AIR076: Don Casey – High school, college and NBA coaching great | Podcast

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Don Casey readies Terence Stansbury and the OwlsHigh school, college and NBA coaching great, Don Casey.

 

To say that Don Casey is an important figure to the game of basketball, is to massively undersell his contributions. His head-coaching journey began in 1958, when he was just 21 years old. Almost by accident, Don found basketball; perhaps, basketball found Don. He enjoyed great success, leading Bishop Eustace High School to two state championships (Class B and A in successive seasons) in six years.

We discuss Don’s transition to the college ranks, where he spent nine seasons as the head coach of Temple University. We also chat about his long-time mentor, the legendary Harry Litwack.

The NBA came calling for the 1983 season. Don remained at the highest level (as an assistant and/or head coach) for almost 20 years. We talk about his memories and experiences from that stage of his life. He went from the sleepless nights and frustrations of leading the L.A. Clippers (through 1990), to joining Chris Ford‘s coaching staff on the Boston Celtics (1991). We reflect on Don’s memories of Boston, including his links to the great Jack McCallum, who at one time, lived with Don whilst researching Unfinished Business. Don would move to New Jersey after the 1996 season, to work for John Calipari, before finishing his NBA (coaching) career as head coach of the New Jersey Nets.

The conversation concludes with a brief discussion about Don’s post-NBA interests.

Topics / links discussed (include):

  • Boston Celtics versus Indiana Pacers (1991 NBA Playoffs)

  • New Jersey Nets versus Chicago Bulls (1998 NBA Playoffs)

People mentioned in this episode, include: Terence Stansbury, Chuck Person, Jim McIlvaine, Kendall Gill, Bob Hill, Jim Lynam, Larry Bird, Red AuerbachReggie Miller, Sherman Douglas, Ernie GrunfeldGene Shue, Don Chaney & John Bagley.

 

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NB85-6: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – MJ’s Chicago Bulls regular-season debut – October 26, 1984 | Podcast

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Michael Jordan's NBA regular-season debut with the Chicago Bulls

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

 

* Michael Jordan’s NBA regular-season debut with the Chicago Bulls (October 26, 1984)

 

In this special episode, we detail Michael Jordan’s regular-season debut in the NBA. Until very recently, specifics of MJ’s first professional game have been scarce. Wait no more, as we break down the entire contest – from pre-game, to quarter-by-quarter discussion and post-game statistics.

You may be surprised to learn that His Airness only just avoided serious injury in the game’s first half, after landing awkwardly following his first slam dunk attempt. He lay motionless on the court, for almost 30 seconds.

This episode commences 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 players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Orlando Woolridge, Caldwell Jones, Jeff Ruland, Rick Mahorn, Dave Corzine & Quintin Dailey.

 

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

 

Oct 26, 1984 – Jordan show premieres

Oct 26, 1984 - The Bulletin

 

Oct 26, 1984: Washington Bullets @ Chicago Bulls (pre-game / introductions)

 

Oct 26, 1984: Washington Bullets @ Chicago Bulls (highlights)

 

Box Score: Oct 26, 1984 – Washington Bullets @ Chicago Bulls

 

Rick Mahorn welcomes MJ to the NBA!

Rick Mahorn sets monster pick on Jordan

 

A scary moment for Bulls fans – Michael Jordan takes a terrible fall

Jordan lay motionless on the court, after a terrible fall

 

May 28, 1986: Mike Schuler press conference

 

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