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

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...


Most teams in a single season

On today's episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich look at former NBA and ABA players who suited up for five, four and three teams in a single season. Players profiled include Bobby Jones, Steve Chubin, Ken Wilburn, Rich Johnson, Rod Higgins, Tony Massenburg, Alex Stivrins, Don Boven, Ron Perry, Reggie Johnson, Sam Cassell, Barry Liebowitz, Manny Leaks, Tom Owens and Jim Eakins. In profiling each player we'll look at which teams and how many games they played,...


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

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...


Space Jam Spectacular!

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,...


The Dizzying History of NBA Realignment

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,...


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

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,...


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

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...


Fastest firings for NBA coaches

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...


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

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.


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

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...


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

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...


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

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,...


What does your all-time leading scorer say about your team?

On this episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, hosts Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch explore the topic of franchise leading scorers and what each franchise's all-time leading scorer says about their history. Jason and Rich break down each team's leading scorer, if said player was the franchise's best player of all-time and where he ranks among other all-time scoring leaders. They also uncover each franchise's active points leader and project their chances to become the franchise...


Favorite What If Scenarios In NBA History

On this episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch explore some of their favorite What If scenarios in NBA history including Jason Kidd going to the San Antonio Spurs in the summer of 2003, the Philadelphia 76ers traded Moses Malone to the Detroit Pistons in 1986, the Chicago Bulls trading Scottie Pippen to Seattle for Shawn Kemp, Detroit drafting Carmelo Anthony instead of Darko Milicic, Orlando holding onto Chris Webber's draft rights and more.


Best Final NBA/ABA Seasons

The Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast examines players that went out on a high note with productive final seasons in the league. Jason and Rich look at which players had the highest points-per-game, rebounds-per-game, Win Shares and PER in their final campaign including Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, John Stockton, Tim Duncan and more. Next is a deeper dive into some of the more interesting final seasons. Players discussed include Steve Stipanovich, Chet Walker, Jesse Branson, Willie...


Big 3 For Every NBA Franchise

In celebration of Ice Cube's Big 3 league, hosts Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch draft a Big 3 for each current and past NBA franchise. To make things more interesting, players can only be selected to one team so someone like Julius Erving can't represent both the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn/New Jersey/New York Nets. Throughout the show, Jason and Rich debate who would make the best three-man team, if style of play should matter, where legacy with the franchise fits in and much more.


Best non-first round NBA draft picks

We examine some of the best non-first round picks in NBA history on the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, hosted by Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch. Combing through each decade of draft classes, we discuss Maurice Cheeks in 1978, Danny Ainge in 1981, Jeff Hornacek, Mark Price and Dennis Rodman in 1986, Toni Kukoc in 1990, Stephen Jackson in 1997, Rashard Lewis in 1998, Manu Ginobili in 1999, Paul Millsap in 2006, Marc Gasol in 2007, Goran Dragic and DeAndre Jordan in...


The Best NBA Finals Performances Ever

Fresh off the conclusion of the 2017 NBA Finals, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch look at the best individual NBA Finals performances of all-time. We begin with a look at three players who had standout performances in this year's NBA Finals including Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Steph Curry. We then take a look at the best historical NBA Finals performances of all time including players such as Joe Fulks, George Mikan, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Walt Frazier, Bill Walton,...


Chasing Perfection (Perfect NBA Playoff Runs)

The Golden State Warriors are two games away from pulling off the NBA's first-ever perfect postseason. However, Golden State isn't the only team to enter the NBA Finals with a chance at perfection. Today on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch look at eight other teams who chased perfection into the NBA Finals. We'll look at each team's regular season record, key players and playoff path. We'll dig deep into their chances at perfection, how long they remained...


The 1970s were the NBA's adolescence

We discuss the NBA in the 1970s with Adam Criblez, author of "Tall Tales and Short Shorts: Dr. J, Pistol Pete and the Birth of the Modern NBA." We look at what the 1970s are best known for in the NBA, how they provided the building blocks for the modern league and the success of the 1980s, why David Stern called them the "dark days," early shoe and endorsement deals, how the NBA tried to market itself, the effects of major expansion and the ABA merger, why the league lost popularity in the...


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