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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NB85-18: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – All-Star Game – February 10, 1985 | Podcast

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Michael Jordan's air, apparent

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

 

* 1985 NBA All-Star Game – February 10, 1985

 

In this episode, we break down the NBA’s thirty-fifth All-Star Game. The game was played at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana, in-front of a then-record NBA crowd of 43,146. We were fortunate to have access to the game DVD, giving us plenty of topics and moments to talk about, including the alleged ‘freeze-out’ of Michael Jordan, supposedly led by Isiah Thomas.

We chat about Alex English and his humanitarian efforts. Following encouragement from Alex, his fellow stars donated their game payments to an Ethiopian relief effort. The game itself was played at a fast pace, led by perennial All-Stars, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas. Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon – who finished with similar stat-lines – were the only rookies who played in the game.

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, Ralph Sampson, Larry Nance, George Gervin, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Bernard King, Sidney MoncriefTerry Cummings & Calvin Natt.

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NB85-17: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – Bulls at Knicks (Jan 5) / January 24 through February 7, 1985 | Podcast

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Aerial Jordan

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

 

* Chicago at New York – January 5, 1985

* NBA regular season – January 24 through February 7, 1985

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

 

In this episode, we break down the thirty-fourth game of MJ’s professional career. We were fortunate to have access to the game DVD, giving us plenty of topics and moments to talk about. The Bulls were hoping to remain above .500 for the season, whilst the Knicks – losers of eight of their last nine games – had dropped six straight. Bernard King entered the game averaging 40 points a contest, in his past five outings.

Next, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played seven games in this span – three wins and four losses.

We chat about one of the most unusual personnel moves of the era. The Atlanta Hawks – without three of their guards – were forced to activate one of their TV commentators to the playing roster! We also talk about the NBA’s best-performing players – including Larry Bird‘s back-to-back buzzer-beaters – milestones reached 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, Mark Aguirre, Moses Malone, Isiah Thomas, Terry Cummings, Dominique Wilkins, Pat Cummings & Tom McMillen.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Jan 25, 1985 – Seattle SuperSonics @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 26, 1985 – Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 29, 1985 – Kansas City Kings @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 30, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Washington Bullets

Box Score: Feb 1, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers

Box Score: Feb 5, 1985 – Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Feb 7, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

 

Feb 7, 1985 – Bird is sold on Jordan, NBA’s future

Feb 7, 1985 - Chicago Tribune

Feb 7, 1985 - Chicago Tribune

 

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NB85-16: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – January 9 through 23, 1985 | Podcast

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Jordan nix Knicks

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

 

* NBA regular season – January 9 through 23, 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 eight games in this span – four wins and four losses.

We discuss Bernard King‘s quest to become the ‘perfect basketball player’, including unique training drills that prepared him for opposition double and triple-teams. We also break down the Chicago Bulls’ inconsistency. They alternated losses and wins in this period of time. We talk about Moses Malone‘s preseason workouts with Hakeem Olajuwon, chat about the NBA’s best-performing players, milestones reached – including Larry Bird‘s 10,000th point and Lenny Wilkens‘ 1,000th game as coach – 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, Adrian DantleyPhil Hubbard, Isiah Thomas, Larry SmithJack Sikma, Rod HigginsTom Chambers & World B. Free.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Jan 9, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

Box Score: Jan 11, 1985 – New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 12, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

Box Score: Jan 14, 1985 – Denver Nuggets @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 16, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

Box Score: Jan 17, 1985 – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 19, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers

Box Score: Jan 22, 1985 – Portland Trail Blazers @ Chicago Bulls

 

The Gold Dust Twins [as mentioned in Chicago Tribune]

The Gold Dust Twins

 

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NB85-15: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – December 25, 1984, through January 8, 1985 | Podcast

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Nothing cavalier about this Michael Jordan hammer

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

 

* NBA regular season – December 25, 1984, through January 8, 1985

* Insightful early-season 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 just five games in this span – two wins and three losses.

We discuss Bernard King‘s 60-point explosion on Christmas Day – still not enough to deliver cheer to Knicks’ fans. We also break down the Chicago Bulls’ splits, as they rounded out the 1984 calendar year. We talk about the Player of the Month winners for November (Alex English) and December (Larry Bird), and chat about the NBA’s best-performing players, milestones reached 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, Magic JohnsonPurvis ShortIsiah Thomas, Bill LaimbeerDominique Wilkins, Quintin Dailey & Hakeem Olajuwon.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Dec 27, 1984 – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Dec 29, 1984 – Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 2, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

Box Score: Jan 4, 1985 – Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 5, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

 

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NB85-14: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – December 10 through 24, 1984 | Podcast

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Michael Jordan challenges Dan Roundfield

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

 

* NBA regular season – December 10 through December 24, 1984

* Insightful early-season 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 seven games in this span – two wins and five-consecutive losses – it took a double-overtime victory against Atlanta, for Chicago to end (what would be) their longest-losing streak of the entire season.

We talk about the Bulls’ inability to win close games; they would compete with their opposition for 46 minutes, before fading out, late. Our ‘NBA Trivia’ feature returns in this episode. How strong is your basketball knowledge?! We chat about the NBA’s best-performing players, milestones reached – including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becoming the first player to surpass 32,000 points – 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, Otis Birdsong, Bill Laimbeer, Ralph Sampson, Derek Smith, Jawann Oldham, Alex English, Magic JohnsonOtis Thorpe, Isiah Thomas, Larry Bird, Kevin McHalePurvis ShortIsiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Quintin Dailey, Bernard King, Hakeem Olajuwon & Terry Cummings.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Dec 11, 1984 – Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Dec 12, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons

Box Score: Dec 14, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

Box Score: Dec 15, 1984 – Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Dec 18, 1984 – Houston Rockets @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Dec 20, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

Box Score: Dec 22, 1984 – Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls

 

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