AIR032: Mike Fratello – NBA Coach of the Year, TV Broadcaster and The Czar of the Telestrator | Podcast

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NBA Coach of the Year, TV Broadcaster and The Czar of the Telestrator, Mike Fratello.

We discuss EuroBasket 2013, where Mike coached Ukraine to a fantastic 6th place finish; securing the team a spot in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. We then revisit Mike’s high school years, where he was a star athlete. He talks about his foray into coaching and the opportunities that would lead him all the way to the NBA. We talk about his intrinsic links to Hall of Fame legend, Hubie Brown.

Mike opens up on the re-building process that led the Hawks’ to four-consecutive 50-win seasons. We chat about his 1986 Coach of the Year season and he tells a fascinating story about how he helped motivate Dominique Wilkins, to reach even greater heights (literally and figuratively) as a player. We talk about the 1988 NBA All-Star Game, where he coached the Eastern Conference squad to victory.

Mike discusses his entry to the world of TV broadcasting, the origin of his classic nickname and relationship with the great Marv Albert and former guest of this show, Ian Eagle. You’ll also learn how Mike received a pair of game-worn, Shaquille O’Neal shoes, in unusual circumstances. We get the inside scoop on Mike’s experiences with Michael Jordan, including his time alongside MJ, as a coach at the Michael Jordan Senior Flight School.

We talk about Mike’s six seasons coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers and his stint with the Memphis Grizzlies. Plus, we somehow find time to talk about the 2014 NBA season. An incredible array of topics are covered. Thank you, Mike Fratello!

Thanks to former guest on this podcast, Bob Hill – he was key to making my chat with Mike, happen. Many thanks, Bob.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | Profile

EuroBasket 2013: Tournament Wrap | Formula of Success

1984: Bench-jockeying, NBA Style

1988: NBA All-Star Game | Hawks v Celtics – NBA Playoffs (Game 7)

1993: O’Neal collapses Shaqboard | 2002: NBA on NBC | 2012: Mike Fratello & Ian Eagle

Mike Fratello online: WebsiteTwitter

 

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Podcast origins – a year in review

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A year ago, today, I released my first podcast episode. Eternal thanks, Bill Wennington; helping me set sail on the journey. Time now, for us to reminisce.

The premise for my podcast was simple; in theory. I planned to chat with (primarily former) NBA players, personalities and media. That, coupled with NBA history conversations with my basketball-obsessed friends. The latter, was achieved rather easily. The former? Well, that’s a Mark Eaton-sized stumbling block.

Since 1989, I’ve been completely obsessed by all-things NBA; particularly, Michael Jordan-era. I read voraciously – countless Basketball Digest, Hoop, Pro Basketball Today and a myriad of other magazines and annuals. I’ve pored over 20+ year-old box scores, more times than you would believe. I have spent an unimaginable number of hours, watching NBA games and programming on VHS and DVD. As for today’s digital age – don’t even go there.

All that aside, the problem remained – how could a (currently) non-credentialed NBA enthusiast, in Australia, chat with high-profile players and personalities? The Internet allows people to connect like never before. I have been equal parts thrilled and humbled, by the generosity that each guest has shown, agreeing to take time to speak with me. In turn, they have allowed me to compile a collection of episodes that I couldn’t be prouder of.

Perhaps, even greater, is the fact that past guests willingly vouch for my research and podcast preparedness. I have one opportunity to make a great first impression on these people that I admire – I don’t intend to waste that.

Importantly, this podcast journey has also allowed me to meet many great people, who I now consider friends. I thank each and every person who has taken time to listen to one, some or all of my episodes. Further, thanks to those who have also helped spread the word about my show – you know who you are – it’s greatly appreciated.

I have plenty more great guests and episodes in the pipeline – stay tuned, as the journey continues into 2014 and beyond. Also, I plan to add much more great content, here on my website.

Here are some statistics, for those interested in my podcast’s distribution:

Top 5 – Countries (total downloads):

USA, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and Iceland.

The ‘Top 5 U.S. Markets’ are San Francisco (includes Oakland and San Jose), Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

Here in Australia, the ‘Top 5 Regions’ are Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.

To date, the show has been heard in 105 countries!

As always, I encourage you to interact with the podcast and here on the website. You are a part of the In all Airness community. I welcome your suggestions, comments and feedback.

Thanks for your wonderful support. I want to also thank my amazing wife, for her support, too. Without her patience and understanding of my hoops obsession, this podcast would not be possible. Here’s to many great years ahead!

Adam

 

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)

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AIR030: Bill Woods – Australian sports broadcaster, journalist and news-breaker | Podcast

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Bill Woods

Widely-respected Australian broadcaster, journalist and news-breaker, Bill Woods.

AdamTodd & Bill discuss the origin of the NBA (early 1990s) on Australian (commercial) TV – further, Bill’s key involvement as host of weekly, hoops-related programs, during basketball’s golden age of popularity. Bill talks fondly of his co-hosting memories with Steve Carfino, plus, his memorable interviews with NBA superstars, including Michael Jordan, on the set of Space Jam, in 1995. This wide-ranging conversation covers plenty of topics, including great stories about Shaquille O’Neal, the Phoenix Suns Gorilla and Australian hoop heroes, Shane Heal and Andrew Gaze.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Channel Ten: Saturday / Sunday Basketball | Tribute

1996: Team USA v Australia | [Olympics] Team USA v Australia

Bill Woods online: SportsFan 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

Hoops Podcast

 

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AIR018: 1996 NBA season – complete recap | Podcast

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Chicago Bulls

Adam and Aaron recap the 1996 NBA season.

Our conversation covers the whole season – we discuss best / worst team records, all major award winners and notable retirees. We also focus on the Bulls’ historic 72-10 record. We chat random stats, fake player nicknames (amazingly make a return) and of course, the 1996 Playoffs – culminating with Jordan v Payton / Kemp in the 1996 NBA Finals.

 

Links to topics discussed:

1996 NBA Season Summary | Johnny ‘Red’ Kerr / Adam Howes (curator)

Damon Stoudamire (1995) | Bulls v Grizzlies | Bulls v Lakers | Chicago’s 70th win

1996 NBA Finals: Game 1 | Game 3

 

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