AIR018: 1996 NBA season – complete recap | Podcast

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Chicago Bulls

Adam and Aaron recap the 1996 NBA season.

Our conversation covers the whole season – we discuss best / worst team records, all major award winners and notable retirees. We also focus on the Bulls’ historic 72-10 record. We chat random stats, fake player nicknames (amazingly make a return) and of course, the 1996 Playoffs – culminating with Jordan v Payton / Kemp in the 1996 NBA Finals.

 

Links to topics discussed:

1996 NBA Season Summary

Damon Stoudamire (1995) | Bulls v Grizzlies | Bulls v Lakers | Chicago’s 70th win

1996 NBA Finals: Game 1 | Game 3

 

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

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Sam Smith

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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AIR010: 1993 NBA season – complete recap | Podcast

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Chicago Bulls

Adam and Aaron recap the 1993 NBA season.

Our conversation covers the whole season – we discuss best / worst team records, all major award winners and notable retirees – plus, two tragic deaths that rocked the NBA. We also chat unique jersey numbers, fake player nicknames (for possibly the first and last time) and of course, the 1993 Playoffs – culminating with Jordan v Barkley in the 1993 NBA Finals.

 

Links to topics discussed:

1993 NBA Season Summary

Retirees: Bernard King / Kevin McHale | Deaths: Drazen Petrovic / Reggie Lewis

 

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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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AIR008: Peter Vecsey – Legendary NBA reporter and columnist | Podcast

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Peter Vecsey

Legendary reporter and columnist, Peter Vecsey.

Our extensive chat covers Peter’s whole career – his candor is second-to-none. We talk about his relationship with Julius Erving, experiences covering Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and a host of other greats. Peter recalls his friendship with Drazen Petrovic and discusses possibly his greatest exclusive – Latrell Sprewell’s choke-hold on then-coach, P.J. Carlesimo. He recalls his years covering Michael Jordan, gives honest assessments of Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, plus offers numerous stories he’s never told before. You need to listen to this conversation to fully appreciate it.


 
Links to topics discussed:

Julius Erving feature (ABA) | Rick Barry announces move to ABA (1967)

NBA v ABA (1970’s) | Minnesota v Ohio State – fight

Peter on NBC’s halftime show (1993 NBA Playoffs) | Sprewell v Carlesimo

NY Post columns (through Jul 01, 2012) | Follow Peter on Twitter

 

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AIR002: Tom Dore – former long-time Chicago Bulls TV commentator

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Former Bulls Broadcaster

Former long-time Chicago Bulls play-by-play man, Tom Dore.

Our discussion includes Tom’s native Illinois, his time at Missouri University and subsequent journey to France and New Zealand where he played basketball professionally. We talk about Andrew and Lindsay Gaze (Australia’s own basketball royalty), how Tom became a broadcaster for the Bulls and his association with two of the all-time greats; Jim Durham and Johnny ‘Red’ Kerr (both RIP). We also discuss his relationship with Michael Jordan and unearth some fantastic MJ stories.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Andrew Gaze – Seton Hall profile | Mitch Richmond feature

Jordan switches jersey numbers | Chicago Bulls – 70 wins

 

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