NB85-15: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – December 25, 1984, through January 8, 1985 | Podcast

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Nothing cavalier about this Michael Jordan hammer

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

 

* NBA regular season – December 25, 1984, through January 8, 1985

* Insightful early-season 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 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played just five games in this span – two wins and three losses.

We discuss Bernard King‘s 60-point explosion on Christmas Day – still not enough to deliver cheer to Knicks’ fans. We also break down the Chicago Bulls’ splits, as they rounded out the 1984 calendar year. We talk about the Player of the Month winners for November (Alex English) and December (Larry Bird), and chat about the NBA’s best-performing players, milestones reached 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, Magic JohnsonPurvis ShortIsiah Thomas, Bill LaimbeerDominique Wilkins, Quintin Dailey & Hakeem Olajuwon.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Dec 27, 1984 – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Dec 29, 1984 – Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 2, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

Box Score: Jan 4, 1985 – Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 5, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

 

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NB85-14: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – December 10 through 24, 1984 | Podcast

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Michael Jordan challenges Dan Roundfield

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

 

* NBA regular season – December 10 through December 24, 1984

* Insightful early-season 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 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played seven games in this span – two wins and five-consecutive losses – it took a double-overtime victory against Atlanta, for Chicago to end (what would be) their longest-losing streak of the entire season.

We talk about the Bulls’ inability to win close games; they would compete with their opposition for 46 minutes, before fading out, late. Our ‘NBA Trivia’ feature returns in this episode. How strong is your basketball knowledge?! We chat about the NBA’s best-performing players, milestones reached – including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becoming the first player to surpass 32,000 points – 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, Otis Birdsong, Bill Laimbeer, Ralph Sampson, Derek Smith, Jawann Oldham, Alex English, Magic JohnsonOtis Thorpe, Isiah Thomas, Larry Bird, Kevin McHalePurvis ShortIsiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Quintin Dailey, Bernard King, Hakeem Olajuwon & Terry Cummings.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Dec 11, 1984 – Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Dec 12, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons

Box Score: Dec 14, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

Box Score: Dec 15, 1984 – Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Dec 18, 1984 – Houston Rockets @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Dec 20, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

Box Score: Dec 22, 1984 – Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls

 

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NB85-12: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – November 25 through December 9, 1984 | Podcast

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The Dream gives Bowie a nightmare

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

 

* NBA regular season – November 25 through December 9, 1984

* Insightful early-season 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 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played seven games in this span – five wins and two losses – continuing their run of hot and cold streaks.

We talk about an incident at a Bulls training session, involving David Greenwood and Sidney Green; each fighting – literally and figuratively – for on-court minutes. We also unveil a new ‘NBA Trivia’ feature. How strong is your basketball knowledge?! We chat about the NBA’s best-performing players, milestones reached and much more. Further, you’ll learn about a bizarre, in-game promotion that received a very ‘chili’ reaction. The episode is punctuated by a whirling dervish of high-scoring performances, from two superstars with contrasting offensive prowess; Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins.

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, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bernard King, Orlando Woolridge, Quintin Dailey, Moses Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Derek Smith, Clyde DrexlerMichael Cage, Otis Thorpe, Terry Cummings, Charles BarkleyPurvis Short, Fat Lever, Jack Sikma, Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Clark Kellogg & John Lucas.

 

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

 

Nov 27, 1984 – Fight adds punch to Bulls’ forward battle

Nov 27, 1984 - Chicago Tribune
 

Box Score: Nov 27, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ Golden State Warriors

 

Nov 29, 1984 – Fans can’t stand to see Jordan sit

Nov 29, 1984 - Chicago Tribune
 

Nov 29 – Hawks’ spicy freebies draw a chili reception

Nov 29, 1984 - Milwaukee Journal

 

Nov 29 – Malone reaches a milestone or 2 as 76ers defeat Pacers

Nov 29, 1984 - Milwaukee Journal

 

Box Score: Nov 29, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ Phoenix Suns

 

Box Score: Nov 30, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ L.A. Clippers

 

Dec 1 – Jordan rescues Bulls – Desperate shot stuns Clippers

Dec 1, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

Dec 1, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

 

Dec 2 – Suns give MacLeod 500th win

Dec 2, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

 

Box Score: Dec 2, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ L.A. Lakers

 

Dec 4, 1984 – Bucks considering action against airline

Dec 4, 1984 - Milwaukee Journal

Dec 4, 1984 - Milwaukee Journal

 

Box Score: Dec 4, 1984 – New Jersey Nets @ Chicago Bulls

 

Dec 6, 1984 – Jumping the gun

Dec 6, 1984 - Milwaukee Journal

 

Dec 7, 1984 – NBA’s tough times are over

Dec 7, 1984 - Milwaukee Journal

Dec 7, 1984 - Milwaukee Journal

 

Box Score: Dec 7, 1984 – New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

 

Box Score: Dec 8, 1984 – Dallas Mavericks @ Chicago Bulls

 

Dec 9, 1984 – Celtics Slip By Atlanta

Dec 10, 1984 - Ocala Star-Banner

 

Dec 9, 1984 – Keeping watch

Dec 9, 1984 - Milwaukee Journal

 

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NB85-7: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – Sam Smith – There Is No Next: NBA Legends on the Legacy of MJ | Podcast

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There Is No Next: NBA Legends on the Legacy of Michael Jordan

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

 

* Sam Smith’s book: There is No Next: NBA Legends on the Legacy of Michael Jordan

 

In another special episode, we are joined by Bulls.com columnist, New York Times best-selling author (The Jordan Rules) and former podcast guest, Sam Smith. We deep dive into a great discussion of Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season (1984-85) and the Chicago Bulls franchise itself. We ask Sam all about his new book, which is part oral history / part narrative. Sam discussed MJ with an incredible cast of luminaries, including Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, President Obama and many more.

Thanks to (the appropriately named) ‘Johnny Kilroy’ for submitting a listener question. You’ll hear Sam’s answer within this episode.

This episode is (mostly) devoted to 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 (and coaches) mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Orlando Woolridge, Dave Corzine, Quintin Dailey, Reggie Miller, Don Nelson & Kevin Loughery.

 

Topics discussed: Michael Jordan’s debut, 30 years ago

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AIR047: David Bridgers – Michael Jordan’s childhood friend | Podcast

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David Bridgers

L to R: David Bridgers, Michael Jordan & Derek Betts | Copyright © Sports Illustrated

Michael Jordan’s lifelong friend and confidant, David Bridgers.

A unique episode. Ross Franco is a North Carolinian friend of mine. We connected, through my podcast – one of the many great outcomes I’ve experienced, since creating the show. Ross is a great friend of David Bridgers. Ross and I have previously discussed the possibility of inviting David on the podcast, as a guest. When the opportunity presented itself, we were both very pleased. The three of us had a great chat.

Prior to speaking with Ross and David, I wasn’t sure if our conversation would necessarily make for an interesting podcast episode. However, five minutes into proceedings, that all changed. This is simply three guys, talking all-things Michael Jordan, from a perspective you’d be very hard-pressed to top. You’ll learn the origins of Bridgers’ relationship with Jordan. The two first met, at just seven years of age! We cover David’s enduring friendship with Michael and his experiences with the Jordan family, plus, David’s close bond with Ross.

Ross tried his best to not be involved in this audio recording. He suggested that David should speak solely with me. From my point of view, that was never going to happen. Thanks again Ross, for making this conversation possible. I hope you – the listener – enjoy it.

 

Links to topics discussed (photos will be added):

SI Vault: The Unlikeliest Homeboy

In all Airness: Brush with Greatness – Michael Jordan

Ross Franco online: Twitter

 

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AIR046: Rick Barry – One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History | Podcast

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RickBarry

One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Rick Barry.

Rick discusses his first sporting love of baseball – he talks fondly of his hero – the reason behind his choice to wear the iconic jersey number 24. Incredibly, as a high-school senior, Rick almost gave up on his future Hall of Fame career, due in large-part to his then-coach.

We chat about the origins of his unique, underhanded free-throw shooting technique and its impact on his overall game. Rick talks about his passion for basketball and his immense desire to win. We talk about his outstanding college career at the University of Miami and how it prepared him to make an instant impact at the next level. We discuss the 1965 NBA Draft, where Rick was one of 10 future All-Stars selected.

We cover Rick’s NBA Rookie of the Year triumph, playing against Wilt Chamberlain in the 1967 NBA Finals and Barry’s decision to join the fledgling ABA (he won the 1969 ABA Championship) for its inaugural season. Rick talks candidly about being forced to sit out the entire 1968 season, when he was arguably in the prime of his career. We chat about his All-Star Game memories (eight in the NBA, four in the ABA) and his 1975 NBA Championship glory.

We talk about Rick’s last two NBA seasons in Houston and how injury prematurely halted his career; interestingly, an NBA rule-change possibly denied Rick’s plan to join the Boston Celtics or Los Angeles Lakers.

Rick discusses his Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement, his foray into coaching (1990s) and the opportunities missed at NBA level. We round out the conversation, learning about Rick’s current-day interests, including a love of fly fishing and his business pursuits.

We run the gamut of discussion topics that shed light on the competitive nature of a true basketball great.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | Profile

1967: “Super Soph”Rick leaves NBA

1975: NBA Finals – Game 3 | NBA Finals recap

Circa-1976: Rick Barry & Red Auerbach

1987: Basketball Hall of Fame (profile)

2011: ABA Round-table | 2014: The Charity Stripe

Rick Barry online: Website | Ektio

Courtside Jones: Rick Barry from courtsidejones.com on Vimeo.

 

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