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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NB87-1: pre-draft / 1986 Draft, 1986-87 Bulls training camp and preseason games – Michael Jordan’s third NBA season | Podcast

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1987 Chicago Bulls

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

 

* Off-season news, notes and quotes

* 1986 NBA Draft

* Chicago Bulls 1986-87 training camp and preseason games

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

 

We’re back with a new series. Starting early-to-mid June, 1986, we discuss a wide array of interesting topics and happenings, from the NBA’s off-season.

We cover the 1986 NBA Draft and how the Bulls planned to retool for the upcoming season. We recap Chicago’s 1986-87 preseason games. The results were mixed. Michael Jordan was ever-reliable, however, most other players were still looking to cement their position and importance to the team.

To round out the episode, we talk about the Bulls’ efforts to put forth a competitive and cohesive team, on the eve of the regular season.

 

Links discussed:

  • UNC Pro-Alumni Game

  • John Shasky wearing #45 for the Bulls – same year (1995) that Jordan did

  • ‘The Trail’ (Arvydas Sabonis episodes): https://soundcloud.com/thetrailpodcast
  • Mike ‘Gibbo’ Gibson – Australian journalist

  • Stan Albeck’s parting shot [Chicago Tribune]

 

This episode begins our coverage of the 1986-87 NBA season. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends! For context, here’s our 15-episode series (NB86), exploring Michael Jordan’s sophomore campaign.

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 Collins, Brad Sellers, Gene Banks, Pete Myers, Orlando Woolridge, Steve ColterHot Rod Williams, Jeff Ruland, Dave Corzine, Olden Polynice, Jawann Oldham, Chuck Person, Granville Waiters, Joe Barry Carroll, Bob Hansen, Elston Turner, Johnny Dawkins, Kenny Walker & Alfredrick Hughes.

 

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NB86-15: Michael Jordan’s second NBA season – Special guest, Mike Carey (1980s Celtics beat writer) – 1986 series finale | Podcast

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Mike Carey - Boston Celtics (1980s) beat writer, author and Professor of Journalism

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

 

* Mike Carey – covering the Boston Celtics on a daily basis

* Marvin Barnes‘ importance to the success of the 1986 Celtics

* What is was like to travel with the Celtics throughout the season

* How Mike and Danny Ainge first heard news of Len Bias’ tragic death

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

 

Please support Mike and purchase his new book at Amazon: “Bad News”: The Turbulent Life of Marvin Barnes, Pro Basketball’s Original Renegade.

The ultimate episode of #NB86. We finish our series with an in-depth interview, inviting award-winning (Boston Herald – 1980s) Celtics beat writer, Mike Carey, on the show. He discusses his experiences travelling with the mighty Boston Celtics.

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

 

Links discussed:

  • 1985 NBA Finals. The Lakers defeat the Celtics on the famed parquet floor

  • Bill Walton‘s importance and his undying love for the Celtics franchise

  • The Boston Celtics celebrate a 16th NBA title

  • From jubilation to complete despair. Len Bias’ tragic death

This episode concludes our coverage of the 1985-86 NBA season. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the series. If you enjoyed the content, please share it with your friends!

Make sure you keep an eye on my website. Research for #NB87 is already underway. A new series, devoted to 1986-87 – Michael Jordan’s third season in the NBA. Also, the greatest scoring output of his career.

Others mentioned in this episode, include: Larry Bird, Hakeem OlajuwonJerry Sichting, Kevin McHale, Ralph Sampson, Dennis Johnson, Robert Parish, K.C. Jones, Scott Wedman & Greg Kite.

 

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

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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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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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AIR027: Reggie Lewis – The Life and Times (Retrospective) | Podcast

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Adam and Todd discuss the life of Reggie Lewis. July 27, 2013, marked the 20th anniversary of his shocking death. We talk about a life lost far too soon, plus, his lasting impact on and off the basketball court.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | Profile

Len Bias: NBA Draft | Had he lived…

Reggie Lewis: NBA Draft | 1992 Playoffs

Celtics v Hornets – 1993 NBA Playoffs (Game 1 / Game 4) | News of Lewis’ death

#35: Retirement ceremony (part 1 / part 2)

 

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