NB86-1: Michael Jordan’s second NBA season – pre-draft / 1985 Draft, 1985-86 Bulls training camp and preseason games | Podcast

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Chicago Bulls - Beloit College, Wisconsin - October, 1985

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

 

* Off-season news, notes and quotes

* 1985 NBA Draft

* Chicago Bulls 1985-86 training camp and preseason games

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

 

We’re back with a new series. Starting mid-June, 1985, we discuss a wide array of interesting topics and happenings, from the NBA’s off-season.

We chat about the Chicago Bulls’ moves to sign a new head coach, in the wake of Kevin Loughery‘s firing. We cover the 1985 NBA Draft and the multitude of deals that Chicago made, to secure Charles Oakley‘s arrival and the team’s future.

You’ll learn about the ‘Schlitz Malt Liquor Summer Basketball League’, hosted at Chicago State University, in late June and early July, 1985. Professional players who took part, included Michael Jordan, Isiah Thomas, Reggie Theus, Terry Cummings, Orlando WoolridgeMaurice Cheeks.

We also talk about the burgeoning career of (Washington Bullets draftee) Manute Bol. The Chicago Tribune ran a great feature on Bol, covering his then-stint with the United States Basketball League, where he was averaging an astonishing 12 blocks per game.

In late July, 1985, the University of Illinois at Chicago, hosted an NBA Rookie Summer League, featuring the Bulls, Hawks, Cavaliers, Pistons, Pacers & Bucks. The teams played a series of exhibitions, open to the public. Players involved – referred to as rookies, free agents and fringe pros – included Spud Webb, Joe Dumars, Kevin Willis, Tony Campbell, Ron Anderson, Antoine Carr, Terence Stansbury & Randy Breuer.

To encourage camaraderie and team unity, the Bulls held their (1985-86) preseason training camp at Beloit College, Wisconsin. Aside from basketball, Michael Jordan served as an honorary official (coin toss) at the Beloit-Cornell football game.

Michael Jordan - Beloit College football - October 2, 1985

 

We detail the Bulls’ interest in (free agent) Kyle Macy and the formerly-retired Billy McKinney. Plus, Spencer Haywood made a comeback attempt – attending training camp with the Pistons – two seasons removed from his last NBA game.

We recap Chicago’s 1985-86 preseason games. They were the only team without a win.

Chicago Bulls - 1985-86 preseason

Chicago Bulls - statistics

 

To round out the episode, we talk about the Bulls’ trade for George Gervin, on the eve of the regular season. That deal had ramifications – for more than one reason.

This episode begins our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends! For context, here’s our 30-episode series, exploring Michael Jordan’s rookie campaign.

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Mike Dunleavy, Quintin Dailey, Dave CorzineWes Matthews & Adrian Branch.

 

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NB85-19: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – Bulls at 76ers (Feb 1), vs Pistons (Feb 12) – 1985 | Podcast

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

 

* Chicago at Philadelphia – February 1, 1985

* Detroit at Chicago – February 12, 1985

 

In this episode, we discuss the forty-seventh and fiftieth games of MJ’s professional career. We were fortunate to have access to the game DVDs, giving us plenty of topics and moments to talk about. In our first game for discussion, Jordan’s Bulls visit Philadelphia to take on the 76ers. Then we cover what is often referred to as the ‘Revenge Game’. (Allegedly) spurned – following his treatment in the 1985 NBA All-Star Game – Michael Jordan explodes for a season-high 49 points.

Aside from a focus on Jordan’s burgeoning career, we cover numerous sub-plots, individual milestones, amusing moments and minutiae from both games.

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, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Dave Corzine, Rod Higgins, Moses Malone, Sidney Green, Maurice Cheeks, Orlando Woolridge, Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Vinnie Johnson, Major Jones, Brook Steppe & Chris Engler.

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AIR032: Mike Fratello – NBA Coach of the Year, TV Broadcaster and The Czar of the Telestrator | Podcast

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NBA Coach of the Year, TV Broadcaster and The Czar of the Telestrator, Mike Fratello.

We discuss EuroBasket 2013, where Mike coached Ukraine to a fantastic 6th place finish; securing the team a spot in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. We then revisit Mike’s high school years, where he was a star athlete. He talks about his foray into coaching and the opportunities that would lead him all the way to the NBA. We talk about his intrinsic links to Hall of Fame legend, Hubie Brown.

Mike opens up on the re-building process that led the Hawks’ to four-consecutive 50-win seasons. We chat about his 1986 Coach of the Year season and he tells a fascinating story about how he helped motivate Dominique Wilkins, to reach even greater heights (literally and figuratively) as a player. We talk about the 1988 NBA All-Star Game, where he coached the Eastern Conference squad to victory.

Mike discusses his entry to the world of TV broadcasting, the origin of his classic nickname and relationship with the great Marv Albert and former guest of this show, Ian Eagle. You’ll also learn how Mike received a pair of game-worn, Shaquille O’Neal shoes, in unusual circumstances. We get the inside scoop on Mike’s experiences with Michael Jordan, including his time alongside MJ, as a coach at the Michael Jordan Senior Flight School.

We talk about Mike’s six seasons coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers and his stint with the Memphis Grizzlies. Plus, we somehow find time to talk about the 2014 NBA season. An incredible array of topics are covered. Thank you, Mike Fratello!

Thanks to former guest on this podcast, Bob Hill – he was key to making my chat with Mike, happen. Many thanks, Bob.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | Profile

EuroBasket 2013: Tournament Wrap | Formula of Success

1984: Bench-jockeying, NBA Style

1988: NBA All-Star Game | Hawks v Celtics – NBA Playoffs (Game 7)

1993: O’Neal collapses Shaqboard | 2002: NBA on NBC | 2012: Mike Fratello & Ian Eagle

Mike Fratello online: WebsiteTwitter

 

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AIR012: Sedale Threatt – NBA veteran and L.A. Lakers great | Podcast

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NBA veteran and L.A. Lakers great, Sedale Threatt.

We begin by talking about the sad loss of Lakers owner, Dr. Jerry Buss. Sedale discusses his rise to the NBA and being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. Our chat covers his days playing with Michael Jordan and the Bulls, including a great MJ story. We talk about his three full seasons playing for the SuperSonics, his trade to the Lakers and the players-only meeting, prior to Magic Johnson’s shock retirement in 1991. He speaks about his post-NBA playing career, his thoughts on the 2013 Lakers and his passion for teaching the game – having established the Australian Basketball College.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Sedale’s last Bulls game, before Sonics trade

Magic’s retirement speech | Lakers-era highlights (career-high game at 8:26 into clip)

Australian Basketball College | Sedale Threatt Junior – ‘Unguardable’

 

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