AIR073: Kelly Tripucka (Part I) – Notre Dame star, two-time NBA All-Star and broadcaster | Podcast

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Kelly Tripucka - Detroit PistonsNotre Dame great, two-time NBA All-Star and broadcaster, Kelly Tripucka.

Part one of an in-depth, wide-ranging conversation about Kelly‘s career.

 

Topics / links discussed (include):

  • High School: Bloomfield, New Jersey
  • Jersey City Collegiate League and summer pick-up games
  • College: University of Notre Dame
  • A Class with Class‘ [Sports Illustrated: Nov 27, 1978]

'A Class with Class' - Kelly Tripucka

Kelly Tripucka - Notre Dame

People mentioned in this episode, include: Peyton Manning, Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Julius Erving, Mark Aguirre, Dave Bing, Kiki VanDeWeghe, Pete Maravich, Danny Ainge, Bill HanzlikAlbert King, Orlando Woolridge & Magic Johnson.

 

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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

 

Links discussed:

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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AIR044: Great NBA Games – Michael Jordan 63 points (1986) – Bulls at Celtics | Podcast

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Adam and Todd discuss Michael Jordan’s record-breaking Playoff game – April 20th, 1986 – MJ scored 63 points in the Chicago Bulls’ double-overtime loss to the Boston Celtics.

We discuss all the key aspects of the game. We talk about the CBS broadcast and its commentary team of Dick Stockton, Tom Heinsohn and Pat O’Brien. We chat about the contrasting nature of Boston and Chicago’s respective seasons, leading into their first-round Playoffs meeting. We talk about each team’s roster and our memories and opinions on this incredible match-up – arguably one of the top 10 NBA games ever played.

As per usual, the conversation is scattered with humor and plenty of insight. Todd also updates us on the status of his forthcoming book on the late, great, Drazen Petrovic. A must-listen, for die-hard NBA fans, regardless of the team you support.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference

April 20, 1986 | Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers [Box Score] [stat-sheet]

1986 NBA Season Summary

Sports Illustrated (1986): Bird; NBA’s all-time best player?

Greatest Sports Legends (1988): O.J. Simpson | Elvin Hayes

Bill Simmons’ Grantland (2014): George Gervin

 

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AIR006: Cliff Robinson – Portland Trail Blazer great and NBA Iron Man | Podcast

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Portland Trail Blazer great and basketball Iron Man, Cliff Robinson.

Our chat spans his entire career – playing at the University of Connecticut, two NBA Finals appearances, Sixth Man of the Year and emergence as an All-Star. We also discuss his memories of ‘The Shrug’ – Michael Jordan’s history-making performance in Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals – plus plenty more.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Spurs v Blazers – 1990 NBA Playoffs (part 1 / part 2)

1994 NBA All-Star Game – player introductions

The Robinson Network / follow Cliff on Twitter

 

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