AIR053: Luc Longley (three-time NBA Champion) talks Jordan’s, “I’m back”, Bulls and more | Podcast

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Luc and JordanThree-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”. You can read the feature here (written by David Sygall).

Oh, and Luc totally tricks me into believing a ludicrous story about Jordan, that somehow I didn’t even bat an eyelid at. This is a really enjoyable chat.

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AIR052: (Our) Greatest NBA Broadcasters and Commentators | Podcast

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Mike Fratello (The Czar) and Marv(ellous) Albert

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 time-frame 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 | Podcast

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Michael Jordan's air, apparent

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

 

* 1985 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 MoncriefTerry Cummings & Calvin Natt.

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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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