AIR080: Adam & Lisa’s USA holiday – Christmas Day NBA, meeting Bernard King and more | Podcast

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Adam and Lisa - Madison Square Garden (Christmas Day, 2017)Adam and Lisa discuss their three-week USA holiday. Lots of basketball topics.

 

We discuss the highlights / basketball-related topics from our fantastic holiday to the USA. We met up with numerous, former guests and great friends of the show. We had an amazing trip. Thanks, Lisa, for your excellent holiday planning!

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People mentioned in this episode, include: Peter Vecsey, Bob Ryan, Mike Carey, Peter Capolino, Adam Beechen & Jeff Peart.

 

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AIR079: Jerry Reynolds – NYC Player of the Year, LSU great and eight-year NBA veteran | Podcast

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The Orlando Magic's Jerry Reynolds, teammate Nick Anderson and Magic JohnsonNew York City Player of the Year, LSU great and eight-year NBA veteran, Jerry Reynolds.

 

Jerry Reynolds talks about his childhood in Brooklyn and the crucial role that basketball has played in his life. His journey from high school – where he was cut from Alexander Hamilton as a freshman – to the NBA, is one of perseverance, hard work and tremendous talent. Jerry capped off his high-school career by being named New York City Player of the Year (1981) and leading his team to the NYC Public School Championship.

Alexander Hamilton's Jerry Reynolds slams home a jam versus Jackson - 1981 NYC Championship Game

We discuss the circumstances behind Jerry’s decision that ultimately saw him play for three seasons at Louisiana State University. To this day, Reynolds’ name is still littered throughout the record books at LSU. We break down his great impact on the Tigers, matching Michael Jordan (point-for-point) in a performance for the ages at Chapel Hill, his final (collegiate) game against Navy’s David Robinson in the 1985 NCAA Tournament and more.

Jerry 'Ice' Reynolds slips around (a somewhat-rotund) Charles BarkleyWe round out our in-depth conversation by examining Jerry’s eight seasons at the highest level; including his three years as an original member of the (expansion) Orlando Magic – where he achieved his best-statistical seasons. Learn about the ups-and-downs of pro basketball, plus the unique details behind Jerry’s return to the NBA at age 33, after a three-year, forced retirement due to injury.

Topics / links discussed (include):

  • Jerry’s (1984) exciting match-up versus the phenomenal Michael Jordan

People mentioned in this episode, include: John Williams, Chris Mullin, Roosevelt Chapman, Tex Winter, Pete Maravich, Billy Cunningham, Marty Blake, Don Nelson, Terry Cummings, Sidney Moncrief, Dale EllisLarry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale & Paul Mokeski.

 

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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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AIR077: Andrew Bernstein – Senior NBA Photographer | Podcast

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Andrew Bernstein - Senior NBA PhotographerSenior NBA Photographer and Director of Photography for Staples Center, Andrew Bernstein.

 

He hasn’t played a single minute in the NBA. However, Andrew Bernstein is a perennial contender for league MVP (Most Valuable Photographer). The 2017 NBA Finals marked the 35th-consecutive time that Andrew has covered the Association’s showcase event.

We discuss Andrew’s rise from amateur shutterbug – his love for the camera was fostered by a (teenage) trip to the Western United States with his dad – to becoming one of the world’s greatest sports photographers.

Highlights of our conversation include Andrew’s memories of an iconic rendition of the national anthem at his first All-Star Game (1983), his crucial involvement in creating the (taken from his bio) position of Senior Director of NBA Photos – a position he held for 25 years – a discussion about the meteoric changes in camera technology over recent decades and of course, he details wonderful stories behind how some of his most-historic photos came to be.

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson

Michael Jordan - Come Fly with MeFather and son - James Jordan celebrates with Michael Jordan

Topics / links discussed (include):

  • Marvin Gaye’s amazing performance at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game

  • Follow Andrew’s wonderful output on Instagram:
 

#FBF @lakers vs. @celtics tonight brings back memories of another era in the rivalry. @nba #showtime #larrylegend #magicjohnson

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People mentioned in this episode, include: Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Lon Rosen, Terry Lyons, Pat Riley, David Stern, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant & Porter McKinnon.

 

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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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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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