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An essential listen for basketball fans. Episodes feature high-profile guests, plus my basketball-obsessed friends. My focal point is Michael Jordan, however, I cover everything NBA - past and present - with my unique Australian sense of humor. Visit http://facebook.com/inallairness for related content.

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    High School All-American, NCAA great and NBA All-Star, Jeff Ruland. Jeff discusses his early sporting life and the major growth-spurt that coincided with his decision to focus on basketball. He was named High School All-American in the same class as Magic Johnson and was heavily recruited across the country. We chat about his decision to remain in New York and commit to Iona College, led by future luminary, Jim Valvano.

    Jeff opens up about the 1980 NBA Draft and why he opted to head overseas and play in Spain, before commencing his rookie season in 1982. We talk about Jeff's excellent first three full seasons, that resulted in NBA All-Star selections in 1984 and 1985. Jeff recalls Michael Jordan's debut game in the NBA and the rude awakening that MJ would receive on his first dunk attempt in Chicago Stadium.

    We chat about the impact of the Showtime Lakers and Boston's Big Three, plus, the onset of injury issues that began to halt Jeff's career. We also talk about one of the most memorable trades in NBA history; the Bullets' decision to trade Jeff to Philadelphia, in exchange for Moses Malone. Jeff details his (first) retirement from the NBA in 1987 and how he went back to college to complete his degree, before making his remarkable comeback attempt in the 1992 season.

    We also learn about the successes of Jeff's coaching career, that are also mixed with trials and tribulations you need to hear to fully comprehend. Our conversation covers a broad-range of interesting topics and is an open and engaging look at one of basketball's most underrated careers, ever.

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    One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Rick Barry. Rick discusses his first sporting love of baseball - he talks fondly of his hero - the reason behind his choice to wear the iconic jersey number 24. Incredibly, as a high-school senior, Rick almost gave up on his future Hall of Fame career, due in large-part to his then-coach.

    We chat about the origins of his unique, underhanded free-throw shooting technique and its impact on his overall game. Rick talks about his passion for basketball and his immense desire to win. We talk about his outstanding college career at the University of Miami and how it prepared him to make an instant impact at the next level. We discuss the 1965 NBA Draft, where Rick was one of 10 future All-Stars selected.

    We cover Rick's NBA Rookie of the Year triumph, playing against Wilt Chamberlain in the 1967 NBA Finals and Barry's decision to join the fledgling ABA (he won the 1969 ABA Championship) for its inaugural season. Rick talks candidly about being forced to sit out the entire 1968 season, when he was arguably in the prime of his career. We chat about his All-Star Game memories (eight in the NBA, four in the ABA) and his 1975 NBA Championship glory.

    We talk about Rick's last two NBA seasons in Houston and how injury prematurely halted his career; interestingly, an NBA rule-change possibly denied Rick's plan to join the Boston Celtics or Los Angeles Lakers.

    Rick discusses his Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement, his foray into coaching (1990s) and the opportunities missed at NBA level. We round out the conversation, learning about Rick's current-day interests, including a love of fly fishing and his business pursuits.

    We run the gamut of discussion topics that shed light on the competitive nature of a true basketball great.

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    Michael Jordan's lifelong friend and confidant, David Bridgers. A unique episode. Ross Franco is a North Carolinian friend of mine. We connected, through my podcast - one of the many great outcomes I've experienced, since creating the show. Ross is a great friend of David Bridgers. Ross and I have previously discussed the possibility of inviting David on the podcast, as a guest. When the opportunity presented itself, we were both very pleased. The three of us had a great chat.

    Prior to speaking with Ross and David, I wasn't sure if our conversation would necessarily make for an interesting podcast episode. However, five minutes into proceedings, that all changed. This is simply three guys, talking all-things Michael Jordan, from a perspective you'd be very hard-pressed to top. You'll learn the origins of Bridgers' relationship with Jordan. The two first met, at just seven years of age! We cover David's enduring friendship with Michael and his experiences with the Jordan family, plus, David's close bond with Ross.

    Ross tried his best to not be involved in this audio recording. He suggested that David should speak solely with me. From my point of view, that was never going to happen. Thanks again Ross, for making this conversation possible. I hope you - the listener - enjoy it.

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    Dayton Flyers' all-time leading scorer and NCAA star, Roosevelt Chapman. Adam & Aaron welcome Roosevelt to the podcast, with an in-depth discussion of his very successful, well-traveled, yet largely-unheralded basketball career. If ever a guest warranted featuring on the show, Roosevelt 'Velvet' Chapman is that guy. In 1984, within the span of just three months, he starred in the NCAA Tournament, was invited to the Team USA Olympic Trials and was selected in the NBA Draft.

    Roosevelt talks about his early years in Brooklyn and how his game developed on the playgrounds of New York City. He discusses some of the future NBA stars he grew up with, including Chris Mullin, Mark Jackson and Rod Strickland, to name a few. The development of Chapman's game earned him the opportunity to attend the University of Dayton. We chat about his incredible senior season at college, where he led the Flyers to the Elite Eight in the 1984 NCAA Tournament - overcoming Wayman Tisdale and Detlef Schrempf in the process; finally succumbing to Patrick Ewing and his Georgetown Hoyas.

    Roosevelt discusses his involvement in the Team USA Olympic Trials in 1984, including two great stories involving Michael Jordan and John Stockton. He opens up about his selection in the 1984 NBA Draft and what led to him pursuing opportunities to play professionally - achieving great success - traveling around the world.

    This is one of my favorite episodes of the show, to date. Roosevelt's story is fascinating; discovering the history and importance of players who often fly under the radar, is a passion of mine. Aaron & I are confident you'll enjoy this feature.

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    Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's third season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

    - NBA regular season – December 1 through 15, 1986

    - Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

    In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1986-87 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played eight games in this span – three wins and five losses.

    Notable milestones:

    Pat Riley - won his 300th game as coach
    Dominique Wilkins - scored an equal career-high 57 points

    Links discussed:

    * Michael Jordan's thunderous jam around Mark Eaton
    * Human Highlight Film versus Air Jordan

    This episode continues our coverage of the 1986-87 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

    Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

    Others mentioned in this episode, include: Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Tom Chambers, Alvin Robertson, Charles Oakley, Alex English, Wilt Chamberlain, David Greenwood, Mike Brown, Isiah Thomas & Curtis Kitchen.

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    Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's third season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

    - NBA regular season – December 16 through 30, 1986

    - Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

    In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1986-87 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played seven games in this span – four wins and three losses.

    Notable milestones:

    Magic Johnson - career-high 46 points
    James Bailey - career-high 35 points
    Kenny Gattison - career-high 29 points
    Sidney Green - career-high 23 rebounds
    Charles Oakley - career-high 15 assists

    Links discussed:

    * Patrick Ewing defeats Michael Jordan's Bulls, just in the Knick of time

    This episode continues our coverage of the 1986-87 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

    Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

    Others mentioned in this episode, include: Bill Laimbeer, Chuck Person, Dave Corzine, Fat Lever, Alex English, Bob Hansen, Darrell Griffith & Derek Smith.

    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.

    Show notes | I appreciate all feedback, FB Page 'Likes' and iTunes ratings / reviews.

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    Support Adam via Amazon: click-through and purchase any item (store-wide – within 24 hours) - it helps support the podcast – importantly, at no additional cost to you. Thanks.

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    Senior NBA Photographer and Director of Photography for Staples Center, Andrew Bernstein.

    Show notes will be available within 48 hours. Enjoy!

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    University of Wyoming standout, five-year NBA veteran, Chris Engler.

    Chris discusses his childhood in Minneapolis and how his links to the sport of basketball began early in life. Between eighth and ninth grade of high school – whilst participating across numerous sports – Chris had a six-inch growth spurt and a focus on basketball became more appealing.

    We chat about Chris walking-on at the University of Minnesota, where he’d play alongside future (NBA) stars Mychal Thompson and Kevin McHale. After two seasons with the Gophers, Chris transferred to the University of Wyoming, where he had more opportunity to develop his game. His final college appearance was an NCAA Tournament match-up against Patrick Ewing and the mighty Georgetown Hoyas.

    Chris shares memories from his five years in the NBA, plus, experiences in the CBA, travelling overseas to play professionally and also winning back-to-back gold medals (1994 and 1998) at the World Masters Games.

    Links discussed (include):

    * Chris’ (1984) NBA Stars vs Team USA game in Minneapolis, coinciding with Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA Tour

    People mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Trent Tucker, Sleepy Floyd, Bill Garnett, Bernard King, Charles Bradley, World B. Free, Ernie DiGregorio, Rick Brown, Orlando Woolridge & Mark Landsberger.

    Editor's note: sign-up for the 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 | Twitter | Google+

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    Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's third season in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

    - NBA regular season – December 31, 1986, through January 14, 1987

    - Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

    In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1986-87 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played five games in this span – four wins and one loss.

    Notable milestones:

    Rolando Blackman - season-high 41 points
    Brad Sellers - first-career start (27 points [12/14 FGs] and 12 rebounds)
    Alvan Adams - season-high 25 points

    Links discussed:

    * Michael Jordan torches the Trail Blazers for 53 points at Chicago Stadium

    This episode continues our coverage of the 1986-87 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

    Tune in to hear this and plenty more, as we uncover some hidden gems from the NBA’s golden era.

    Others mentioned in this episode, include: Dominique Wilkins, Sedale Threatt, Pete Myers, Mitchell Wiggins, Lewis Lloyd, Gene Banks, Fred Cofield, John Stockton, Alvan Adams, Stanley Brundy & Grant Gondrezick.

    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 | Twitter | Google+

    Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Newsletter | RSS | Website

    Support Adam via Amazon: click-through and purchase any item (store-wide – within 24 hours) - it helps support the podcast – importantly, at no additional cost to you. Thanks.

    Feedback: e-mail (audio welcome) | Voicemail


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