NB85-16: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – January 9 through 23, 1985 | Podcast

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Jordan nix Knicks

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

 

* NBA regular season – January 9 through 23, 1985

* 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 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played eight games in this span – four wins and four losses.

We discuss Bernard King‘s quest to become the ‘perfect basketball player’, including unique training drills that prepared him for opposition double and triple-teams. We also break down the Chicago Bulls’ inconsistency. They alternated losses and wins in this period of time. We talk about Moses Malone‘s preseason workouts with Hakeem Olajuwon, chat about the NBA’s best-performing players, milestones reached – including Larry Bird‘s 10,000th point and Lenny Wilkens‘ 1,000th game as coach – 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, Adrian DantleyPhil Hubbard, Isiah Thomas, Larry SmithJack Sikma, Rod HigginsTom Chambers & World B. Free.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Jan 9, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

Box Score: Jan 11, 1985 – New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 12, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

Box Score: Jan 14, 1985 – Denver Nuggets @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 16, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

Box Score: Jan 17, 1985 – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Jan 19, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers

Box Score: Jan 22, 1985 – Portland Trail Blazers @ Chicago Bulls

 

The Gold Dust Twins [as mentioned in Chicago Tribune]

The Gold Dust Twins

 

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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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NB85-11: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – Spurs (Nov 13), 76ers (Nov 17) at Bulls – 1984 | Podcast

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Michael Jordan skies as Julius Erving soars

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

 

* San Antonio at Chicago – November 13, 1984

* Philadelphia at Chicago – November 17, 1984

 

In this episode, we discuss the ninth and eleventh 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 lights up the Spurs with one of his seven, 40-plus (point) games of the 1984-85 NBA season. Following that masterclass, MJ’s Bulls are schooled by The Doctor and his rampaging Philadelphia teammates.

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, Dave CorzineQuintin Dailey, George Gervin, Artis GilmoreMoses Malone, Julius ErvingOrlando WoolridgeCharles Barkley & Doug Collins.

 

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

 

Box Score: Nov 13, 1984 – San Antonio Spurs @ Chicago Bulls

 

Nov 14, 1984 – It’s Jordan early, late

Nov 14, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

 

Box Score: Nov 17, 1984 – Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls

 

Nov 18, 1984 – Moses takes command

Nov 18, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

Nov 18, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

 

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

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Michael Jordan spurs Chicago

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

 

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

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

 

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the second 15-day block of the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played eight games in this span, which included MJ’s first game-winning shot. Jordan also recorded his (equal) second-best scoring game (45 points) as a rookie, too. On the topic of scoring sprees, we also talk about Purvis Short and Bernard King, who were nothing less than stellar, achieving some of the season’s highest individual-scoring performances.

We chat about the mixed fortunes of David Greenwood and Ronnie Lester, as Chicago’s roster started to take shape. In more random news of the era, Julius Erving and Michael Jordan met for the first time. We also talk 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, Purvis Short, Bernard King, Orlando Woolridge & Moses Malone.

 

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

 

Box Score: Nov 10, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers

 

Nov 11, 1984 – Jordan has just what Bulls need

Nov 11, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

Nov 11, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

 

Nov 11, 1984 – NBA enters a new era: The Michael Jordan Show

Nov 14, 1984 - Pittsburgh Press
 

Nov 12, 1984 – Not all the Bulls are sky-high

Nov 12, 1984 - Chicago Tribune
 

Box Score: Nov 13, 1984 – San Antonio Spurs @ Chicago Bulls

 

Nov 14, 1984 – Stadium rocks, Jordan rolls

Nov 14, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

Nov 14, 1984 - Chicago Tribune
 

Nov 14, 1984 – Bird and Erving are fined $7,500

Nov 14, 1984 - Chicago Tribune
 

Box Score: Nov 15, 1984 – Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls

 

Nov 16, 1984 – Greenbacks lure Greenwood to Bulls

Nov 16, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

 

Nov 16, 1984 – Celtics read Bulls riot act

Nov 16, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

Nov 16, 1984 - Chicago Tribune
 

Nov 16, 1984 – Cavs finally win one

Nov 16, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

 

Nov 17, 1984 – Bulls turn Lester loose

Nov 17, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

 

Box Score: Nov 17, 1984 – Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls

 

Nov 18, 1984 – Moses takes command

Nov 18, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

Nov 18, 1984 - Chicago Tribune
 

Box Score: Nov 19, 1984 – Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls

 

Nov 20, 1984 – Bulls flat, slump growing

Nov 20, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

Nov 20, 1984 - Chicago Tribune
 

Nov 20, 1984 – Sloan joins Jazz as an assistant

Nov 20, 1984 - Chicago Tribune
 

Nov 21, 1984 – Young superstar fights for life

Nov 21, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

 

Nov 21, 1984 – Loughery has Bulls on crash course

Nov 21, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

 

Box Score: Nov 21, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

 

Nov 22, 1984 – Bulls spring a new leak

Nov 22, 1984 - Chicago TribuneNov 22, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

 

Box Score: Nov 23, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ Seattle SuperSonics

 

Nov 24, 1984 – Bulls blow out Sonics to end slump at four

Nov 24, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

Nov 24, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

 

Box Score: Nov 24, 1984 – Chicago Bulls @ Portland Trail Blazers

 

Nov 26, 1984 – Loss to red-hot Blazers fails to burn the Bulls

Nov 26, 1984 - Chicago Tribune

 

Purvis Short highlights

 

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AIR045: Jeff Ruland – HS All-American, NCAA great and NBA All-Star | Podcast

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Copyright © Jeff Ruland

Copyright © Jeff Ruland

High School All-American, NCAA great and NBA All-Star, Jeff Ruland.

Jeff discusses his early sporting life and the major growth-spurt that coincided with his decision to focus on basketball. He was named High School All-American in the same class as Magic Johnson and was heavily recruited across the country. We chat about his decision to remain in New York and commit to Iona College, led by future luminary, Jim Valvano.

Jeff opens up about the 1980 NBA Draft and why he opted to head overseas and play in Spain, before commencing his rookie season in 1982. We talk about Jeff’s excellent first three full seasons, that resulted in NBA All-Star selections in 1984 and 1985. Jeff recalls Michael Jordan’s debut game in the NBA and the rude awakening that MJ would receive on his first dunk attempt in Chicago Stadium.

We chat about the impact of the Showtime Lakers and Boston’s Big Three, plus, the onset of injury issues that began to halt Jeff’s career. We also talk about one of the most memorable trades in NBA history; the Bullets’ decision to trade Jeff to Philadelphia, in exchange for Moses Malone. Jeff details his (first) retirement from the NBA in 1987 and how he went back to college to complete his degree, before making his remarkable comeback attempt in the 1992 season.

We also learn about the successes of Jeff’s coaching career, that are also mixed with trials and tribulations you need to hear to fully comprehend. Our conversation covers a broad-range of interesting topics and is an open and engaging look at one of basketball’s most underrated – in my opinion – careers, ever.

 

Links to topics discussed (more added soon):

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | Profile

 

 

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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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