AIR066: Peter Capolino – Founder, Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company. Trailblazer of authentic Throwback Jerseys | Podcast

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Peter Capolino (Founder, Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company) and Fabolous

Founder of Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company, Peter Capolino.

We talk about Peter’s family and its relationship to sports. Peter’s father, Sisto – later renamed James, by original founders, Frank Mitchell and Charles Ness – began work with Mitchell & Ness (1917), at just 13 years of age. In the early 1950s, Sisto purchased the business, bringing Peter into the fold.

Peter describes the meticulous research conducted, allowing Mitchell & Ness to produce such high quality, throwback uniforms. Countless hours were spent, combing through archival newspapers, visiting libraries, museums and numerous sporting halls of fame. We discuss the advances in technology and its impact on how the business manufactured apparel.

In 1998, Peter was asked to recreate the history of the NBA (Hardwood Classics), as he had done with MLB’s Cooperstown Collection. Peter discusses how he obtained licences for each professional league (including the NFL and NHL), allowing him to produce historically-accurate uniforms.

Just before the turn of the millennium, Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company’s profile exploded, thanks is large part to links with hip-hop and rap artists. Peter shares some stories about Big Boi and André 3000 (Outkast), plus the classic background behind the improbable link between one of his favorite footballers, Sammy Baugh, and Jay Z.

Peter also elaborates on the deal he struck with Michael Jordan, getting the licence and exclusive rights to reproduce MJ’s Chicago Bulls jerseys.

Sports Illustrated has published three-prominent features – Baseball Flannels are Hot (1987), Throwback Hip-Hop Style Points (2002) and Rockin’ the Retros (2003) – on Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company.

Peter sold Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company to Adidas, in 2008 – continuing to work for them, a further four years – and still consults with the company today. This conversation is a must-listen for fans of any major-league sport.

People mentioned in this episode, include: Tom Gola, Connie Simmons, Bill Russell, Rick Barry, Bill Walton, Richie Ashburn, Dale Murphy, Nolan Ryan, Allen Iverson, Wilt Chamberlain, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Roy Sievers, & Bob Skinner.

 

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NB86-4: Michael Jordan’s second NBA season – November 9 through 23, 1985 | Podcast

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George Gervin - Chicago Bulls

Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan‘s second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

 

* NBA regular season – November 9 through 23, 1985

* Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

 

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the second 15-day block of the 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played eight games in this span – three wins and five losses.

We chat about the Bulls’ transition from its heavy reliance on (recently injured) Michael Jordan. Chicago was trying to adapt to not having MJ on the floor – this allowed star, Orlando Woolridge, to mesh with lesser-known talents like Sidney Green, Dave Corzine, Jawann Oldham and Kyle Macy; assuming more responsibility for the team’s fortunes.

Kyle Macy - Chicago Bulls
 

We also talk about the role that Michael Jordan played, helping the North Carolina Tar Heels, secure the signature of Scott Williams (future three-time NBA Champion).

Jordan helped secure Williams' UNC signing

 

Further, we discuss the Lakers’ best start to a season since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1960, Quintin Dailey‘s return to playing duty, Alex English‘s 54-point explosion versus Houston, Xavier McDaniel‘s cameo in (1992 movie) Singles and much more.


 

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!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: George GervinSteve Stipanovich, Ken Bannister, Bill Walton, Terry Cummings, Mychal Thompson & Derrick Gervin.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Nov 9, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

Box Score: Nov 12, 1985 – Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Nov 13, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers

Box Score: Nov 15, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

Box Score: Nov 16, 1985 – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Nov 19, 1985 – Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Nov 20, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

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

 

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NB86-3: Michael Jordan’s second NBA season – October 25 through November 8, 1985 | Podcast

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Michael Jordan - sidelined with a broken foot

Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan‘s second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

 

* NBA regular season – October 25 through November 8, 1985

* Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

 

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the first 15 days of the 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played seven games in this span – three wins and four losses. Without doubt, the biggest news of the young season, was Michael Jordan‘s fractured left foot – initially reported to be a ‘jammed ankle’ – suffered in the team’s third game. He’d miss 64 regular-season games.

We chat about Larry Bird‘s near quadruple-double that opened the Celtics’ season. That same game was also Bill Walton‘s debut with Boston. We also talk about the great play of the L.A. Clippers’ Derek Smith, who lit up the newly-relocated Sacramento Kings, for 36 points. Patrick Ewing made his NBA debut, however, suffered more losses in his first two weeks as a pro (seven), than he did in his entire senior season at Georgetown (three).

Further, we discuss John Paxson signing with the Bulls and Manute Bol‘s first NBA points. Also, we mention 40-plus point performances from Mark Aguirre, Alex English and Akeem Olajuwon, chat about Chris Mullin‘s heroics in his first regular-season game and much more.

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!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Buck Williams, Terence Stansbury, Wes Matthews & Georgi Glouchkov.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Oct 25, 1985 – Cleveland Cavailiers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Oct 26, 1985 – Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Oct 29, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Golden State Warriors

Box Score: Oct 31, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ L.A. Clippers

Box Score: Nov 2, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Seattle SuperSonics

Box Score: Nov 6, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons

Box Score: Nov 7, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

 

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AIR065: Eddie Nealy – Kansas State standout & 10-year NBA veteran | Podcast

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Eddie Nealy

Kansas State Wildcats standout and 10-year NBA veteran, Eddie Nealy.

[Note: whilst mostly known as ‘Ed’, I refer to him throughout, as Eddie]

 

High School: Bonner Springs, Kansas

Eddie’s father was his high school basketball coach. He describes what it was like to have his dad calling the shots. The main focus was an emphasis on developing the fundamentals of his game. This would prove vital, as Nealy’s longevity at the highest level was due in no small part, to his tireless work ethic and mastery of hustle.

 

College: Kansas State University

Years: 1978-79 – 1981-82 | Coach: Jack Hartman

Nealy was a two-time Academic All-American, largely recruited by two schools – Yale and Kansas State. He talks about the reasoning behind his decision to play for the Wildcats. We also chat about a major role that he played in a fantastic game, in his freshman season. He hit crucial free throws to seal victory in the closing seconds.

Eddie’s Wildcats made it to the NCAA Tournament, in three of his four college seasons. In 1981, they advanced to the Elite Eight. I ask Eddie to talk about some key memories from his time at Kansas State, which also included an oversea tour to Japan, prior to senior season. Nealy left college with averages of 10.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. For three of those seasons, he was teammates with the great Rolando Blackman. We cover his recollections of teaming with the future, four-time NBA All-Star.

Eddie Nealy - Kansas State Wildcats

 

1982 NBA Draft

Date: June 29 | Location: New York | Pick: 166 (Round 8) | Team: Kansas City Kings

We talk about Eddie’s draft-day whereabouts and how he first heard the news that he was an NBA draftee. He also reflects on what it meant to be selected by his home-state team.

 

NBA / CBA career | Years: 1982-83 – 1992-93

Seasons: 1982-83 – 1984-85 | Team: Kansas City Kings

Coaches: Cotton Fitzsimmons, Jack McKinney & Phil Johnson

Along with (former podcast guest) Eddie Johnson, Nealy played all 82 regular-season games in his rookie season. He recalls some memories from his first year in the league.

The following year – his first trip to the post-season – Eddie’s Kings lost to eventual NBA Finalists, the L.A. Lakers. Nealy talks about his experiences playing the might of the L.A. Lakers.

After missing most of the Kings’ (1984-85) training camp, Eddie was released, signing on with the Continental Basketball Association’s (CBA) Sarasota Stingers – for part of the 1984-85 season – before signing as a free agent and returning to the Kansas City Kings, in late February, 1985. Following the Kings’ off-season relocation to Sacramento, Nealy was released by the team. He returned to the CBA and was a member of the 1986 CBA Champion, Tampa Bay Thrillers, led by Bill Musselman. Eddie fondly recalls his experiences playing in the CBA.

 

Seasons: 1986-87 – 1987-88 | Team: San Antonio Spurs

Coach: Bob Weiss

In mid-July, 1986, Nealy signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs. He played with the team for two seasons. These days (2015), Eddie resides in Texas. We talk about his playing days in San Antonio and what it could have been like to play with David Robinson. Eddie also reflects on some former San Antonio teammates.

 

Season: 1988-89 | Teams: Chicago Bulls / Phoenix Suns

Coaches: Doug Collins / Cotton Fitzsimmons

Prior to the 1989 season, Nealy signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls. He played 13 games in his first stint as a Bull, before Chicago traded him to Phoenix (mid-December), in exchange for Craig Hodges. Eddie talks about the move to Chicago and how he responded to hearing news of a trade to the Valley of the Sun. He also recalls a great story from the Bulls’ practice court, involving him and Michael Jordan.

 

Season: 1989-90 | Team: Chicago Bulls

Coach: Phil Jackson

In October, 1989, Phoenix traded Eddie back to Chicago. He was a Bull for the second time. We discuss what he was thinking, when he learnt he was headed back to the Windy City. Nealy played a pivotal role in Chicago’s playoff run. We reminisce about Game 4 of the 1990 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals – Chicago at Philadelphia. Eddie had a terrific performance, scoring 9 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. Jordan torched the Sixers for 45 points. Nealy and Jordan were interviewed by Jim Gray (CBS), post-game.


 

Season: 1990-91 – 1991-92 | Team: Phoenix Suns

Coach: Cotton Fitzsimmons

Before the 1991 season, Eddie signed with Phoenix as a free agent. He played with the Suns for two seasons – an exciting team, with a very-promising future. We talk about his return to Phoenix.

 
Season: 1992-93 | Teams: Golden State Warriors / Chicago Bulls

Coaches: Don Nelson / Phil Jackson

Nealy was waived by Phoenix (early November, 1992), signing with the Warriors, later that same month. He played 30 games in Golden State, before – with the help of Don Nelson – they traded him back to Chicago, for his third stay as a member of the Bulls. After the regular season, the Bulls placed Eddie on the inactive roster. We discuss his memories of the 1993 season, his involvement with the team and how he felt, watching from the sidelines – particularly, when John Paxson launched his famous three-point shot that sealed Chicago’s 1993 NBA Championship.


 

I ask Eddie to recall “The Game I’ll Never Forget”.

In 2014, Nealy was inducted to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. We talk about how he felt to receive that great honor.

Phil Jackson once said that having Nealy on his roster, was like having another coach. We discuss Eddie’s (possible) opportunities missed and future coaching ambitions.

Our conversation rounds out with a quick chat about the significance (if any) of Eddie’s jersey numbers.

People mentioned in this episode, include: Charles Barkley, LaSalle Thompson, Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle, Chris Mullin & Tim Hardaway.

 

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NB86-2: Michael Jordan’s second NBA season – Cavaliers (Oct 25), Pistons (Oct 26) at Bulls – 1985 | Podcast

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Orlando Woolridge - Chicago Bulls

Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan‘s second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

 

* Cleveland at Chicago – October 25, 1985

* Detroit at Chicago – October 26, 1985

 

In this episode, we discuss the first two games of MJ’s second season. We were fortunate to have access to the game DVDs, giving us plenty of topics and moments to talk about. In our first game for review, Chicago needed an overtime session to determine their fate, against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers. Next, we chat about a remarkable contest between the Bulls and Pistons, featuring unique moments on and off the court.

Aside from a focus on Jordan’s burgeoning career, we cover numerous sub-plots, individual milestones, amusing moments and minutiae from both games.

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!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Orlando Woolridge, Charles OakleyDave Corzine, Jawann Oldham, Kyle MacyGeorge Gervin, World B. Free, Billy McKinney, John Bagley, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Roy Hinson, Bill Laimbeer & Rick Mahorn.

 

Topics discussed:

 

Box Score: Oct 25, 1985 – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

 

Box Score: Oct 26, 1985 – Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls

 

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NB86-1: Michael Jordan’s second NBA season – pre-draft / 1985 Draft, 1985-86 Bulls training camp and preseason games | Podcast

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Chicago Bulls - Beloit College, Wisconsin - October, 1985

Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan‘s second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

 

* Off-season news, notes and quotes

* 1985 NBA Draft

* Chicago Bulls 1985-86 training camp and preseason games

* Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

 

We’re back with a new series. Starting mid-June, 1985, we discuss a wide array of interesting topics and happenings, from the NBA’s off-season.

We chat about the Chicago Bulls’ moves to sign a new head coach, in the wake of Kevin Loughery‘s firing. We cover the 1985 NBA Draft and the multitude of deals that Chicago made, to secure Charles Oakley‘s arrival and the team’s future.

You’ll learn about the ‘Schlitz Malt Liquor Summer Basketball League’, hosted at Chicago State University, in late June and early July, 1985. Professional players who took part, included Michael Jordan, Isiah Thomas, Reggie Theus, Terry Cummings, Orlando WoolridgeMaurice Cheeks.

We also talk about the burgeoning career of (Washington Bullets draftee) Manute Bol. The Chicago Tribune ran a great feature on Bol, covering his then-stint with the United States Basketball League, where he was averaging an astonishing 12 blocks per game.

In late July, 1985, the University of Illinois at Chicago, hosted an NBA Rookie Summer League, featuring the Bulls, Hawks, Cavaliers, Pistons, Pacers & Bucks. The teams played a series of exhibitions, open to the public. Players involved – referred to as rookies, free agents and fringe pros – included Spud Webb, Joe Dumars, Kevin Willis, Tony Campbell, Ron Anderson, Antoine Carr, Terence Stansbury & Randy Breuer.

To encourage camaraderie and team unity, the Bulls held their (1985-86) preseason training camp at Beloit College, Wisconsin. Aside from basketball, Michael Jordan served as an honorary official (coin toss) at the Beloit-Cornell football game.

Michael Jordan - Beloit College football - October 2, 1985

 

We detail the Bulls’ interest in (free agent) Kyle Macy and the formerly-retired Billy McKinney. Plus, Spencer Haywood made a comeback attempt – attending training camp with the Pistons – two seasons removed from his last NBA game.

We recap Chicago’s 1985-86 preseason games. They were the only team without a win.

Chicago Bulls - 1985-86 preseason

Chicago Bulls - statistics

 

To round out the episode, we talk about the Bulls’ trade for George Gervin, on the eve of the regular season. That deal had ramifications – for more than one reason.

This episode begins our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends! For context, here’s our 30-episode series, exploring Michael Jordan’s rookie campaign.

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Mike Dunleavy, Quintin Dailey, Dave CorzineWes Matthews & Adrian Branch.

 

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