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

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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.

Episódios

  • Tom Chambers - NBA All-Star MVP, 16-year veteran and Basketball Hall of Fame candidate - AIR135

    07/02/2024 Duração: 01h37min

    Let's welcome the legendary Tom Chambers to the show. A massive thanks to our mutual friend, Jeff Wells. Jeff was my guest on episode 128. We detailed his campaign for Tom to enter the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. We also spoke at length about Jeff’s awesome YouTube channel, TC24, devoted to the life of Tommy C. Without Jeff, today’s episode would simply not be possible. I strongly encourage you to subscribe to TC24 – it features a wealth of excellent clips and features on Mr. Chambers.This episode is sprinkled with audio snippets that add more context to my conversation  with Tom. In some instances, the audio is edited for brevity. Where applicable, most clips are available to watch – or listen to - in full on TC24.Please note that our conversation was recorded on January 21, 2024. As of that date, the stats I discuss with Tom - re the number of 60-plus point scorers - are correct. In recent weeks, remarkably, an additional five such games have been added to that exclusive list. TC discusses a weal

  • Walter Davis - The life and times of North Carolina legend and six-time NBA All-Star (retrospective) - AIR134

    22/11/2023 Duração: 40min

    On November 2nd, 2023, six-time NBA All-Star Walter Davis died of natural causes while visiting family in Charlotte. Today, I welcome back Adam Beechen - a great friend of the show. We discuss Walter’s life on-and-off the basketball court.Amidst his innumerable accomplishments, Davis was certainly no stranger to adversity. Despite battling substance abuse for the majority of his Phoenix Suns tenure, Walter averaged 20-or-more points per season in six of his 11 campaigns in the Valley of the Sun.A quick sidebar. Per Basketball Reference.com, on July 6, 1988, Walter Davis was the second player in NBA history to sign as an unrestricted free agent. He joined the Denver Nuggets one day after another would-be Suns legend, Tom Chambers, signed w/ Phoenix.In the lead-up to recording this conversation, I put out a call for listener contributions. Tim Gallagher kindly answered the bell. Tim has collected sports autographs for more than 50 years and is a Consignment Director for Robert Edward Auctions. You’ll hear Tim’s

  • Reggie Lewis' tragic death (1993) and impact on the Boston Celtics [expanded re-release] - AIR133

    06/08/2023 Duração: 30min

    Reggie Lewis tragically passed away 30 years ago (1993) at the age of just 27. This is an updated re-release of episode 27 with my great mate, Todd Spehr. We recorded our chat ten years ago to mark the 20th anniversary of Lewis' sudden passing.I’ve added numerous audio clips for greater context, edited our original conversation and improved its sound quality. We discussed the life and times of Reggie - from his days at Dunbar High School, to his tenure at Northeastern University and ultimately, rise from seldom-used NBA rookie to captain of the famed Boston Celtics. Todd mentioned the poem that Reggie’s widow, Donna Harris-Lewis, read to the Boston Garden faithful on Reggie Lewis Night in 1995. Audio of that poignant moment also now features.This is a fresh listening experience even for the most-diehard fan clamoring for a new episode – of which, to be sure – many more are planned for release throughout the rest of 2023. Most of the additional audio in this episode was sourced from TV broadcasts aired at

  • Beef Brothers (Mahorn and Ruland) - 2023 Conference Finals, NBA lottery, Ja Morant and Rick on Isiah - BB6

    23/05/2023 Duração: 28min

    The legendary Beef Brothers (Rick Mahorn and Jeff Ruland) return for episode six.01:49 2023 NBA Draft Lottery - Wemby to San Antonio Spurs06:21 Ralph Sampson (and Bill Walton) - similarities to Victor?07:16 Manute Bol was how old when he joined NBA?! Chuck Nevitt mention!08:37 Bill Garnett ('82 Draft - pick #4) and Jeff Ruland have beef!09:09 Rick offers Jeff tissues to get over the incident!09:33 Ja Morant brandishing a weapon (again) on social media13:27 Lakers and Nuggets - West Finals discussion15:03 Mile-high (in Denver) or just high?16:28 76ers' woes - fallout from Embiid's comments after ECSF G718:21 Heat and Celtics - East Finals breakdown (Beef Brothers masterclass)20:12 Do the Heat need a Herro?20:42 Coach Erik Spoelstra's impact21:22 Setting Suns?21:58 Rick and Jeff's on documentaries (don't ask Horn about The Last Dance!)24:01 Adam looks like Andy Cohen?! It's an Aussie roast!24:20 Listener question: Rick's opinion of Isiah Thomas (after The Last Dance)25:38

  • Bill Willoughby: High school phenom to the 1975 NBA Draft (eight-year veteran) - AIR132

    17/05/2023 Duração: 01h29min

    Let's welcome Bill Willoughby to the show. There are many more strings to his bow – as you’ll hear in my introduction - however, Bill rose to national awareness during the 1981 NBA Playoffs, by virtue of his excellent defense against the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Willoughby is one of only a few to ever reject The Captain’s iconic skyhook. A topic we certainly cover in this refreshingly open and honest conversation.Support: Buy Adam a coffee | Amazon: USA / Australia | Audible | PayPalListen: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | OvercastFollow: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | FacebookSubscribe (free): NBA-history newsletter[as an Amazon Associate, Adam earns from qualifying purchases - you'll be supporting his podcast at no extra cost]

  • Beef Brothers (Mahorn and Ruland) - 2023 Playoffs (round one winds-up), Rick and Jeff's fun / frivolities - BB5

    28/04/2023 Duração: 33min

    The legendary Beef Brothers (Rick Mahorn and Jeff Ruland) return for episode five.01:12 2023 NBA Awards thus far03:23 Rick Mahorn nominated for Washington Wizards President?!05:12 Players who find a great fit on the right team06:23 Kyrie conundrum06:37 Jeff and Rick's role on 1980s Bullets08:55 2023 Playoffs - 76ers, Nuggets and Suns advance to round two09:47 Trae Young shocks Boston (Game 5)10:30 Celtics vs 76ers / Heat vs Knicks (round two preview)11:50 Heat's reliance on Jimmy Butler - who else can help?12:45 Importance of good health in the playoffs, Embiid's return14:18 Dillon Brooks' value and impact on Grizzlies' chemistry16:30 Whining to refs / Dick Bavetta and Joey Crawford stories18:33 Can the Kings dethrone the Warriors?19:51 Hat-tip to Butler and Booker / Suns vs Nuggets (round two preview)21:42 Rick and Jeff's funniest teammates!26:23 Listener question: Rick and Jeff's relationship with Wes Unseld28:04 Listener question: Origin of Rick's patented "pull

  • Adam on Hard Quiz (TV). Michael Jordan, Scouts Australia, The Incredibles and Penny Farthings - AIR131

    26/04/2023 Duração: 34min

    Watch Adam's TV debut. Or, listen to this audio and learn how his adventure went. Can he justify his self-proclaimed title of Michael Jordan / NBA-history obsessive?!I recently made my first - and perhaps last - appearance on television. I was a contestant on Australia's top-rated game show, Hard Quiz. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's on-demand TV streaming service, ABC iview, describes Hard Quiz thusly: "Not satisfied with winning the 2022 AACTA Award for Best Comedy Entertainment Program, Tom Gleeson has combed the nation to find a new bunch of self-nominated experts willing to undergo the HARDEST test there is".My Hard Quiz appearance aired on April 12, 2023. It was recorded in-front of a live studio audience in early September, 2022. The description for episode 10 of series eight: 'Four contestants are after one Big Brass Mug and host Tom Gleeson is in the way. Expert topics this week are Scouts Australia, animated film The Incredibles, NBA superstar Michael Jordan a

  • Beef Brothers (Mahorn and Ruland) - 2023 Playoffs, Jeff denies MJ ('84) and Zeke punches Rick ('90)! - BB4

    18/04/2023 Duração: 29min

    The legendary Beef Brothers (Rick Mahorn and Jeff Ruland) return for episode four.00:50 NBA reg-season recap (best records, league leaders)01:18 NBA MVP picks for 2023 season02:41 League parity04:03 Did Suns win Durant trade?04:52 Will Kyrie and Luca remain a duo, win a title?06:28 Dwane Casey's replacement as Pistons coach07:17 Josh's Giddey nether regions / Beef Brothers inflicting pain08:13 Fashion sense (or lack thereof) in today's NBA09:47 2023 Play-in Tournament (last two games)11:43 2020 NBA Playoffs - Round one preview15:28 Wizards' outlook / free agency across the NBA18:59 Beef Brothers washing uniforms in the sink or shower?19:58 Who will win Wembanyama Sweepstakes?20:55 Kangaroo meat for Wemby?!21:10 Rick's and Jeff's off-the-court interests22:50 Listener question: Jeff on denying Jordan's first NBA jam ('84)23:56 Beef Brothers were "built to make posters", put players on their a$$!24:32 Listener question: Rick on Isiah Thomas punching him in the he

  • Beef Brothers (Mahorn and Ruland) on All-Star Game fixes, Rick's Pistons trade (1985) and Jeff's 1984 ASG - BB3

    21/03/2023 Duração: 39min

    The legendary Beef Brothers (Rick Mahorn and Jeff Ruland) return for episode three.- NBA season thru Mar 1, 2023- All-Star Game fixes?- Rick's trade from the Washington Bullets to Detroit Pistons (1985)- Jeff's 1984 All-Star Game memories- Listener-submitted questionsPlease note that Rick was absent from part of this recording (when Jeff recalls his ASG memories and responds to listener feedback).Watch conversations online - episodes live on the Beef Brothers' YouTube channel. There's 24 minutes of video from episode three. The remainder is a separate audio-only upload. We encourage your interaction - ask questions or add comments on YouTube and the Beef Brothers will respond in future episodes. If you prefer e-mail, reach Rick and Jeff by e-mailing Adam: [email protected] - he'll collate your submissions to read out to the guys. A quick warning that ocassional language during this series is not safe for young ears.Follow: Instagram [Rick / Jeff / Adam] | YouTube [Beef Brothers /

  • Beef Brothers (Mahorn and Ruland) on today's NBA, Paul Silas, Manute Bol and more - BB2

    26/12/2022 Duração: 38min

    The legendary Beef Brothers (Rick Mahorn and Jeff Ruland) return for episode two.- NBA season thru Dec 11, 2022- Rick and Jeff's iconic Beef Brothers photo shoot- Paul Silas' recent passing (3x NBA Champ)- Manute Bol memories (2x Block Champ)Watch conversations online - episodes live on the Beef Brothers' YouTube channel. Though there's no (full) video of episode two, select clips will be added soon.We encourage your interaction - ask questions or add comments on YouTube and the Beef Brothers will respond in future episodes. If you prefer e-mail, reach Rick and Jeff by e-mailing Adam: [email protected] - he'll collate your submissions to read out to the guys. A quick warning that ocassional language during this series is not safe for young ears.Follow: Instagram [Rick / Jeff / Adam] | YouTube [Beef Brothers / Adam]Support: Buy Adam a coffee | Amazon: USA / Australia | Audible | PayPalListen: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | OvercastFollow: Instagram | Twitter | YouTub

  • Rick Mahorn and Jeff Ruland - Meat the Beef Brothers (new series) - BB1

    30/10/2022 Duração: 33min

    The debut episode of a new series featuring the legendary Beef Brothers, Rick Mahorn and Jeff Ruland.Our goal is to regularly release episodes of 45 minutes or less. Rick and Jeff share their opinions on today's NBA, before we go back in time to explore the wonders of NBA history. The Washington Bullets' Beef Brothers were arguably the NBA's most-fearsome duo from 1982 through 1985. They teamed with Greg Ballard (RIP) to form an imposing front-line.Select episodes may feature special guests, Bullets-era teammates or adversaries from the halcyon days of Rick's and Jeff's careers. The audio is delivered here in podcast form, but you can watch our conversations online. Full episodes will live on Adam's YouTube channel, whilst an old-school-only-edit will appear on the Beef Brothers' channel. Yes, that's right. Jeff and Rick are on YouTube! Relevant links also appear beneath the video.We encourage your interaction - ask questions or add comments on YouTube and the Beef Brot

  • 1993 NBA Eastern Conference Finals - Bulls vs Knicks (What if?) - BTG-9

    20/07/2022 Duração: 11min

    A sliding doors moment from the 1993 NBA Playoffs would have significantly impacted the course of NBA history. Though I’m not normally a fan of what-if scenarios, let’s entertain one. Specifically, an examination of Game 5 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals (Knicks v Bulls).Behind the Game - this episode details the would-be ramifications on NBA history had the Knicks held on to win the ECF and advance to the 1993 Finals.People mentioned include Charles Smith, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Horace Grant, Pat Riley, David Robinson and Nick Anderson.Support: Buy Adam a coffee | Amazon: USA / Australia | Audible | PayPalListen: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | OvercastFollow: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | FacebookSubscribe (free): NBA-history newsletter[as an Amazon Associate, Adam earns from qualifying purchases - you'll be supporting his podcast at no extra cost]

  • Memorable NBA Games: Detroit's Dumars dazzles in Cleveland (Apr 18, 1989) - Pistons at Cavaliers - AIR130

    02/05/2022 Duração: 55min

    We journey back to 1989 and discuss a key matchup between Central Division rivals, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons.[Support: Buy Adam a coffee | Amazon: USA / Australia | Audible | PayPal]Let's welcome a new friend to the show – Ryan Van Dusen – an archivist and curator of Detroit Pistons and NBA-history content at-large. Over 80,000 fans already subscribe to Ryan's YouTube channel.It’s the final week of the 1989 NBA regular season. This contest had significant implications on postseason play. For added context, we cover a few incidents that happened earlier in the season that had an impact on this game – including a late-January fight between the Cavs’ Brad Daugherty and the Pistons’ Bill Laimbeer. Plus, a second fight, when Detroit’s Isiah Thomas mixed it up with Chicago’s Bill Cartwright, less than two weeks before the game we’re covering today. This conversation was a lot of fun and there are numerous audio drops to enjoy, too. After the recap, we briefly discuss Ryan’s YouTube chann

  • Brian Burnsed: Shawn Bradley wrestles with life at 7'6" in a wheelchair (Sports Illustrated) - AIR129

    22/01/2022 Duração: 29min

    Brian Burnsed is a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated. We do a deep dive into the process behind his brilliant – yet sobering - profile of 12-year NBA veteran, Shawn Bradley.[Support: Buy Adam a coffee | Amazon: USA / Australia | Audible | Booktopia | PayPal]Existing fans of my show will likely know that I’ve been a big fan of Shawn Bradley since 1994. I briefly elaborate on my fandom during this chat, however, we largely cover how Brian’s profile came to be, his process throughout, its impact on him and of course, how Shawn’s terrible accident has forever changed the course of not only his life, but that of his family.Support: Buy Adam a coffee | Amazon: USA / Australia | Audible | Booktopia | PayPalListen: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | OvercastFollow: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | FacebookSubscribe (free): NBA-history newsletter[as an Amazon Associate / Booktopia Affiliate, Adam earns from qualifying purchases - you'll be supporting his podcast at no extra cost to you]

  • One fan's campaign for Tom Chambers to enter the Basketball Hall of Fame - AIR128

    08/01/2022 Duração: 01h13min

    Jeff Wells is a Tom Chambers superfan. This is a super-fun conversation about Jeff’s excellent YouTube channel – TC24 – devoted to showcasing Tom’s fantastic career and advocating his worthiness for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.[Support: Buy Adam a coffee | Amazon: USA / Australia | Audible | Booktopia | PayPal]You’ll soon realise Jeff’s importance in relation to Tom Chambers being named a first-time nominee and candidate for the Hoop Hall’s Class of 2022. Our conversation covers the origin story of Jeff’s NBA fandom and the unique details behind his fascination with Tom Chambers. We talk about his YouTube channel and do a deep dive into the process behind the tremendous features he produces.This episode is filled with information on Tom’s journey from high school to the NBA. You’ll also hear some snippets of audio from Jeff’s videos that demonstrate the care and precision he takes with each upload. It’s a really fun and informative conversation. You can subscribe to Jeff’s channel by searchi

  • Tom Chambers' [Hall of Fame] dunk on Mark Jackson (Jan 27, 1989) - BTG-8

    23/12/2021 Duração: 08min

    The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame recently announced the list of eligible candidates for the Class of 2022, including high-profile first-time nominee, Tom Chambers.[Support: Buy Adam a coffee | Amazon: USA / Australia | Audible | Booktopia | PayPal]Behind the Game - this episode details one of the NBA’s all-time greatest slam dunks. Learn why Tom Chambers and Mark Jackson are forever linked in NBA history.New York Knicks @ Phoenix Suns [01-27-1989] | Game highlightsPeople mentioned include Jerry Colangelo, Eddie Johnson, Jeff Hornacek, Kevin Johnson, Mark West, Tyrone Corbin, Larry Nance, James Edwards, Jay Humphries, Dan Majerle, Tim Perry, Andrew Lang, Patrick Ewing and Gerald Wilkins.Support: Buy Adam a coffee | Amazon: USA / Australia | Audible | Booktopia | PayPalListen: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | OvercastFollow: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | FacebookSubscribe (free): NBA-history newsletter[as an Amazon Associate / Booktopia Affiliate, Adam earns from qualifying purchases

  • Adam on 200 episodes and how fans can support the show

    02/12/2021 Duração: 04min

    Hey, it's Adam here. A quick podcast update for you as we near the end of 2021.[Support: Buy Adam a coffee | Amazon: USA / Australia | Audible | Booktopia | PayPal]It's official. My recent conversation with the great Jerry Colangelo was episode number 200 overall. It was the 127th edition of 'In all Airness'. The remaining episodes are a combination of detailed season-recaps, short-form stories and a few podcast updates.My great mate Aaron Stehn has featured regularly throughout the history of the show. We released a 30-episode series called #NB85 (devoted to Michael Jordan's rookie season). Our #NB86 series (you guessed it, chronicling the 1986 NBA seaon) is comprised of 15 episodes and #NB87 is a 13-episode run detailing the 1987 season. We're currently five episodes into #NB88 and hope to resume the series early next year. Shout-out to another great friend, Todd Spehr, for his support over the years, too.I created this show in 2012 because I couldn't find a podcast that o

  • Jerry Colangelo: Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, Team USA and more - Godfather of Arizona Sports - AIR127

    11/11/2021 Duração: 55min

    Let's welcome ‘The Godfather of Arizona Sports’, Jerry Colangelo. Jerry’s contributions to professional sports are immeasurable. In this conversation, we focus primarily on his incredible basketball journey. Jerry discusses his high school, college and semi-pro career, before detailing how he became involved with the birth of Chicago’s NBA franchise in 1966. He recalls how the team’s nickname, Bulls, came to be, and what it was like to be a day-one employee.We cover his move to Arizona where he was named GM of another expansion franchise, the Phoenix Suns. Jerry talks about the famed coin flip to obtain the services of Lew Alcindor (later, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), and how the Suns worked their way to an NBA Finals appearance in 1976 versus the mighty Boston Celtics. Jerry describes how he built the mid-to-late 80s Suns into title contenders and the big trade that brought Sir Charles Barkley from Philadelphia to the Valley of the Sun.We briefly cover Jerry’s vital role in rebuilding Team USA. For more contex

  • Joanne Borzakian Ouellette: Reebok Global Marketing Director NBA Basketball (former) - AIR126

    28/10/2021 Duração: 01h14min

    [Enjoy Adam's podcast? Buy him a coffee | Thanks for your support]Joanne worked with Reebok for over 15 years. Her family has links to the Boston Celtics dating back nearly five decades. Joanne details what it was like to grow up within the confines of the Boston Garden and the unique relationships she has developed with the franchise and its players throughout her lifetime.Our conversation covers a wide range of Joanne’s amazing experiences working with Reebok. She joined the team in the mid-1980s and talks about the development of the brand and how Reebok managed to compete – and then thrive - in an intensely-competitive market for shoes and apparel. You’ll hear some tremendous stories about some of the NBA’s biggest names of the era – Dominique Wilkins, Shawn Kemp, Dee Brown and Shaquille O’Neal, to name just a few.Follow: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | FacebookListen: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | OvercastSubscribe: NBA-history newsletterE-mail Adam any time. Thanks for listening!

  • Dave Cowens: Hall of Fame legend, 2x NBA Champion, MVP, 8x All-Star and Boston Celtics great - AIR125

    07/10/2021 Duração: 01h26min

    [Enjoy Adam's podcast? Buy him a coffee | Thanks for your support]I’m excited to welcome Basketball Hall of Fame legend, Dave Cowens. The first NBA Most Valuable Player to appear on the podcast. In this fun, insightful and wide-ranging conversation, Dave discusses his days at Newport Catholic HS and run-ins with the assistant principal, who also doubled as his basketball coach. Dave details his recruitment to Florida State University – where he was a four-year standout with the Seminoles.Dave recounts an intriguing letter he wrote to Celtics legend – and then-Cincinnati Royals coach, Bob Cousy – ahead of the 1970 NBA Draft. Cowens was a busy man in the lead-up to his rookie debut with the Celtics. During the week, he played in Boston’s Neighborhood Basketball League (BNBL) and on weekends commuted to New York to play in the famed Rucker League. For good measure, Dave teamed with ‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich and stole the show at the Maurice Stokes Memorial Basketball Game.Of course, there’s plenty of NBA and C

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