AIR069: Great NBA Games – Indiana Pacers vs Chicago Bulls (May 31, 1998) | Podcast

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Michael Jordan drives to the hoop

Adam and Jeff discuss Chicago’s must-win Game 7, to clinch the Eastern Conference and make a sixth trip to the NBA Finals – May 31st, 1998 – the Bulls take on the visiting Pacers, at the United Center.

We cover all the key aspects of the game. We discuss the NBC broadcast and its commentary team of Bob Costas, Doug Collins, Isiah Thomas, Ahmad Rashad and Jim Gray. We chat about Indiana’s rookie coach, the iconic Larry Bird, and his drive to give the Pacers their first-ever trip to the NBA Finals. Conversely, Phil Jackson dubbed this 1998 season, The Last Dance. Something had to give. We talk about each team’s roster and our memories and opinions on this do-or-die match-up.

 

As per usual, the conversation is scattered with humor and plenty of insight. A must-listen, for die-hard NBA fans, regardless of the team you support.

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael JordanScottie Pippen, Reggie Miller, Luc Longley, Mark Jackson, Toni Kukoc, Rik Smits, Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman, Ron Harper, Travis Best, Chris Mullin, Jud Buechler & Jalen Rose.

Statistics mentioned, are often courtesy of Basketball-Reference.

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NB85-28: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – 1985 Playoffs – Conference Finals | Podcast

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Dave DeBusschere and David Stern - 1985 NBA Draft Lottery

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

 

* 1985 NBA Playoffs – Conference Finals (May 11 through 22)

* 1985 NBA Draft Lottery – “The Patrick Ewing Sweepstakes”

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

 

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the 1984-85 NBA season. This time, the Conference Finals and 1985 NBA Draft Lottery.

East: Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers

West: L.A. Lakers v Denver Nuggets

 

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 people mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Dave DeBusschere, Fat Lever, Byron Scott, James Worthy, Moses Malone, Maurice Cheeks, Calvin Natt, Julius Erving, Charles BarkleyAlex English, Kareem Abdul-JabbarDan Issel & Mark Aguirre.

 

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AIR058: Terence Stansbury – Temple University Hall of Famer, NBA & European veteran | Podcast

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Terence Stansbury - Frequent FlyerTemple University Hall of Famer, NBA & European veteran, Terence Stansbury.

We discuss the unique origin of Terence’s high school basketball career. He mentions some of the players he admired, including Julius Erving, Walt Frazier, Pete Maravich, Wilt Chamberlain and Joe Bryant.

Terence starred at Temple, leading his Owls to the 1984 NCAA Tournament. At that Tourney, he hit a game-winning buzzer-beater, to defeat the might of St. John’s, led by Chris Mullin, Bill Wennington & Mark Jackson. That victory setup the last game of Terence’s college career, against Michael Jordan and the North Carolina Tar Heels. We discuss both games – the latter, Stansbury more than held his own, against Jordan.

 

Stansbury trialed for Team USA’s 1983 Pan-American Games squad, then, in 1984, was one of the select group, invited to participate in Team USA’s Olympic Trials. Terence details great moments from both experiences, including his first (in person) meeting with Charles Barkley and rooming with another future Hall of Famer, John Stockton.

We chat about the famous 1984 NBA Draft, where the Dallas Mavericks selected Terence with the 15th overall pick. We cover his brief, yet intriguing, tenure with the Mavs, before the trade that sent him to the Indiana Pacers, where he played two of his three NBA seasons.

One of the Google searches that I did, whilst researching Terence’s career, led to the below photo of Paul Mokeski. As luck would have it, there’s a classic story behind this, that began with a foul, and ended, many years later, close to five thousand miles away.

Stansbury Bucks Mokeski

 

Terence remembers former teammate, Dwayne McClain, a guy with links to my home country of Australia. They were teammates during the 1986 NBA season. The ‘D-Train’ was a standout at Villanova University, later, starring in the National Basketball League.

It’s impossible to chat with Terence Stansbury and not talk about his three-consecutive, third-place finishes in the Slam Dunk Competition (1985-87). I ask Terence about the origin of his famous ‘Statue of Liberty 360’ jam and the involvement of his family and friends, in the 1985 and 1986 contests, particularly.

 

We also discuss the circumstances behind Terence’s trade to Seattle. After the 1987 season, Terence briefly played in the Continental Basketball Association, before being presented with an opportunity to play in Europe (early 1988). From there, he played at the highest level, traveling to places such as Holland, Belgium, France – where he’s a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame – Israel and Greece.

We round out the conversation by covering Terence’s current-day involvement with basketball.

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AIR054: Mario Elie – Three-time NBA Champion & Rockets’ 30-Year Team member | Podcast

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Mario Elie - moments before his 'Kiss of Death'Three-time NBA Champion and one of Houston’s Top 10 Players of all-time, Mario Elie.

We discuss Mario’s incredible journey from New York’s Power Memorial High School, through to becoming a three-time NBA Champion – a perfect example of hard work, determination and achievement. Many years before he joined the Golden State Warriors, Mario was teammates with future Hall of Famer, Chris Mullin. We reminisce about Mario’s HS career and decision to play for American International College. He had a stellar run and was named Conference Rookie of the Year (1982), three-time All-American and led his division II team to the Elite Eight in the 1985 NCAA Tournament. He was inducted into AIC’s Hall of Fame in 2005, and earlier this year, had his #41 jersey retired.


 

The Milwaukee Bucks selected Elie with pick 160 (7th round) in the 1985 NBA Draft. His first NBA game was more than five seasons later (Dec 28, 1990). In the interim, Mario played in numerous countries across Europe – Ireland, Argentina and Portugal, to name a few – further developing his game. He returned to home soil and played in developmental leagues across America, including the USBL, WBL & CBA (where he would become an All-Star).

In December, 1990, Mario’s NBA opportunity arrived, courtesy of then-76ers GM, Gene Shue. The countless miles of travel and perseverance paid off. After a brief stint with Philadelphia, Mario signed with Golden State, where he played alongside the famed ‘Run TMC’ (Hardaway, Richmond & Mullin). Two seasons later (1993), he was a Trail Blazer.

We chat about the moment Mario found out he was traded to the Rockets, and deep dive into his career with Houston, where he played five seasons and won two NBA Championships. In the do-or-die Game 7 of the 1995 Western Conference Semi-Finals, he made one of the biggest shots in NBA history – affectionately known as the ‘Kiss of Death’. He shares the details of how that famous show of emotion, came to be.


 

Prior to the (1999) lockout-shortened season, Mario signed as a free agent with San Antonio, where he won his third NBA title. He talks about his key role in Sean Elliott‘s Memorial Day Miracle and the leadership of Hall of Famer, David Robinson, and (future Hall of Famer) a young Tim Duncan. I even find a way to briefly talk about another teammate of Mario’s, Australian legend, Andrew Gaze.


 

Recently, the Houston Rockets celebrated the 20th anniversary of their back-to-back NBA Championships. Mario talks about that experience and the joy of re-connecting with many of his friends and former teammates, including Vernon Maxwell, Sam Cassell, Robert Horry, Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon, Otis Thorpe, Kenny Smith, Chucky Brown, Rudy Tomjanovich and more.


 

We round out the discussion, by chatting about Mario’s coaching background. He has worked as an NBA assistant coach for the best part of ten years. He discusses those experiences, his future ambitions at the highest level and the ultimate moment of his career, to date.

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NB85-4: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – 1984 USA Olympic Games | Podcast

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Jordan shooting a free-throw

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

 

* Team USA’s gold-medal run in the 1984 Olympic Games

 

The Olympians swept their way to gold, putting the sword to every team they played at the 1984 Olympic Games, in Los Angeles. In this episode, we recap each game along the way – settle in and prepare to learn the background behind each of USA’s eight-game tear, versus the world.

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin, Wayman Tisdale, Steve Alford, Leon Wood & Sam Perkins.

 

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

 

Jul 23, 1984 – US team a cinch for gold?

Jul 23, 1984 - Lewiston Daily Sun

 

Jul 28, 1984 – China’s basketball team plays police

Jul 28, 1984 - Lodi News-Sentinel

 

Jul 28, 1984 – Will U.S. hoop team win easily?

Jul 28, 1984 - Lodi News-Sentinel

 

Box Score: Jul 29, 1984 – USA vs China

USA vs China

 

Jul 30, 1984 – Robertson, Jordan on target as US cagers clobber Chinese

Jul 30, 1984 - Milwaukee Sentinel

 

Jul 30, 1984 – U.S. rips China

Jul 30, 1984 - The Telegraph

 

Jul 31, 1984: USA vs Canada (highlights)

 

Box Score: Jul 31, 1984 – USA vs Canada

USA vs Canada

 

Aug 1, 1984: Knight’s intimidation leads U.S. hoopsters past Canada

Aug 1, 1984 - Boca Raton News

 

Aug 1, 1984: Jordan, US overwhelm Canadians

Aug 1, 1984 - Milwaukee Sentinel

 

Aug 1, 1984: It’s another easy day for Knight’s team

Aug 1, 1984 - Eugene Register-Guard

 

Box Score: Aug 1, 1984 – USA vs Uruguay

USA vs Uruguay

 

Aug 2, 1984: Knight’s cagers demonstrate defensive lesson to Uruguay

Aug 2, 1984 - Boca Raton News

 

Box Score: Aug 3, 1984 – USA vs France

USA vs France

 

Aug 4, 1984: Americans fry French, 120-62

Aug 4, 1984 - Eugene Register-Guard

 

Aug 4, 1984: USA vs Spain (highlights)

 

Box Score: Aug 4, 1984 – USA vs Spain

USA vs Spain

 

Aug 5, 1984: Jordan beats Spain, then U.S. does

Aug 5, 1984 - Eugene Register-Guard

 

Aug 5, 1984: Jordan Definitely Basketball Version Of A Perfect Ten

Aug 5, 1984 - Toledo Blade

 

Aug 6, 1984: USA vs West Germany (highlights)

 

Box Score: Aug 6, 1984 – USA vs West Germany

USA vs West Germany

 

Aug 6, 1984: Alford fires U.S. into medal round

Aug 7, 1984 - Eugene Register-Guard

 

Box Score: Aug 8, 1984 – USA vs Canada

USA vs Canada

 

Aug 9, 1984: Americans bounce into gold-medal game

Aug 9, 1984 - Eugene Register-Guard

 

Aug 10, 1984: USA vs Spain

 

Box Score: Aug 10, 1984 – USA vs Spain

USA vs Spain

 

Aug 11, 1984: Knight’s team proves it’s America’s game

Aug 11, 1984 - Eugene Register-Guard

Eugene Register-Guard

 

1990 Spanish All-Star Game – MJ plays one-half for each team

 
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NB85-3: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – 1984 USA pre-Olympic Exhibition Games | Podcast

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Jordan versus Isiah

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

 

* Team USA’s 1984 pre-Olympic Exhibition Games versus NBA Stars

 

The Olympians played a total of nine exhibition games in just under five weeks, as a build-up to the 1984 Olympic Games, in Los Angeles. You’ll learn facts, figures and tidbits from each of the exhibition games – much of which, we’re confident you’ve never heard before.

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Chris Mullin, Patrick Ewing, Isiah Thomas, Larry Bird, Kevin McHaleSam BowieTerry Cummings.

Many thanks to great friend of the show, Todd Spehr. He kindly provided box scores for each of the exhibition games.

 

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

 

Jun 22, 1984: USA vs Indiana University Alumni (final minutes of game)

 

Box Score: Jun 22, 1984 – USA vs Indiana University Alumni

Box Score (courtesy of @toddspehr35)

 

Jun 23, 1984 – Olympic cagers prove team skills with victory over former Hoosiers

Jun 23, 1984 - Kentucky New Era

 

Jun 23, 1984 – Jordan won’t overdose on basketball

Jun 23, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Jun 28, 1984 – Olympic Cage Squad Finalized

Jun 28, 1984 - Argus Press

 

Box Score: Jun 28, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Box Score: Jul 1, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 2, 1984 – USA cagers shaping up

Jul 2, 1984 - Lewiston Journal

 

Jul 2, 1984 – Ewing Hears The Cheers

Jul 2, 1984 - Observer Reporter

 

Jul 4, 1984: USA’s Basketball Tradition on Line When Olympic Competition Commences

Jul 4, 1984 - Schenectady Gazette

 

Box Score: Jul 8, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 9, 1984: USA vs NBA (a then, record-breaking crowd)

 

Box Score: Jul 9, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 10, 1984 – U.S. Olympic basketball team becomes part of game’s history

Jul 10, 1984 - The Day

 

Box Score: Jul 12, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 13, 1984 – Jordan paces Olympians’ win

Jul 13, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Jul 13, 1984 – Michael Jordan leads Olympians

Jul 13, 1984 - The Telegraph

 

Jul 13, 1984 – Knight influence is evident

Jul 13, 1984 - Milwaukee Journal

Box Score: Jul 13, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 17, 1984 – Knight’s Brash Courtside Manner Is No Accident

Jul 17, 1984 - Palm Beach Post

 

Jul 21, 1984: USA vs NBA

 

Box Score: Jul 21, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Box Score: Jul 25, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 26, 1984 – Carolina twosome decisive

Jul 26, 1984 - The Courier

 

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