2013 Podcast Awards

Voting ended. We missed the boat, this year!

If you, the listener, kindly took a moment to nominate my podcast, I’m most grateful to you. I hope you have enjoyed the content I’ve provided, throughout the last year – your nomination is a fantastic way for you to show your support of my passion for podcasting.

The Top 10 Nominees list (2013), can be viewed here.

Thanks again for your tremendous support. Here’s to 2014!

New podcast logo!

After much deliberation, I decided to update the ‘In all Airness’ podcast logo. Many thanks to podcast subscriber, Chris Wade. I provided a basic design brief; he did all the rest!

Thank you for supporting my show. I love creating NBA-related content and appreciate you choosing to be part of the listening community. Please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section, or alternatively, share the new logo within your social network!

Infographic: Jordan, Kobe and LeBron | NBA Finals

Congratulations to LeBron James; winning his 2nd NBA Championship today.

You can’t base all-time greatness on offense alone, however, here’s an all-time, series by series comparison, of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and King James’ offensive output, across their respective NBA Finals’ campaigns.

If you enjoy this comparison, please feel free to ‘Share’ it within your social circles.

Retro General Manager

Retro GM

Select episodes of In all Airness will feature ‘Retro GM’ contests. The suggestion is the brainchild of good friend, Todd Spehr. Episode 23 will spotlight the debut contest.

Each contest is between two (fake) General Managers; tasked with assembling the best possible team. The winning GM is decided by a listener vote, on my Facebook Page.

 

Retro GM: Guidelines

  • Selections alternate between each GM | 1st pick decided by a Virtual Coin Toss [draft format is subject to change]
  • Contests have a pre-defined date range | Example: 1987-1993
  • Players must have had an All-Star or All-NBA selection, within set period
  • Two-year rule | Players must have played at least 2 seasons within set period
  • Starting five chosen first; remaining seven players, selected irrespective of position

 

Episode 23 is available now. After listening to the selections, please be sure to vote for your preferred Retro GM team!

 

Retro GM: 1987-1993 | Adam's selections

PLAYERPICKTEAM/SAWARDS AND HONORS
Magic Johnson1L.A. LakersHall of Fame
NBA Champion ('87-'88)
All-NBA [1st] ('87-'91)
NBA All-Star ('87-'92)
Patrick Ewing2New York KnicksHall of Fame
All-NBA [1st] ('90-'91)
All-NBA [2nd] ('88-'89,'92-'93)
NBA All-Star ('88-'93)
Karl Malone3Utah JazzHall of Fame
All-NBA [1st] ('89-'93)
All-NBA [2nd] ('88)
NBA All-Star ('88-'93)
James Worthy4L.A. LakersHall of Fame
NBA Champion ('87-'88)
All-NBA [3rd] ('90-91)
NBA All-Star ('87-'92)
John Stockton5Utah JazzHall of Fame
All-NBA [2nd] ('88-'90,'92-'93)
All-NBA [3rd] ('91)
NBA All-Star ('89-'93)
Dominique Wilkins6Atlanta HawksHall of Fame
All-NBA [2nd] ('91,-93)
All-NBA [3rd] ('89)
NBA All-Star ('87-'93)
Kevin McHale7Boston CelticsHall of Fame
All-NBA [1st] ('87)
NBA All-Star ('87-'91)
Brad Daugherty8Cleveland CavaliersAll-NBA [3rd] ('92)
NBA All-Star ('88-'89,'91-'93)
Fat Lever9Denver Nuggets
Dallas Mavericks
All-NBA [2nd] ('87)
NBA All-Star ('88,'90)
Terry Cummings10Milwaukee Bucks
San Antonio Spurs
All-NBA [3rd] ('89)
NBA All-Star ('89)
Dale Ellis11Seattle SuperSonics
Milwaukee Bucks
San Antonio Spurs
All-NBA [3rd] ('89)
NBA All-Star ('89)
Tom Chambers12Seattle SuperSonics
Phoenix Suns
All-NBA [2nd] ('89-'90)
NBA All-Star ('87,'89,'91)

 

Retro GM: 1987-1993 | Todd's selections

PLAYERPICKTEAM/SAWARDS AND HONORS
Michael Jordan1Chicago BullsHall of Fame
NBA Champion ('91-'93)
All-NBA [1st] ('87-'93)
NBA All-Star ('87-'93)
Akeem Olajuwon2Houston RocketsHall of Fame
All-NBA [1st] ('87-'89,'93)
All-NBA [2nd] ('90)
All-NBA [3rd] ('91)
NBA All-Star ('87-'90,'92-'93)
Charles Barkley3Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Hall of Fame
All-NBA [1st] ('88-'91,'93)
All-NBA [2nd] ('87,'92)
All-NBA [3rd] ('87)
NBA All-Star ('87-'93)
Larry Bird4Boston CelticsHall of Fame
All-NBA [1st] ('87-'88)
All-NBA [2nd] ('90)
NBA All-Star ('87-88,'90-'92)
Isiah Thomas5Detroit PistonsHall of Fame
NBA Champion ('89-'90)
All-NBA [2nd] ('87)
NBA All-Star ('87-'93)
Scottie Pippen6Chicago BullsHall of Fame
NBA Champion ('91-'93)
All-NBA [2nd] ('92)
All-NBA [3rd] ('93)
NBA All-Star ('90,'92-'93)
Clyde Drexler7Portland Trail BlazersHall of Fame
All-NBA [1st] ('92)
All-NBA [2nd] ('88,'91)
All-NBA [3rd] ('90)
NBA All-Star ('88-'93)
David Robinson8San Antonio SpursHall of Fame
All-NBA [1st] ('91-'92)
All-NBA [3rd] ('90,'93)
NBA All-Star ('90-'93)
Chris Mullin9Golden State WarriorsHall of Fame
All-NBA [1st] ('92)
All-NBA [2nd] ('89,'91)
All-NBA [3rd] ('90)
NBA All-Star ('89-'93)
Joe Dumars10Detroit PistonsHall of Fame
NBA Champion ('89-'90)
All-NBA [2nd] ('93)
All-NBA [3rd] ('90-'91)
NBA All-Star ('90-'93)
Dennis Rodman11Detroit PistonsHall of Fame
NBA Champion ('89-'90)
All-NBA [3rd] ('92)
NBA All-Star ('90,'92)
Bernard King12New York Knicks
Washington Bullets
New Jersey Nets
Hall of Fame
All-NBA [3rd] ('91)
NBA All-Star ('91)

 

Please remember to vote for your preferred Retro GM team! Thanks…

Jordan: The Shot – unseen footage

This is simply astonishing footage. Amazing it has taken over 23 years to emerge. Without Michael Jordan, there would be no ‘In all Airness’. MJ, you’re the Greatest of All-Time.

Happy 50th birthday, Michael Jordan!

[original uploader] Thoughts?!!

Top 5: Favorite Jordan-era NBA guards

Mitch Richmond

It’s important to distinguish, these are my favorite players – clearly, subjective. A host of past players resonate with me for many reasons; a select moment in time, a well-played, yet under-appreciated career, or merely happenstance.

In no particular order, here are my favorite guards of the Jordan-era [obviously MJ-excluded; must have played at least 4 seasons against MJ’s Bulls]:

Lafayette Lever (1983-1994) | Player profile

Notable: 2-time All-Star (1988, 1990) | 6th all-time, steals per game

Opinion: criminally underrated player, deserving of much higher recognition. He had a stunning six season span (1985-1990) averaging 17.0 pts, 7.6 rbs, 7.5 ast and 2.5 stl per game. Oh, and he’s only 6’3″.

Kevin Johnson (1988-2000) | Player profile

Notable: 3-time All-Star (1990-1991, 1994) | 6th all-time, assists per game

Opinion: an outstanding player, mere percentage points from averaging 20 pts / 10 ast for nine consecutive seasons (1989-1997). I loved his exuberant celebrations on court, plus his fearless penetration in the lane. This resulted in assists to open team mates, or an attack on the rim.

Here, KJ gives The Dream, his own night-Mayor (see what I did there?):

Rex Chapman (1989-2000) | Player profile

Notable: UK (Wildcats) standout, turned pro as a sophomore | Flair for the dramatic

Opinion: an acrobatic and entertaining player, confident in his ability. He has career averages of almost 15 pts / 3 rbs / 3 ast / 1 stl, in under 30 minutes per game. Rex could light up a scoreboard, had a sweet shooting stroke and was a maestro of dunk. I even had his photo on my high school diary (too much information?)

John Starks (1989-2002) | Player profile

Notable: All-Defensive (2nd) Team (1993) | All-Star (1994) | Sixth Man of the Year (1997)

Opinion: whilst never beating Jordan in the Playoffs, Starks is a first-ballot nominee, for the role of MJ’s nemesis. I admired his tenacity, in-your-face style of play and all out hustle. Plus, John’s road to the NBA is a fascinating tale in itself.

Mitch Richmond (1989-2002) | Player profile

Notable: Rookie of the Year (1989) | 6-time All-Star (1993-1998) | NBA Champion (2002)

Opinion: part of the famed ‘Run TMC’ [part 1 / part 2] at Golden State. He was All-Star MVP in 1995 and Sacramento’s franchise player for seven seasons (1992-1998), averaging 23.3 pts, 3.7 rbs, 4.1 ast and 1.3 stl per game. A consummate professional, lauded as MJ’s toughest defender, by none other than Jordan himself.

Honorable mentions:

Daron Blaylock (Hawks), Kevin Gamble (Celtics) Tyrone Bogues (Hornets), B.J. Armstrong (Bulls), Craig Ehlo | Mark Price (Cavaliers), Jay Humphries | Ricky PierceAlvin Robertson (Bucks), Mark Jackson | Trent Tucker (Knicks), Anfernee Hardaway (Magic), Hersey Hawkins (76ers), Rod Strickland (Bullets).

Tim Hardaway (Warriors), Vernon Maxwell (Rockets), Ron Harper (Clippers) Sedale Threatt | Nick Van Exel (Lakers), Jerome Richardson | Tony Campbell (Timberwolves), Terry Porter (Trail Blazers), Gary Payton (SuperSonics).

Obvious omissions: clearly, the following players are all-time greats at their position. They didn’t make the cut as they’re not my favorites of the era – due to team/s played for or rivalries against MJ’s Bulls – imagined or otherwise…

Isiah Thomas (Pistons), Reggie Miller (Pacers).

Earvin Johnson (Lakers), Jason Kidd (Suns), Clyde Drexler (Trail Blazers), John Stockton (Jazz).

Did I miss anyone? Comments welcome. Who are your favorite Jordan-era guards?