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


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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NB85-1: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – UNC Tar Heels / 1984 USA Olympic Trials / pre-draft | Podcast


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


* Michael Jordan’s final season (1984) with the North Carolina Tar Heels

* Team USA 1984 Olympic Trials (including a chat with Roosevelt Chapman)

* Lead-up to the 1984 NBA Draft


A wide-array of players are mentioned in this episode. The most-prominent, include: Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Terry Porter, Danny Manning, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Wayman Tisdale and Sam Perkins.


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


Mar 14, 1984 – AP All-America

Mar 14, 1984 - Victoria Advocate
Mar 22, 1984: Jordan’s final game for North Carolina

Jordan’s UNC career stats (per game)


Mar 28, 1984 – Jordan player of year

Mar 30, 1984 - Sumter Daily Item


 Mar 31, 1984 – Michael Jordan: Final Four – in 1985

Mar 31, 1984 - Lewiston Daily Sun

Apr 4, 1984: Olympic Trials

Apr 4, 1984 - Gainesville Sun


Apr 14, 1984 – Bowie, Turpin won’t attend Olympic trials

Lakeland Ledger


Apr 18, 1984 – Olympic cagers begin practice

Apr 18, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star


Apr 21, 1984 – U.S. Olympic basketball tryouts a sports fan’s delight

Apr 21, 1984 - Deseret News


 Apr 21, 1984 – Point’s Porter fights for berth

Apr 21, 1984 - Milwaukee Journal


Apr 21, 1984 – Knight to make first cut of Olympic hopefuls

Apr 21, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star


Apr 22, 1984 – Jordan, Barkley Pace White To Victory

Apr 22, 1984 - Spartanburg Herald Journal


Apr 22, 1984 – Olympic trials characterized by rugged play

Apr 22, 1984 - Eugene Register Guard


Apr 23, 1984 – Olympic Team Aching

Apr 23, 1984 - Victoria Advocate


Apr 23, 1984 – Tisdale Paces White Win

Apr 23, 1984 - Spartanburg Herald Journal


Apr 23, 1984 – Ewing, Jordan on list of final 20 on Olympic team

Apr 23, 1984 - Arizona Courier


Apr 23, 1984 – Knight assesses survivors

Apr 23, 1984 - Spokesman Review


Apr 24, 1984 – Knight Cuts Olympic Squad Down to 20

Apr 24, 1984 - Palm Beach Post


Apr 24, 1984 – Knight’s basketball boot camp ends

Apr 24, 1984 - Lodi News-Sentinel


Apr 24, 1984 – Men’s pre-Olympic schedule

Apr 24, 1984 - St. Petersburg Times


Apr 25, 1984 – A Golden Team

Apr 25, 1984 - The Dispatch


Apr 28, 1984 – No fooling: Akeem to turn pro

Apr 28, 1984 - St. Petersburg Independent


May 6, 1984 – Michael Jordan to turn pro; Wayman Tisdale to stay in school

May 6, 1984 - Gainesville Sun


May 6, 1984 – Smith wants best for players

May 6, 1984 - Star News


May 6, 1984 – Jordan awaits pro future

May 6, 1984 - Star News


May 7, 1984 – Jordan follows advice

May 7, 1984 - Sumter Daily Item


May 8, 1984 – NBA postpones draft coin flip

May 8, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star


May 10, 1984 – Pullout won’t dim Jordan’s desire

May 10, 1984 - Wilmington Morning Star


May 14, 1984 – Knight enjoying mini-camp

May 14, 1984 - Daily News


May 14, 1984 – Porter among 4 cut from Olympic cage team

May 14, 1984 - Milwaukee Sentinel

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AIR048: Roosevelt Chapman – Dayton legend, NBA draftee and international star | Podcast


Roosevelt Chapman

Dayton Flyers’ all-time leading scorer and NCAA star, Roosevelt Chapman.

Adam & Aaron welcome Roosevelt to the podcast, with an in-depth discussion of his very successful, well-traveled, yet largely-unheralded basketball career. If ever a guest warranted featuring on the show, Roosevelt ‘Velvet’ Chapman is that guy. In 1984, within the span of just three months, he starred in the NCAA Tournament, was invited to the Team USA Olympic Trials and was selected in the NBA Draft.

Roosevelt talks about his early years in Brooklyn and how his game developed on the playgrounds of New York City. He discusses some of the future NBA stars he grew up with, including Chris Mullin, Mark Jackson and Rod Strickland, to name a few. The development of Chapman’s game earned him the opportunity to attend the University of Dayton. We chat about his incredible senior season at college, where he led the Flyers to the Elite Eight in the 1984 NCAA Tournament – overcoming Wayman Tisdale and Detlef Schrempf in the process; finally succumbing to Patrick Ewing and his Georgetown Hoyas.

Roosevelt discusses his involvement in the Team USA Olympic Trials in 1984, including two great stories involving Michael Jordan and John Stockton. He opens up about his selection in the 1984 NBA Draft and what led to him pursuing opportunities to play professionally – achieving great success – traveling around the world.

This is one of my favorite episodes of the show, to date. Roosevelt’s story is fascinating; discovering the history and importance of players who often fly under the radar, is a passion of mine. Aaron & I are confident you’ll enjoy this feature.


Links to topics discussed:

1984: ‘The Shot’ | NCAA Tournament: LSU / Oklahoma / Georgetown

1984 NBA Draft: Selections

2012: Q&A | 2014: Flying High | 30 Years Later | Elite Eight advice

Roosevelt Chapman online: Twitter


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