NB86-13: Michael Jordan’s second NBA season – March 24 through April 13, 1986 | Podcast

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Michael Jordan - maniacal competitor

Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan‘s second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

 

* NBA regular season – March 24 through April 13, 1986

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

 

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls finished the regular season with ten games in twenty days – six wins and four losses.

Michael Jordan – who buoyed his Bulls’ chances of returning to the playoffs – led Chicago in a tug of war against the Cleveland Cavaliers. As the regular season drew to a close, both teams were fighting for the right to contend in the postseason. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

 

Notable milestones:

  • Moses Malone – surpassed 11,000 rebounds
  • Tree Rollins – became just the third player in NBA history to record 2,000 blocks
  • Ed Pinckney – scored a career-high 27 points
  • Boston Celtics – registered a 60th win (for a third-consecutive season)
  • Milwaukee Bucks – won a sixth-straight Central Division title

 

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This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 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!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Dominique Wilkins, Danny Ainge, Adrian Dantley, Mike GminskiLarry Bird, Jerry Reynolds, Louis Orr, Charles Barkley, Herb Williams, Ken Bannister & Keith Lee.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

86-03-25 – New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-28 – Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

86-03-29 – Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

86-04-01 – Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

86-04-03 – Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers

86-04-05 – Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

86-04-07 – Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

86-04-08 – Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

86-04-11 – Washington Bullets @ Chicago Bulls

86-04-13 – Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

 

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NB86-12: Michael Jordan’s second NBA season – March 9 through 23, 1986 | Podcast

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Michael Jordan returns to the Bulls - 1986

Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan‘s second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

 

* NBA regular season – March 9 through 23, 1986

* 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 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played eight games in this span – three wins and five losses.

Michael Jordan returned to the court in an effort to drive the Bulls into the NBA Playoffs. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

 

Links discussed:

The Mozart of Basketball: The Remarkable Life and Legacy of Dražen Petrovic


 

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 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!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Charles Oakley, Larry BirdAdrian Dantley, Herb Williams, Gene Banks, Karl Malone, George Gervin, Rod Higgins, James Bailey, Benoit Benjamin, Kevin Willis, Chris McNealy, Drazen Petrovic & Keith Smith.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

86-03-09 – New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-11 – New Jersey Nets @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-13 – Denver Nuggets @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-15 – Milwaukee @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-17 – Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

86-03-19 – Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers

86-03-21 – Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

86-03-22 – Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

 

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AIR072: Michael Holton – NCAA Championship finalist, NBA / CBA veteran and broadcaster | Podcast

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Michael Holton - Portland Trail BlazersNCAA Championship finalist, NBA / CBA veteran and broadcaster, Michael Holton.

 

High School: Pasadena, California

Michael was a great player in high school. As a senior (1979), he averaged 27 points per game. He discusses his fondest memories of playing high school basketball. Fifteen years later – when Michael entered the coaching ranks – he’d reunite with his high school coach, George Terzian. Michael also talks about his decision to sign with the UCLA Bruins.

 

College: University of California Los Angeles

Years: 1979-80 – 1982-83 | Coaches: Larry Brown & Larry Farmer

Michael was a starter as a freshman and was named the Bruins’ outstanding first-year player. He recalls his initial fear of perhaps not being good enough to succeed on the next level – that fear was quickly allayed. After winning only eight of the first 14 games, the Bruins caught fire at the perfect time; steamrolling through the 1980 NCAA Tournament, all the way to the Championship Game versus the Louisville Cardinals. For perspective, here’s the list of teams that UCLA defeated and some of the big-time players Michael encountered:

  1. Old Dominion (Mark West)
  2. DePaul (Terry Cummings & Mark Aguirre)
  3. Ohio State (Kelvin Ransey & Clark Kellogg)
  4. Clemson (Larry Nance & Mitchell Wiggins)
  5. Purdue (Joe Barry Carroll).

In the 1980 Championship game, UCLA lost 59-54. The Cardinals were littered with future-NBA players: Darrell Griffith, Derek Smith, Rodney McCray & Jerry Eaves. Michael reflects on that amazing run to the final.

Holton’s freshman season was the senior year for Kiki VanDeWeghe – who went on to star in the NBA, notching-up seven seasons of 20-plus points per game in the 1980s – Michael talks about the importance influence of the Bruins’ junior and senior players.

As a sophomore in 1981 (outright) and junior in 1982 (tied with Ralph Jackson), Michael was named the Bruins’ Outstanding Team Player. UCLA made the second round of the 1981 NCAA Tournament, but missed the post-season in 1982. Former guests and friends of the show, Mark Eaton and Nigel Miguel, joined the Bruins around this time, too. Michael talks about the transition from (coaches) Larry Brown to Larry Farmer.

As a senior, Michael was named captain and led the team in free-throw percentage. His college career ended (1983) with a second-round exit to the Utah Utes. After reaching the title game as a freshman, Michael contrasts his feelings about exiting the tournament early (as a senior).

 

1983 NBA Draft

Date: June 28 | Location: New York | Pick: 53 (Round 3) | Team: Golden State Warriors

 

NBA / CBA career | Years: 1983-84 – 1991-92

Season: 1983-84 | Team: Puerto Rico Coquis

Coach: Herb Brown (Larry’s older brother)

Michael’s opportunity to play in the NBA would have to wait one season. After Golden State waived him (October, 1983), he signed with the Coquis; the Continental Basketball Association’s (CBA) newly-minted expansion franchise. The Coquis made it to the playoffs, before bowing out to Phil Jackson’s Albany Patroons in the semi-finals.

 

Seasons: 1984-85 – 1985-86 | Teams: Phoenix Suns / Florida Stingers / Chicago Bulls

Coaches: John MacLeod / Bobby Bowman (CBA) / Stan Albeck

In late September of 1984, Michael signed with the Phoenix Suns as a free agent – joining former Bruins teammates, Mike Sanders and Rod Foster. Holton recalls the step-up from Puerto Rico to the Suns. His Suns met the would-be NBA Champion, L.A. Lakers, in the first round (0-3) of the 1985 Playoffs. As he displayed throughout our chat, Michael has a great sense of humor, regaling his first taste of playoff basketball.

After a 0-4 start to season, Phoenix waived Holton. He returned to the CBA and played a key role – scoring 13 points – leading his CBA All-Star team to a 110-108 win over defending champs, Tampa Bay, in Florida. That was February 11, 1986. Michael details the wonderful background behind his meeting with the Chicago Bulls’ VP of Operations, Jerry Krause, moments after the aforementioned CBA game. Holton signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Bulls – he’d later sign with the team for the rest of the season.

Michael Holton joined the Bulls franchise at a fascinating time in its history. Michael Jordan had broken his foot in just the third game of the season; he hoped to make an on-court return before season’s end. Holton’s future with the Bulls was largely dependent on Jordan’s injury rehabilitation. He shares unique insight into his early interactions with not only his new teammates, but his practice-court battles with a young Air Jordan.

We discuss the details behind this incredible promotional poster – Raging Bulls – that Michael appeared on.

Raging Bulls - Michael Holton

When Michael was left off the Bulls’ (1986) post-season roster – to make way for Jawann Oldham – he accepted an offer to play overseas for the Great Taste Coffee Makers, in the Philippine Basketball Association. He enjoyed considerable success in a short span – including two 40-plus point games.

 

Seasons: 1986-87 – 1987-88 | Team: Portland Trail Blazers

Coach: Mike Schuler

Michael signed as a veteran free agent with the Blazers, in August of 1986. He joined the team for its Summer League games in Los Angeles. In one of those games, he scored 37 points against his former team, the Phoenix Suns.

The Trail Blazers’ Mike Schuler, replaced the legendary Dr. Jack Ramsay. In his first season (1987) at the helm, Schuler led the Blazers to a 49-33 record – the best effort for a Portland team since the 1978 campaign – and won Coach of the Year honors.

Holton’s second season with the Blazers resulted in an even-better regular season (53-29). His responsibilities also increased significantly as he became a trusted part of the rotation. Michael discussed his increased role with the team and some of the all-time Blazer greats that he played with, including Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter.

 

Seasons: 1988-89 – 1989-90 | Team: Charlotte Hornets

Coaches: Dick Harter & Gene Littles

As one of the (Blazers) players left unprotected for the (June 23, 1988) NBA Expansion Draft, Michael was picked by a new franchise – the Charlotte Hornets. He was selected sixth by the Hornets (12th overall), who alternated picks with the other new franchise – the Miami Heat. We chat about the build-up to the Hornets’ NBA debut and how the city at-large, immediately fell in love with the new franchise.

The new franchise’s amazing fans ensured that Charlotte Coliseum would be packed to the rafters. The Hornets led the league in attendance in eight of its first 10 seasons – they were in second place, the other two occasions.

Holton started at point-guard in Charlotte’s first 60 games and arguably had his best NBA season in 1989, averaging 8.3 points, 6.3 assists and one steal per game, in just over 25 minutes per contest.

Michael required back surgery prior to the start of the 1990 season. After an 8-32 start, Coach Harter was replaced by Gene Littles. He steered the team to an 11-31 finish, as the Hornets ended the season at 19-63. Holton only managed 16 games in total and didn’t return to the court until late February (1990). He talks openly about his recovery from surgery, watching from the sidelines as the team really struggled, and the franchise’s expectations of his return. Three days shy of the start to the 1991 season, Charlotte waived Michael.

 

Seasons: 1990-91 & 1991-92 | Teams: Tulsa Fast Breakers & Tri-City Chinook

Coaches: Henry Bibby (Breakers) & Steve Hayes (Chinook)

Michael finished his playing career with stops in the CBA. First, with the Tulsa Fast Breakers and then, the expansion Tri-City Chinook. He reflects on how his on-court career played out, including his last attempt to make it back to the NBA.

Michael transitioned into coaching, not long after retiring as a player. Following stints in high school and two seasons with Oregon-based colleges, he returned to UCLA – this time as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. The team enjoyed great success (1996 through 2001). Michael talks about what it was like to return to the Bruins, almost 15 years after he left the school as a player.

We also talk about Michael’s tenure as head coach at the University of Portland. He left the Pilots in 2006, after five seasons. He shares his thoughts on leading the team and highlights from the journey. NBA great, Terry Porter – Holton’s former teammate on the Blazers – was recently named head coach at the University of Portland. We briefly talk about the task ahead of Terry, as the upcoming season approaches.

These days, Michael works for the Portland Trail Blazers’ broadcasting team. Recently, he teamed up with his former (UCLA and NBA) teammate, Mike Sanders, for a camp in the Czech Republic – part of the Michael Holton Basketball Academy. He talks about the importance of giving back to the community.

I ask Michael to recall “The Game I’ll Never Forget”. Our conversation concludes with a brief discussion about the significance of the jersey numbers that Michael wore throughout his career.

People mentioned in this episode, include: Sidney Green, John Paxson, Kyle Macy & Gene Banks.

 

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NB86-11: Michael Jordan’s second NBA season – February 22 through March 8, 1986 | Podcast

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Dave Corzine and Michael Jordan - 1986

Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan‘s second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

 

* NBA regular season – February 22 through March 8, 1986

* 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 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played seven games in this span – two wins and five losses.

Chicago continued to fight for playoff position, as the on-court return of Michael Jordan finally seemed a real possibility. In his absence, the great play of Michael Holton – a recent CBA All-Star signee – helped the Bulls steady the ship in a season riddled with significant injuries.

In other NBA news, the Boston Celtics became the first team to reach 50 wins for the season. That milestone also marked a seventh-consecutive season of 50-plus victories for the franchise.

Charles Oakley‘s star continued to rise as he was named February’s Rookie of the Month. His stellar play was putting pressure to perform on fellow teammate and Bulls veteran, Sidney Green. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 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!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Dominique Wilkins, Mark AguirreMoses Malone, Sidney Moncrief, Doc RiversCharles Barkley, Robert ParishMicheal Ray Richardson, Rod Higgins, Tony Brown & Bryan Warrick.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

86-02-22 – Seattle SuperSonics @ Chicago Bulls

86-02-24 – Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons

86-02-25 – Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls

86-02-28 – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-04 – Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-05 – Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

86-03-07 – Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

 

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NB86-10: Michael Jordan’s second NBA season – February 7 through 21, 1986 | Podcast

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Michael Jordan seeks a second opinion on his broken foot

Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan‘s second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

 

* NBA regular season – February 7 through 21, 1986

* 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 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played six games in this span – two wins and four losses.

Michael Jordan sought second (and third) opinions on his broken foot, before ultimately making the difficult decision to postpone his would-be (February) comeback plans. His Chicago Bulls were facing the distinct possibility of missing the 1986 NBA Playoffs, if the team’s form continued to plummet.

In other NBA news, Alvin Robertson entered rarefied air, becoming just the second player in history (joining Nate Thurmond) to record a quadruple-double, in the San Antonio Spurs’ win versus the visiting Phoenix Suns.

Larry Bird continued to star, as his league-leading Celtics became the first team to register forty regular-season wins. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 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!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Herb Williams, Moses Malone, Dominique Wilkins, Charles Barkley, Michael Holton, Kevin McKenna, Micheal Ray Richardson, Julius Erving, Kyle Macy, Mike Gminski & Jeff Lamp.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

86-02-12 – Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers

86-02-14 – Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls

86-02-16 – Dallas Mavericks @ Chicago Bulls

86-02-17 – Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers

86-02-19 – Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

86-02-21 – Portland Trail Blazers @ Chicago Bulls

 

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NB86-9: Michael Jordan’s second NBA season – January 23 through February 6, 1986 | Podcast

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Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan‘s second season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

 

* NBA regular season – January 23 through February 6, 1986

* 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 1985-86 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played eight games in this span – two wins and six losses.

The Michael Jordan-less Chicago Bulls were struggling to keep its head above water. Could they weather the storm, prior to the on-court return of the franchise cornerstone? The Bulls had some great individual performers – the talented (rookie) Charles Oakley; the sporadic brilliance of (troubled) Quintin Dailey; and ageing star, George Gervin, to name a few – yet couldn’t string together more than three-consecutive wins since Jordan injured himself in just the third game of the season.

In other NBA news, the Los Angeles Clippers had their first win – since moving from San Diego – over the cross-town Los Angeles Lakers. On the topic of historical achievements, Manute Bol recorded an astonishing (equal career-high) 15 blocks, in his Washington Bullets’ win versus the Atlanta Hawks.

Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics continued to steamroll opponents, en route to a 13-game winning streak; remarkably, it wouldn’t be the longest such streak the team enjoyed during this season. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1985-86 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!

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Kiki VanDeWegheCharles Oakley, Alex EnglishKelly Tripucka, Patrick EwingDavid Thirdkill, Charles BarkleyKyle Macy & Keith Lee.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

86-01-25 – Phoenix Suns @ Chicago Bulls

86-01-27 – Chicago Bulls @ Dallas Mavericks

86-01-28 – Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

86-01-30 – Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls

86-02-01 – Houston Rockets @ Chicago Bulls

86-02-02 – Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers

86-02-04 – Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls

86-02-06 – Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

 

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