-traveled, yet largely-unheralded basketball career. If ever a guest warranted featuring on the show, Roosevelt 'Velvet' Chapman is that guy. In 1984, within the span of just three months, he starred in the NCAA Tournament, was invited to the Team USA Olympic Trials and was selected in the NBA Draft.

Roosevelt talks about his early years in Brooklyn and how his game developed on the playgrounds of New York City. He discusses some of the future NBA stars he grew up with, including Chris Mullin, Mark Jackson and Rod Strickland, to name a few. The development of Chapman's game earned him the opportunity to attend the University of Dayton. We chat about his incredible senior season at college, where he led the Flyers to the Elite Eight in the 1984 NCAA Tournament - overcoming Wayman Tisdale and Detlef Schrempf in the process; finally succumbing to Patrick Ewing and his Georgetown Hoyas.

Roosevelt discusses his involvement in the Team USA Olympic Trials in 1984, including two great stories involving Michael Jordan and John Stockton. He opens up about his selection in the 1984 NBA Draft and what led to him pursuing opportunities to play professionally - achieving great success - traveling around the world.

This is one of my favorite episodes of the show, to date. Roosevelt's story is fascinating; discovering the history and importance of players who often fly under the radar, is a passion of mine. Aaron & I are confident you'll enjoy this feature.

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AIR047: David Bridgers - Michael Jordan's childhood friend


Sun, May 11, 2014


Michael Jordan's lifelong friend and confidant, David Bridgers. A unique episode. Ross Franco is a North Carolinian friend of mine. We connected, through my podcast - one of the many great outcomes I've experienced, since creating the show. Ross is a great friend of David Bridgers. Ross and I have previously discussed the possibility of inviting David on the podcast, as a guest. When the opportunity presented itself, we were both very pleased. The three of us had a great chat.

Prior to speaking with Ross and David, I wasn't sure if our conversation would necessarily make for an interesting podcast episode. However, five minutes into proceedings, that all changed. This is simply three guys, talking all-things Michael Jordan, from a perspective you'd be very hard-pressed to top. You'll learn the origins of Bridgers' relationship with Jordan. The two first met, at just seven years of age! We cover David's enduring friendship with Michael and his experiences with the Jordan family, plus, David's close bond with Ross.

Ross tried his best to not be involved in this audio recording. He suggested that David should speak solely with me. From my point of view, that was never going to happen. Thanks again Ross, for making this conversation possible. I hope you - the listener - enjoy it.

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AIR046: Rick Barry - One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History


Thu, Apr 10, 2014


One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Rick Barry. Rick discusses his first sporting love of baseball - he talks fondly of his hero - the reason behind his choice to wear the iconic jersey number 24. Incredibly, as a high-school senior, Rick almost gave up on his future Hall of Fame career, due in large-part to his then-coach.

We chat about the origins of his unique, underhanded free-throw shooting technique and its impact on his overall game. Rick talks about his passion for basketball and his immense desire to win. We talk about his outstanding college career at the University of Miami and how it prepared him to make an instant impact at the next level. We discuss the 1965 NBA Draft, where Rick was one of 10 future All-Stars selected.

We cover Rick's NBA Rookie of the Year triumph, playing against Wilt Chamberlain in the 1967 NBA Finals and Barry's decision to join the fledgling ABA (he won the 1969 ABA Championship) for its inaugural season. Rick talks candidly about being forced to sit out the entire 1968 season, when he was arguably in the prime of his career. We chat about his All-Star Game memories (eight in the NBA, four in the ABA) and his 1975 NBA Championship glory.

We talk about Rick's last two NBA seasons in Houston and how injury prematurely halted his career; interestingly, an NBA rule-change possibly denied Rick's plan to join the Boston Celtics or Los Angeles Lakers.

Rick discusses his Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement, his foray into coaching (1990s) and the opportunities missed at NBA level. We round out the conversation, learning about Rick's current-day interests, including a love of fly fishing and his business pursuits.

We run the gamut of discussion topics that shed light on the competitive nature of a true basketball great.

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AIR045: Jeff Ruland - HS All-American, NCAA great and NBA All-Star


Thu, Mar 27, 2014


High School All-American, NCAA great and NBA All-Star, Jeff Ruland. Jeff discusses his early sporting life and the major growth-spurt that coincided with his decision to focus on basketball. He was named High School All-American in the same class as Magic Johnson and was heavily recruited across the country. We chat about his decision to remain in New York and commit to Iona College, led by future luminary, Jim Valvano.

Jeff opens up about the 1980 NBA Draft and why he opted to head overseas and play in Spain, before commencing his rookie season in 1982. We talk about Jeff's excellent first three full seasons, that resulted in NBA All-Star selections in 1984 and 1985. Jeff recalls Michael Jordan's debut game in the NBA and the rude awakening that MJ would receive on his first dunk attempt in Chicago Stadium.

We chat about the impact of the Showtime Lakers and Boston's Big Three, plus, the onset of injury issues that began to halt Jeff's career. We also talk about one of the most memorable trades in NBA history; the Bullets' decision to trade Jeff to Philadelphia, in exchange for Moses Malone. Jeff details his (first) retirement from the NBA in 1987 and how he went back to college to complete his degree, before making his remarkable comeback attempt in the 1992 season.

We also learn about the successes of Jeff's coaching career, that are also mixed with trials and tribulations you need to hear to fully comprehend. Our conversation covers a broad-range of interesting topics and is an open and engaging look at one of basketball's most underrated careers, ever.

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AIR044: Great NBA Games - Michael Jordan 63 points (1986) - Bulls at Celtics


Tue, Mar 11, 2014


Adam and Todd discuss Michael Jordan's record-breaking Playoff game - April 20th, 1986 - MJ scored 63 points in the Chicago Bulls' double-overtime loss to the Boston Celtics.

We discuss all the key aspects of the game. We talk about the CBS broadcast and its commentary team of Dick Stockton, Tom Heinsohn and Pat O'Brien. We chat about the contrasting nature of Boston and Chicago's respective seasons, leading into their first-round Playoffs meeting. We talk about each team's roster and our memories and opinions on this incredible match-up - arguably one of the top 10 NBA games ever played.

As per usual, the conversation is scattered with humor and plenty of insight. Todd also updates us on the status of his forthcoming book on the late, great, Drazen Petrovic. A must-listen, for die-hard NBA fans, regardless of the team you support.

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AIR043: Bill Cartwright - NCAA All-American, All-Star and five-time NBA Champion


Mon, Feb 24, 2014


NCAA All-American, All-Star and five-time NBA Champion, Bill Cartwright. Bill discusses his early years, growing up in California and playing baseball - his first sporting love. He became a highly-recruited basketballer, but chose to remain in his home state, developing into a standout at the University of San Francisco. We also chat about Bill's first memories of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. In his senior season, Cartwright was named 1st Team All-American.

Bill talks about the 1979 NBA Draft and his (very) underrated rookie season - where he was named an All-Star and All-Rookie 1st Team selection. He recalls some of the all-time greats he played with and against, including Earl 'The Pearl' Monroe, Darryl Dawkins, Julius Erving, Dave Cowens and many others. We learn about Bill's career in New York, the legendary coaches he played for and the interesting details behind his trade to the Chicago Bulls.

We chat about The Jordan Rules and its impact on the Bulls' unity. We break down Bill's career in Chicago - including his role as team co-captain. He offers his thoughts on each of his three NBA Championships (as a player), the Bulls' (1994) season without Michael Jordan and more.

We learn about Bill's coaching career, too. He talks about his varied roles within the NBA, plus, his move to Japan, where he was Osaka Evessa's head coach, in the Basketball Japan League. This conversation is wide-ranging and covers Bill entire career. We even talk about his future coaching plans and the chat concludes with a discussion of Australia's own - and Cartwright's former teammate - Luc Longley.

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AIR042: Kendall Gill - Illinois great, All-American and NBA star


Mon, Feb 10, 2014


Illinois Fighting Illini great and NBA star, Kendall Gill. He talks about growing up in the city of Chicago - where he played baseball and took up boxing - before his family moved to the suburbs and he started playing basketball. Kendall starred at Rich Central High School and played four seasons at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was named 3rd Team All-American, his senior season.

We chat about Kendall's memories of the 1990 NBA Draft, where the Charlotte Hornets selected him with the fifth overall pick - he was named All-Rookie 1st Team, in 1991. We discuss his three seasons in Charlotte and his involvement in the 1991 All-Star Weekend.

Kendall talks about his trade from Charlotte to Seattle, where he played two seasons on one of the most exciting and up-tempo franchises of the 1990s. He discusses his trade back to Charlotte - where he played a further 36 games - before learning the shock news that he was traded to New Jersey. Kendall played six seasons with the Nets. We cover his final four seasons in the NBA. Kendall talks about playing for his hometown Chicago Bulls and the experience of playing with - rather than, against - Scottie Pippen.

Kendall discusses his post-NBA career, where he spent seven seasons as a studio analyst for the Chicago Bulls - he candidly reflects on the (2013) altercation that led to Comcast SportsNet (CSN) Chicago, not renewing his contract.

This is a conversation packed with great discussion topics. A little teaser, too - Kendall offers up an awesome story, relating to one of the NBA's biggest trades of the 1990s.

Note: due to audio issues, our first attempt to record this podcast episode failed. I then planned to feature - as a transcribed interview - our conversation, on my website. However, Kendall generously offered for us to re-record the chat, the following day. I was most grateful for the opportunity. A transcription of parts from our first chat, that didn't make it into this episode, will appear on my website. If you enjoy this chat, I’d be most appreciative if you take a moment to drop Kendall a line and thank him for his generosity.

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AIR041: Eddie Johnson - NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Illinois great, TV analyst and author


Mon, Jan 27, 2014


NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Illinois great, TV analyst and author, Eddie Johnson. The timing of this episode is perfect. Eddie was recently honored, in a half-time ceremony, at Illinois, commemorating the 35th anniversary of his game-winning jumper, against Magic Johnson and the Michigan State Spartans.

We learn about Eddie's early sporting career and how he first became involved with basketball. He chats fondly of his playing days at Westinghouse High School, where he first appeared on the national radar. We discuss his great college career, where he was a four-year star at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Eddie talks about his return to Illinois, just last week, as mentioned above. We also touch on his collegiate link to future NBA star, Derek Harper.

We cover Eddie's memories of 1981 NBA Draft day and the motivating factors that ensured his place within NBA history. Eddie chats candidly about his professional career, where he was a scoring machine with the Kansas City Kings (who became the Sacramento Kings, after the 1985 season). We chat about his three (full) seasons in Phoenix, where he won (1989) the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award. We talk about his trade to the Seattle SuperSonics, his one season in Charlotte and decision to play overseas, in Greece (1994-95).

Eddie talks about his return to the NBA, for the 1996 season, as a free agent addition of the Indiana Pacers, before ultimately signing with the Houston Rockets in March of 1997. We talk about Eddie's vital role on a Houston roster, loaded with future Hall of Fame players. I was also compelled to ask Eddie about his incredible buzzer-beating, game-winning three-point shot in the 1997 Western Conference Finals, too.

We round out this great conversation, chatting about his post-NBA career. Eddie has been as a TV analyst for well over 10 years and recently found time to publish a book - with a fantastic title - that he eloquently explains, during the interview. We even find time to chat about a guy named Michael Jordan, plus plenty more topics.

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AIR040: Jim McIlvaine (Part II) - Marquette star and NBA veteran


Thu, Jan 02, 2014


Marquette star and seven-year NBA veteran, Jim McIlvaine. In part two of this special double-episode, I welcome back Marquette great and NBA veteran, Jim McIlvaine. If you missed part one, we discussed Jim’s college career in-depth, where he was a stand-out at Marquette. He talked about his selection in the 1994 NBA Draft and first three NBA seasons – including, a completely open and honest assessment of his free agent move from the Washington Bullets to the Seattle SuperSonics, in 1996.

This episode features part two of our chat - we continue discussing Jim’s playing days with Seattle, his relationship with George Karl and the coaching staff, plus, more great stories from on and off the court. Jim talks about his career-ending injury whilst a member of the New Jersey Nets.

We also talk about some of the radio and TV commentators he admires, and chat about his current role as a broadcaster at the university where he starred; Marquette. Towards the end of our mega-chat, Jim shares a wonderful, funny story about Gene Hackman - star of the excellent basketball movie, Hoosiers.

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AIR039: Jim McIlvaine (Part I) - Marquette star and NBA veteran


Fri, Dec 27, 2013


Marquette star and NBA veteran, Jim McIlvaine. In a first for the podcast, this conversation will be released in two installments. Our chat was almost two hours, in length – I’m pretty sure that Jim’s wife had the authorities on speed dial, ready to report him missing – however, all’s well that ends well – Jim returned to normality at its conclusion and I couldn’t be happier with the finished episode.

In part one, we discuss Jim’s early years playing basketball and learn a great deal about his college career, where he was a stand-out at Marquette. This includes a funny story about Marquette’s early 1990s exhibition series that touched down here in Australia, then onto New Zealand and Fiji – complete with a near international incident. Also, if you’re a fan of the great documentary, Hoop Dreams, you won’t want to miss this chat.

We talk about the 1994 NBA Draft and Jim’s two seasons in Washington, playing for the Bullets. He openly-discusses his free-agent move to Seattle – a contract widely debated at the time and still mentioned on occasion, to this day. On top of this, we learn about the importance and value of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (the NBRPA), of which Jim is a lifetime member.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more open, honest and engaging guy, than Jim – I’m confident you’ll enjoy this conversation as much as I did, recording it. Thank you, Jim, for your generous availability.

Part two of this conversation will examine Jim's career in Seattle, his trade to the New Jersey Nets and injuries that ultimately led to his NBA retirement. We also discuss Jim's broadcasting career, great basketball movies and his classic encounter with Gene Hackman.

We’re now in the final days of 2013, as this episode is released. I hope you thoroughly enjoy the holiday season and have a great New Year. Exciting plans are ahead for 2014 – I hope that you continue to join me on this podcast journey. Thank you very much for your support.

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AIR038: 1988 NBA All-Star Game - complete recap


Wed, Dec 18, 2013


Adam and Aaron discuss the 1988 NBA All-Star Game - one of the greatest ever. Michael Jordan scored 40 points, en route to Most Valuable Player honors. We devote an entire episode to our favorite All-Star Game, ever.

We cover a multitude of topics, including how and when we first watched this game - plus, its ongoing effect on our NBA-fandom. We talk about the CBS television coverage, pre-game player introductions and national anthem; Adam freely admits to choking up, before the game even commenced. We chat about the vast array of (future) Hall of Fame players, who competed in this game.

We break down Pat O'Brien's, 'At the Half' (TV segment), featuring a great story about then-coach of the Utah Jazz - and, regular funny-man - Frank Layden. There's even brief discussion of the Legends Game, Three-Point Shootout and Slam-Dunk Competition. Controversy reigns supreme, when we answer a listener-submitted question. All this aside, we dissect the game's key moments, great plays and all the statistics that matter and records that were flirted with, or broken. If you enjoy a laugh, the closing credits alone are definitely worth a listen, too.

To top it all off, Aaron's dogs, Jasmine and (the appropriately-named) Wilkins, each contribute to the episode's pre-music opener. This may be the definitive topic-based episode, to date!

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AIR037: 1994 NBA season - complete recap


Wed, Nov 27, 2013


Adam and Aaron discuss the 1994 NBA season - the first, following Michael Jordan's shock-retirement (October 1993). The in-depth conversation covers the entire season.

We talk about great games and memorable moments, including David Robinson's all-time highest-scoring performance, that ousted Shaquille O'Neal, for the individual scoring title in The Admiral's regular-season finale. We chat about the NBA's only 60-win team - the Seattle SuperSonics - who, were ultimately stunned by the upstart Denver Nuggets in the first-round of the NBA Playoffs. We cover all the major award winners and reminisce about some of the notable retirees, including, three former-Bad Boys of the Detroit Pistons.

We delve into Scottie Pippen's ascent as Chicago's franchise player, plus, the incredible second-round Playoffs match-up between arch rivals, the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks. We also discuss other pivotal moments from the post-season – culminating with Olajuwon v Ewing in the 1994 NBA Finals.

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AIR036: Great NBA Games - Michael Jordan 69 points (1990) - Bulls at Cavaliers


Mon, Nov 11, 2013


Adam and Aaron discuss Michael Jordan's all-time highest scoring game - March 28th, 1990 - MJ scored 69 points in the Chicago Bulls' win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

We break down all key aspects of the game. We discuss TNT's broadcast, the commentary team of Bob Neal and Doug Collins and the Cleveland newspaper article that possibly led to Michael Jordan's explosive, all-around excellence. We dissect important moments throughout the contest and offer our opinions on relevant players from each roster. Winston Bennett fan? This podcast episode is made for you.

We also touch on the 1990 NBA season as a whole, plus, talk about how each of the two teams fared in the Playoffs. 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.

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AIR035: Mark Bradtke - Three-time NBL Champion, four-time Olympian and NBA player


Thu, Nov 07, 2013


Three-time NBL Champion, four-time Australian Olympian and NBA player, Mark Bradtke. Mark talks about his entry into competitive basketball and we discuss his quick rise into Australia's basketball elite. We chat about his time at the Australian Institute of Sport and later, playing for the Adelaide 36ers, in Australia's NBL.

We talk about Mark's decision to move interstate, to play for the Melbourne Tigers - joining forces with Andrew Gaze and Lanard Copeland - helping the team win its first NBL title, in 1993. Recently, the Tigers celebrated the 20th Anniversary of that victory and Mark talks about the reunion and special bond he shares with those players and personnel.

We cover Mark's outstanding Olympic career, where he represented Australia on four occasions. Mark talks about his opportunities to attend NBA training camps, plus, his 1997 season on the Philadelphia 76ers roster. He is open and honest about his time in the NBA and offers wonderful insight into the trials and tribulations of the experience.

In 1997, Mark returned home to Australia. We talk about the contrast of leaving a struggling NBA franchise, to resuming his career at home and winning a second NBL title, just months later. We look back at Mark's 2002 MVP season and he also offers his opinion on the current state of basketball in Australia, plus, his future ambitions within the sport.

The conversation is scattered with references to the history of Australian basketball. Aside from his Tigers teammates, we talk about Shane Heal, Luc Longley, Andrew Vlahov and numerous other greats of Mark's era.

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AIR034: Steve Lipofsky - NBA Photographer (formerly, 23 years with the Boston Celtics)


Mon, Nov 04, 2013


Professional photographer (formerly, 23 years with the Boston Celtics), Steve Lipofsky. Steve has been a professional photographer in excess of 25 years. We talk about his entry into photography as a youngster, the early years spent honing his skills, plus, his wide-ranging experiences, including, working with former and current Presidents (Clinton and Obama).

Steve's work has appeared in numerous publications worldwide, including Sports Illustrated and TIME - we talk about those opportunities, too. It's also interesting to learn about Steve's technical skills; he opens up about the pros and cons of pre-digital photography and the challenges of taking memorable photos.

We discuss Steve's 23-year tenure as the official Boston Celtics photographer, starting (full-time) in 1982. He was also official photographer for the newly-crowned, 2013 World Series Champion, Boston Red Sox.

There's also plenty of discussion about Boston's 'Big Three'; Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish. Plus, we talk about Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, Magic Johnson and of course, the great Red Auerbach.

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AIR033: Joe Wolf - High School All-American, UNC star and NBA veteran


Thu, Oct 17, 2013


High School All-American, University of North Carolina star and NBA veteran, Joe Wolf. We discuss EuroBasket 2013, where Joe was an assistant coach to Mike Fratello, steering Ukraine to a sensational 6th place finish; earning the team a guaranteed spot in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Joe talks about his amazing high school basketball career, where he was (2005) named Wisconsin's greatest ever player. He discusses his career at North Carolina, playing alongside greats of game, including Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Brad Daugherty and Kenny Smith. We also learn Joe's whereabouts, on the day he was drafted into the NBA, in 1987. We break down his 11-year NBA career, his years coaching in the CBA and NBA D-League and five seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks; culminating last season, as the lead assistant to Scott Skiles.

Thanks again, to former guest on this podcast, Bob Hill – he was pivotal is helping make this conversation come to fruition. Many thanks, Bob.

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AIR032: Mike Fratello - NBA Coach of the Year, TV Broadcaster and The Czar of the Telestrator


Tue, Oct 08, 2013


NBA Coach of the Year, TV Broadcaster and The Czar of the Telestrator, Mike Fratello. We discuss EuroBasket 2013, where Mike coached Ukraine to a fantastic 6th place finish; securing the team a spot in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. We then revisit Mike's high school years, where he was a star athlete. He talks about his foray into coaching and the opportunities that would lead him all the way to the NBA. We talk about his intrinsic links to Hall of Fame legend, Hubie Brown.
Mike opens up on the re-building process that led the Hawks' to four-consecutive 50-win seasons. We chat about his 1986 Coach of the Year season and he tells a fascinating story about how he helped motivate Dominique Wilkins, to reach even greater heights (literally and figuratively) as a player. We talk about the 1988 NBA All-Star Game, where he coached the Eastern Conference squad to victory.
Mike discusses his entry to the world of TV broadcasting, the origin of his classic nickname and relationship with the great Marv Albert and former guest of this show, Ian Eagle. You'll also learn how Mike received a pair of game-worn, Shaquille O'Neal shoes, in unusual circumstances. We get the inside scoop on Mike's experiences with Michael Jordan, including his time alongside MJ, as a coach at the Michael Jordan Senior Flight School.
We talk about Mike's six seasons coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers and his stint with the Memphis Grizzlies. Plus, we somehow find time to talk about the 2014 NBA season. An incredible array of topics are covered. Thank you, Mike Fratello!
Thanks to former guest on this podcast, Bob Hill – he was key to making my chat with Mike, happen. Many thanks, Bob.
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AIR031: Kenny Anderson - New York City royalty, NCAA legend and NBA All-Star


Fri, Sep 20, 2013


New York City royalty, NCAA legend and NBA All-Star, Kenny Anderson. We talk about his childhood, playing basketball and how he handled the intense media spotlight in HS and college. He chats about his key role with Team USA, between his freshman and sophomore seasons at Georgia Tech. We delve into his NBA career, including the 1991 Draft, held in his native New York. Kenny talks about European legend and former teammate, Drazen Petrovic. We discuss his battles against Michael Jordan and Kenny provides The Answer, to a fan-submitted question. In 2014, Kenny is releasing a book - we chat about that, too.

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AIR030: Bill Woods - Australian sports broadcaster, journalist and news-breaker


Thu, Sep 05, 2013


Widely-respected Australian broadcaster, journalist and news-breaker, Bill Woods. Adam and Todd discuss the origin of the NBA (early 1990s) on Australian (commercial) TV - further, Bill's key involvement as host of weekly, hoops-related programs, during basketball's golden age of popularity. Bill talks fondly of his co-hosting memories with Steve Carfino, plus, his memorable interviews with NBA superstars, including Michael Jordan, on the set of Space Jam, in 1995. This wide-ranging conversation covers plenty of topics, including great stories about Shaquille O'Neal, the Phoenix Suns Gorilla and Australian hoop heroes, Shane Heal and Andrew Gaze.

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AIR029: 1995 NBA Draft - complete recap


Wed, Aug 21, 2013


Adam and Reece discuss the 1995 NBA Draft - one of the strongest 1990s draft classes, in terms of player longevity. We break down the top 10 picks, notable players selected and all-things in between. Plus, yet another defenseless, possible guest is likely added to the list that will never chat with Adam.

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AIR028: Ricky Pierce - Two-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year, All-Star and basketball great


Thu, Aug 08, 2013


Two-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year, All-Star and basketball great, Ricky Pierce. We discuss Ricky's early years and when he first fell in love with the game of basketball. He chats about his great collegiate career and the many future links to players from his 1982 NBA Draft class. We talk about his battles against Michael Jordan's Bulls and rise to becoming one of the most elite sixth-men ever. You'll also learn that Ricky is a published author and in 2012, completed his degree (BA in Kinesiology) at Rice University.

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AIR027: Reggie Lewis - The Life and Times (Retrospective)


Mon, Jul 29, 2013


Adam and Todd discuss the life of Reggie Lewis. July 27, 2013, marks the 20th anniversary of his shocking death. We talk about a life lost far too soon, plus, his lasting impact on and off the basketball court.
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AIR026: 1991 NBA season - complete recap


Wed, Jul 17, 2013


Adam and Aaron recap the 1991 NBA season. Our conversation covers the whole season - we discuss best / worst team records, all major award winners and notable retirees. We also focus on the 1991 NBA All-Star Weekend; Dee Brown's 'Blind Dunk' and Craig Hodges' amazing 3-point shooting. We chat random stats, fake player nicknames (incredibly, back by unpopular demand) and of course, the 1991 Playoffs - culminating with Jordan v Magic in the 1991 NBA Finals.

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AIR025: 1984 NBA Draft - complete recap


Mon, Jun 17, 2013


Adam and Aaron discuss the 1984 NBA Draft - arguably, the greatest draft class in NBA history. We break down the top 10 picks, notable players selected and all-things in between. All this, plus, another possible interviewee for the show, is unfortunately struck from the list.
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AIR024: Drazen Petrovic - The Life and Times (Retrospective)


Thu, Jun 06, 2013


Adam and Todd discuss the life of Drazen Petrovic. June 7, 2013, marks the 20th anniversary of his tragic death. Todd has written a soon-to-be released book, on Drazen's amazing life. This conversation also gives you an inside look at fascinating, untold, Petrovic stories. If you enjoy this special episode, please share it with your basketball-loving friends.

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AIR023: Retro GM 1987-1993 - Assembling our best NBA teams


Fri, May 17, 2013


Adam and Todd go head-to-head, in the debut of Retro GM. We assume the role of General Manager, to assemble the best team of players from 1987-1993. We discuss our memories of each player, plus, offer up stats and NBA chatter associated with the era. Please take a moment to vote for the GM you believe, assembled the best team. We'd also love your feedback.

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AIR022: 1995-1998 NBA All-Star Games - complete recap


Fri, May 10, 2013


Adam and Aaron recap the 1995 through 1998 NBA All-Star Games. We discuss rosters, coaches, leading vote getters, memorable moments and Most Valuable Players. The 'NBA at 50' is also a topic of conversation. Our chat is filled with plenty of insight and occasional hi-jinks, plus we inadvertently offend the city of Cleveland.

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AIR021: Talani Goodson - Executive Producer of #1 NBA series on TV - Courtside Jones


Mon, Apr 29, 2013


Executive Producer of the TV series, Courtside Jones - Talani Goodson. We talk about New York's culture of basketball and discuss 1980s and 1990s impact players, particularly from the Tri-State area. Talani recalls a fantastic story about meeting Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, in the hours following their 1991 NBA Championship win. We chat about his great new TV series, his interviewing style and how he has positioned the show to feature a unique blend of guests, location and music.

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AIR020: Ian Eagle - 2013 NBA season recap and NBA Playoffs preview


Sat, Apr 20, 2013


The voice of NBA Action, Ian Eagle, returns to the show. We talk about key regular season moments, including the rise of Stephen Curry, the ageless Tim Duncan, Carmelo Anthony's MVP stock, the possibility of #TheReturn (Derrick Rose) and arguably the season's biggest story thus far - Kobe Bryant's career-threatening achilles injury. We also discuss each NBA Playoffs matchup and offer our picks for the NBA Finals.

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AIR019: 1990-1994 NBA All-Star Games - complete recap


Fri, Apr 12, 2013


Adam and Aaron recap the 1990 through 1994 NBA All-Star Games. We discuss rosters, coaches, leading vote getters, memorable moments and Most Valuable Players. Controversy reigns supreme, when true feelings about a Hall of Famer bubble to the surface. The chat is filled with plenty of insight, mixed with a healthy dose of good humor. I even offer an apology to some former All-Stars, in hopes of inviting them on as guests of the show in future episodes.

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AIR018: 1996 NBA season - complete recap


Thu, Mar 21, 2013


Adam and Aaron recap the 1996 NBA season. Our conversation covers the whole season - we discuss best / worst team records, all major award winners and notable retirees. We also focus on the Bulls' historic 72-10 record. We chat random stats, fake player nicknames (amazingly make a return) and of course, the 1996 Playoffs - culminating with Jordan v Payton / Kemp in the 1996 NBA Finals.

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AIR017: Terry Cummings - NBA All-Star, Rookie of the Year and basketball legend


Fri, Mar 15, 2013


NBA All-Star, Rookie of the Year and basketball legend, Terry Cummings. We discuss Terry's teenage years and how he recruited himself to DePaul University. He talks about his college experiences, playing with fellow great, Mark Aguirre. We hear Terry's thoughts on the 1982 NBA Draft and his two seasons at the (San Diego) Clippers. We cover his trade request to Milwaukee and what it was like to play against Michael Jordan, Julius Erving and other greats of the game. We talk about the leadership he offered team mates throughout his whole career, his thoughts on the NBA of today and his post-basketball life.

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AIR016: Craig Ehlo - Cleveland Cavaliers hero and NBA veteran


Sun, Mar 10, 2013


Cleveland Cavaliers hero and NBA veteran, Craig Ehlo. We discuss Craig's formative years and days playing college basketball. We talk about the injury that sidelined most of his rookie season in Houston. Craig talks about the Rockets' run to the 1986 NBA Finals against Larry Bird and the mighty Boston Celtics. We cover his great tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the battles against Jordan's Bulls - including The Shot, in the 1989 NBA Playoffs. We also touch on Craig's ambition to coach at the highest level.

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AIR015: Ian Eagle - Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer and voice of NBA Action


Mon, Mar 04, 2013


Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer and voice of NBA Action, Ian Eagle. We talk about the influence of Ian's parents, on his path to becoming one of America's most versatile commentators. He recalls great stories from the NBA Finals, his career to date and delivers stupendous impressions of Bill Raftery and Marv Albert. We talk New Jersey Nets (1990s), Jason Kidd's impact (2002), the recent move to Brooklyn and plenty more. A free-flowing conversation injected with humor throughout.

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AIR014: Bob Hill - NBA coaching great


Wed, Feb 27, 2013


Coaching great, Bob Hill. This wide-ranging conversation covers all aspects of Bob's wonderful career to date. He discusses his teams' battles against Michael Jordan and the Bulls and offers amazing insight into Hall of Famer, David Robinson. We break down his time with the Knicks, Pacers, Spurs and Sonics and cover his great contributions to the game internationally. Further, Bob describes being in Japan when the disastrous 2011 earthquake hit. Any basketball fan will relish this in-depth discussion.

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AIR013: Corie Blount - University of Cincinnati star and 11-year NBA veteran


Sat, Feb 23, 2013


Former University of Cincinnati star and 11-year NBA veteran, Corie Blount. We discuss his compelling background and unique ascent to the highest level of basketball. We talk about his relationship with college coach Bob Huggins, Nick Van Exel, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O'Neal and others. He offers great insight into his pro career, including memories of a rookie Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan's first retirement. Importantly, we also learn about the off-court challenges that Corie has overcome.

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AIR012: Sedale Threatt - NBA veteran and L.A. Lakers great


Tue, Feb 19, 2013


NBA veteran and L.A. Lakers great, Sedale Threatt. We begin by talking about the sad loss of Lakers owner, Dr. Jerry Buss. Sedale discusses his rise to the NBA and being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. Our chat covers his days playing with Michael Jordan and the Bulls, including a great MJ story. We talk about his three full seasons playing for the SuperSonics, his trade to the Lakers and the players-only meeting, prior to Magic Johnson's shock retirement in 1991. He speaks about his post-NBA playing career, his thoughts on the 2013 Lakers and his passion for teaching the game - having established the Australian Basketball College.

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AIR011: Sam Smith - Author of The Jordan Rules, Bulls.com columnist and Basketball Hall of Famer


Mon, Feb 11, 2013


Author of The Jordan Rules, Bulls.com columnist and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Sam Smith. Our conversation begins with Sam's early career at the Chicago Tribune. He talks about meeting Michael Jordan for the first time, covering the Bulls in the 1980's and his continued friendship with all-time great, Phil Jackson. We cover his relationship with iconic commentators, Johnny 'Red' Kerr and Jim Durham, plus the incredible access Sam had to players and coaches whilst writing his New York Times best-selling book. Sam shares a great behind-the-scenes story about 'The Shot' (Jordan over Ehlo in the 1989 NBA Playoffs) and we discuss his induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame, for contributions to the game. We finish up with a little modern day Bulls basketball chat, including the latest on Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose's return.

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AIR010: 1993 NBA season - complete recap


Mon, Feb 04, 2013


Adam and Aaron recap the 1993 NBA season. Our conversation covers the whole season - we discuss best / worst team records, all major award winners and notable retirees - plus, two tragic deaths that rocked the NBA. We also chat unique jersey numbers, fake player nicknames (for possibly the first and last time) and of course, the 1993 Playoffs - culminating with Jordan v Barkley in the 1993 NBA Finals.

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AIR009: Ray Clay - Legendary Chicago Bulls PA Announcer


Thu, Jan 31, 2013


Legendary Chicago Bulls PA Announcer, Ray Clay. Our conversation starts with Ray's pre-Bulls years, discussing how he first became involved in announcing. We talk about his remarkable live, in-game tryouts for the Bulls PA position in 1990, where he initially competed with over 100 broadcasters for the top job. We cover his greatest moments, his relationship with players and staff, plus the controversial end his time in Chicago. We also touch on his special assignment, introducing Michael Jordan for his final NBA game in 2003, plus much more.

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AIR008: Peter Vecsey - Legendary NBA reporter and columnist


Sun, Jan 20, 2013


Legendary reporter and columnist, Peter Vecsey. Our extensive chat covers Peter's whole career - his candor is second-to-none. We talk about his relationship with Julius Erving, experiences covering Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and a host of other greats. Peter recalls his friendship with Drazen Petrovic and discusses possibly his greatest exclusive - Latrell Sprewell's choke-hold on then-coach, P.J. Carlesimo. He recalls his years covering Michael Jordan, gives honest assessments of Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, plus offers numerous stories he's never told before. You need to listen to this conversation to fully appreciate it.

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AIR007: Dennis Hopson - Ohio State Buckeyes legend and NBA Champion


Sun, Jan 13, 2013


Ohio State Buckeyes legend and NBA Champion, Dennis Hopson. Our chat covers his whole career - playing at OSU, being a top 3 NBA draft pick and adjusting to life as a New Jersey Nets player. We talk about his championship season in Chicago, playing as a backup to none other than Michael Jordan. We also discuss his season with the Sacramento Kings, playing professionally in Europe, the importance of completing his college degree and his current role as Assistant Coach at Bowling Green State University. We even squeeze in some talk about the 2013 NBA season.

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AIR006: Cliff Robinson - Portland Trail Blazer great and NBA Iron Man


Thu, Jan 10, 2013


Portland Trail Blazer great and basketball Iron Man, Cliff Robinson. Our chat spans his entire career - playing at the University of Connecticut, two NBA Finals appearances, Sixth Man of the Year and emergence as an All-Star. We also discuss his memories of 'The Shrug' - Michael Jordan's history-making performance in Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals - plus plenty more.

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AIR005: Luc Longley - Three-time Olympian / NBA Champion and Australia's first NBA player


Thu, Jan 03, 2013


Three-time Olympian / NBA Champion and Australia's first ever NBA player, Luc Longley. We chat about Luc's early sporting career, his formative years playing basketball and representing Australia at the Olympic Games. Luc tells us how he was recruited to play college basketball for the University of New Mexico. We discuss his 10-year NBA career and how he prepared to match-up against an era of dominant big men, unlikely to be ever seen again. We also examine Luc's championship years with Chicago and his experiences playing alongside Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. The conversation is very candid and Luc's sense of humour is notable.

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AIR004: Andrew Gaze - Australian legend - Two-time NBL Champion, Five-time Olympian and NBA Champion


Tue, Dec 04, 2012


Australia's greatest ever basketballer - two-time NBL Champion, five-time Olympian and NBA Champion, Andrew Gaze. Our discussion begins with Andrew's formative years, literally surrounded by basketball and the influence of his famous father, Lindsay. We talk about Andrew's early years in the NBL and representing Australia internationally with his close friends, Luc Longley, Shane Heal and Mark Bradtke. We cover his season playing college basketball at Seton Hall in America, delve into his NBA experiences and get his insight on the NBL of today. The conversation is also sprinkled with Andrew's fantastic anecdotes.

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AIR003: Christian Laettner - Two-time NCAA Champ, 1992 Dream Teamer and NBA veteran


Mon, Nov 26, 2012


Two-time NCAA Champion of the Duke Blue Devils, 1992 Dream Team member and 13-year NBA veteran, Christian Laettner. Our discussion includes the origin of Laettner's competitive nature, his four years and two titles at Duke, plus his role on the incomparable Dream Team. We talk about his link to Australia's own Luc Longley and Andrew Gaze, plus discuss his NBA years and passion for his Basketball Academy. The conversation is also scattered with references to Christian's relationship with Michael Jordan.

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AIR002: Tom Dore - former long-time Chicago Bulls TV commentator


Sat, Nov 17, 2012


Former long-time Chicago Bulls play-by-play man, Tom Dore. Our discussion includes Tom's native Illinois, his time at Missouri University and subsequent journey to France and New Zealand where he played basketball professionally. We talk about Andrew and Lindsay Gaze (Australia's own basketball royalty), how Tom became a broadcaster for the Bulls and his association with two of the all-time greats; Jim Durham and Johnny 'Red' Kerr (both RIP). We also discuss his relationship with Michael Jordan and unearth some fantastic MJ stories.

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AIR001: Bill Wennington - Three-time NBA Champion of the Chicago Bulls


Sun, Oct 07, 2012


Three-time NBA Champion of the Chicago Bulls, Bill Wennington. Our discussion includes Bill's formative years in Canada, the Olympics and his time at St. John's University. We talk about the 1985 NBA Draft, his NBA career and foray to Italy where he won a Euroleague Championship. We also discuss his key role in Michael Jordan's amazing 'Double Nickel' game. We chat about Bill's post-retirement days, the book he authored and his love for his current job with the Chicago Bulls Radio Network. We even squeeze in some Derrick Rose rehab talk.

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