NB86-15: Michael Jordan’s second NBA season – Special guest, Mike Carey (1980s Celtics beat writer) – 1986 series finale | Podcast


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