AIR014: Bob Hill – NBA coaching great | Podcast

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Bob HillCoaching great, Bob Hill.

This wide-ranging conversation covers all aspects of Bob’s wonderful career to date. He discusses his teams’ battles against Michael Jordan and the Bulls and offers amazing insight into Hall of Famer, David Robinson. We break down his time with the Knicks, Pacers, Spurs and Sonics and cover his great contributions to the game internationally. Further, Bob describes being in Japan when the disastrous 2011 earthquake hit. Any basketball fan will relish this in-depth discussion.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Bulls v Knicks (1986) | MJ v Reggie Miller

Pacers v Celtics (1991) | David Robinson MVP (1995, with Bob Hill)

 

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AIR005: Luc Longley – Three-time Olympian / NBA Champion and Australia’s first NBA player | Podcast

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Australian NBA Champion

Three-time Olympian / NBA Champion and Australia’s first ever NBA player, Luc Longley.

We chat about Luc’s early sporting career, his formative years playing basketball and representing Australia at the Olympic Games. Luc tells us how he was recruited to play college basketball for the University of New Mexico. We discuss his 10-year NBA career and how he prepared to match-up against an era of dominant big men, unlikely to be ever seen again. We also examine Luc’s championship years with Chicago and his experiences playing alongside Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. The conversation is very candid and Luc’s sense of humour is notable.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Basketball Reference | Book: Running with the Bulls

Luc Longley – 60 Minutes profile (1992) | Running with the Bulls – 1996

1996 NBA Finals – Game 6 introductions / Bulls’ 4th NBA Championship (Luc’s 1st)

1997 NBA Playoffs – Luc’s bounce pass to Jordan for the dunk

G’day USA (2012): Black Tie Gala – Phil Jackson / Luc Longley

 

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AIR004: Andrew Gaze – Australian legend – Two-time NBL Champion, Five-time Olympian and NBA Champion | Podcast

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Australia's Greatest Basketballer

Australia’s greatest ever basketballer – 2-time NBL Champion, 5-time Olympian and NBA Champion, Andrew Gaze.

Our discussion begins with Andrew’s formative years, literally surrounded by basketball and the influence of his famous father, Lindsay. We talk about Andrew’s early years in the NBL and representing Australia internationally with his close friends, Luc Longley, Shane Heal and Mark Bradtke. We cover his season playing college basketball at Seton Hall in America, delve into his NBA experiences and get his insight on the NBL of today. The conversation is also sprinkled with Andrew’s fantastic anecdotes.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Book: The Andrew Gaze Story: A Kid, a Ball, a Dream

Gaze’s monster jam versus Geelong | 1988 Olympics – Bronze medal match

1989 NCAA Championship | 1993 NBL Championship, Game 3

Shane Heal v Charles Barkley | “Alley-oop to Copeland!”

Andrew Gaze in San Antonio

 

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AIR003: Christian Laettner – Two-time NCAA Champ, 1992 Dream Teamer and NBA veteran | Podcast

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Two-time NCAA Champion of the Duke Blue Devils, 1992 Dream Team member and 13-year NBA veteran, Christian Laettner.

Our discussion includes the origin of Laettner’s competitive nature, his four years and two titles at Duke, plus his role on the incomparable Dream Team. We talk about his link to Australia’s own Luc Longley and Andrew Gaze, plus discuss his NBA years and passion for his Basketball Academy. The conversation is also scattered with references to Christian’s relationship with Michael Jordan.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Laettner’s (first) East Regional buzzer beater, 1990 | Duke’s 1991 Championship

March 28, 1992 – Duke v Kentucky | Dream Team, by Jack McCallum

‘Greatest Game Nobody Ever Saw’ | Christian Laettner Basketball Academy

 

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AIR002: Tom Dore – former long-time Chicago Bulls TV commentator

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Former Bulls Broadcaster

Former long-time Chicago Bulls play-by-play man, Tom Dore.

Our discussion includes Tom’s native Illinois, his time at Missouri University and subsequent journey to France and New Zealand where he played basketball professionally. We talk about Andrew and Lindsay Gaze (Australia’s own basketball royalty), how Tom became a broadcaster for the Bulls and his association with two of the all-time greats; Jim Durham and Johnny ‘Red’ Kerr (both RIP). We also discuss his relationship with Michael Jordan and unearth some fantastic MJ stories.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Andrew Gaze – Seton Hall profile | Mitch Richmond feature

Jordan switches jersey numbers | Chicago Bulls – 70 wins

 

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