AIR051: Paul Corliss – VP, Marketing and Communications – National Basketball Retired Players Association | Podcast

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Paul CorlissNBRPA 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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Links to topics discussed:

Celebrate Black History Month

NBRPA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Paul Corliss: Twitter

 

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

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Aerial Jordan

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:

 

Box Score: Jan 25, 1985 – Seattle SuperSonics @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 26, 1985 – Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 29, 1985 – Kansas City Kings @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 30, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Washington Bullets

Box Score: Feb 1, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers

Box Score: Feb 5, 1985 – Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Feb 7, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

 

Feb 7, 1985 – Bird is sold on Jordan, NBA’s future

Feb 7, 1985 - Chicago Tribune

Feb 7, 1985 - Chicago Tribune

 

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NB85-16: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – January 9 through 23, 1985 | Podcast

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Jordan nix Knicks

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 DantleyPhil Hubbard, Isiah Thomas, Larry SmithJack Sikma, Rod HigginsTom Chambers & World B. Free.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Jan 9, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

Box Score: Jan 11, 1985 – New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 12, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

Box Score: Jan 14, 1985 – Denver Nuggets @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 16, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

Box Score: Jan 17, 1985 – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 19, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers

Box Score: Jan 22, 1985 – Portland Trail Blazers @ Chicago Bulls

 

The Gold Dust Twins [as mentioned in Chicago Tribune]

The Gold Dust Twins

 

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NB85-15: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – December 25, 1984, through January 8, 1985 | Podcast

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Nothing cavalier about this Michael Jordan hammer

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 JohnsonPurvis ShortIsiah Thomas, Bill LaimbeerDominique Wilkins, Quintin Dailey & Hakeem Olajuwon.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Dec 27, 1984 – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Dec 29, 1984 – Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 2, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

Box Score: Jan 4, 1985 – Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 5, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

 

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Support ‘In all Airness’ at the 2015 Podcast Awards

2015-Podcast-Awards

The 10th Annual Podcast Awards Show, will be held in Las Vegas, in April 2015. If you have enjoyed the content I’ve provided, your nomination is a fantastic way to show your support of my passion for NBA history and podcasting.

As a self-funded podcast, the Awards would help to significantly increase exposure of the show to a wider audience.

Here are the easy steps to follow. I’ve included a screenshot below, too (click to enlarge):

 

1. Visit: Podcast Awards

2. Scroll to: Sports

3. Click ‘Podcast Name’. Type: In all Airness – NBA History podcast

4. Click ‘Podcast URL’. Type: inallairness.com

5. Scroll to: Your Details

6. Type your name & a verifiable e-mail address

7. Select ‘Listener’, ‘Podcaster’, or ‘Both’ (whatever option describes you best)

8. Scroll to: Comments or Questions and add a comment (they’re critical, so the reviewing team understand why a show is deserving of being nominated)

9. Click ‘Submit’.

 

Here’s Michael Jordan’s (hypothetical, of course) completed nomination form – perhaps add more specifics in the ‘Comments’ section!

MJ's completed form

 

You submit the nomination form, one time only. Please ensure you nominate all your favorite podcasts in their respective categories! Once you submit, you’re done!

Thanks again for your tremendous support. Here’s to a great 2015!

AIR050: Reflections from Inside – Looking back on NBA History | Podcast

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In all Airness | Podcast cover art

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.

Watch the Google Hangout below – recorded live on September 25, 2014 – or, should you prefer the audio-only version (above, or via your podcast app of choice), you’ll hear an edited version of the conversation – with better sound quality.

If you view the video, links for each and every podcast episode will appear on screen – as they are mentioned – for your convenience.

 

 

Links to topics discussed:

Bulls on Parade

Official Johnny Red Kerr [Facebook Page]

KDS Designs

Drazen – The Remarkable Life & Legacy of the Mozart of Basketball

Hoops Podcast

First Take UK – Sports Podcast

Red Rock Fantasy Basketball

Courtside Podcast

 

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