AIR079: Jerry Reynolds – NYC Player of the Year, LSU great and eight-year NBA veteran | Podcast

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The Orlando Magic's Jerry Reynolds, teammate Nick Anderson and Magic JohnsonNew York City Player of the Year, LSU great and eight-year NBA veteran, Jerry Reynolds.

 

Jerry Reynolds talks about his childhood in Brooklyn and the crucial role that basketball has played in his life. His journey from high school – where he was cut from Alexander Hamilton as a freshman – to the NBA, is one of perseverance, hard work and tremendous talent. Jerry capped off his high-school career by being named New York City Player of the Year (1981) and leading his team to the NYC Public School Championship.

Alexander Hamilton's Jerry Reynolds slams home a jam versus Jackson - 1981 NYC Championship Game

We discuss the circumstances behind Jerry’s decision that ultimately saw him play for three seasons at Louisiana State University. To this day, Reynolds’ name is still littered throughout the record books at LSU. We break down his great impact on the Tigers, matching Michael Jordan (point-for-point) in a performance for the ages at Chapel Hill, his final (collegiate) game against Navy’s David Robinson in the 1985 NCAA Tournament and more.

Jerry 'Ice' Reynolds slips around (a somewhat-rotund) Charles BarkleyWe round out our in-depth conversation by examining Jerry’s eight seasons at the highest level; including his three years as an original member of the (expansion) Orlando Magic – where he achieved his best-statistical seasons. Learn about the ups-and-downs of pro basketball, plus the unique details behind Jerry’s return to the NBA at age 33, after a three-year, forced retirement due to injury.

Topics / links discussed (include):

  • Jerry’s (1984) exciting match-up versus the phenomenal Michael Jordan

People mentioned in this episode, include: John Williams, Chris Mullin, Roosevelt Chapman, Tex Winter, Pete Maravich, Billy Cunningham, Marty Blake, Don Nelson, Terry Cummings, Sidney Moncrief, Dale EllisLarry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale & Paul Mokeski.

 

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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

 

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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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