NB85-6: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – MJ’s Chicago Bulls regular-season debut – October 26, 1984 | Podcast

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Michael Jordan's NBA regular-season debut with the Chicago Bulls

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):

 

Oct 26, 1984 – Jordan show premieres

Oct 26, 1984 - The Bulletin

 

Oct 26, 1984: Washington Bullets @ Chicago Bulls (pre-game / introductions)

 

Oct 26, 1984: Washington Bullets @ Chicago Bulls (highlights)

 

Box Score: Oct 26, 1984 – Washington Bullets @ Chicago Bulls

 

Rick Mahorn welcomes MJ to the NBA!

Rick Mahorn sets monster pick on Jordan

 

A scary moment for Bulls fans – Michael Jordan takes a terrible fall

Jordan lay motionless on the court, after a terrible fall

 

May 28, 1986: 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 | Podcast

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Rod Thorn and Michael Jordan

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):

 

Aug 12, 1984 – Basketball: Rockets-Bulls trade

Aug 12, 1984 - Beaver County Times

 

Aug 16, 1984 – Wilmington’s Jordan ready to join Bulls

Aug 16, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Aug 25, 1984 – Olympic hero Jordan gets keys to hometown

Aug 25, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

Aug 25, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Sep 12, 1984 – Bulls to sign Jordan today

Sep 12, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Sep 13, 1984 – Jordan’s signature step up for Bulls

Sep 13, 1984 - The Courier

 

Sep 14, 1984 – Jordan’s pact is reported even richer

Sep 14, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Oct 4, 1984 – Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer [MACC] Fund (ad)

Oct 4, 1984 - Milwaukee Sentinel

 

Oct 6, 1984 – Jordan leads Bulls

Oct 6, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 Part III: Year One — Jordan’s Rookie Season | Chicago Bulls

 

Oct 8, 1984 – Jordan nets 32 points, Chicago topples Kings

Oct 8, 1984 - Lawrence Journal-World

 

Oct 9, 1984 – No parades yet for undefeated Bulls [couldn't locate source]

Oct 9, 1984 - Daily Herald

 

Oct 9, 1984 – Jordan hits 22 as Bulls bump Bucks

Oct 10, 1984 - Milwaukee Sentinel

Oct 10, 1984 - Milwaukee Sentinel

 

Oct 14, 1984 – Nelson pleased as Bucks win

Oct 14, 1984 - Milwaukee Journal

 

Oct 16, 1984 – Jordan scores 20 to lead Bulls’ win

Oct 16, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Oct 18, 1984 – Michael Jordan preseason interview @ Madison Square Garden

 

Oct 19, 1984 – Jordan has 23 in win

Oct 19, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Oct 20, 1984 – Bulls’ preseason closes with defeat [couldn't locate source]

Oct 20, 1984 - Daily Herald

 

Oct 24, 1984 – Jordan Appears to Be for Real

Oct 24, 1984 - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

 

Oct 26, 1984 – Olajuwon, Jordan ease into rookie spotlight

Oct 26, 1984 - Kentucky New Era

 

May 16, 1985 – Winning Teammates Respect Toughest Aspect for Jordan

May 16, 1985 - Victoria Advocate

 

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NB85-4: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – 1984 USA Olympic Games | Podcast

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Jordan shooting a free-throw

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):

 

Jul 23, 1984 – US team a cinch for gold?

Jul 23, 1984 - Lewiston Daily Sun

 

Jul 28, 1984 – China’s basketball team plays police

Jul 28, 1984 - Lodi News-Sentinel

 

Jul 28, 1984 – Will U.S. hoop team win easily?

Jul 28, 1984 - Lodi News-Sentinel

 

Box Score: Jul 29, 1984 – USA vs China

USA vs China

 

Jul 30, 1984 – Robertson, Jordan on target as US cagers clobber Chinese

Jul 30, 1984 - Milwaukee Sentinel

 

Jul 30, 1984 – U.S. rips China

Jul 30, 1984 - The Telegraph

 

Jul 31, 1984: USA vs Canada (highlights)

 

Box Score: Jul 31, 1984 – USA vs Canada

USA vs Canada

 

Aug 1, 1984: Knight’s intimidation leads U.S. hoopsters past Canada

Aug 1, 1984 - Boca Raton News

 

Aug 1, 1984: Jordan, US overwhelm Canadians

Aug 1, 1984 - Milwaukee Sentinel

 

Aug 1, 1984: It’s another easy day for Knight’s team

Aug 1, 1984 - Eugene Register-Guard

 

Box Score: Aug 1, 1984 – USA vs Uruguay

USA vs Uruguay

 

Aug 2, 1984: Knight’s cagers demonstrate defensive lesson to Uruguay

Aug 2, 1984 - Boca Raton News

 

Box Score: Aug 3, 1984 – USA vs France

USA vs France

 

Aug 4, 1984: Americans fry French, 120-62

Aug 4, 1984 - Eugene Register-Guard

 

Aug 4, 1984: USA vs Spain (highlights)

 

Box Score: Aug 4, 1984 – USA vs Spain

USA vs Spain

 

Aug 5, 1984: Jordan beats Spain, then U.S. does

Aug 5, 1984 - Eugene Register-Guard

 

Aug 5, 1984: Jordan Definitely Basketball Version Of A Perfect Ten

Aug 5, 1984 - Toledo Blade

 

Aug 6, 1984: USA vs West Germany (highlights)

 

Box Score: Aug 6, 1984 – USA vs West Germany

USA vs West Germany

 

Aug 6, 1984: Alford fires U.S. into medal round

Aug 7, 1984 - Eugene Register-Guard

 

Box Score: Aug 8, 1984 – USA vs Canada

USA vs Canada

 

Aug 9, 1984: Americans bounce into gold-medal game

Aug 9, 1984 - Eugene Register-Guard

 

Aug 10, 1984: USA vs Spain

 

Box Score: Aug 10, 1984 – USA vs Spain

USA vs Spain

 

Aug 11, 1984: Knight’s team proves it’s America’s game

Aug 11, 1984 - Eugene Register-Guard

Eugene Register-Guard

 

1990 Spanish All-Star Game – MJ plays one-half for each team

 
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NB85-3: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – 1984 USA pre-Olympic Exhibition Games | Podcast

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Jordan versus Isiah

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 McHaleSam BowieTerry 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):

 

Jun 22, 1984: USA vs Indiana University Alumni (final minutes of game)

 

Box Score: Jun 22, 1984 – USA vs Indiana University Alumni

Box Score (courtesy of @toddspehr35)

 

Jun 23, 1984 – Olympic cagers prove team skills with victory over former Hoosiers

Jun 23, 1984 - Kentucky New Era

 

Jun 23, 1984 – Jordan won’t overdose on basketball

Jun 23, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Jun 28, 1984 – Olympic Cage Squad Finalized

Jun 28, 1984 - Argus Press

 

Box Score: Jun 28, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Box Score: Jul 1, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 2, 1984 – USA cagers shaping up

Jul 2, 1984 - Lewiston Journal

 

Jul 2, 1984 – Ewing Hears The Cheers

Jul 2, 1984 - Observer Reporter

 

Jul 4, 1984: USA’s Basketball Tradition on Line When Olympic Competition Commences

Jul 4, 1984 - Schenectady Gazette

 

Box Score: Jul 8, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 9, 1984: USA vs NBA (a then, record-breaking crowd)

 

Box Score: Jul 9, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 10, 1984 – U.S. Olympic basketball team becomes part of game’s history

Jul 10, 1984 - The Day

 

Box Score: Jul 12, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 13, 1984 – Jordan paces Olympians’ win

Jul 13, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Jul 13, 1984 – Michael Jordan leads Olympians

Jul 13, 1984 - The Telegraph

 

Jul 13, 1984 – Knight influence is evident

Jul 13, 1984 - Milwaukee Journal

Box Score: Jul 13, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 17, 1984 – Knight’s Brash Courtside Manner Is No Accident

Jul 17, 1984 - Palm Beach Post

 

Jul 21, 1984: USA vs NBA

 

Box Score: Jul 21, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Box Score: Jul 25, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 26, 1984 – Carolina twosome decisive

Jul 26, 1984 - The Courier

 

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AIR049: Mark Eaton – Utah Jazz great, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and NBA All-Star | Podcast

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Mark Eaton

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.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | Profile

1985: Season highlights

1988: Jazz versus Lakers

Frank Layden: Retrospective

2014: Westminster High School | Cypress Junior College

Mark Eaton online: Website | YouTubeTwitter

 

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NB85-2: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – 1984 USA Olympic Training Camp / 1984 Draft | Podcast

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1984 NBA Draftees - Jordan and Olajuwon

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 & Julius Erving.

 

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

 

May 23, 1984 – Rockets win coin flip with Blazers

May 23, 1984 - Fort Scott Tribune

 

May 23, 1984 – Rockets win flip again, will draft Olajuwon

May 23, 1984 - Spokesman Review

 

Jun 5, 1984 – Pros consider draft picks

Jun 5, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Jun 14, 1984: Jordan’s draft is June 19

Jun 14, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Jun 15, 1984 – Person hoping to make team

Jun 15, 1984 - Gadsden Times

 

Jun 16, 1984 – NBA files suit, seeks to replace Clippers

Jun 16, 1984 - Milwaukee Sentinel

 

Jun 17, 1984 – Rockets expect to make Olajuwon first pick

Jun 17, 1984 - Gadsden Times

 

Jun 17, 1984 – Preps to attend summer camps

Jun 17, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star
 

Jun 19, 1984 – Predicting first-round draft picks a guess past top three

Jun 19, 1984 - Times Daily

 

Jun 19, 1984 – Olajuwon’s parents have worries over son’s education, not draft

Jun 19, 1984 - Kentucky New Era
 

Jun 19, 1984 – NBA (Draft predictions)

Jun 19, 1984 - Kentucky New Era

 

Jun 19, 1984 – Stockton Jazzed at Utah’s choice

Jun 19, 1984 - Spokane Chronicle
 

Jun 20, 1984 – NBA draft underlines strength of U.S. Olympic team

Jun 20, 1984 - Kentucky New Era

 

Jun 21, 1984 – 76ers Reject Erving Deal

Jun 21, 1984 - Toledo Blade

 

Jun 22, 1984 – Jordan might own a city

Jun 22, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 
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