NB85-3: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – 1984 USA pre-Olympic Exhibition Games | Podcast

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Jordan versus Isiah

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

 

* Team USA’s 1984 pre-Olympic Exhibition Games versus NBA Stars

 

The Olympians played a total of nine exhibition games in just under five weeks, as a build-up to the 1984 Olympic Games, in Los Angeles. You’ll learn facts, figures and tidbits from each of the exhibition games – much of which, we’re confident you’ve never heard before.

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Chris Mullin, Patrick Ewing, Isiah Thomas, Larry Bird, Kevin McHaleSam BowieTerry Cummings.

Many thanks to great friend of the show, Todd Spehr. He kindly provided box scores for each of the exhibition games.

 

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

 

Jun 22, 1984: USA vs Indiana University Alumni (final minutes of game)

 

Box Score: Jun 22, 1984 – USA vs Indiana University Alumni

Box Score (courtesy of @toddspehr35)

 

Jun 23, 1984 – Olympic cagers prove team skills with victory over former Hoosiers

Jun 23, 1984 - Kentucky New Era

 

Jun 23, 1984 – Jordan won’t overdose on basketball

Jun 23, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Jun 28, 1984 – Olympic Cage Squad Finalized

Jun 28, 1984 - Argus Press

 

Box Score: Jun 28, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Box Score: Jul 1, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 2, 1984 – USA cagers shaping up

Jul 2, 1984 - Lewiston Journal

 

Jul 2, 1984 – Ewing Hears The Cheers

Jul 2, 1984 - Observer Reporter

 

Jul 4, 1984: USA’s Basketball Tradition on Line When Olympic Competition Commences

Jul 4, 1984 - Schenectady Gazette

 

Box Score: Jul 8, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 9, 1984: USA vs NBA (a then, record-breaking crowd)

 

Box Score: Jul 9, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 10, 1984 – U.S. Olympic basketball team becomes part of game’s history

Jul 10, 1984 - The Day

 

Box Score: Jul 12, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 13, 1984 – Jordan paces Olympians’ win

Jul 13, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Jul 13, 1984 – Michael Jordan leads Olympians

Jul 13, 1984 - The Telegraph

 

Jul 13, 1984 – Knight influence is evident

Jul 13, 1984 - Milwaukee Journal

Box Score: Jul 13, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 17, 1984 – Knight’s Brash Courtside Manner Is No Accident

Jul 17, 1984 - Palm Beach Post

 

Jul 21, 1984: USA vs NBA

 

Box Score: Jul 21, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Box Score: Jul 25, 1984 – USA vs NBA

USA vs NBA

 

Jul 26, 1984 – Carolina twosome decisive

Jul 26, 1984 - The Courier

 

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NB85-2: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – 1984 USA Olympic Training Camp / 1984 Draft | Podcast

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1984 NBA Draftees - Jordan and Olajuwon

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

 

* Team USA 1984 Olympic Training Camp

* 1984 NBA Draft

* NBA TV’s Original Documentary: “THE84DRAFT”

* Roland Lazenby’s book – Michael Jordan: The Life

 

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Chuck Person, Charles Barkley, Terry Cummings & Julius Erving.

 

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

 

May 23, 1984 – Rockets win coin flip with Blazers

May 23, 1984 - Fort Scott Tribune

 

May 23, 1984 – Rockets win flip again, will draft Olajuwon

May 23, 1984 - Spokesman Review

 

Jun 5, 1984 – Pros consider draft picks

Jun 5, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Jun 14, 1984: Jordan’s draft is June 19

Jun 14, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 

Jun 15, 1984 – Person hoping to make team

Jun 15, 1984 - Gadsden Times

 

Jun 16, 1984 – NBA files suit, seeks to replace Clippers

Jun 16, 1984 - Milwaukee Sentinel

 

Jun 17, 1984 – Rockets expect to make Olajuwon first pick

Jun 17, 1984 - Gadsden Times

 

Jun 17, 1984 – Preps to attend summer camps

Jun 17, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star
 

Jun 19, 1984 – Predicting first-round draft picks a guess past top three

Jun 19, 1984 - Times Daily

 

Jun 19, 1984 – Olajuwon’s parents have worries over son’s education, not draft

Jun 19, 1984 - Kentucky New Era
 

Jun 19, 1984 – NBA (Draft predictions)

Jun 19, 1984 - Kentucky New Era

 

Jun 19, 1984 – Stockton Jazzed at Utah’s choice

Jun 19, 1984 - Spokane Chronicle
 

Jun 20, 1984 – NBA draft underlines strength of U.S. Olympic team

Jun 20, 1984 - Kentucky New Era

 

Jun 21, 1984 – 76ers Reject Erving Deal

Jun 21, 1984 - Toledo Blade

 

Jun 22, 1984 – Jordan might own a city

Jun 22, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star

 
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AIR045: Jeff Ruland – HS All-American, NCAA great and NBA All-Star | Podcast

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Copyright © Jeff Ruland

Copyright © Jeff Ruland

High School All-American, NCAA great and NBA All-Star, Jeff Ruland.

Jeff discusses his early sporting life and the major growth-spurt that coincided with his decision to focus on basketball. He was named High School All-American in the same class as Magic Johnson and was heavily recruited across the country. We chat about his decision to remain in New York and commit to Iona College, led by future luminary, Jim Valvano.

Jeff opens up about the 1980 NBA Draft and why he opted to head overseas and play in Spain, before commencing his rookie season in 1982. We talk about Jeff’s excellent first three full seasons, that resulted in NBA All-Star selections in 1984 and 1985. Jeff recalls Michael Jordan’s debut game in the NBA and the rude awakening that MJ would receive on his first dunk attempt in Chicago Stadium.

We chat about the impact of the Showtime Lakers and Boston’s Big Three, plus, the onset of injury issues that began to halt Jeff’s career. We also talk about one of the most memorable trades in NBA history; the Bullets’ decision to trade Jeff to Philadelphia, in exchange for Moses Malone. Jeff details his (first) retirement from the NBA in 1987 and how he went back to college to complete his degree, before making his remarkable comeback attempt in the 1992 season.

We also learn about the successes of Jeff’s coaching career, that are also mixed with trials and tribulations you need to hear to fully comprehend. Our conversation covers a broad-range of interesting topics and is an open and engaging look at one of basketball’s most underrated – in my opinion – careers, ever.

 

Links to topics discussed (more added soon):

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | Profile

 

 

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AIR034: Steve Lipofsky – NBA Photographer (formerly, 23 years with the Boston Celtics) | Podcast

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Professional photographer (formerly, 23 years with the Boston Celtics), Steve Lipofsky.

Steve has been a professional photographer in excess of 25 years. We talk about his entry into photography as a youngster, the early years spent honing his skills, plus, his wide-ranging experiences, including, working with former and current Presidents (Clinton and Obama).

Steve’s work has appeared in numerous publications worldwide, including Sports Illustrated and TIME – we talk about those opportunities, too. It’s also interesting to learn about Steve’s technical skills; he opens up about the pros and cons of pre-digital photography and the challenges of taking memorable photos.

We discuss Steve’s 23-year tenure as the official Boston Celtics photographer, starting (full-time) in 1982. He was also official photographer for the newly-crowned, 2013 World Series Champion, Boston Red Sox.

There’s also plenty of discussion about Boston’s ‘Big Three'; Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish. Plus, we talk about Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, Magic Johnson and of course, the great Red Auerbach.

 

Links to topics discussed (more added soon):

Steve Lipofsky online: WebsiteFacebook Page

 

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Water Heater Game – Erving and Bird

Contributor: Greg – a fan, collector and researcher (Dr. J. Memorabilia) | A perfect example of how ‘your story’ can become a great part of NBA Narratives.

April 6, 1986 | Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers [Box Score]

In small-town Canada, the NBA on CBS was the only television pipeline to NBA games. For me, it was religion. This spring Sunday, the Sixers and Celtics were playing their last of six regular season match-ups. The Celts had won four of the previous five and would be collecting another NBA title, a couple of months later. The Sixers were no longer title contenders and Julius Erving would begin his final season in the fall of this same year. Regardless, it was still Sixers / Celtics.

My friend and I were die-hard Sixers fans and would often watch the games together. We’d usually watch at his house, because his cable TV clarity always trumped my rural antenna reception. All games were recorded on VHS. This day was no different.

A third friend joined us and we settled in to enjoy what was once, one of the greatest rivalries in sport. There was no Moses Malone or Andrew Toney that day for the Sixers. Instead, we saw unfamiliar players like Terry Catledge, Greg Stokes and Perry Moss. But Cheeks, Erving, Barkley and Clemon Johnson (off the bench), kept the Sixers in the game.

With only 20 seconds left in the 4th quarter, the Sixers trailed 94-92, with Boston about to inbound the ball in the Sixers’ end. Philadelphia inexplicably let the clock wind down to seven seconds, before fouling Larry Bird – the leading FT-shooter in the league. We needed Larry Legend to miss one. These were Bird’s only two FTs of the day and he shockingly missed them both. Barkley grabbed the rebound, called timeout and promptly flashed the choke sign.

Barkley 'choke' sign

Barkley ‘choke’ sign

From half-court, Erving in-bounded to Barkley, outside the arc. His drive for the tying basket ended with Kevin McHale tying him up. Jump ball, with just three seconds left.

McHale ties up Barkley

McHale ties up Barkley

This play was the breaking point for my friend and he stormed out of the room, marched over to the hot water tank and gave it a good kick. The two of us still watching the game, could hear hissing and the sound of water hitting the floor. Pleas for assistance were ignored as there was still 3 seconds left in the game. So, as my friend frantically searched for the water shut-off, we watched Barkley win the jump and tip the ball to Erving, just outside the 3-point line.

"...he's got a crack at it!"

“…he’s got a crack at it!”

Doc’s buzzer-beater was good and the Sixers won the game, 95-94. Our pal had no idea why we were screaming with delight – he was still battling the flood. Good thing we recorded the game.

 

AIR028: Ricky Pierce – Two-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year, All-Star and basketball great | Podcast

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Two-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year, All-Star and basketball great, Ricky Pierce.

We discuss Ricky’s early years and when he first fell in love with the game of basketball. He chats about his great collegiate career and the many future links to players from his 1982 NBA Draft class. We talk about his battles against Michael Jordan’s Bulls and rise to becoming one of the most elite sixth men ever. You’ll also learn that Ricky is a published author and in 2012, completed his degree (BA in Kinesiology) at Rice University.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | Profile

Ricky: vs. MJ | Bucks’ 40th Anniversary Team | Rice University

Single-season scoring | SuperSonics v Suns – 1993 NBA Playoffs (Game 7)

Accushot22 | Bouncing Billy

Ricky Pierce online: Facebook Twitter

 

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