AIR073: Kelly Tripucka (Part I) – Notre Dame star, two-time NBA All-Star and broadcaster | Podcast

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Kelly Tripucka - Detroit PistonsNotre Dame great, two-time NBA All-Star and broadcaster, Kelly Tripucka.

Part one of an in-depth, wide-ranging conversation about Kelly‘s career.

 

Topics / links discussed (include):

  • High School: Bloomfield, New Jersey
  • Jersey City Collegiate League and summer pick-up games
  • College: University of Notre Dame
  • A Class with Class‘ [Sports Illustrated: Nov 27, 1978]

'A Class with Class' - Kelly Tripucka

Kelly Tripucka - Notre Dame

People mentioned in this episode, include: Peyton Manning, Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Julius Erving, Mark Aguirre, Dave Bing, Kiki VanDeWeghe, Pete Maravich, Danny Ainge, Bill HanzlikAlbert King, Orlando Woolridge & Magic Johnson.

 

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NB86-12: Michael Jordan’s second NBA season – March 9 through 23, 1986 | Podcast

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Michael Jordan returns to the Bulls - 1986

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

 

* NBA regular season – March 9 through 23, 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 eight games in this span – three wins and five losses.

Michael Jordan returned to the court in an effort to drive the Bulls into the NBA Playoffs. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

 

Links discussed:

The Mozart of Basketball: The Remarkable Life and Legacy of Dražen Petrovic


 

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: Charles Oakley, Larry BirdAdrian Dantley, Herb Williams, Gene Banks, Karl Malone, George Gervin, Rod Higgins, James Bailey, Benoit Benjamin, Kevin Willis, Chris McNealy, Drazen Petrovic & Keith Smith.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

86-03-09 – New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-11 – New Jersey Nets @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-13 – Denver Nuggets @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-15 – Milwaukee @ Chicago Bulls

86-03-17 – Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

86-03-19 – Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers

86-03-21 – Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

86-03-22 – Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

 

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AIR062: Mike Brown – George Washington University star and 11-year NBA veteran | Podcast

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Mike Brown - Utah Jazz

Atlantic 10 Legend (George Washington) and 11-year NBA veteran, Mike Brown.

Mike discusses his multi-sport childhood and his decision to focus on basketball. His path to the NBA began at Clifford J. Scott High School. We chat about his tremendous tenure at George Washington University, where he starred academically (Criminal Justice) and athletically. Mike led the Colonials in scoring and rebounding, in each of his four seasons with the team. Between his junior and senior seasons, he participated in the 1984 US Olympic Trials at Indiana University. He shares his memories of those famous trials. We also talk about Mike’s relationship with Patrick Ewing, who played for the Georgetown Hoyas, just miles away from the George Washington campus.

We talk about the 1985 NBA Draft, one of the most talent-laden in the history of the game. The Chicago Bulls selected Mike in the third round (69th-pick overall). Following a season overseas (Italy), Brown returned to the Bulls, and played the 1987 and 1988 seasons with the team, alongside Michael Jordan and (a young) Scottie Pippen.

I also asked Mike about his memories of this famous move – he didn’t disappoint.


 

In June of 1988, the expansion Charlotte Hornets, selected Mike in the Expansion Draft, trading him to the Utah Jazz, for Kelly Tripucka.

The next five years of Mike’s career (1989-1993), were spent in Utah. The Jazz advanced to the Western Conference Finals in 1992, and we talk about the opportunities that opened for Mike, both on and off the court. He talks fondly about his time with the franchise and being teammates with John Stockton and Karl Malone. We also discuss the 1992 Olympic Games, where Mike traveled to Barcelona to watch four of his teammates (Jordan, Pippen, Stockton & Malone) win the gold medal for Team USA.

After the 1993 season, Mike was traded to Minnesota, in exchange for Felton Spencer. He talks about the adjustment of leaving a winning culture in Utah, to a franchise that was still searching for its identity. The last few seasons of Mike’s career, were with the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns. He also returned overseas for a second stint in Europe.

Mike also reflects on some of the great coaches he played for, including Doug Collins, Frank Layden and Jerry Sloan, to name a few.

Since his playing career ended, Mike has been involved in coaching at various levels, and is currently working for the NBA, in a player-development role. We round out the conversation, talking about Mike’s (Las Vegas) radio show, The Embracing Project and finally, his gold-medal success at the World Masters Games, here in Australia.

We didn’t get to cover this, however, it’s very cool and definitely worth a look. Mike is clearly a fan of vintage cars.


 

You can follow Mike on Twitter.

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AIR052: (Our) Greatest NBA Broadcasters and Commentators | Podcast

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Mike Fratello (The Czar) and Marv(ellous) Albert

Adam & Aaron select their Top 5 NBA Broadcasters / Commentators.

We chat about those responsible for fostering our respective love for the game of basketball. Primarily, we talk about the golden era of not only the NBA, but commentary, too. This episode is littered with sound-bites from some of the most-iconic commentators the game has ever known. We primarily focus on the time-frame 1984 to 1998. We know you’ll enjoy this audible trip down memory lane.

A sprinkling of those mentioned / sound-checked in this episode, include: Marv Albert, Mike Fratello, Ron Thulin, Bob Neal, Doug Collins, Bob Costas, Peter Vecsey, Dick Stockton, Hubie Brown, Ahmad Rashad, Michael Jordan, Shawn Kemp, Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman, Rick Mahorn, Gary Payton, Dikembe Mutombo, Karl Malone, Toni Kukoc, Reggie Miller & Robert Pack.

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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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AIR038: 1988 NBA All-Star Game – complete recap | Podcast

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Michael Jordan - 1988 NBA All-Star Game MVP

Adam and Aaron discuss the 1988 NBA All-Star Game – one of the greatest ever. Michael Jordan scored 40 points, en route to Most Valuable Player honors.

We devote an entire episode to our favorite All-Star Game, ever. We cover a multitude of topics, including how and when we first watched this game – plus, its ongoing effect on our NBA-fandom. We talk about the CBS television coverage, pre-game player introductions and national anthem; Adam freely admits to choking up, before the game even commenced. We chat about the vast array of (future) Hall of Fame players, who competed in this game.

We break down Pat O’Brien’s, “At the Half” (TV segment), featuring a great story about then-coach of the Utah Jazz – and, regular funny-man – Frank Layden. There’s even brief discussion of the Legends Game, Three-Point Shootout and Slam-Dunk Competition. Controversy reigns supreme, when we answer a listener-submitted question. All this aside, we dissect the game’s key moments, great plays and all the statistics that matter and records that were flirted with, or broken. If you enjoy a laugh, the closing credits alone are definitely worth a listen, too.

To top it all off, Aaron’s dogs, Jasmine and (the appropriately-named) Wilkins, each contribute to the episode’s pre-music opener. Here’s a photo of Jasmine.

Jasmine Stehn

This may be the definitive topic-based episode, to date!

 

Links to topics discussed:

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | 1988 NBA All-Star Game

1988 NBA All-Star Game: Part 1

Bulls on Parade | Above the Rim: Dominique Wilkins / Xavier McDaniel

Johnny ‘Red’ Kerr / Adam Howes (curator)

The Courtside Podcast: iTunes | Hank McCoy / Vince (aka Vinrok)

 

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