NB85-1: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – UNC Tar Heels / 1984 USA Olympic Trials / pre-draft | Podcast


Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan‘s (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. Our special, debut episode covers:


* Michael Jordan’s final season (1984) with the North Carolina Tar Heels

* Team USA 1984 Olympic Trials (including a chat with Roosevelt Chapman)

* Lead-up to the 1984 NBA Draft


A wide-array of players are mentioned in this episode. The most-prominent, include: Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Terry Porter, Danny Manning, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Wayman Tisdale and Sam Perkins.


Topics / articles discussed (every effort has been made to confirm exact dates):


Mar 14, 1984 – AP All-America

Mar 14, 1984 - Victoria Advocate
Mar 22, 1984: Jordan’s final game for North Carolina

Jordan’s UNC career stats (per game)

Mar 28, 1984 – Jordan player of year

Mar 30, 1984 - Sumter Daily Item


 Mar 31, 1984 – Michael Jordan: Final Four – in 1985

Mar 31, 1984 - Lewiston Daily Sun

Apr 4, 1984: Olympic Trials

Apr 4, 1984 - Gainesville Sun


Apr 14, 1984 – Bowie, Turpin won’t attend Olympic trials

Lakeland Ledger


Apr 18, 1984 – Olympic cagers begin practice

Apr 18, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star


Apr 21, 1984 – U.S. Olympic basketball tryouts a sports fan’s delight

Apr 21, 1984 - Deseret News


 Apr 21, 1984 – Point’s Porter fights for berth

Apr 21, 1984 - Milwaukee Journal


Apr 21, 1984 – Knight to make first cut of Olympic hopefuls

Apr 21, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star


Apr 22, 1984 – Jordan, Barkley Pace White To Victory

Apr 22, 1984 - Spartanburg Herald Journal


Apr 22, 1984 – Olympic trials characterized by rugged play

Apr 22, 1984 - Eugene Register Guard


Apr 23, 1984 – Olympic Team Aching

Apr 23, 1984 - Victoria Advocate


Apr 23, 1984 – Tisdale Paces White Win

Apr 23, 1984 - Spartanburg Herald Journal


Apr 23, 1984 – Ewing, Jordan on list of final 20 on Olympic team

Apr 23, 1984 - Arizona Courier


Apr 23, 1984 – Knight assesses survivors

Apr 23, 1984 - Spokesman Review


Apr 24, 1984 – Knight Cuts Olympic Squad Down to 20

Apr 24, 1984 - Palm Beach Post


Apr 24, 1984 – Knight’s basketball boot camp ends

Apr 24, 1984 - Lodi News-Sentinel


Apr 24, 1984 – Men’s pre-Olympic schedule

Apr 24, 1984 - St. Petersburg Times


Apr 25, 1984 – A Golden Team

Apr 25, 1984 - The Dispatch


Apr 28, 1984 – No fooling: Akeem to turn pro

Apr 28, 1984 - St. Petersburg Independent


May 6, 1984 – Michael Jordan to turn pro; Wayman Tisdale to stay in school

May 6, 1984 - Gainesville Sun


May 6, 1984 – Smith wants best for players

May 6, 1984 - Star News


May 6, 1984 – Jordan awaits pro future

May 6, 1984 - Star News


May 7, 1984 – Jordan follows advice

May 7, 1984 - Sumter Daily Item


May 8, 1984 – NBA postpones draft coin flip

May 8, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star


May 10, 1984 – Pullout won’t dim Jordan’s desire

May 10, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star


May 14, 1984 – Knight enjoying mini-camp

May 14, 1984 - Daily News


May 14, 1984 – Porter among 4 cut from Olympic cage team

May 14, 1984 - Milwaukee Sentinel

I appreciate all feedback, FB Page ‘Likes’ and iTunes ratings / reviews.

Follow: Facebook | Twitter | Google+

Subscribe: iTunesRSS | Website

Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


Video: Michael Jordan’s first regular-season NBA game (1984 debut)

Michael Jordan

Historically-important footage of Michael Jordan has emerged. Here is the pre-game show, including player introductions, from MJ’s NBA debut – October 26, 1984.

Michael Jordan gets his first taste of NBA-stardom. He receives a rousing-ovation from the Chicago-faithful; even though it is clearly, far from a full house. In the 1984 NBA season, the Bulls were a lackluster 27-55; missing the post-season completely. The 1984 NBA Draft changed all that and the Windy City welcomed a young Michael Jeffrey Jordan into its arms. Jordan had just led Team USA to gold, at the Los Angeles Olympics. Prior to that, he was the 1984 NCAA Player of the Year and collected a slew of awards and honors in a decorated, three-year career with the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Prior to this footage surfacing, a ‘Hardwood Classics’ version of MJ’s first NBA game, was all that existed. The game was joined in progress, in the 3rd quarter. It’s remarkable that it has taken almost 30 years since this game was played, for it to appear in its entirety.

In the first half of this game, Jordan, on a strong drive to the hoop, was met at the rim, by a man mountain named Jeff Ruland (my recent podcast guest):

For the record, Michael Jordan finished with 16 points, in a 109-93 Bulls victory.


AIR048: Roosevelt Chapman – Dayton legend, NBA draftee and international star | Podcast


Roosevelt Chapman

Dayton Flyers’ all-time leading scorer and NCAA star, Roosevelt Chapman.

Adam & Aaron welcome Roosevelt to the podcast, with an in-depth discussion of his very successful, well-traveled, yet largely-unheralded basketball career. If ever a guest warranted featuring on the show, Roosevelt ‘Velvet’ Chapman is that guy. In 1984, within the span of just three months, he starred in the NCAA Tournament, was invited to the Team USA Olympic Trials and was selected in the NBA Draft.

Roosevelt talks about his early years in Brooklyn and how his game developed on the playgrounds of New York City. He discusses some of the future NBA stars he grew up with, including Chris Mullin, Mark Jackson and Rod Strickland, to name a few. The development of Chapman’s game earned him the opportunity to attend the University of Dayton. We chat about his incredible senior season at college, where he led the Flyers to the Elite Eight in the 1984 NCAA Tournament – overcoming Wayman Tisdale and Detlef Schrempf in the process; finally succumbing to Patrick Ewing and his Georgetown Hoyas.

Roosevelt discusses his involvement in the Team USA Olympic Trials in 1984, including two great stories involving Michael Jordan and John Stockton. He opens up about his selection in the 1984 NBA Draft and what led to him pursuing opportunities to play professionally – achieving great success – traveling around the world.

This is one of my favorite episodes of the show, to date. Roosevelt’s story is fascinating; discovering the history and importance of players who often fly under the radar, is a passion of mine. Aaron & I are confident you’ll enjoy this feature.


Links to topics discussed:

1984: ‘The Shot’ | NCAA Tournament: LSU / Oklahoma / Georgetown

1984 NBA Draft: Selections

2012: Q&A | 2014: Flying High | 30 Years LaterElite Eight advice

Roosevelt Chapman online: Twitter


I appreciate all feedback, FB Page ‘Likes’ and iTunes ratings / reviews.

Follow: Facebook | Twitter | Google+

Subscribe: iTunesRSS | Website

Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


Video: Michael Jordan referees 3-on-3 – Barkley, Kidd & Finley, versus sumo wrestlers – Japan

More intriguing footage of Michael Jordan has emerged. This time, MJ and fellow Nike pals, Charles Barkley, Jason Kidd, Michael Finley and Damon Stoudamire, are in Japan, taking part in the Hoop Heroes exhibition. According to Ad Age and the Arizona Daily Star, this event took place in September of 1996. The sumo wrestlers are Akebono, Konishiki & Musashimaru. At upwards of $500 for a courtside seat, you would hope that the crowd in attendance, got their money’s worth.

In the above-clip, Jordan referees a game of 3-on-3. It starts off strong; not surprisingly, Jordan goes to work on Barkley, calling him for a touch-foul almost instantly; much to the delight of the crowd. Due to the immense size of the sumo wrestlers, Charles Barkley appears more like a svelte-looking Scottie Pippen, than his usual self.

In a prescient-moment, during the 1994 NBA season – Jordan, then-retired from the sport he had dominated – wryly-said (referring to Barkley): “There comes a time in life when you need to try something new, and sumo wrestling may be that challenge for him, you never know”

The video instantly enters the canon of rare Michael Jordan footage. It recently surfaced on YouTube, but my research suggests it originated on Vimeo – whether or not the uploader is indeed the Konishiki – who features in the clip – remains to be seen.


AIR047: David Bridgers – Michael Jordan’s childhood friend | Podcast

David Bridgers

L to R: David Bridgers, Michael Jordan & Derek Betts | Copyright © Sports Illustrated

Michael Jordan’s lifelong friend and confidant, David Bridgers.

A unique episode. Ross Franco is a North Carolinian friend of mine. We connected, through my podcast – one of the many great outcomes I’ve experienced, since creating the show. Ross is a great friend of David Bridgers. Ross and I have previously discussed the possibility of inviting David on the podcast, as a guest. When the opportunity presented itself, we were both very pleased. The three of us had a great chat.

Prior to speaking with Ross and David, I wasn’t sure if our conversation would necessarily make for an interesting podcast episode. However, five minutes into proceedings, that all changed. This is simply three guys, talking all-things Michael Jordan, from a perspective you’d be very hard-pressed to top. You’ll learn the origins of Bridgers’ relationship with Jordan. The two first met, at just seven years of age! We cover David’s enduring friendship with Michael and his experiences with the Jordan family, plus, David’s close bond with Ross.

Ross tried his best to not be involved in this audio recording. He suggested that David should speak solely with me. From my point of view, that was never going to happen. Thanks again Ross, for making this conversation possible. I hope you – the listener – enjoy it.


Links to topics discussed (photos will be added):

SI Vault: The Unlikeliest Homeboy

In all Airness: Brush with Greatness – Michael Jordan

Ross Franco online: Twitter


I appreciate all feedback, FB Page ‘Likes’ and iTunes ratings / reviews.

Follow: Facebook | Twitter | Google+

Subscribe: iTunesRSS | Website

Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


Video: Michael Jordan playing 9 Hoops II and 9 Hoops Hide – Japanese TV

Just when you thought you’d seen it all. This video clip is incredible, strange and captivating. It was most-likely recorded in 1999; Michael Jordan is listed as 36 years old.

In January of 2000, he became a part-owner of the Washington Wizards and was named President of Basketball Operations. Jordan ultimately sold his ownership stake, so that the team could sign him as a free agent in September, 2001 – clearing the way for his return to the NBA, as a player.

In the above-clip, Jordan’s credentials (to date) are listed on-screen, along with a montage of career highlights. We see a plane landing and are shown signage of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Though I don’t speak a word of Japanese, an incredibly-excitable commentator, lends his talents to proceedings. I assume this program was made for Japanese TV and filmed in L.A? Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Jordan is playing a game called 9 Hoops II & 9 Hoops Hide. At first glance, it seems the challenge has been designed by an evil basketball-genius. A competitor has 12 attempts to make nine baskets. At the 9 Hoops II-end of the court, Jordan is confronted by 9 separate basketball hoops – a majority are moving targets; horizontally or vertically. At the 9 Hoops Hide-end of the court, a more devious setup awaits. Three rows of three hoops, strategically-staggered at wildly-varied heights.

The contest is a variation of 9 Hoops; a game that Michael Jordan played – with Charles Barkley, as flashback footage shows – in September of 1996 (part of the Nike Hoop Heroes Tour).

My initial thought was that MJ was simply going through the motions – making his sponsors happy and appeasing those involved. However, as the contest progresses, Jordan is increasingly-challenged to make a wide-array of difficult shots. As he builds towards his final shot on the last hoop, Jordan is dialed-in like he’s back on the Delta Center floor in Utah, for Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. His competitive juices are flowing and his reaction to making the final basket, rivals that of his game-winning buzzer-beaters!

Having watched this amazing clip, there’s little wonder why Jordan chose to return to the NBA, in late-2001 – his immense desire to compete was far from satiated. You could argue, it still isn’t.