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Hall of Fame Class of 2019

We discuss the NBA contributions of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 with Curtis Harris of Pro Hoops History. We discuss Bobby Jones, Sidney Moncrief, Jack Sikma, Paul Westphal, Al Attles, Carl Braun, Vlade Divac, and Bill Fitch. We also consider whether the Hall of Fame could find a better method of celebrating African-American pioneers and look at who we'd most like to see join Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett in the 2020 Hall of Fame class.


50-point games in the post-merger era

Our series on 50-point games continues with a look at the post-merger era of the NBA (1975-86), a period where no dominant player emerges in the league and 50-point games become more rare.


50-point games in the ABA era

Our series on 50-point games continues with a look at 50-pointers in the ABA era (1967-1974). Wilt Chamberlain's dominance is over and new stars emerge in Rick Barry and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. A new upstart league (ABA) and the inclusion of a three-point line add an extra wrinkle to 50-point games.


50-point games in the Wilt era

This week on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast we examine 50+ point games from 1962-66, an era that is perhaps the equivalent of the MLB's "juiced ball" era where 50-point games went from rare to almost routine thanks to the heroics of Wilt Chamberlain.


Every NBA game with four overtimes (or more)

We look at the 15 games in NBA/ABA history that have lasted four overtimes or more, starting with the Bulls 168-161 win over the Hawks on March 1, 2019, in the latest Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast. Jason and Rich also look at the 2017 classic between the Hawks and Knicks, with Paul Millsap giving an iron-man performance in 60 minutes with 37 points and 19 rebounds and Carmelo Anthony scoring 45 and twice forcing extra periods with clutch shots. Then we dig into the only six-overtime game...


Surprising non-50 point scorers

Looking at some of the great scorers of all time who never had 50 points in a game including Paul Arizin, Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Walt Frazier, Kevin Garnett, Charles Barkley and many more.


50-point games before the Wilt era

We officially begin our series looking at 50-point games with a look back at the days when 50-point games were a rarity. We discuss the first 50+ point games in NBA history, the early dominance of George Mikan, "Jumpin" Joe Fulks, Bob Cousy's 50+ in the playoffs, Neil Johnston and more. We also delve into the strange disappearance of 50-point games in the early shot clock era, the return with Bob Pettit, George Yardley. Lastly, we discuss the explosion of 50+ point games beginning in 1959...


Most Unlikely 50-Point Scorers

In NBA and ABA history, there have been nearly 600 50+ point games. Most of them were from legends like Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. There were also ones from Willie Burton, Walt Wesley and Andre Miller. In this episode, we explore the most random, improbable and unlikely 50-point scorers in NBA history including Cleveland Cavaliers' forward Walt Wesley, our only ABA entry with Carolina Cougar Larry Miller going for 67, Mike Newlin breaking out for 52 with the New Jersey...


Count the regular-season rings (Part Two)

In Part 1 we worked our way through the early days of the NBA, the Boston Celtics' dominance in the 1960s and the continued and consistent parity of the 1970s. In Part 2, we look at the 1980s including changing legacies for Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics, Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers striking out in the early parts of the decade and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar failing to live up to lofty expectations in Los Angeles. In the 1990s, we look at a very different early portion of the decade...


Over & Back Holiday Special 2018: 1981 Eastern Conference Finals Game 7

The annual tradition continues as Jason and Rich welcome guests Curtis Harris (ProHoopsHistory.com & Sixers History) and Reinis Lacis (The Handle Podcast) as they live commentate one of the greatest games of all time: the 1981 Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 between Philadelphia and Boston. Watch along at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djvvm_tA4L4


Count the (Regular-Season) Rings: Part One

We are regular-season stans here at the Over and Back Classic NBA podcast. What if we valued the best team in the regular season as much or more as the NBA tournament winner? The regular season is obviously longer with a greater sample size — you could argue it's more reflective of the quality of the team that season (obviously a lot of people would argue otherwise) How would it change how we think of teams in NBA history? Whose legacies would be affected most? Listen to Part 1 of this...


The NBA's 25th anniversary team, revisited

Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch take a look at the NBA's Silver Anniversary team announced in 1971 and what it says about where the NBA stood at the time in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast. Topics discussed on the episode: The merits of the actual choices of the team (Paul Arizin, Bob Cousy, Bob Davies, Joe Fulks, Sam Jones, George Mikan, Bob Pettit, Bill Russell, Dolph Schayes, and Bill Sharman)The decision to not include active players like Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar...


Failed Three-Pea... Attempts at Winning Three Consecutive NBA Titles

This week on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich attempt to circumvent Pat Riley's trademarks to discuss failed attempts at winning three NBA championships in a row. We look at each and every team that failed to make it three in a row, what may have caused them to miss out, roster changes in the offseason, internal turmoil and much more.


One-Year Blunders: Notable One-Year NBA Stints That Didn't Work Out

This week on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich look at notable one-year stints with an NBA team that didn't work out as expected. Examples include Scottie Pippen going to the Houston Rockets, Dwight Howard's run as a Los Angeles Lakers, Paul Westphal's brief run as a Seattle Supersonic and many more!


Greatest Games for New HOFers (Allen, Cheeks, Kidd, Nash, Hill & Scott)

This week on Over and Back, Jason and Rich look at the greatest games for new HOFers Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Grant Hill and Charlie Scott.


Manu Ginobili's greatest games and memories

We celebrate the career and legacy of the great Manu Ginobili and look back at his greatest performances in the latest edition of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast. We talk about how Ginobili's creativity and craft helped redefine the NBA, how odd the Spurs will seem without any of their Big Three for the first time in 21 years, Ginobili's place among the all-time greats, how his low minute total affects how we will be remembered, how many Sixth Man of the Year awards he probably should...


Here To Stay: The Longest Tenures in NBA History

On this week's episode of Over and Back, Jason and Rich examine the longest tenures with an NBA team in history, discuss Dirk Nowitzki setting the NBA record for most seasons with one franchise, other players who stayed with one franchise for their entire careers and those with long tenures on a team but who couldn't quite finish their career with just one.


Last Great Game for All-Time Greats (Part 1)

Based off the success of our episode on Larry Bird's final great game, we're beginning a new series on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast looking at the last great game for all-time greats in NBA history. In this multi-part series we will examine and reveal the last great game for each player that made our revised NBA 50 Greatest Players ever list. We begin today with Part 1 looking at the last great games for: Kareem Abdul-JabbarKobe BryantKevin GarnettAllen IversonMoses MaloneGeorge...


Larry Bird's last great game

Ben Taylor (Backpicks.com) joins Jason Mann to chat about Larry Bird's last great NBA performance, a 49-point triple-double in a 152-148 double OT win over Clyde Drexler and the Blazers, in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast. We discuss a thrilling game with two buzzer-beaters from Bird and Kevin Gamble, how rare it is for two teams to score more than 148 points in the same game, time catching up to the Bird-McHale-Parish Celtics, how the early 1990s Blazers are a...


1998 NBA Playoffs & Awards (NBA 20 Years Ago)

This week on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch continue their NBA 20 Years Ago series with a look at the news, notes and games of the NBA 20 Years Ago. This episode will focus primarily on the 1998 NBA Playoffs featuring an upstart Los Angeles Lakers team, Karl Malone, John Stockton and the Utah Jazz looking to get back to the NBA Finals and Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls' last stand as they try for a three-peat repeat. In this episode, we'll cover...