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Podcaster and basketball-obsessive, Adam Ryan - authority on Michael Jordan | NBA history; has spent 25 years absorbing the NBA.

NB87-2 – October 31 through November 15, 1986 – Michael Jordan’s third NBA season | Podcast

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Michael Jordan drives, as Larry Bird and Charles Oakley look on

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:

 

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 | Podcast

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1987 Chicago Bulls

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:

  • UNC Pro-Alumni Game

  • John Shasky wearing #45 for the Bulls – same year (1995) that Jordan did

  • ‘The Trail’ (Arvydas Sabonis episodes): https://soundcloud.com/thetrailpodcast
  • Mike ‘Gibbo’ Gibson – Australian journalist

  • Stan Albeck’s parting shot [Chicago Tribune]

 

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 (NB86), 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.

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Doug Collins, Brad Sellers, Gene Banks, Pete Myers, Orlando Woolridge, Steve ColterHot 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.

 

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AIR075: Space Jam’s 20th anniversary – Nigel Miguel and Nate Bellamy Jr (behind the scenes) | Podcast

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Space Jam at 20 - Nigel Miguel and Nate Bellamy Jr, with Barkley and JordanCelebrate Space Jam’s 20th anniversary, with Nigel Miguel and Nate Bellamy Jr.

 

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):

  • How ‘Hare Jordan’ led to Space Jam’s creation

The Green Team - Space Jam

People mentioned in this episode, include: Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Dennis Rodman, Marques Johnson, Larry JohnsonIsiah 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 | Podcast

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Mike Carey - Boston Celtics (1980s) beat writer, author and Professor of Journalism

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

 

Please support Mike and purchase his new book at Amazon: “Bad News”: The Turbulent Life of Marvin Barnes, Pro Basketball’s Original Renegade.

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

  • 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!

Make sure you keep an eye on my website. Research for #NB87 is already underway. A new series, devoted to 1986-87 – Michael Jordan’s third season in the NBA. Also, the greatest scoring output of his career.

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Larry Bird, Hakeem OlajuwonJerry Sichting, Kevin McHale, Ralph Sampson, Dennis Johnson, Robert Parish, K.C. Jones, Scott Wedman & Greg Kite.

 

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NB86-14: Michael Jordan’s second NBA season – 1986 Playoffs through Finals | Podcast

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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:

 

Links discussed:

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!

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 CollinsJerry SichtingTerry Teagle & Xavier McDaniel.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

86-04-17 – Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

86-04-20 – Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

86-04-22 – Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls

 

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

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

 

Part two of an in-depth, wide-ranging conversation about Kelly‘s career. [Here’s part one]

 

Topics / links discussed (include):

  • The stunning details on how Kelly heard news of his trade from Detroit to Utah
  • Kelly’s trade to the newly-minted Charlotte Hornets

  • The faux-controversy surrounding “Frank” and “Dick” (via Kelly’s Wikipedia page)
  • Kelly’s career in (TV and radio) broadcasting
  • Starting Lineup (NBA) figures and items Kelly still receives to this day, in the mail

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

 

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