NB87-1: pre-draft / 1986 Draft, 1986-87 Bulls training camp and preseason games – Michael Jordan’s third NBA season | Podcast

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1987 Chicago Bulls

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

 

* Off-season news, notes and quotes

* 1986 NBA Draft

* Chicago Bulls 1986-87 training camp and preseason games

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

 

We’re back with a new series. Starting early-to-mid June, 1986, we discuss a wide array of interesting topics and happenings, from the NBA’s off-season.

We cover the 1986 NBA Draft and how the Bulls planned to retool for the upcoming season. We recap Chicago’s 1986-87 preseason games. The results were mixed. Michael Jordan was ever-reliable, however, most other players were still looking to cement their position and importance to the team.

To round out the episode, we talk about the Bulls’ efforts to put forth a competitive and cohesive team, on the eve of the regular season.

 

Links discussed:

  • UNC Pro-Alumni Game

  • John Shasky wearing #45 for the Bulls – same year (1995) that Jordan did

  • ‘The Trail’ (Arvydas Sabonis episodes): https://soundcloud.com/thetrailpodcast
  • Mike ‘Gibbo’ Gibson – Australian journalist

  • Stan Albeck’s parting shot [Chicago Tribune]

 

This episode begins our coverage of the 1986-87 NBA season. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends! For context, here’s our 15-episode series (NB86), exploring Michael Jordan’s sophomore campaign.

Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Doug Collins, Brad Sellers, Gene Banks, Pete Myers, Orlando Woolridge, Steve ColterHot Rod Williams, Jeff Ruland, Dave Corzine, Olden Polynice, Jawann Oldham, Chuck Person, Granville Waiters, Joe Barry Carroll, Bob Hansen, Elston Turner, Johnny Dawkins, Kenny Walker & Alfredrick Hughes.

 

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AIR056: Rick Brown – SEC Legend, NBA veteran & European Champion | Podcast

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Rick (Rickey) BrownSEC Legend, NBA veteran and European Champion, Rick Brown.

We discuss Rick’s early career and his tough, yet rewarding, decision to move to Atlanta and play high-school basketball. His outstanding HS years put Rick on the national radar and he was recruited by numerous colleges, including Michigan and Kentucky. Ultimately, he decided to move back home and played four years with Mississippi State University.

Rick was one of the players that the Golden State Warriors drafted, after they traded away Robert Parish and dealt their number three pick to the Celtics, in the 1980 NBA Draft – that selection would be Kevin McHale – effectively forming Boston’s Hall of Fame, ‘Big Three’.

Rick recalls his years with the Warriors, and talks about playing with personalities like World B. Free, Bernard King and Joe Barry Carroll. Golden State traded Rick to Atlanta, mid-way through the 1983 season – this was Dominique Wilkins‘ rookie year. We talk about his time with the Hawks and also his role in Larry Bird‘s incredible 60-point game, in 1985.

After finishing his NBA career, Rick moved overseas and achieved high levels of success, becoming a European Champion in the process. He played ten years in Europe, with very-recognizable names, including Mike D’Antoni, Bob McAdoo and Arvydas Sabonis. One of Rick’s greatest moments, happened in 1992, when he won his team (Real Madrid) the European Cup Final.

 

Last year (2014), Rick was inducted into Mississippi State University’s Sports Hall of Fame. He talks about that honor and the importance of leaving a legacy to his family. We also briefly chat about his sons who are looking to make a name for themselves in the future.

Rick Brown in the low-post

After our conversation, I briefly invite my good friend, Cobi Sobrino – who was in attendance at the 1992 European Cup Final – onto the show. He recalls the game and Rick’s impact on European basketball.

Rick Brown - about to score

Rick - modern day

 

My Forgotten Legends (Cobi’s basketball-history website / podcast).

Chloé (Rick’s wife) runs, Bread-Winning Moms (blog / podcast) mentioned in this episode.

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AIR055: Todd Spehr – Drazen: The Remarkable Life and Legacy of the Mozart of Basketball | Podcast

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Todd Spehr - Drazen Petrovic biographer

Drazen Petrovic biographer, Todd Spehr.

Personally, this is an extra-special episode. My great friend of almost fifteen years, Todd Spehr, just released a biography on the life and times of Drazen Petrovic. I invited another great mate of mine (and NB85 co-host), Aaron, to also chat with Todd, earlier this week.

For more than three years, Todd has been consumed with the life of Drazen Petrovic. Thanks to exhaustive research – he interviewed over 70 people – the resulting book offers comprehensive coverage of Drazen’s incredible rise from Europe to the NBA. It is a book of stories, told by those who knew Petrovic best. Drazen blazed a trail (no pun intended) and was a pioneer for Europeans in the NBA, including Sarunas MarciulionisArvydas SabonisStojko Vrankovic, Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoc, Dino Radja & Peja Stojakovic, to name just a few.

We discuss behind-the-scenes details of the book, including the interview process, the depths of Todd’s research and countless hours of game film (some, never seen before) he studied, giving him a unique insight on a player who was already a legend in his native country, before he set foot in the United States of America.

To borrow a quote from the book’s promotional materials, ‘Drazen is a tribute to the determination and spirit Petrovic brought to every aspect of his short, brilliant life’.

Watch the Google Hangout below – recorded live on April 6, 2015 – or, should you prefer the audio-only version (above, or via your podcast app of choice), you’ll hear an edited version of the conversation.

 

 

Links to topics discussed:

Amazon: Drazen – The Remarkable Life & Legacy of the Mozart of Basketball

Excerpts of ‘Drazen’: Sports Illustrated | Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie: Part I / Part II

Website: Book of Drazen | Facebook: Todd’s FB Page | CreateSpace

 

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AIR031: Kenny Anderson – New York City royalty, NCAA legend and NBA All-Star | Podcast

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New York City royalty, NCAA legend and NBA All-Star, Kenny Anderson.

We talk about his childhood, playing basketball and how he handled the intense media spotlight in HS and college. He chats about his key role with Team USA, between his freshman and sophomore seasons at Georgia Tech. We delve into his NBA career, including the 1991 Draft, held in his native New York. Kenny talks about European legend and former teammate, Drazen Petrovic. We discuss his battles against Michael Jordan and Kenny provides ‘The Answer’, to a fan-submitted question. In 2014, Kenny is releasing a book – we chat about that, too.

Thanks to my friend and former guest on this podcast, Talani Goodson – he was instrumental in helping me connect with Kenny. Sincere thanks, Talani.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | Profile

1990 (NCAA): Anderson v HurleySE Regional Final | Georgia Tech v UNLV

1990 (FIBA World Championship): Bronze medal battle

1991 (NCAA): Kenny drops 50 | 1991: NBA Draft

1994: NBA All-Star Game | 1996: OT game-winner

2002: Celtics v Nets (ECF, Game 3)

Follow Kenny on Twitter

 

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AIR029: 1995 NBA Draft – complete recap | Podcast

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1995 NBA Draft

Adam and Reece discuss the 1995 NBA Draft – one of the strongest 1990s draft classes, in terms of player longevity. We break down the top 10 picks, notable players selected and all-things in between.

Links to topics discussed:

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference

1993: Toronto Raptors | 1995: Vancouver Grizzlies

NBA Draft: Selections | Telecast

2000: Team USA v Australia

 

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AIR024: Drazen Petrovic – The Life and Times (Retrospective) | Podcast

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Adam and Todd discuss the life of Drazen Petrovic. June 7, 2013, marked the 20th anniversary of his tragic death. Todd authored the book, The Mozart of Basketball: The Remarkable Life and Legacy of Drazen Petrovic. This conversation also gives you an inside look at fascinating, untold, Petrovic stories.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | [select YT links, via Daniel]

Drazen Petrovic: Sibenka (1979-1983) | Cibona (1984-1988) | vs. Michael Jordan | Tribute

ESPN 30 for 30: Once Brothers

 

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