AIR057: Dale Ellis – Two-time All-American (Tennessee), All-Star & 17-year NBA veteran | Podcast

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Dale Ellis - Three-Point GunTwo-time All-American (Tennessee), All-Star and 17-year NBA veteran, Dale Ellis.

We discuss Dale’s high school basketball days, followed by his outstanding four seasons with the Tennessee Volunteers, where he was twice named All-American.

Dale talks about his whereabouts on NBA Draft Day, 1983, when he was selected ninth overall by the Dallas Mavericks. We cover his three seasons with the Mavs, playing alongside fellow draftee Derek Harper, including these memorable finishes to games against the mighty Los Angeles Lakers.

 

Here’s the wild finish – aka ‘Moody Madness’ – that I asked Dale about (1984 Playoffs).

 

Dale discusses his trade from Dallas to Seattle, where he set the NBA record for highest, single-season scoring increase – from 7.1 (1986, Dallas) to a staggering 24.9 points per game (1987, Seattle). Ellis also won Most Improved Player and in that year’s Playoffs, dominated his former team, helping steer the Sonics to the Western Conference Finals.

 

We chat about some of the many great players that Dale played with, including Nate McMillan, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Tom Chambers, Xavier McDaniel, Avery Johnson, Dennis Rodman & David Robinson.

Of course, with Dale Ellis as my guest, I had to ask about his incredible three-point shooting prowess. Dale was the first player in NBA history, to make 1000 three-point field goals. He competed in numerous Three-Point Shootouts, too, including the iconic match-up with Larry Bird, in 1988 at Chicago Stadium.

 

When Dale mentioned Michael Jordan, I didn’t need to be told twice, to ask more about their battles over the years. He recalls some funny stories and talks about MJ’s greatness.

 

Dale reminisces about his fantastic 1989 season. Aside from averaging a career-high 27.5ppg and being named to the All-NBA 3rd Team, he had an All-Star Weekend for the ages, winning the Three-Point Shootout and then scored 27 points the following day, for the Western Conference All-Stars. Dale also shares a great All-Star story, talking about his idol, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, plus, playing with future Hall of Famer, John Stockton.

We also discuss his seasons spent with the Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and his return to Seattle in 1998, where he would lead the NBA, connecting on a staggering 46.4% of his three-point field goals.

Last year (2014), Dale became just the fourth player to have his jersey retired, by the University of Tennessee. He discussed memories of his teammates, and how graduating from college (1985) was the hardest thing he has ever done in his life.

 

We talk about the Inaugural 2015 Breakthrough Atlanta Celebrity Basketball Game, where Dale will lead his squad against former teammate, Dikembe Mutombo. Click here to learn more about this game.

Our conversation also covers Dale’s modern-day involvement with basketball, his future ambitions and online presence: SportsBlog | Twitter | Facebook.

Thanks to Paul Corliss and the NBRPA team, for scheduling Dale’s podcast appearance.

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NB85-22: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – Bulls at Celtics (Mar 6), vs Clippers (Mar 8), vs Jazz (Mar 9) – 1985 | Podcast

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Jordan versus Stockton - rookies

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

 

* Chicago at Boston – March 6, 1985

* L.A. Clippers at Chicago – March 8, 1985

* Utah at Chicago – March 9, 1985

 

In this episode, we discuss the sixty-first, sixty-second and sixty-third games of MJ’s professional career. We were fortunate to have access to the game DVDs, giving us plenty of topics and moments to talk about. In our first game for discussion, the Bulls travel to the storied Boston Garden. Next, we chat about the L.A. Clippers’ stop in Chicago – their sole trip to the Windy City, for the season. We conclude by covering another home game, this time, against the visiting Jazz of Utah.

Aside from a focus on Jordan’s burgeoning career, we cover numerous sub-plots, individual milestones, amusing moments and minutiae from both games.

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, Orlando Woolridge, Larry Bird, Derek Smith, Wes Matthews, Kevin McHaleMichael CageDave CorzineJohn Stockton, Ray Williams, Darrell Griffith, Mark Eaton, Thurl Bailey, Jeff Wilkins & Dale Wilkinson.

Adam mentions his Chris Webber photo, from Boston Garden – January 21, 1994.

Chris  Webber - Boston Garden

 

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NB85-8: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – October 26 through November 9, 1984 | Podcast

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Michael Jordan grabs a rebound in his second NBA game

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

 

* NBA regular season – October 26 through November 9, 1984

* Chicago and Milwaukee’s home-and-home series (Oct 27 & 29)

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

 

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the first 15 days of the 1984-85 NBA season. We talk about the debut of future Hall of Fame players – Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon & John Stockton, then detail the Bulls’ (late October) home-and-home series with the Bucks.

We chat about Stockton’s unwitting role in a Seattle radio station contest; his last-ditch shot had one-million dollars riding on it. In more random news of the era, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s BMW succumbs to foul play (no pun intended). We also talk about the NBA’s best-performing players, milestones reached, the infamous Julius ErvingLarry Bird fight 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, Dave CorzineQuintin Dailey, Kiki VanDeWeghe & Adrian Dantley.

 

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

 

‘New’ Michael Jordan photo from 1984-85 preseason [via MJ Mexico]

Michael  Jordan - 1984-85 preseason
 

Oct 27, 1984 – NBA Preview – Taking a Look At The 1984-85 Season

Oct 27, 1984 - Observer Reporter

Oct 27, 1984 - Observer Reporter
Oct 27, 1984 – Stockton plays off key for Jazz

Oct 27, 1984 - Spokesman-Review
 

Box Score: Oct 27, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

 

Box Score: Oct 29, 1984 – Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

 

Oct 30, 1984 – Rookie Jordan sparks Bulls

Oct 30, 1984 - Lewiston Journal
 

Oct 30, 1984 – Rookie Jordan takes control in second half to ignite Bulls

Oct 30, 1984 - The Courier
 

Oct 30, 1984 – NBA no-shows would have powerful team

Oct 30, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star
 

Box Score: Oct 30, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ Kansas City Kings

 

Oct 31, 1984 – Chicago calls Dailey for walking

Oct 31, 1984 - Reading Eagle

 

Oct 31, 1984 – Jordan leads Chicago

Oct 31, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 
 

Box Score: Nov 1, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ Denver Nuggets

Nov 2, 1984 | Bulls ‘Dunn’ by Nuggets

Nov 2, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star
 

Nov 6, 1984 – Theus, Free are at odds with new coaches

Nov 6, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star
 

Box Score: Nov 7, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons

 

  Nov 8, 1984 – Odds and Ends: Off-beat stats of the National Basketball Association

Nov 7, 1984 - Beaver County Times
 

Nov 8, 1984 – Detroit caught the Michael Jordan Show Thursday

Nov 8, 1984 - Beaver County Times
 

Nov 8, 1984 – Jazz signs top scorer

Nov 8, 1984 - Spokane Chronicle
 

Box Score: Nov 8, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

 

Nov 9, 1984: Julius Erving and Larry Bird exchange pleasantries

Nov 10, 1984 – Bird, Boston outfight 76ers

Nov 10, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star
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AIR049: Mark Eaton – Utah Jazz great, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and NBA All-Star | Podcast

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Mark Eaton

Utah Jazz great, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and NBA All-Star, Mark Eaton.

Few players have ever experienced a rise from near-obscurity to NBA All-Star, like Mark Eaton. We discuss Mark’s incredible transition from auto-mechanic to NBA-draftee and ultimately, Defensive Player of the Year (twice) and All-Star honors.

We chat about Mark’s two seasons at Cypress Junior College, that led to him accepting a scholarship at UCLA. During his time with the Bruins, Mark had a brief, yet crucial encounter with all-time great, Wilt Chamberlain. The future-impact of that meeting forever changed Mark’s focus on the game of basketball.

We cover Mark’s early years in the NBA and how he adapted to playing at the highest level. He details his strong relationship with coaching great Frank Layden – the man who coined the phrase, “You can’t teach height” – Layden coached Mark in his first six-plus seasons with Utah.

Mark talks about his defensive-prowess that led to him being named a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. We also discuss the 1989 All-Star Game, where Mark was honored by the coaches and named as a reserve.

No conversation with a Utah Jazz great would be complete, without discussing John Stockton and Karl Malone – two Hall of Fame players that Mark was teammates with for almost ten seasons.

We also chat about Mark’s post-NBA career and his involvement with the television, radio and restaurant industries. Since 2006, Mark has been a sought-after business and motivational speaker.

Learn more about the life of one of the greatest defensive centers in NBA history.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | Profile

1985: Season highlights

1988: Jazz versus Lakers

Frank Layden: Retrospective

2014: Westminster High School | Cypress Junior College

Mark Eaton online: Website | YouTubeTwitter

 

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NB85-1: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – UNC Tar Heels / 1984 USA Olympic Trials / pre-draft | Podcast

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

 

* Michael Jordan’s final season (1984) with the North Carolina Tar Heels

* Team USA 1984 Olympic Trials (including a chat with Roosevelt Chapman)

* Lead-up to the 1984 NBA Draft

 

A wide-array of players are mentioned in this episode. The most-prominent, include: Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Terry Porter, Danny Manning, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Wayman Tisdale and Sam Perkins.

 

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

 

Mar 14, 1984 – AP All-America

Mar 14, 1984 - Victoria Advocate
Mar 22, 1984: Jordan’s final game for North Carolina

Jordan’s UNC career stats (per game)

 

Mar 28, 1984 – Jordan player of year

Mar 30, 1984 - Sumter Daily Item

 

 Mar 31, 1984 – Michael Jordan: Final Four – in 1985

Mar 31, 1984 - Lewiston Daily Sun

Apr 4, 1984: Olympic Trials

Apr 4, 1984 - Gainesville Sun

 

Apr 14, 1984 – Bowie, Turpin won’t attend Olympic trials

Lakeland Ledger

 

Apr 18, 1984 – Olympic cagers begin practice

Apr 18, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Apr 21, 1984 – U.S. Olympic basketball tryouts a sports fan’s delight

Apr 21, 1984 - Deseret News

 

 Apr 21, 1984 – Point’s Porter fights for berth

Apr 21, 1984 - Milwaukee Journal

 

Apr 21, 1984 – Knight to make first cut of Olympic hopefuls

Apr 21, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Apr 22, 1984 – Jordan, Barkley Pace White To Victory

Apr 22, 1984 - Spartanburg Herald Journal

 

Apr 22, 1984 – Olympic trials characterized by rugged play

Apr 22, 1984 - Eugene Register Guard

 

Apr 23, 1984 – Olympic Team Aching

Apr 23, 1984 - Victoria Advocate

 

Apr 23, 1984 – Tisdale Paces White Win

Apr 23, 1984 - Spartanburg Herald Journal

 

Apr 23, 1984 – Ewing, Jordan on list of final 20 on Olympic team

Apr 23, 1984 - Arizona Courier

 

Apr 23, 1984 – Knight assesses survivors

Apr 23, 1984 - Spokesman Review

 

Apr 24, 1984 – Knight Cuts Olympic Squad Down to 20

Apr 24, 1984 - Palm Beach Post

 

Apr 24, 1984 – Knight’s basketball boot camp ends

Apr 24, 1984 - Lodi News-Sentinel

 

Apr 24, 1984 – Men’s pre-Olympic schedule

Apr 24, 1984 - St. Petersburg Times

 

Apr 25, 1984 – A Golden Team

Apr 25, 1984 - The Dispatch

 

Apr 28, 1984 – No fooling: Akeem to turn pro

Apr 28, 1984 - St. Petersburg Independent

 

May 6, 1984 – Michael Jordan to turn pro; Wayman Tisdale to stay in school

May 6, 1984 - Gainesville Sun

 

May 6, 1984 – Smith wants best for players

May 6, 1984 - Star News

 

May 6, 1984 – Jordan awaits pro future

May 6, 1984 - Star News

 

May 7, 1984 – Jordan follows advice

May 7, 1984 - Sumter Daily Item

 

May 8, 1984 – NBA postpones draft coin flip

May 8, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

May 10, 1984 – Pullout won’t dim Jordan’s desire

May 10, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

May 14, 1984 – Knight enjoying mini-camp

May 14, 1984 - Daily News

 

May 14, 1984 – Porter among 4 cut from Olympic cage team

May 14, 1984 - Milwaukee Sentinel

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AIR031: Kenny Anderson – New York City royalty, NCAA legend and NBA All-Star | Podcast

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New York City royalty, NCAA legend and NBA All-Star, Kenny Anderson.

We talk about his childhood, playing basketball and how he handled the intense media spotlight in HS and college. He chats about his key role with Team USA, between his freshman and sophomore seasons at Georgia Tech. We delve into his NBA career, including the 1991 Draft, held in his native New York. Kenny talks about European legend and former teammate, Drazen Petrovic. We discuss his battles against Michael Jordan and Kenny provides ‘The Answer’, to a fan-submitted question. In 2014, Kenny is releasing a book – we chat about that, too.

Thanks to my friend and former guest on this podcast, Talani Goodson – he was instrumental in helping me connect with Kenny. Sincere thanks, Talani.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | Profile

1990 (NCAA): Anderson v HurleySE Regional Final | Georgia Tech v UNLV

1990 (FIBA World Championship): Bronze medal battle

1991 (NCAA): Kenny drops 50 | 1991: NBA Draft

1994: NBA All-Star Game | 1996: OT game-winner

2002: Celtics v Nets (ECF, Game 3)

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