AIR077: Andrew Bernstein – Senior NBA Photographer | Podcast

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Andrew Bernstein - Senior NBA PhotographerSenior NBA Photographer and Director of Photography for Staples Center, Andrew Bernstein.

 

He hasn’t played a single minute in the NBA. However, Andy Bernstein is a perennial contender for league MVP (Most Valuable Photographer). The 2017 NBA Finals will mark the 35th-consecutive time that Andy has covered the Association’s showcase event.

We discuss Andy’s rise from amateur shutterbug – his love for the camera was fostered by a (teenage) trip to the Western United States with his dad – to becoming one of the world’s greatest sports photographers.

Highlights of our conversation include Andy’s memories of an iconic rendition of the national anthem at his first All-Star Game (1983), his crucial involvement in creating the (taken from his bio) position of Senior Director of NBA Photos – a position he held for 25 years – a discussion about the meteoric changes in camera technology over recent decades and of course, he details wonderful stories behind how some of his most-historic photos came to be.

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson

Michael Jordan - Come Fly with MeFather and son - James Jordan celebrates with Michael Jordan

Topics / links discussed (include):

  • Marvin Gaye’s amazing performance at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game

  • Follow Andy’s wonderful output on Instagram:
 

#FBF @lakers vs. @celtics tonight brings back memories of another era in the rivalry. @nba #showtime #larrylegend #magicjohnson

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People mentioned in this episode, include: Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Lon Rosen, Terry Lyons, Pat Riley, David Stern, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant & Porter McKinnon.

 

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BTG-2: Michael Jordan wears jersey number 12 [Feb 14, 1990] – Behind the Game | Podcast

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Michael Jordan wears an unfamiliar Chicago Bulls jersey - number 12

Photo: Andrew Bernstein [Senior NBA Photographer]

No love for Michael Jordan on Valentine’s Day (1990). This episode covers:

 

* details behind Jordan’s sole-performance in jersey number 12

 

Behind the Game. Learn why Michael Jordan was forced to wear a nameless jersey. Love, theft and basketball.

 

Topics / links discussed (include):

Michael Jordan wears jersey number 12

  • Game highlights

Michael Jordan wears jersey number 12

  • MJ on the “stolen” jersey [NBA 2K video-game promotional interview]

People mentioned in this episode, include: Andrew Bernstein, Larry Guest & Johnny Red Kerr.

 

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