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Best and worst LeBron James playoff performances

5/20/2018
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Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch look at the best and worst playoff performances of LeBron James' career in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast. We discuss some of his best games in series from 2009 vs. the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks, 2016 vs. the Golden State Warriors, 2018 vs. the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers, 2010 vs. the Chicago Bulls, 2014 vs. the Brooklyn Nets, 2006 vs. the Washington Wizards, and 2007 vs. the Detroit Pistons. And we look at his worst...

Duration:01:06:20

2018 NBA Conference Semifinal Matchups & Their History

5/2/2018
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On this week's episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich look at the 2018 NBA Conference Semifinal matchups through a historic lens. Jason and Rich look at the history of playoff matchups between the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warriors and finally the Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz. Topics include: An upstart 50-win Raptors team trying to stop a historical run for the Cleveland...

Duration:01:23:56

NBA 20 Years Ago: Mid-March to Mid-April 1998

4/25/2018
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Over and Back's NBA 20 Years Ago project takes us to the final month of the NBA regular season in 1998 with heated playoff races, injuries to some of the game's biggest stars and Michael Jordan's farewell. On today's episode we spotlight four players: Clyde Drexler, Bryant Reeves, Alonzo Mourning and Jason Kidd. All four are making news in the NBA's final month with Clyde announcing his retirement and subsequent move to the coaching ranks, Reeves emerging as a cornerstone of the Vancouever...

Duration:01:40:54

A deep dive into retired NBA jerseys, part two

4/13/2018
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Part two of an in-depth look at the NBA players who have had their jersey numbers retired, as well as notable omissions and future candidates, in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, with special guest Reinis Lacis of The Handle. We talk about whether Carmelo Anthony might get his jersey retired by the Nuggets, Carroll Dawson's contributions to the Rockets, the Thunder not yet giving out any retired Sonics numbers and how they might handle a future jersey...

Duration:01:14:14

A deep dive into retired NBA jerseys, part one

4/9/2018
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We take an in-depth look at the NBA players who have had their jersey numbers retired, as well as notable omissions and future candidates, in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, with special guest Reinis Lacis of The Handle. In part one, we discuss the teams who have yet to retired a jersey (Raptors, Clippers, and Grizzlies) and who might be the first, players such as Bobby Phills and Malik Sealy who were honored because of tragedy, the Hornets avoiding Bobcat...

Duration:01:38:17

NBA MVPs: Celebrating second place

3/29/2018
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Who remembers who finished in second? We do! Rich and Jason looked at the runners-up in NBA MVP voting from 1956 to 2017 and what lessons we can glean from them in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast. We look at how close multiple-time MVP awards like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, and Wilt Chamberlain came to additional awards and if they might even deserve additional MVPs. We discuss players who you...

Duration:01:27:05

Bye Bye Bradley & NBA Arena Changes

3/20/2018
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On today's episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich bid adieu to Milwaukee's Bradley Center and discuss historical and upcoming NBA arena changes. The end of the Bradley Center is significant as it is currently one of the NBA's oldest active NBA arenas only behind the New York Knicks' Madison Square Garden and the Golden State Warriors' Oracle Arena. We discuss some of our memories of the Bradley Center, its history as an NBA arena and what it means for it to be...

Duration:00:42:02

NBA 20 Years Ago: Sprewell verdict, Shaq vs. Orlando, and lots of trades

3/12/2018
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In the latest edition of Over and Back's NBA 20 Years Ago series, we look at the events of February and early March 1998 in the NBA. We look at Tim Duncan coming into elite form as a rookie, Karl Malone passing milestones and making a run at MVP again, Hakeem Olajuwon showing signs of slowing down, Nick Anderson helping carry the Magic, Larry Bird pushing the Pacers, early tension between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, the Timberwolves and Nets turning things around, the Jazz rallying...

Duration:01:23:09

Best By Age 25: Players Who Peaked Early But Missed Greatness

2/20/2018
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On today's episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich examine NBA players who by age 25 appeared on the trajectory for all-time greatness but for one reason or another fell off track. Players discussed include early NBA star Ed Macauley, territorial pick in the last BAA draft before the BAA and the NBL merged to form the NBA. Jason and Rich discuss Macauley's early career, the trade he's most famous for and what he did in his post-playing career. Dwight Howard: one of...

Duration:01:14:03

NBA 20 Years Ago: Old MVPs, favorite teams to watch, Pippen returns and more

2/1/2018
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In the latest edition of our NBA 20 Years Ago series, Rich and Jason look back at the NBA in January 1998. We look at how the 1990s are a time of the most of the dominant players being older than 30, including MVP favorites Karl Malone and Michael Jordan, and how unprecedented that was in NBA history. We each pick our favorite mythical League Pass teams, including the Jason Kidd Suns, emerging Kevin Garnett Timberwolves, run-and-gun Shaq-and-Kobe Lakers, and the final year of the Bulls...

Duration:01:08:25

NBA 20 Years Ago: Sprewell saga, dunk contest canceled, Jordan hoax and more

1/10/2018
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In the third edition of our NBA 20 Years Ago series, we explore the events of November 1997 in the NBA, including Latrell Sprewell being suspended for choking Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo, the Wizards opening a new arena, the Mavericks naming Don Nelson as coach, the slam dunk contest being canceled, and Michael Jordan being the victim of a hoax involving his mother's health during a game. We discuss the initial reporting of the Sprewell scandal and the racial coding in much of the...

Duration:01:15:46

Space Jam Spectacular!

12/19/2017
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For Over and Back's 200th episode, Rich Kraetsch and Jason Mann watch "Space Jam" with basketball pals Curtis Harris (@ProHoopsHistory) and Reinis Lacis (@LamarMatic) and provide live commentary on the proceedings. Topics discussed: how the movie frames Michael Jordan's life, how we all were first exposed to the movie and how we feel about it now, the merits of the "Space Jam" soundtrack, the Quad City DJs not being from the Quad Cities, Jordan's willingness to mock his baseball career,...

Duration:01:39:10

The Dizzying History of NBA Realignment

12/4/2017
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We are used to the NBA landscape being what it is. Since 1981, there hasn't been much in the way of massive conference realignment but that wasn't always the case. On this episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA podcast hosts Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch look at the NBA's long history of conference realignment. We look first at teams that have for the most part stayed in their respective conferences including the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers,...

Duration:01:04:49

NBA 20 Years Ago: Barkley bar fight, Duncan debut, too-long shorts, and more

11/27/2017
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In the second edition of our NBA 20 Years Ago series, we explore the events of November 1997 in the NBA, including Charles Barkley throwing a bar patron through a window, Tim Duncan's first month in the league, players being fined for wearing too-long shorts, A.C. Green setting the NBA consecutive game record, Isiah Thomas leaving his position as Raptors GM, and much more. We also discuss a rocky start for Michael Jordan and the Bulls, tough negotiations with Chicago and Dennis Rodman,...

Duration:01:02:37

Author Sam Smith on 1960s and 1970s NBA labor battles

11/20/2017
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We talk to "The Jordan Rules" author Sam Smith about his new book, "Hard Labor: The Battle that Birthed the Billion-Dollar NBA," which documents the labor battles between the NBA and its players in the 1960s and 1970s and shares stories about the key players in that fight, including Oscar Robertson, Elgin Baylor, Rick Barry, Bill Bradley, John Havlicek, Chet Walker, Joe Caldwell, and Wes Unseld. We discuss Bob Cousy and Tommy Heinsohn's efforts to strengthen the union in the 1950s and...

Duration:00:31:37

Fastest firings for NBA coaches

10/24/2017
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With Suns coach Earl Watson being fired after an 0-3 start, we look at the fastest firings and shortest coaching stints in NBA history on the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast. We discuss Dolph Schayes being canned after one game with the 1972 Buffalo Braves, Gene Shue losing his job one year after taking the Philadelphia 76ers to the 1977 NBA Finals, Carl Bennett going from the Fort Wayne Fastpitch Softball League to coach of the Pistons, Paul Westphal feuding with...

Duration:01:08:29

Dynasty survivors: Last player from a dynasty to remain with the team

10/19/2017
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Jason and Rich explore dynasty survivors: the last player from a dynasty to remain with the team. From Gail Goodrich and Don Cheney to Randy Brown and Robert Parish, we look at each major pre and post expansion dynasty and who hung on through the final days of the dynasty. We examine how long the player remained with the franchise, why he was the last left and of course some fun facts along the way.

Duration:01:01:50

Connie Hawkins: They held him back but couldn't keep him down

10/9/2017
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We are joined by Curtis Harris of Pro Hoops History in discussing the life and career of Connie Hawkins, the New York City playground legend and ABA superstar who was unfairly blackballed by the NBA until his late 20s. We discuss Hawkins being one of the first above-the-rim offensive superstars, how his high-flying grace and acrobatics inspired Julius Erving and Michael Jordan, his incredibly huge hands and ball fakes, popularizing the finger roll, growing up in Brooklyn and his success on...

Duration:00:56:41

NBA 20 Years Ago: Kemp trade, KG extension, Bulls drama, and more

10/4/2017
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To kick off our new series NBA 20 Years Ago, we look at the 1997 NBA offseason, including the Shawn Kemp trade, the Kevin Garnett extension, Rick Pitino taking power in Boston, and Larry Bird coming home to Indiana, in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast. We discus the offseason melodrama surround the Chicago Bulls, a record number of coaching changes, the Washington Bullets becoming the Wizards, a series of unfortunate jersey changes, the 1997 NBA draft with Tim...

Duration:00:58:37

Over and Back: Oklahoma City's new big 3 vs. Boston's big 3

9/27/2017
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On this episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich compare and contrast Oklahoma City's new big 3 (Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook and Paul George) to Boston's famed big 3 formed in 2007-08 when Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined forces with Paul Pierce on the Celtics. Topics on this show include where all six men were and are in their careers in terms of accomplishments and success, expectations now and when Boston's big 3 was formed, contract situations,...

Duration:00:40:40

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