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Episodes feature former-NBA players, coaches and media. Topic-based chats, too. Adam's focal point is Michael Jordan, but he covers the history of basketball with his unique Australian humour.
Episodes feature former-NBA players, coaches and media. Topic-based chats, too. Adam's focal point is Michael Jordan, but he covers the history of basketball with his unique Australian humour. << Show Less
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Brian Burnsed: Shawn Bradley wrestles with life at 7'6" in a wheelchair (Sports Illustrated) - AIR129 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&apos;ll be supporting his podcast at no extra cost to you]
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Brian Burnsed: Shawn Bradley wrestles with life at 7'6" in a wheelchair (Sports Illustrated) - AIR129 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&apos;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 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 searching ‘TC24’ on YouTube.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&apos;ll be supporting his podcast at no extra cost to you]
Tom Chambers' [Hall of Fame] dunk on Mark Jackson (Jan 27, 1989) - BTG-8 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 - you&apos;ll be supporting his podcast at no extra cost to you]
Tom Chambers' [Hall of Fame] dunk on Mark Jackson (Jan 27, 1989) - BTG-7 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 - you&apos;ll be supporting his podcast at no extra cost to you]
Adam on 200 episodes and how fans can support the show Hey, it&apos;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&apos;s official. My recent conversation with the great Jerry Colangelo was episode number 200 overall. It was the 127th edition of &apos;In all Airness&apos;. 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&apos;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&apos;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&apos;t find a podcast that offered what I wanted to hear as a diehard fan of old-school basketball. Looking back on the extensive episode list, I&apos;m very proud of my podcast. There&apos;s been an incredible array of guests on the show - Hall of Famers, All-Stars, role players, journeymen and those who have made significant contributions to the history of the game, from off the court, too. I&apos;ve also made some  fantastic friendships and acquaintances over the years.Recent updates to my website now allow fans of the show to support the podcast monetarily. Completely optional, of course. There are numerous costs involved to produce this show and with the recent rise of crowd-funded podcasts, I&apos;ve finally jumped on board. You can &apos;Buy Me a Coffee&apos; (more so a donation similar to the price of a cup of coffee). You can make one-off PayPal donations - if you&apos;d prefer to make recurring payments, please contact me and that can be arranged. In the show notes of this episode, there are various affiliate links to basketball-related retailers here in Australia and the USA. By clicking on those links, you can support my show at no extra cost to you. If you make a purchase within 24 hours of visiting a link, I&apos;ll receive a small commission.I also offer a free 30-day trial to Audible. Sign-up using my link and you&apos;ll get a credit to purchase any premium title (regardless of price). For example, if you&apos;re a fan of the legendary columninst - and repeat podcast guest - Bob Ryan, you can obtain his excellent book Scribe, by taking advantage of this Audible trial. Best yet, you can cancel anytime and still keep your purchase. If you wish to sponsor an episode of the show, that is also possible. Reach out to me and we can discuss specifics.Your support will help offset some of the costs involved in producing the show, which is now in its tenth year. Those costs include my website / podcast hosting fees and my newspapers.com and audio-editing subscriptions to name a few. View the possible forms of support: inallairness.com/support.All the best and thanks once more for being a listener of the show.Support: Buy Adam a coffee | Amazon: USA / Australia | Audible | Booktopia | PayPal[as an Amazon Associate / Booktopia Affiliate, Adam earns from qualifying purchases - you&apos;ll be supporting his podcast at no extra co
Jerry Colangelo: Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, Team USA and more - Godfather of Arizona Sports - AIR127 [Enjoy Adam&apos;s podcast? Buy him a coffee | Thanks for your support]Let&apos;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 context, listen to this great conversation that Jerry had on The Crossover NBA Show (with Chris Mannix and Howard Beck). He discusses how he turned the entire program around.Follow: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | FacebookListen: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | OvercastSubscribe: NBA-history newsletterE-mail Adam any time. Thanks for listening!
Joanne Borzakian Ouellette: Reebok Global Marketing Director NBA Basketball (former) - AIR126 [Enjoy Adam&apos;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 [Enjoy Adam&apos;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 Celtics discussion. We chat about the two titles Dave won with Boston in the 1970s, how he prepared for games and battled with all-time great centers that often had significant height advantages over him. We even found time to talk about Larry Legend, too. This conversation primarily covers Dave’s on-court days. Hopefully he’ll return to the show to discuss his post-playing career and life after basketball. This is a candidate for my favorite episode yet.If you enjoy this chat and you’re on Twitter, I’d be most grateful if you’d consider a quick tweet to Bob Ryan (@GlobeBobRyan), thanking him for the connect with Mr. Cowens. This conversation would not have happened without Bob’s continued generosity.Follow: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | FacebookListen: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | OvercastSubscribe: NBA-history newsletterE-mail Adam any time. Thanks for listening!
NBA trivia: player nicknames (1950s to 1990s - questions via Basketball-Reference) - AIR124 How good is your knowledge of NBA trivia? This episode is all about nicknames. 30 questions in total, courtesy of the mighty Basketball-Reference. Players from the 1950s thru 1990s. Only one question went unanswered. Test your knowledge and see how you match-up![Support: Buy Adam a coffee | Amazon: USA / Australia |  Audible | Booktopia | PayPalOur first foray into NBA trivia. This is an edit of my Twitter Spaces recording from late August, 2021. We initially had four participants. In alphabetical order – Aiden, David, Joel and Richo. A fifth entrant, Matt, joined approximately halfway through. Competition was tough – two competitors, Richo and David, were particularly ruthless. However, everyone answered at least one question correctly.Due to the nature of Twitter Spaces, the audio quality is variable. If you want to hear more trivia episodes, or even take part in a future one, please reach out and let me know. I’d be more than happy to set-up my own higher-quality recordings.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&apos;ll be supporting his podcast at no extra cost to you]
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