Nba History [unofficial] | Michael Jordan-era And More (in All Airness)

Sinopsis

Episodes feature former-NBA, ABA & CBA players, coaches and media. Plus, conversations about particular games, memorable moments and much more. My focal point is Michael Jordan, however, I cover everything NBA - with my unique Australian sense of humor.

Episodios

  • The Last Dance - Ep. 1 recap [Guest: Scott Burrell - 1998 NBA Champ] - AIR100

    The Last Dance - Ep. 1 recap [Guest: Scott Burrell - 1998 NBA Champ] - AIR100

    28/04/2020 Duración: 40min

    It's here. Aaron joins me to recap episode one of ESPN's 10-part documentary series, The Last Dance. Its focus is Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ 1998 season. After the recap, I'm joined by 1998 NBA Champion, Scott Burrell. In episode one, Scott features in a memorable exchange with teammates Ron Harper and Michael Jordan at the 1997 McDonald’s Open in France. We cover that, Scott’s memories of his championship season with the Bulls and more.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback and ratings / reviews on Apple Podcasts. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Overcast | Google Podcasts Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome)

  • AIR099: ESPNs The Last Dance [Nate Bellamy and Nigel Miguel]

    AIR099: ESPN's 'The Last Dance' [Nate Bellamy and Nigel Miguel]

    10/04/2020 Duración: 41min

    Let's welcome Nate Bellamy Jr. and Nigel Miguel back to the show. They joined me on episode 75 to discuss Space Jam’s 20th anniversary. Prior to that, Nigel was my guest for episode 68. I encourage you to check out those great episodes, too. Today, we’re chatting about ESPN's highly anticipated, 10-part documentary series, The Last Dance. Its focus is Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ 1998 season. For the context of this podcast chat, Nigel’s relationship with MJ goes way back to 1981 when they were both McDonald’s HS All-Americans. Nate met MJ on the set of the TV commercial, Hare Jordan, in September, 1991. Nate and Nigel share great insight and reflect on their experiences with Jordan; ones that can only come from knowing him for so many years. Thanks to those of you on Twitter who offered up questions or comments about the series that I could pose to Nate and Nigel. They respond to three listener submissions: @andgar923, @Steve_Koura and @OOffenseman.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter

  • AIR098: Lafayette Fat Lever - Two-time NBA All-Star and Denver Nuggets legend

    AIR098: Lafayette 'Fat' Lever - Two-time NBA All-Star and Denver Nuggets legend

    06/02/2020 Duración: 01h07min

    Pueblo High School legend, Arizona State University Hall of Famer and two-time NBA All-Star, Lafayette 'Fat' Lever. Fat discusses his storied career and offers plenty of great insight into his fantastic on-court exploits. Near the end of the conversation, I mention Chicago, as it pertains to 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend (Feb 15-16). There’s a strong possibility that I’ll have an opportunity to meet with Fat - and other retired players - as my wife (Lisa) and I will be holidaying in the USA at the same time. Fingers crossed, I’ll have more specifics to share about this next month, upon our return home to Australia. For context, this conversation was recorded on January 24. Full show notes will be online over the coming days.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and Apple Podcasts ratings / reviews. Follow: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe:

  • AIR097: Danny Schayes - Syracuse Basketball All-Century Team and 18-year NBA veteran

    AIR097: Danny Schayes - Syracuse Basketball All-Century Team and 18-year NBA veteran

    03/01/2020 Duración: 01h30min

    Syracuse University great and 18-year NBA veteran, Danny Schayes. The longest-tenured Syracuse University player in NBA history, Danny Schayes, reminisces about his unique life in basketball. Why makes it unique? His father, Dolph Schayes (RIP), was one of the NBA's pioneering stars. Dolph, a 12-time All-Star and 1955 NBA Champion (Syracuse Nationals), was the NBA's all-time leading scorer (19,249 points) when he retired in 1964. Dolph was the first coach of the (1971) Buffalo Braves (now known as the L.A. Clippers). A pre-teen Danny, was a Braves ball-boy. He talks fondly of that year and his interactions with greats of the game. Dolph was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1973. In 1975, Danny Schayes led his high school, the Jamesville-DeWitt Red Rams, to the Seneca Division crown and OHSL Northern Conference title (scoring 29 points in the final). Countless universities would covet Danny's signature. We talk about the recruiting process and why he ultimately chose to play for the Syracuse Orang

  • AIR096: Paul Mokeski - Kansas University standout and 12-year NBA veteran

    AIR096: Paul Mokeski - Kansas University standout and 12-year NBA veteran

    01/08/2019 Duración: 01h51min

    High school star, Kansas University standout and 12-year NBA veteran, Paul Mokeski. Milwaukee Bucks’ cult hero, Paul Mokeski, discusses his life in basketball. As a youngster – whilst not always comfortable in his surroundings – Paul found his calling in basketball. A burgeoning star at Encino’s Crespi Carmelite High School, he was recruited by countless colleges – some went to extremes to land his signature. However, Paul’s family (his father played college basketball) offered strong guidance and he ultimately decided to attend Kansas University. There, he challenged himself and began to thrive; on-and-off the court. He made new friends and would also meet his future wife. Mokeski was selected by the Houston Rockets in the 1979 NBA Draft. As a rookie, he was a back-up to MVP-era Moses Malone. Paul discusses the impact that Moses had on his career and shares some fantastic stories about Malone along the way. In October, 1980, the Rockets traded Paul to Detroit. Whilst the Pistons struggled, Paul enjoyed a goo

  • AIR095: Derrick Gervin - HS great, UTSA star, NBA player and European standout

    AIR095: Derrick Gervin - HS great, UTSA star, NBA player and European standout

    09/07/2019 Duración: 01h07min

    High school great, University of Texas at San Antonio star, NBA player and European standout, Derrick Gervin. Derrick Gervin is a Detroit native. He starred at Martin Luther King High School in his home state of Michigan. Twice, he was named to Detroit's All-Public School League first team. Following high school, Gervin moved cross country to play at a college where his jersey is one of just two to have ever been retired to the rafters - the University of Texas at San Antonio. Coincidentally, as Derrick continued to hone his skills at college, his older brother - future Hall of Famer, George Gervin (The Iceman) - was lighting up the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs. Leaving college after his junior season, Derrick was selected in the 1985 NBA Draft, before eventually travelling overseas to star in Europe. He would return to the USA and achieve his dream of playing in the NBA. We cover this and much more in a wide-ranging conversation. Derrick is a great story teller and shares some fantastic memories from his l

  • BTG-6: Michael Jordans The Shot [30 years later] - Behind the Game

    BTG-6: Michael Jordan's 'The Shot' [30 years later] - Behind the Game

    07/05/2019 Duración: 10min

    Remembering Michael Jordan's iconic 1989 moment. This episode covers: - Jordan's heroics in Round 1 of the 1989 NBA Playoffs Behind the Game. The inside story - from MJ's defender, Craig Ehlo - on the moments that culminated with Michael Jordan's amazing, series-clinching jump shot to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers.   People mentioned in this episode, include: Larry Nance, Brad Daugherty, Ron Harper, Lenny Wilkens, Bernie Lincicome, Sam Smith, Mark Price, Bill Cartwright, Sam Vincent, Cheryl Raye-Stout & Peter Gee.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail

  • AIR094: Great NBA Games | Michael Jordan returns - Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers (Mar 19, 1995)

    AIR094: Great NBA Games | Michael Jordan returns - Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers (Mar 19, 1995)

    16/04/2019 Duración: 01h06min

    Adam and Aaron dissect Michael Jordan’s comeback game at Indiana - March 19th, 1995 - the Pacers hosted the visiting Bulls, at Market Square Arena. We discuss the circumstances behind Jordan's return, uncover great tidbits that preceded this much-hyped match-up and of course, offer an in-depth recap of the game itself. We chat about Michael's post-game presser, too. In the podcast archives, you’ll find numerous guest episodes that add even deeper context to this conversation. Bill Wennington, Luc Longley and Corie Blount played for the Chicago Bulls in this game. Legendary reporter, Peter Vecsey, and the great Mr. Stats, Elliott Kalb, were part of the NBA on NBC broadcast. Chicago broadcasting veteran, Cheryl Raye-Stout – who first broke the news of Jordan’s 1995 comeback - is also a previous guest. Last but not least, MaryKay Hruskocy, who worked in Media Relations for the Pacers, also recently appeared on the show and shared her memories of the 24 hours of hysteria that led up to the tip-off in Indianapolis

  • BTG-5: Michael Jordans April Fools Day history - Behind the Game

    BTG-5: Michael Jordan's April Fools' Day history - Behind the Game

    02/04/2019 Duración: 06min

    Michael Jordan isn't immune to hi-jinks. This episode covers: - Jordan's role in a few (1980s) April Fools' Day pranks Behind the Game. Learn of three instances where Michael Jordan was involved in April Fools' Day stunts. We begin with Laney High School (1981), then move to the University of North Carolina (1982) and conclude with the Chicago Bulls (1987) of the NBA.   People mentioned in this episode, include: James Worthy, Ralph Sampson & Pat Benkowski.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Follow: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Spotify | Stitcher | Newsletter Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail

  • AIR093: Tom O’Grady - NBA Creative Director (former), Gameplan Creative CEO and Sports Design Trendsetter

    AIR093: Tom O’Grady - NBA Creative Director (former), Gameplan Creative CEO and Sports Design Trendsetter

    20/03/2019 Duración: 01h17min

    NBA Creative Director (former), Gameplan Creative CEO and Sports Design Trendsetter, Tom O'Grady. Tom was born and raised in Chicago and graduated with a degree in Design, Marketing and Visual Communications from Columbia College Chicago in 1981. We talk about his childhood memories and the large influence that sport had on him and his family. During the 1980s, Tom worked as an ad agency art director on the McDonald’s business. Simultaneously, McDonald’s began to devote resources to sports marketing. This was the perfect opportunity for Tom – he combined his love of sports with his passion for design. He met and worked with Michael Jordan on the memorable Large fries for “Small Fries” ad campaign and also contributed design work to the inaugural McDonald’s Open later that same year (1987). Judy Shoemaker was the agency account director that Tom worked with on the McDonald’s Open project. In 1988, she accepted the role of Vice President, Marketing, with NBA Properties. Two years later, Judy began to recruit To

  • NB88-5: December 5 through 18, 1987 - MJs fourth NBA season

    NB88-5: December 5 through 18, 1987 - MJ's fourth NBA season

    06/03/2019 Duración: 29min

    Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's fourth season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers: - December 5 through December 18, 1987 - Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history   Notable: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s streak of 787 straight double-figure scoring games ends Larry Jordan (Michael’s brother) drafted by the IBA’s Chicago Express Ralph Sampson traded from Houston to Golden State for Joe Barry Carroll   Links discussed: * Chicago versus Houston - Rockets trade Sampson after this game * Michael Jordan's heroics force overtime versus Detroit   This episode continues our coverage of the 1987-88 NBA season. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends! For context, here’s our 13-episode series (#NB87), exploring Michael Jordan’s third season in the NBA. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era. People mentioned include: Doug Collins, Kevin Johnson, Muggsy Bogues, Bob

  • AIR092: The Malone Brothers - Wild About 88: The Rise of Arizona Basketball

    AIR092: The Malone Brothers - Wild About '88: The Rise of Arizona Basketball

    20/02/2019 Duración: 01h08min

    Brothers, Sean and Brad Malone, are co-directors and producers of Wild About ’88 – The Rise of Arizona Basketball. In 1988, Sean and Brad caught basketball fever (often contagious – I contracted it the following year). As fate would have it, the Arizona Wildcats were firing on all cylinders, advancing to the Final Four of the 1988 NCAA Tournament. Tucson loved their Wildcats and the city relished in its team’s dominant 35-3 season. Arizona’s roster featured six players who would make the NBA – Sean Elliott, Steve Kerr, Jud Buechler, Tom Tolbert, the late Sean Rooks (redshirt) and Anthony Cook. We discuss the brothers’ respective love for the Wildcats and how they went from being super fans of the Cats, to producing a film that documents a season for the ages. Sean and Brad talk to the brilliance of the program’s “unlikely and fantastic rise under former head coach, Lute Olson”. They detail the importance of Steve Kerr’s captaincy of the 1988 Wildcats, plus, the unique circumstances behind Kerr still being a m

  • AIR091: Xavier McDaniel - First-Team All-American, NBA All-Star and 12-year veteran

    AIR091: Xavier McDaniel - First-Team All-American, NBA All-Star and 12-year veteran

    06/02/2019 Duración: 01h39min

    NCAA great, 12-year NBA veteran and 1988 All-Star, Xavier McDaniel. The X-Man joins the show for a wide-ranging discussion about his life in basketball. Few players in NBA history were as physical as McDaniel. However, there's much more to Xavier's bow than simply being an enforcer. He was the first-ever player (1985) to lead the NCAA [Division I] in scoring and rebounding in the same season. His name is littered throughout the record books at Wichita State, where he played four seasons with the Shockers. As a senior, he was named First-team All-American. The Seattle SuperSonics drafted Xavier with the fourth pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. He played all 82 games as a rookie and was second to (future teammate and great friend) Patrick Ewing in Rookie of the Year voting. Xavier talks about his six seasons in Seattle. He discusses the impact that Maurice Lucas had on his game, speaks candidly about his role in the 1988 NBA All-Star Game and talks fondly of (would-be) future stars, Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton. We dis

  • AIR090: MaryKay Hruskocy - An Indiana Pacers staff members unexpected part in NBA history

    AIR090: MaryKay Hruskocy - An Indiana Pacers staff member's unexpected part in NBA history

    22/01/2019 Duración: 01h03min

    Indiana Pacers staffer (Media Relations / Publications: 1991-2007), MaryKay Hruskocy. Though a native of Whiting, IN, MaryKay grew up a fan of Chicago sports. As the Bulls were celebrating their 1991 NBA Championship at Grant Park, MaryKay was driving to Indianapolis to commence her career in media relations for the Indiana Pacers. Our conversation covers behind-the-scenes memories from MaryKay’s tenure with the team. This includes, arguably, the biggest one-day sporting event of the 1990s. Two words: “I’m back”. She discusses the frenzy surrounding Michael Jordan’s NBA return in 1995; detailing how the Pacers managed the news and went into overdrive to prepare Market Square Arena - in less than 24 hours - for a game that suddenly held as much importance as the NBA Finals. Hruskocy details how she created the Pacers' team newsletter, distributed by fax to approximately 3,000 loyal subscribers. MarkyKay discusses how she was tasked with putting together Indiana's media guides in-house and shares a fantastic st

  • AIR089: Mike Thibault - Washington Mystics Head Coach and GM (drafted Michael Jordan to the Bulls)

    AIR089: Mike Thibault - Washington Mystics Head Coach and GM (drafted Michael Jordan to the Bulls)

    08/01/2019 Duración: 01h27min

    Washington Mystics Head Coach and General Manager, Mike Thibault. Our wide-ranging conversation examines a multitude of great topics. Thibault's (pronounced Tee-bo) coaching career began in the 1970s. Before the decade ended, he was scouting for the L.A. Lakers and contributed to the team’s 1980 and 1982 NBA championships. We discuss Mike's move to Chicago, where he was an assistant coach for the Bulls for four seasons (1983 through 1986). He scouted the top-three picks - Olajuwon, Bowie and Jordan - in the iconic 1984 NBA Draft. Mike details Chicago’s approach to that draft and the behind-the-scenes decision making that led to Michael Jordan's selection. Plus, you’ll hear just how close the Bulls came to selecting a future Hall of Famer in the 1985 draft. A ‘what if?’ for the ages. After a year at the helm of the inaugural World Basketball League's (WBL) Calgary 88's - where he was responsible for almost every decision affecting the franchise - Mike took over another first-year franchise. This time, the Cont

  • AIR088: Adam guests on Forgotten Maverick

    AIR088: Adam guests on 'Forgotten Maverick'

    18/12/2018 Duración: 40min

    My friend, Mike Fraler, host of 'Forgotten Maverick', recently invited me on his show. We discuss how our podcasts came to be and reminisce about our love of NBA history. I also discuss my 1994 and 1995 trips to the USA, and how luck wasn’t on my side – both times I visited the States, Michael Jordan was in the midst of his first retirement. Fancy some NBA trivia? Listen in and test your knowledge against mine. As the name of Mike's podcast cleverly suggests, he chats with Dallas Mavericks players of years gone by. Mike’s twin brother, Jeff, has his own NBA-history podcast: ‘Forgotten Lakers’, Are you sensing a theme, here? If you enjoy my podcast, you’ll certainly enjoy Mike and Jeff’s. Search for ‘Forgotten Maverick’ and ‘Forgotten Lakers’ on your podcast player of choice.   Editor's note: sign-up for my monthly newsletter - receive exclusive details on upcoming podcast episodes and future, high-profile guests to appear on the show. I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews. Fo

  • NB88-4: November 21 through December 4, 1987 - MJs fourth NBA season

    NB88-4: November 21 through December 4, 1987 - MJ's fourth NBA season

    14/11/2018 Duración: 30min

    Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's fourth season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers: - November 21 through December 4, 1987 - Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history   Notable: Petur Gudmundsson – career-high 21 points Mark McNamara – career-high 22 rebounds Franklin Edwards – career-high 16 assists   Links discussed: * Travelin’ Bulls (Higher Ground) * Jordan jabs Jazz: “Was he big enough?”   This episode continues our coverage of the 1987-88 NBA season. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends! For context, here’s our 13-episode series (#NB87), exploring Michael Jordan’s third season in the NBA. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era. People mentioned include: Horace Grant, Mark Jackson, Xavier McDaniel, Fat Lever, Adrian Dantley, Wes Matthews, Clyde Drexler, Manute Bol, Muggsy Bogues, Walt Frazier, Tellis Frank & Bob Ryan.   Editor's note: si

  • AIR087: Mark Price - NBA All-Star, Cleveland Cavaliers legend and Hall of Fame candidate

    AIR087: Mark Price - NBA All-Star, Cleveland Cavaliers legend and Hall of Fame candidate

    25/10/2018 Duración: 01h20min

    Four-time NBA All-Star, All-NBA (1993) and Dream Team II (1994) member, Mark Price. Mark Price rose to basketball prominence from humble beginnings. He starred at Enid High School in Oklahoma, breaking many records; serendipitously, equaling feats set by his famous father, Denny, decades earlier. After high school, Mark played four years with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. To this day, his name is littered throughout the record books. As a freshman, he led the ACC in scoring (20.3 ppg) – an outstanding achievement, given the depth of talent in the conference. Prior to his sophomore campaign, he was a member of Team USA’s gold-medal winning squad at the 1983 Pan-American Games in Venezuela. Mark, and fellow teammate, John Salley, were named team co-captains as sophomores. As a junior, Mark led his team to a 27-8 record. Tech won the ACC Championship, Price was named Tournament MVP and also won (1985) ACC Player of the Year. Georgia Tech advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, before finally bowin

  • AIR086: Elliott Kalb - Author, producer and Mr. Stats for the NBA on NBC

    AIR086: Elliott Kalb - Author, producer and "Mr. Stats" for the NBA on NBC

    09/10/2018 Duración: 01h11min

    The one and only "Mr. Stats" (NBA on NBC) and author of Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Basketball?, Elliott Kalb. Elliott is a multiple Sports Emmy-winning producer, writer and television personality. He has worked in sports television for more than 35 years, including more than two decades with NBC, where he was known as “Mr. Stats”. Currently, he is the Senior Editorial Director of MLB Network. In the 1990s through early-2000s, Elliott didn’t often appear on camera, however, he was a vital cog in the mighty NBA on NBC machine. We cover a wide variety of topics and he shares plenty of great stories about his life and the experiences he’s had with a who’s who of talent for more than 30 years. He discusses his most-memorable games from his 12-year run with the NBA on NBC. Elliott also chats about his love for the 1972 L.A. Lakers and how, almost 20 years later, he ended up alongside Pat Riley - a member of that famed squad - a recent addition to the NBA on NBC team. Links discussed (include): * Magic Johnson's aw

  • NB88-3: November 7 through November 20, 1987 - MJs fourth NBA season

    NB88-3: November 7 through November 20, 1987 - MJ's fourth NBA season

    25/09/2018 Duración: 33min

    Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's fourth season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers: - November 7 through November 20, 1987 - Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history   Notable: Larry Bird opens the season with an amazing performance at Washington Artis Gilmore returns to Chicago (last played for the Bulls in 1982 season) Chicago wins its 500th game in franchise history Darren's day(e). Bird-less Celtics, down 28, beat Knicks at the buzzer The Chicago Bulls' home-sellout streak commenced   Links discussed: * Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls (season-opener) * Bird's buzzer-beater buries Bullets * Reggie Miller, Chuck Person pace Indiana   This episode continues our coverage of the 1987-88 NBA season. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends! For context, here’s our 13-episode series (#NB87), exploring Michael Jordan’s third season in the NBA. Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidde

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