217 episodes

I am your author and host, Rick Loayza. This is the blog and podcast where we bring to life some of the forgotten stories from basketball history.
I love basketball. I love watching it. I love reading about it. I love learning about its history. I am, for all intents and purposes, a basketball junkie. I’ve coached all three of my kids in youth basketball. In fact, I still coach my youngest each winter. Something just happened to me when I was 11 where I was bitten by the basketball bug. And starting then, I just couldn’t get enough of this amazing game.
And the purpose of this podcast and blog is to bring back some of the old stories from basketball’s history. I want to bring you a new story each week from the older days of basketball before there were 22 cameras and instant highlights on your device. Of course, any story from anywhere in basketball history is up for grabs. But I want the focus to be on those stories that are interesting and impactful but long forgotten.
I’ll be covering stories going all the way back to the invention of the game in the 1890s, to the barnstorming days of basketball in the 1920s and 30s, to the creation of the current NBA in the 1940s and beyond.
So, if you love basketball as much as I do, or you just want to hear a few stories from basketball’s past, then go ahead and subscribe to the podcast and come back to this blog to hear or read a new story each week.
For me, this is a labor of love as I get to work with my older son, Jacob Loayza, who serves as my editor and producer. Until next time…

Basketball History 101 Rick Loayza

    • Sports
    • 4.7 • 24 Ratings

I am your author and host, Rick Loayza. This is the blog and podcast where we bring to life some of the forgotten stories from basketball history.
I love basketball. I love watching it. I love reading about it. I love learning about its history. I am, for all intents and purposes, a basketball junkie. I’ve coached all three of my kids in youth basketball. In fact, I still coach my youngest each winter. Something just happened to me when I was 11 where I was bitten by the basketball bug. And starting then, I just couldn’t get enough of this amazing game.
And the purpose of this podcast and blog is to bring back some of the old stories from basketball’s history. I want to bring you a new story each week from the older days of basketball before there were 22 cameras and instant highlights on your device. Of course, any story from anywhere in basketball history is up for grabs. But I want the focus to be on those stories that are interesting and impactful but long forgotten.
I’ll be covering stories going all the way back to the invention of the game in the 1890s, to the barnstorming days of basketball in the 1920s and 30s, to the creation of the current NBA in the 1940s and beyond.
So, if you love basketball as much as I do, or you just want to hear a few stories from basketball’s past, then go ahead and subscribe to the podcast and come back to this blog to hear or read a new story each week.
For me, this is a labor of love as I get to work with my older son, Jacob Loayza, who serves as my editor and producer. Until next time…

    Episode 191 - The Lost Teams, pt. 3

    Episode 191 - The Lost Teams, pt. 3

    In today’s episode we cover the Detroit Falcons, Pittsburgh Ironmen, and the Indianapolis Jets. All three teams only lasted a single season in the NBA. They were all dysfunctional and struggled for wins and fans, leading to their eventual demises...
    CREDITS
    Rick Loayza: Head researcher, writer, and voice
    Jacob Loayza: Editor, producer, and publisher
     
    MUSIC
    "1940's Slow Dance" by Doug Maxwell
    "Horizons" by Roa
     
    SPORTS HISTORY NETWORK
    sportshistorynetwork.com
    sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/basketball-history-101/
     
    FACEBOOK
    m.facebook.com/Basketball-History-101-103801581493027/
     
    BUSINESS CONTACT
    bballhistory101@gmail.com

    • 16 min
    Episode 190 - Red Auerbach, pt. 3

    Episode 190 - Red Auerbach, pt. 3

    Today, we conclude our story on Red Auerbach and his 16 champions, which is more than anyone else in NBA history. From his 8-year championship run on the 1960s to his rebuilding of championship teams in the 1970s and 1980s, we cover the conclusion of his time with the Celtics.
    CREDITS
    Rick Loayza: Head researcher, writer, and voice
    Jacob Loayza: Editor, producer, and publisher
     
    MUSIC
    "1940's Slow Dance" by Doug Maxwell
    "Horizons" by Roa
     
    SPORTS HISTORY NETWORK
    sportshistorynetwork.com
    sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/basketball-history-101/
     
    FACEBOOK
    m.facebook.com/Basketball-History-101-103801581493027/
     
    BUSINESS CONTACT
    bballhistory101@gmail.com

    • 18 min
    Episode 189 - Red Auerbach, pt. 2

    Episode 189 - Red Auerbach, pt. 2

    In Part 2 of our story, we share how Auerbach became the coach of the Boston Celtics. The Celtics had never had a winning season in their history before hiring Auerbach. That changed quickly.
    CREDITS
    Rick Loayza: Head researcher, writer, and voice
    Jacob Loayza: Editor, producer, and publisher
     
    MUSIC
    "1940's Slow Dance" by Doug Maxwell
    "Horizons" by Roa
     
    SPORTS HISTORY NETWORK
    sportshistorynetwork.com
    sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/basketball-history-101/
     
    FACEBOOK
    m.facebook.com/Basketball-History-101-103801581493027/
     
    BUSINESS CONTACT
    bballhistory101@gmail.com

    • 19 min
    Episode 188 - Red Auerbach, pt. 1

    Episode 188 - Red Auerbach, pt. 1

    Red Auerbach is arguably the most influential coach in NBA history. He grew up in Brooklyn as the son of Jewish immigrants, and he was obsessed with basketball. It was the only thing that mattered to him. Join as we follow his story from his upbringing to his first job in the NBA with the Washington Capitols.
    CREDITS
    Rick Loayza: Head researcher, writer, and voice
    Jacob Loayza: Editor, producer, and publisher
     
    MUSIC
    "1940's Slow Dance" by Doug Maxwell
    "Horizons" by Roa
     
    SPORTS HISTORY NETWORK
    sportshistorynetwork.com
    sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/basketball-history-101/
     
    FACEBOOK
    m.facebook.com/Basketball-History-101-103801581493027/
     
    BUSINESS CONTACT
    bballhistory101@gmail.com

    • 18 min
    Episode 187 - The Dean Tolson Exclusive: A Retired Seattle SuperSonic's Message for the World

    Episode 187 - The Dean Tolson Exclusive: A Retired Seattle SuperSonic's Message for the World

    Dean Tolson, former Seattle SuperSonic, has an incredibly powerful story of being illiterate through his professional playing days before going back to earn his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as an adult. He now speaks to thousands of kids on the value of an education.
    Click here to purchase Tolson's book, Power Forward: My Journey from Illiterate NBA Player to a Magna Cum Laude Master's Degree!
    Click here to go to Tolson's website!
    
    CREDITS
    Rick Loayza: Head researcher, writer, and voice
    Jacob Loayza: Editor, producer, and publisher
     
    MUSIC
    "Horizons" by Roa
     
    SPORTS HISTORY NETWORK
    sportshistorynetwork.com
    sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/basketball-history-101/
     
    FACEBOOK
    m.facebook.com/Basketball-History-101-103801581493027/
     
    BUSINESS CONTACT
    bballhistory101@gmail.com

    • 30 min
    BBH Moments Special - LeBron's 40k Points

    BBH Moments Special - LeBron's 40k Points

    LeBron James just reached 40,000 regular-season career points. In order to commemorate this living moment in basketball history, Rick discusses the guys that first reached 10k, 20k, and 30k points, as well as what would be required in order for LeBron's record to ever be broken...
    CREDITS
    Rick Loayza: Head researcher, writer, and voice
    Jacob Loayza: Editor, producer, and publisher
     
    MUSIC
    "Broken" by AJ PRO
    "Horizons" by Roa
     
    SPORTS HISTORY NETWORK
    sportshistorynetwork.com
    sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/basketball-history-101/
     
    FACEBOOK
    m.facebook.com/Basketball-History-101-103801581493027/
     
    BUSINESS CONTACT
    bballhistory101@gmail.com

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Liam Conor Francis ,

Fun for whole family

This 40 year old loves the show, but the real superfans are my first and second grade boys who are OBSESSED.

Such a fun and informative way to learn about enjoy basketball history!

ole Dute ,

Love this podcast

Well produced, very palatable speaking voice. Great stories about basketball. I enjoy it very much. Thanks.

SNAKE LORD! ,

I am ten and love this.

Good job. I’m writing this, November 2022.
I will be starting basketball in January 2023. I don’t want to be a noob so I decided to start to study basketball through Podcasts so that has been very helpful to learn history of basketball.

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