AIR077: Andrew Bernstein – Senior NBA Photographer | Podcast

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Andrew Bernstein - Senior NBA PhotographerSenior NBA Photographer and Director of Photography for Staples Center, Andrew Bernstein.

 

He hasn’t played a single minute in the NBA. However, Andy Bernstein is a perennial contender for league MVP (Most Valuable Photographer). The 2017 NBA Finals will mark the 35th-consecutive time that Andy has covered the Association’s showcase event.

We discuss Andy’s rise from amateur shutterbug – his love for the camera was fostered by a (teenage) trip to the Western United States with his dad – to becoming one of the world’s greatest sports photographers.

Highlights of our conversation include Andy’s memories of an iconic rendition of the national anthem at his first All-Star Game (1983), his crucial involvement in creating the (taken from his bio) position of Senior Director of NBA Photos – a position he held for 25 years – a discussion about the meteoric changes in camera technology over recent decades and of course, he details wonderful stories behind how some of his most-historic photos came to be.

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson

Michael Jordan - Come Fly with MeFather and son - James Jordan celebrates with Michael Jordan

Topics / links discussed (include):

  • Marvin Gaye’s amazing performance at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game

  • Follow Andy’s wonderful output on Instagram:
 

#FBF @lakers vs. @celtics tonight brings back memories of another era in the rivalry. @nba #showtime #larrylegend #magicjohnson

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People mentioned in this episode, include: Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Lon Rosen, Terry Lyons, Pat Riley, David Stern, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant & Porter McKinnon.

 

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AIR076: Don Casey – High school, college and NBA coaching great | Podcast

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Don Casey readies Terence Stansbury and the OwlsHigh school, college and NBA coaching great, Don Casey.

 

To say that Don Casey is an important figure to the game of basketball, is to massively undersell his contributions. His head-coaching journey began in 1958, when he was just 21 years old. Almost by accident, Don found basketball; perhaps, basketball found Don. He enjoyed great success, leading Bishop Eustace High School to two state championships (Class B and A in successive seasons) in six years.

We discuss Don’s transition to the college ranks, where he spent nine seasons as the head coach of Temple University. We also chat about his long-time mentor, the legendary Harry Litwack.

The NBA came calling for the 1983 season. Don remained at the highest level (as an assistant and/or head coach) for almost 20 years. We talk about his memories and experiences from that stage of his life. He went from the sleepless nights and frustrations of leading the L.A. Clippers (through 1990), to joining Chris Ford‘s coaching staff on the Boston Celtics (1991). We reflect on Don’s memories of Boston, including his links to the great Jack McCallum, who at one time, lived with Don whilst researching Unfinished Business. Don would move to New Jersey after the 1996 season, to work for John Calipari, before finishing his NBA (coaching) career as head coach of the New Jersey Nets.

The conversation concludes with a brief discussion about Don’s post-NBA interests.

Topics / links discussed (include):

  • Boston Celtics versus Indiana Pacers (1991 NBA Playoffs)

  • New Jersey Nets versus Chicago Bulls (1998 NBA Playoffs)

People mentioned in this episode, include: Terence Stansbury, Chuck Person, Jim McIlvaine, Kendall Gill, Bob Hill, Jim Lynam, Larry Bird, Red AuerbachReggie Miller, Sherman Douglas, Ernie GrunfeldGene Shue, Don Chaney & John Bagley.

 

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NB87-2 – October 31 through November 15, 1986 – Michael Jordan’s third NBA season | Podcast

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Michael Jordan drives, as Larry Bird and Charles Oakley look on

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

 

* NBA regular season – October 31 through November 15, 1986

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

 

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the first 16 days of the 1986-87 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played eight games in this span – five wins and three losses.

Michael Jordan ensured Doug Collins‘ coaching debut was a memorable one. Jordan registered his first 50-point game at New York and his scintillating form led Chicago to start the season with three-consecutive wins.

 

Notable milestones:

 

Links discussed:

  • Bowie’s persistent leg-related problems led to a shocking incident versus Dallas

 

This episode continues our coverage of the 1986-87 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!

Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Earl Cureton, Ron Harper, Sam Bowie, Adrian Dantley, Granville Waiters, Dave Corzine, Rory Sparrow, Chuck Person, Johnny Dawkins & Mike Smrek.

 

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AIR075: Space Jam’s 20th anniversary – Nigel Miguel and Nate Bellamy Jr (behind the scenes) | Podcast

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Space Jam at 20 - Nigel Miguel and Nate Bellamy Jr, with Barkley and JordanCelebrate Space Jam’s 20th anniversary, with Nigel Miguel and Nate Bellamy Jr.

 

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the highest-grossing basketball movie of all-time, Nigel and Nate pull back the curtain and share inside stories on the iconic Space Jam.

Nigel and Nate were vital contributors, both in-front of and behind the cameras. They also played a crucial role in the smooth running of the legendary Jordan Dome. Both gentlemen are close friends of Michael Jordan and recall some fantastic stories from on the set and discuss how the genre-bending movie came to be.

 

Topics / links discussed (include):

  • How ‘Hare Jordan’ led to Space Jam’s creation

The Green Team - Space Jam

People mentioned in this episode, include: Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Dennis Rodman, Marques Johnson, Larry JohnsonIsiah Thomas, Muggsy Bogues, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing & Shawn Bradley.

 

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NB86-14: Michael Jordan’s second NBA season – 1986 Playoffs through Finals | Podcast

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

 

* Playoffs through 1986 NBA Finals (April 17 through June 8)

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

 

The penultimate episode of #NB86. We discuss numerous happenings from the 1985-86 NBA season. This time, the Playoffs through NBA Finals. Make sure you stay tuned for our final episode, when award-winning (1980s) Celtics beat writer, Mike Carey, joins the show.

 

Notable milestones:

 

Links discussed:

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!

Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Doug CollinsJerry SichtingTerry Teagle & Xavier McDaniel.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

86-04-17 – Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

86-04-20 – Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

86-04-22 – Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls

 

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AIR074: Kelly Tripucka (Part II) – Notre Dame star, two-time NBA All-Star and broadcaster | Podcast

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Kelly Tripucka - Charlotte HornetsNotre Dame great, two-time NBA All-Star and broadcaster, Kelly Tripucka.

 

Part two of an in-depth, wide-ranging conversation about Kelly‘s career. [Here’s part one]

 

Topics / links discussed (include):

  • The stunning details on how Kelly heard news of his trade from Detroit to Utah
  • Kelly’s trade to the newly-minted Charlotte Hornets

  • The faux-controversy surrounding “Frank” and “Dick” (via Kelly’s Wikipedia page)
  • Kelly’s career in (TV and radio) broadcasting
  • Starting Lineup (NBA) figures and items Kelly still receives to this day, in the mail

People mentioned in this episode, include: Bill Laimbeer, Julius Erving, Bernard KingJerry West, Dave Bing, Kiki VanDeWeghe, Pete Maravich, Rex Chapman, Bill HanzlikDell Curry, Adrian Dantley & Muggsy Bogues.

 

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