AIR078: Chris Engler – University of Wyoming standout, five-year NBA veteran and international basketballer | Podcast

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Chris Engler and Magic Johnson defend Michael JordanUniversity of Wyoming standout and five-year NBA veteran, Chris Engler.

 

Chris Engler discusses his childhood in Minneapolis and how his links to the sport of basketball began early in life. Between eighth and ninth grade of high school – whilst participating across numerous sports – Chris had a six-inch growth spurt and a focus on basketball became more appealing.

We chat about Chris walking-on at the University of Minnesota, where he’d play alongside future (NBA) stars Mychal Thompson and Kevin McHale. After two seasons with the Gophers, Chris transferred to the University of Wyoming, where he had more opportunity to develop his game. His final college appearance was an NCAA Tournament match-up against Patrick Ewing and the mighty Georgetown Hoyas.

Chris shares memories from his five years in the NBA, plus, experiences in the CBA, travelling overseas to play professionally and also winning back-to-back gold medals (1994 and 1998) at the World Masters Games.

Chris Engler - Stillwater High SchoolChris Engler - Golden State Warriors

Chris Engler and Tom ChambersTopics / links discussed (include):

People mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Trent Tucker, Sleepy Floyd, Bill Garnett, Bernard King, Charles Bradley, World B. Free, Ernie DiGregorio, Rick Brown, Orlando Woolridge & Mark Landsberger.

 

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AIR076: Don Casey – High school, college and NBA coaching great | Podcast

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Don Casey readies Terence Stansbury and the OwlsHigh school, college and NBA coaching great, Don Casey.

 

To say that Don Casey is an important figure to the game of basketball, is to massively undersell his contributions. His head-coaching journey began in 1958, when he was just 21 years old. Almost by accident, Don found basketball; perhaps, basketball found Don. He enjoyed great success, leading Bishop Eustace High School to two state championships (Class B and A in successive seasons) in six years.

We discuss Don’s transition to the college ranks, where he spent nine seasons as the head coach of Temple University. We also chat about his long-time mentor, the legendary Harry Litwack.

The NBA came calling for the 1983 season. Don remained at the highest level (as an assistant and/or head coach) for almost 20 years. We talk about his memories and experiences from that stage of his life. He went from the sleepless nights and frustrations of leading the L.A. Clippers (through 1990), to joining Chris Ford‘s coaching staff on the Boston Celtics (1991). We reflect on Don’s memories of Boston, including his links to the great Jack McCallum, who at one time, lived with Don whilst researching Unfinished Business. Don would move to New Jersey after the 1996 season, to work for John Calipari, before finishing his NBA (coaching) career as head coach of the New Jersey Nets.

The conversation concludes with a brief discussion about Don’s post-NBA interests.

Topics / links discussed (include):

  • Boston Celtics versus Indiana Pacers (1991 NBA Playoffs)

  • New Jersey Nets versus Chicago Bulls (1998 NBA Playoffs)

People mentioned in this episode, include: Terence Stansbury, Chuck Person, Jim McIlvaine, Kendall Gill, Bob Hill, Jim Lynam, Larry Bird, Red AuerbachReggie Miller, Sherman Douglas, Ernie GrunfeldGene Shue, Don Chaney & John Bagley.

 

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AIR074: Kelly Tripucka (Part II) – Notre Dame star, two-time NBA All-Star and broadcaster | Podcast

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Kelly Tripucka - Charlotte HornetsNotre Dame great, two-time NBA All-Star and broadcaster, Kelly Tripucka.

 

Part two of an in-depth, wide-ranging conversation about Kelly‘s career. [Here’s part one]

 

Topics / links discussed (include):

  • The stunning details on how Kelly heard news of his trade from Detroit to Utah
  • Kelly’s trade to the newly-minted Charlotte Hornets

  • The faux-controversy surrounding “Frank” and “Dick” (via Kelly’s Wikipedia page)
  • Kelly’s career in (TV and radio) broadcasting
  • Starting Lineup (NBA) figures and items Kelly still receives to this day, in the mail

People mentioned in this episode, include: Bill Laimbeer, Julius Erving, Bernard KingJerry West, Dave Bing, Kiki VanDeWeghe, Pete Maravich, Rex Chapman, Bill HanzlikDell Curry, Adrian Dantley & Muggsy Bogues.

 

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NB85-25: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – March 25 through April 14, 1985 | Podcast

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

 

* NBA regular season – March 25 through April 14, 1985

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

 

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls finished the regular season with ten games in nineteen days – four wins and six losses.

We chat about Bernard King‘s arthroscopic – a week later, reconstructive – knee surgery and its implications on his career. Then, cover the changing hierarchy of the Bulls’ franchise – particularly the arrival of Jerry Krause, coupled with the departure of Rod Thorn. We also talk about the NBA’s best-performing players – including Dave Corzine‘s season-high 23 points – milestones reached – Moses Malone surpassing 10,000 career rebounds, Stan Albeck registering his 300th win as coach, John Bagley (team; Cleveland) & Isiah Thomas‘ (league) records for assists in a single season – and much more.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Calvin Natt, David Greenwood, Derek Smith, Dan Issel, Bill Laimbeer, Hakeem Olajuwon & Micheal Ray Richardson.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Mar 26, 1985 – Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Mar 28, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

Box Score: Mar 30, 1985 – Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Apr 2, 1985 – New Jersey Nets @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Apr 3, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Washington Bullets

Box Score: Apr 5, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers

Box Score: Apr 6, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

Box Score: Apr 8, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers

Box Score: Apr 12, 1985 – Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Apr 13, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

 

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NB85-24: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – March 10 through 24, 1985 | Podcast

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Jordan takes aim, versus Bullets

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

 

* NBA regular season – March 10 through 24, 1985

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

 

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played yet another, schedule-stuffing nine games, in this span – four wins and five losses.

We chat about Jerry Reinsdorf becoming the Chicago Bulls’ majority owner. Then, cover Bernard King‘s very serious, career-altering knee injury. We also talk about the NBA’s best-performing players – including Larry Bird‘s astonishing 60-point explosion versus Atlanta – milestones reached – George Gervin passing Jerry West, to become the then-ninth all-time highest scorer in league history – and much more.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Jawann Oldham, Alvan Adams, Bill Laimbeer, Dave Corzine, Jeff Malone, Steve Johnson, Darrell Griffith, Robert Parish, Manute Bol & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Mar 11, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Washington Bullets

Box Score: Mar 12, 1985 – Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Mar 14, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

Box Score: Mar 15, 1985 – Phoenix Suns @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Mar 17, 1985 – Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Mar 19, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Houston Rockets

Box Score: Mar 20, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ San Antonio Spurs

Box Score: Mar 23, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Dallas Mavericks

Box Score: Mar 24, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Utah Jazz

 

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AIR057: Dale Ellis – Two-time All-American (Tennessee), All-Star & 17-year NBA veteran | Podcast

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Dale Ellis - Three-Point GunTwo-time All-American (Tennessee), All-Star and 17-year NBA veteran, Dale Ellis.

We discuss Dale’s high school basketball days, followed by his outstanding four seasons with the Tennessee Volunteers, where he was twice named All-American.

Dale talks about his whereabouts on NBA Draft Day, 1983, when he was selected ninth overall by the Dallas Mavericks. We cover his three seasons with the Mavs, playing alongside fellow draftee Derek Harper, including these memorable finishes to games against the mighty Los Angeles Lakers.

 

Here’s the wild finish – aka ‘Moody Madness’ – that I asked Dale about (1984 Playoffs).

 

Dale discusses his trade from Dallas to Seattle, where he set the NBA record for highest, single-season scoring increase – from 7.1 (1986, Dallas) to a staggering 24.9 points per game (1987, Seattle). Ellis also won Most Improved Player and in that year’s Playoffs, dominated his former team, helping steer the Sonics to the Western Conference Finals.

 

We chat about some of the many great players that Dale played with, including Nate McMillan, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Tom Chambers, Xavier McDaniel, Avery Johnson, Dennis Rodman & David Robinson.

Of course, with Dale Ellis as my guest, I had to ask about his incredible three-point shooting prowess. Dale was the first player in NBA history, to make 1000 three-point field goals. He competed in numerous Three-Point Shootouts, too, including the iconic match-up with Larry Bird, in 1988 at Chicago Stadium.

 

When Dale mentioned Michael Jordan, I didn’t need to be told twice, to ask more about their battles over the years. He recalls some funny stories and talks about MJ’s greatness.

 

Dale reminisces about his fantastic 1989 season. Aside from averaging a career-high 27.5ppg and being named to the All-NBA 3rd Team, he had an All-Star Weekend for the ages, winning the Three-Point Shootout and then scored 27 points the following day, for the Western Conference All-Stars. Dale also shares a great All-Star story, talking about his idol, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, plus, playing with future Hall of Famer, John Stockton.

We also discuss his seasons spent with the Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and his return to Seattle in 1998, where he would lead the NBA, connecting on a staggering 46.4% of his three-point field goals.

Last year (2014), Dale became just the fourth player to have his jersey retired, by the University of Tennessee. He discussed memories of his teammates, and how graduating from college (1985) was the hardest thing he has ever done in his life.

 

We talk about the Inaugural 2015 Breakthrough Atlanta Celebrity Basketball Game, where Dale will lead his squad against former teammate, Dikembe Mutombo. Click here to learn more about this game.

Our conversation also covers Dale’s modern-day involvement with basketball, his future ambitions and online presence: SportsBlog | Twitter | Facebook.

Thanks to Paul Corliss and the NBRPA team, for scheduling Dale’s podcast appearance.

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