NB85-2: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – 1984 USA Olympic Training Camp / 1984 Draft | Podcast

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1984 NBA Draftees - Jordan and Olajuwon

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

 

* Team USA 1984 Olympic Training Camp

* 1984 NBA Draft

* NBA TV’s Original Documentary: “THE84DRAFT”

* Roland Lazenby’s book – Michael Jordan: The Life

 

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Chuck Person, Charles Barkley, Terry Cummings & Julius Erving.

 

Topics / articles discussed (every effort has been made to confirm exact dates):

 

May 23, 1984 – Rockets win coin flip with Blazers

May 23, 1984 - Fort Scott Tribune

 

May 23, 1984 – Rockets win flip again, will draft Olajuwon

May 23, 1984 - Spokesman Review

 

Jun 5, 1984 – Pros consider draft picks

Jun 5, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Jun 14, 1984: Jordan’s draft is June 19

Jun 14, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Jun 15, 1984 – Person hoping to make team

Jun 15, 1984 - Gadsden Times

 

Jun 16, 1984 – NBA files suit, seeks to replace Clippers

Jun 16, 1984 - Milwaukee Sentinel

 

Jun 17, 1984 – Rockets expect to make Olajuwon first pick

Jun 17, 1984 - Gadsden Times

 

Jun 17, 1984 - Preps to attend summer camps

Jun 17, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star
 

Jun 19, 1984 - Predicting first-round draft picks a guess past top three

Jun 19, 1984 - Times Daily

 

Jun 19, 1984 - Olajuwon’s parents have worries over son’s education, not draft

Jun 19, 1984 - Kentucky New Era
 

Jun 19, 1984 - NBA (Draft predictions)

Jun 19, 1984 - Kentucky New Era

 

Jun 19, 1984 - Stockton Jazzed at Utah’s choice

Jun 19, 1984 - Spokane Chronicle
 

Jun 20, 1984 – NBA draft underlines strength of U.S. Olympic team

Jun 20, 1984 - Kentucky New Era

 

Jun 21, 1984 – 76ers Reject Erving Deal

Jun 21, 1984 - Toledo Blade

 

Jun 22, 1984 – Jordan might own a city

Jun 22, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 
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NB85-1: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – UNC Tar Heels / 1984 USA Olympic Trials / pre-draft | Podcast

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

 

* Michael Jordan’s final season (1984) with the North Carolina Tar Heels

* Team USA 1984 Olympic Trials (including a chat with Roosevelt Chapman)

* Lead-up to the 1984 NBA Draft

 

A wide-array of players are mentioned in this episode. The most-prominent, include: Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Terry Porter, Danny Manning, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Wayman Tisdale and Sam Perkins.

 

Topics / articles discussed (every effort has been made to confirm exact dates):

 

Mar 14, 1984 – AP All-America

Mar 14, 1984 - Victoria Advocate
Mar 22, 1984: Jordan’s final game for North Carolina

Jordan’s UNC career stats (per game)
 

Mar 28, 1984 – Jordan player of year

Mar 30, 1984 - Sumter Daily Item

 

 Mar 31, 1984 – Michael Jordan: Final Four – in 1985

Mar 31, 1984 - Lewiston Daily Sun
 

Apr 4, 1984: Olympic Trials

Apr 4, 1984 - Gainesville Sun

 

Apr 14, 1984 – Bowie, Turpin won’t attend Olympic trials

Lakeland Ledger

 

Apr 18, 1984 – Olympic cagers begin practice

Apr 18, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Apr 21, 1984 – U.S. Olympic basketball tryouts a sports fan’s delight

Apr 21, 1984 - Deseret News

 

 Apr 21, 1984 - Point’s Porter fights for berth

Apr 21, 1984 - Milwaukee Journal

 

Apr 21, 1984 – Knight to make first cut of Olympic hopefuls

Apr 21, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Apr 22, 1984 - Jordan, Barkley Pace White To Victory

Apr 22, 1984 - Spartanburg Herald Journal

 

Apr 22, 1984 – Olympic trials characterized by rugged play

Apr 22, 1984 - Eugene Register Guard

 

Apr 23, 1984 – Olympic Team Aching

Apr 23, 1984 - Victoria Advocate

 

Apr 23, 1984 – Tisdale Paces White Win

Apr 23, 1984 - Spartanburg Herald Journal

 

Apr 23, 1984 – Ewing, Jordan on list of final 20 on Olympic team

Apr 23, 1984 - Arizona Courier

 

Apr 23, 1984 – Knight assesses survivors

Apr 23, 1984 - Spokesman Review

 

Apr 24, 1984 – Knight Cuts Olympic Squad Down to 20

Apr 24, 1984 - Palm Beach Post

 

Apr 24, 1984 – Knight’s basketball boot camp ends

Apr 24, 1984 - Lodi News-Sentinel

 

Apr 24, 1984 – Men’s pre-Olympic schedule

Apr 24, 1984 - St. Petersburg Times

 

Apr 25, 1984 – A Golden Team

Apr 25, 1984 - The Dispatch

 

Apr 28, 1984 – No fooling: Akeem to turn pro

Apr 28, 1984 - St. Petersburg Independent

 

May 6, 1984 – Michael Jordan to turn pro; Wayman Tisdale to stay in school

May 6, 1984 - Gainesville Sun

 

May 6, 1984 - Smith wants best for players

May 6, 1984 - Star News

 

May 6, 1984 – Jordan awaits pro future

May 6, 1984 - Star News

 

May 7, 1984 – Jordan follows advice

May 7, 1984 - Sumter Daily Item

 

May 8, 1984 – NBA postpones draft coin flip

May 8, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

May 10, 1984 – Pullout won’t dim Jordan’s desire

May 10, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

May 14, 1984 – Knight enjoying mini-camp

May 14, 1984 - Daily News

 

May 14, 1984 – Porter among 4 cut from Olympic cage team

May 14, 1984 - Milwaukee Sentinel

 
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Video: Michael Jordan referees 3-on-3 – Barkley, Kidd & Finley, versus sumo wrestlers – Japan

More intriguing footage of Michael Jordan has emerged. This time, MJ and fellow Nike pals, Charles Barkley, Jason Kidd, Michael Finley and Damon Stoudamire, are in Japan, taking part in the Hoop Heroes exhibition. According to Ad Age and the Arizona Daily Star, this event took place in September of 1996. The sumo wrestlers are Akebono, Konishiki & Musashimaru. At upwards of $500 for a courtside seat, you would hope that the crowd in attendance, got their money’s worth.

In the above-clip, Jordan referees a game of 3-on-3. It starts off strong; not surprisingly, Jordan goes to work on Barkley, calling him for a touch-foul almost instantly; much to the delight of the crowd. Due to the immense size of the sumo wrestlers, Charles Barkley appears more like a svelte-looking Scottie Pippen, than his usual self.

In a prescient-moment, during the 1994 NBA season – Jordan, then-retired from the sport he had dominated – wryly-said (referring to Barkley): “There comes a time in life when you need to try something new, and sumo wrestling may be that challenge for him, you never know”

The video instantly enters the canon of rare Michael Jordan footage. It recently surfaced on YouTube, but my research suggests it originated on Vimeo – whether or not the uploader is indeed the Konishiki – who features in the clip – remains to be seen.

 

AIR041: Eddie Johnson – NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Illinois great, TV analyst and author | Podcast

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NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Illinois great, TV analyst and author, Eddie Johnson.

The timing of this episode is perfect. Eddie was recently honored, in a half-time ceremony, at Illinois, commemorating the 35th anniversary of his game-winning jumper, against Magic Johnson and the Michigan State Spartans.

We learn about Eddie’s early sporting career and how he first became involved with basketball. He chats fondly of his playing days at Westinghouse High School, where he first appeared on the national radar. We discuss his great college career, where he was a four-year star at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Eddie talks about his return to Illinois, just last week, as mentioned above. We also touch on his collegiate link to future NBA star, Derek Harper.

We cover Eddie’s memories of 1981 NBA Draft day and the motivating factors that ensured his place within NBA history. Eddie chats candidly about his professional career, where he was a scoring machine with the Kansas City Kings (who became the Sacramento Kings, after the 1985 season). We chat about his three (full) seasons in Phoenix, where he won (1989) the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award. We talk about his trade to the Seattle SuperSonics, his one season in Charlotte and decision to play overseas, in Greece (1994-95).

Eddie talks about his return to the NBA, for the 1996 season, as a free agent addition of the Indiana Pacers, before ultimately signing with the Houston Rockets in March of 1997. We talk about Eddie’s vital role on a Houston roster, loaded with future Hall of Fame players. I was also compelled to ask Eddie about his incredible buzzer-beating, game-winning three-point shot in the 1997 Western Conference Finals, too.

We round out this great conversation, chatting about his post-NBA career. Eddie has been as a TV analyst for well over 10 years and recently found time to publish a book – with a fantastic title: You Big Dummy – An Athlete’s “SIMPLE” Guide To A Successful Career. We even find time to chat about a guy named Michael Jordan, plus plenty more topics.

 

Links to topics discussed (more added soon):

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | Profile

Eddie Johnson online: WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | YouTube

 

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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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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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