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


Rookie Jordan dodges Bullets

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:


Box Score: Feb 23, 1985 – Golden State Warriors @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Feb 26, 1985 – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Feb 27, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons

Box Score: Mar 1, 1985 – New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Mar 3, 1985 – New Jersey Nets @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Mar 5, 1985 – Washington Bullets @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Mar 6, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

Box Score: Mar 8, 1985 – L.A. Clippers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Mar 9, 1985 – Utah Jazz @ Chicago Bulls


We reference this amazing (Chicago Tribune) photo of Michael Jordan – March 5, 1985.

Jordan's huge (rookie) slam


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

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