AIR080: Adam & Lisa’s USA holiday – Christmas Day NBA, meeting Bernard King and more | Podcast

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Adam and Lisa - Madison Square Garden (Christmas Day, 2017)Adam and Lisa discuss their three-week USA holiday. Lots of basketball topics.

 

We discuss the highlights / basketball-related topics from our fantastic holiday to the USA. We met up with numerous, former guests and great friends of the show. We had an amazing trip. Thanks, Lisa, for your excellent holiday planning!

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People mentioned in this episode, include: Peter Vecsey, Bob Ryan, Mike Carey, Peter Capolino, Adam Beechen & Jeff Peart.

 

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AIR079: Jerry Reynolds – NYC Player of the Year, LSU great and eight-year NBA veteran | Podcast

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The Orlando Magic's Jerry Reynolds, teammate Nick Anderson and Magic JohnsonNew York City Player of the Year, LSU great and eight-year NBA veteran, Jerry Reynolds.

 

Jerry Reynolds talks about his childhood in Brooklyn and the crucial role that basketball has played in his life. His journey from high school – where he was cut from Alexander Hamilton as a freshman – to the NBA, is one of perseverance, hard work and tremendous talent. Jerry capped off his high-school career by being named New York City Player of the Year (1981) and leading his team to the NYC Public School Championship.

Alexander Hamilton's Jerry Reynolds slams home a jam versus Jackson - 1981 NYC Championship Game

We discuss the circumstances behind Jerry’s decision that ultimately saw him play for three seasons at Louisiana State University. To this day, Reynolds’ name is still littered throughout the record books at LSU. We break down his great impact on the Tigers, matching Michael Jordan (point-for-point) in a performance for the ages at Chapel Hill, his final (collegiate) game against Navy’s David Robinson in the 1985 NCAA Tournament and more.

Jerry 'Ice' Reynolds slips around (a somewhat-rotund) Charles BarkleyWe round out our in-depth conversation by examining Jerry’s eight seasons at the highest level; including his three years as an original member of the (expansion) Orlando Magic – where he achieved his best-statistical seasons. Learn about the ups-and-downs of pro basketball, plus the unique details behind Jerry’s return to the NBA at age 33, after a three-year, forced retirement due to injury.

Topics / links discussed (include):

  • Jerry’s (1984) exciting match-up versus the phenomenal Michael Jordan

People mentioned in this episode, include: John Williams, Chris Mullin, Roosevelt Chapman, Tex Winter, Pete Maravich, Billy Cunningham, Marty Blake, Don Nelson, Terry Cummings, Sidney Moncrief, Dale EllisLarry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale & Paul Mokeski.

 

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AIR078: Chris Engler – University of Wyoming standout, five-year NBA veteran and international basketballer | Podcast

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Chris Engler and Magic Johnson defend Michael JordanUniversity of Wyoming standout and five-year NBA veteran, Chris Engler.

 

Chris Engler discusses his childhood in Minneapolis and how his links to the sport of basketball began early in life. Between eighth and ninth grade of high school – whilst participating across numerous sports – Chris had a six-inch growth spurt and a focus on basketball became more appealing.

We chat about Chris walking-on at the University of Minnesota, where he’d play alongside future (NBA) stars Mychal Thompson and Kevin McHale. After two seasons with the Gophers, Chris transferred to the University of Wyoming, where he had more opportunity to develop his game. His final college appearance was an NCAA Tournament match-up against Patrick Ewing and the mighty Georgetown Hoyas.

Chris shares memories from his five years in the NBA, plus, experiences in the CBA, travelling overseas to play professionally and also winning back-to-back gold medals (1994 and 1998) at the World Masters Games.

Chris Engler - Stillwater High SchoolChris Engler - Golden State Warriors

Chris Engler and Tom ChambersTopics / links discussed (include):

People mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Trent Tucker, Sleepy Floyd, Bill Garnett, Bernard King, Charles Bradley, World B. Free, Ernie DiGregorio, Rick Brown, Orlando Woolridge & Mark Landsberger.

 

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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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AIR033: Joe Wolf – High School All-American, UNC star and NBA veteran | Podcast

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High School All-American, University of North Carolina star and NBA veteran, Joe Wolf.

We discuss EuroBasket 2013, where Joe was an assistant coach to Mike Fratello, steering Ukraine to a sensational 6th place finish; earning the team a guaranteed spot in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Joe talks about his amazing high school basketball career, where he was (2005) named Wisconsin’s greatest ever player. He discusses his career at North Carolina, playing alongside greats of game, including Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Brad Daugherty and Kenny Smith. We also learn Joe’s whereabouts, on the day he was drafted into the NBA, in 1987. We break down his 11-year NBA career, his years coaching in the (now defunct) CBA and NBA D-League and five seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks; culminating last season, as the lead assistant to Scott Skiles.

Thanks again, to former guest on this podcast, Bob Hill – he was pivotal is helping make this conversation come to fruition. Many thanks, Bob.

 

Links to topics discussed (more added soon):

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | Profile | ‘Retro Joe’

EuroBasket 2013: Tournament Wrap | Formula of Success

1987: NBA Draft | 1996: Joe’s arrival to Orlando

 

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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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