NB86-7: Michael Jordan’s second NBA season – December 24, 1985, through January 7, 1986 | Podcast

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Chicago Bulls' Charles Oakley

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

 

* NBA regular season – December 24, 1985, through January 7, 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 – three wins and three losses.

Legendary Philadelphia 76ers Public Address Announcer, Dave Zinkoff, passed away on Christmas Day. Julius Erving remained in Philadelphia to attend the funeral. We discuss his touching eulogy that honored his great friend.


 

We chat about Michael Jordan’s plaster cast – it was removed, just after Christmas, allowing him to increase his rehabilitation efforts. Newspapers suggested his on-court return would likely be February 1, 1986. However, Jordan’s first game back wouldn’t be until March 15.

In other NBA news, future Hall of Famer, Jamaal Wilkes, announced his retirement. George Gervin, praising the skills of opponent, Darryl Dawkins, quoted a line from a Memorex advertisement, popular in its day. This led to some interesting podcast follow-up, surrounding the history of the famous ad.


 

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: Alvin Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Purvis Short, Dominique Wilkins, Tony Campbell, Sleepy Floyd, Herb WilliamsBob Thornton, Mike Smrek & John Havlicek.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

85-12-26 – New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

85-12-28 – Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls

85-12-30 – Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

86-01-02 – Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls

86-01-04 – Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

86-01-07 – New Jersey Nets @ Chicago Bulls

 

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NB85-26: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – 1985 Playoffs – Round 1 | Podcast

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Rookie Michael Jordan

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

 

* 1985 NBA Playoffs – Round 1 (April 15 through 28)

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

 

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls took on the Milwaukee Bucks – Jordan’s first foray into the postseason. The Bucks prevailed, winning in four games (3-1). We also cover each and every series, across both conferences.

East: Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers | Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Bullets | Detroit Pistons v New Jersey Nets

West: L.A. Lakers v Phoenix Suns | Denver Nuggets v San Antonio Spurs | Houston Rockets v Utah Jazz | Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers

We reference this image (April 18, 1985) from the Chicago Tribune.

Rookie Michael Jordan defies gravity

 

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 players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Terry Cummings, Paul Pressey, Sidney Moncrief, Fat Lever, Alex English, Rolando BlackmanMark Eaton, Hakeem Olajuwon, Sidney Green, Thurl BaileyBilly Paultz, Audie Norris, Lewis Lloyd & Charles Pittman.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Apr 19, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

Box Score: Apr 21, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

Box Score: Apr 24, 1985 – Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Apr 26, 1985 – Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

 

We also refer to this classic, fifth and deciding game, from the Western Conference. The visiting Utah Jazz, stun the Houston Rockets – a franchise-defining victory.

 

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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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NB85-18: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – All-Star Game – February 10, 1985 | Podcast

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Michael Jordan's air, apparent

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

 

* 1985 NBA All-Star Game – February 10, 1985

 

In this episode, we break down the NBA’s thirty-fifth All-Star Game. The game was played at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana, in-front of a then-record NBA crowd of 43,146. We were fortunate to have access to the game DVD, giving us plenty of topics and moments to talk about, including the alleged ‘freeze-out’ of Michael Jordan, supposedly led by Isiah Thomas.

We chat about Alex English and his humanitarian efforts. Following encouragement from Alex, his fellow stars donated their game payments to an Ethiopian relief effort. The game itself was played at a fast pace, led by perennial All-Stars, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas. Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon – who finished with similar stat-lines – were the only rookies who played in the game.

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 players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Ralph Sampson, Larry Nance, George Gervin, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Bernard King, Sidney MoncriefTerry Cummings & Calvin Natt.

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NB85-15: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – December 25, 1984, through January 8, 1985 | Podcast

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Nothing cavalier about this Michael Jordan hammer

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

 

* NBA regular season – December 25, 1984, through January 8, 1985

* Insightful early-season 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 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played just five games in this span – two wins and three losses.

We discuss Bernard King‘s 60-point explosion on Christmas Day – still not enough to deliver cheer to Knicks’ fans. We also break down the Chicago Bulls’ splits, as they rounded out the 1984 calendar year. We talk about the Player of the Month winners for November (Alex English) and December (Larry Bird), and chat about the NBA’s best-performing players, milestones reached and much more.

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 players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Magic JohnsonPurvis ShortIsiah Thomas, Bill LaimbeerDominique Wilkins, Quintin Dailey & Hakeem Olajuwon.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Dec 27, 1984 – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Dec 29, 1984 – Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 2, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

Box Score: Jan 4, 1985 – Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 5, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

 

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NB85-14: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – December 10 through 24, 1984 | Podcast

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Michael Jordan challenges Dan Roundfield

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

 

* NBA regular season – December 10 through December 24, 1984

* Insightful early-season 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 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played seven games in this span – two wins and five-consecutive losses – it took a double-overtime victory against Atlanta, for Chicago to end (what would be) their longest-losing streak of the entire season.

We talk about the Bulls’ inability to win close games; they would compete with their opposition for 46 minutes, before fading out, late. Our ‘NBA Trivia’ feature returns in this episode. How strong is your basketball knowledge?! We chat about the NBA’s best-performing players, milestones reached – including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becoming the first player to surpass 32,000 points – and much more.

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 players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Otis Birdsong, Bill Laimbeer, Ralph Sampson, Derek Smith, Jawann Oldham, Alex English, Magic JohnsonOtis Thorpe, Isiah Thomas, Larry Bird, Kevin McHalePurvis ShortIsiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Quintin Dailey, Bernard King, Hakeem Olajuwon & Terry Cummings.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Dec 11, 1984 – Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Dec 12, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons

Box Score: Dec 14, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

Box Score: Dec 15, 1984 – Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Dec 18, 1984 – Houston Rockets @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Dec 20, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

Box Score: Dec 22, 1984 – Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls

 

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