AIR043: Bill Cartwright – NCAA All-American, All-Star and five-time NBA Champion | Podcast

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Bill Cartwright

NCAA All-American, All-Star and five-time NBA Champion, Bill Cartwright.

Bill discusses his early years, growing up in California and playing baseball – his first sporting love. He became a highly-recruited basketballer, but chose to remain in his home state, developing into a standout at the University of San Francisco. We also chat about Bill’s first memories of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. In his senior season, Cartwright was named 1st Team All-American.

Bill talks about the 1979 NBA Draft and his (very) underrated rookie season – where he was named an All-Star and All-Rookie 1st Team selection. He recalls some of the all-time greats he played with and against, including Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe, Darryl Dawkins, Julius Erving, Dave Cowens and many others. We learn about Bill’s career in New York, the legendary coaches he played for and the interesting details behind his trade to the Chicago Bulls.

We chat about The Jordan Rules and its impact on the Bulls’ unity. We break down Bill’s career in Chicago – including his role as team co-captain. He offers his thoughts on each of his three NBA Championships (as a player), the Bulls’ (1994) season without Michael Jordan and more.

We learn about Bill’s coaching career, too. He talks about his varied roles within the NBA, plus, his move to Japan, where he was Osaka Evessa’s head coach, in the Basketball Japan League. This conversation is wide-ranging and covers Bill entire career. We even talk about his future coaching plans and the chat concludes with a discussion of Australia’s own – and Cartwright’s former teammate – Luc Longley.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference | Profile

Photos: USF | Pre-NBA Draft

NBA Finals: 1991 | 1992 | 1993

NBA: vs. Pistons | 1994

Sacramento Sports: Hall of Fame

TV: Celebrity Bucket List | Coaching: Teach, in Japan

Bill Cartwright online: Company | LinkedIn

 

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AIR018: 1996 NBA season – complete recap | Podcast

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Chicago Bulls

Adam and Aaron recap the 1996 NBA season.

Our conversation covers the whole season – we discuss best / worst team records, all major award winners and notable retirees. We also focus on the Bulls’ historic 72-10 record. We chat random stats, fake player nicknames (amazingly make a return) and of course, the 1996 Playoffs – culminating with Jordan v Payton / Kemp in the 1996 NBA Finals.

 

Links to topics discussed:

1996 NBA Season Summary | Johnny ‘Red’ Kerr / Adam Howes (curator)

Damon Stoudamire (1995) | Bulls v Grizzlies | Bulls v Lakers | Chicago’s 70th win

1996 NBA Finals: Game 1 | Game 3

 

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AIR009: Ray Clay – Legendary Chicago Bulls Public Address Announcer | Podcast

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Copyright © Ray Clay

Legendary Chicago Bulls PA Announcer, Ray Clay.

Our conversation starts with Ray’s pre-Bulls years, discussing how he first became involved in announcing. We talk about his remarkable live, in-game tryouts for the Bulls PA position in 1990, where he initially competed with over 100 broadcasters for the top job. We cover his greatest moments, his relationship with players and staff, plus the controversial end his time in Chicago. We also touch on his special assignment, introducing Michael Jordan for his final NBA game in 2003, plus much more.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Bulls celebrate post-game, 1992 NBA Finals | Grant Park Championship Rally, 1996

Classic Ray Clay pre-game introduction | Ray introducing Jordan in his final NBA game

Ray’s voice-over at Colorado wedding

 

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AIR004: Andrew Gaze – Australian legend – Two-time NBL Champion, Five-time Olympian and NBA Champion | Podcast

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Australia's Greatest Basketballer

Australia’s greatest ever basketballer – 2-time NBL Champion, 5-time Olympian and NBA Champion, Andrew Gaze.

Our discussion begins with Andrew’s formative years, literally surrounded by basketball and the influence of his famous father, Lindsay. We talk about Andrew’s early years in the NBL and representing Australia internationally with his close friends, Luc Longley, Shane Heal and Mark Bradtke. We cover his season playing college basketball at Seton Hall in America, delve into his NBA experiences and get his insight on the NBL of today. The conversation is also sprinkled with Andrew’s fantastic anecdotes.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Book: The Andrew Gaze Story: A Kid, a Ball, a Dream

Gaze’s monster jam versus Geelong | 1988 Olympics – Bronze medal match

1989 NCAA Championship | 1993 NBL Championship, Game 3

Shane Heal v Charles Barkley | “Alley-oop to Copeland!”

Andrew Gaze in San Antonio

 

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