AIR011: Sam Smith – Author of The Jordan Rules, Bulls.com columnist and Basketball Hall of Famer | Podcast

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Author of The Jordan Rules, Bulls.com columnist and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Sam Smith.

Our conversation begins with Sam’s early career at the Chicago Tribune. He talks about meeting Michael Jordan for the first time, covering the Bulls in the 1980s and his continued friendship with all-time great, Phil Jackson. We cover his relationship with iconic commentators, Johnny ‘Red’ Kerr and Jim Durham, plus the incredible access Sam had to players and coaches whilst writing his New York Times best-selling book.

Sam shares a great behind-the-scenes story about ‘The Shot’ (Jordan over Ehlo in the 1989 NBA Playoffs) and we discuss his induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame, for contributions to the game. We finish up with some modern day Bulls basketball chat, including the latest on Derrick Rose’s return.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Sam Smith bio

‘The Shot’ (and post-game interview)

 

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AIR009: Ray Clay – Legendary Chicago Bulls Public Address Announcer | Podcast

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Legendary Chicago Bulls PA Announcer, Ray Clay.

Our conversation starts with Ray’s pre-Bulls years, discussing how he first became involved in announcing. We talk about his remarkable live, in-game tryouts for the Bulls PA position in 1990, where he initially competed with over 100 broadcasters for the top job. We cover his greatest moments, his relationship with players and staff, plus the controversial end his time in Chicago. We also touch on his special assignment, introducing Michael Jordan for his final NBA game in 2003, plus much more.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Bulls celebrate post-game, 1992 NBA Finals | Grant Park Championship Rally, 1996

Classic Ray Clay pre-game introduction | Ray introducing Jordan in his final NBA game

Ray’s voice-over at Colorado wedding

 

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AIR007: Dennis Hopson – Ohio State Buckeyes legend and NBA Champion | Podcast

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Ohio State Buckeyes legend and NBA Champion, Dennis Hopson.

Our chat covers his whole career – playing at OSU, being a top 3 NBA draft pick and adjusting to life as a New Jersey Nets player. We talk about his championship season in Chicago, playing as a backup to none other than Michael Jordan. We also discuss his season with the Sacramento Kings, playing professionally in Europe, the importance of completing his college degree and his current role as Assistant Coach at Bowling Green State University. We even squeeze in some talk about the 2013 NBA season.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Hopson becomes OSU’s all-time leading scorer | 1987 NBA Draft

20th Anniversary of Chicago Bulls’ first NBA Championship

Online movement for OSU to retire Dennis’ #32 | Follow Dennis on Twitter

 

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