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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.

In all Airness - Michael Jordan-era NBA history Adam Ryan

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    • 4.8 • 93 Ratings

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.

    Rick Mahorn and Jeff Ruland - Meat the Beef Brothers (new series) - BB1

    Rick Mahorn and Jeff Ruland - Meat the Beef Brothers (new series) - BB1

    The debut episode of a new series featuring the legendary Beef Brothers, Rick Mahorn and Jeff Ruland.

    Our goal is to regularly release episodes of 45 minutes or less. Rick and Jeff share their opinions on today's NBA, before we go back in time to explore the wonders of NBA history. The Washington Bullets' Beef Brothers were arguably the NBA's most-fearsome duo from 1982 through 1985. They teamed with Greg Ballard (RIP) to form an imposing front-line.

    Select episodes may feature special guests, Bullets-era teammates or adversaries from the halcyon days of Rick's and Jeff's careers. The audio is delivered here in podcast form, but you can watch our conversations online. Full episodes will live on Adam's YouTube channel, whilst an old-school-only-edit will appear on the Beef Brothers' channel. Yes, that's right. Jeff and Rick are on YouTube! Relevant links also appear beneath the video.

    We encourage your interaction - ask questions or add comments on YouTube and the Beef Brothers will respond in future episodes. If you prefer e-mail, reach Rick and Jeff by e-mailing Adam: inallairness@gmail.com - he'll collate your submissions to read out to the guys. A quick warning that ocassional language during this series is not safe for young ears.


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    • 33 min
    1993 NBA Eastern Conference Finals - Bulls vs Knicks (Charles Smith - What-if?) - BTG-9

    1993 NBA Eastern Conference Finals - Bulls vs Knicks (Charles Smith - What-if?) - BTG-9

    A sliding doors moment from the 1993 NBA Playoffs would have significantly impacted the course of NBA history. Though I’m not normally a fan of what-if scenarios, let’s entertain one. Specifically, an examination of Game 5 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals (Knicks v Bulls).

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    Behind the Game - this episode details the would-be ramifications on NBA history had the Knicks held on to win the ECF and advance to the 1993 Finals.

    People mentioned include Charles Smith, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Horace Grant, Pat Riley, David Robinson and Nick Anderson.


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    • 11 min
    Memorable NBA Games: Detroit's Dumars dazzles in Cleveland (Apr 18, 1989) - Pistons at Cavaliers - AIR130

    Memorable NBA Games: Detroit's Dumars dazzles in Cleveland (Apr 18, 1989) - Pistons at Cavaliers - AIR130

    We journey back to 1989 and discuss a key matchup between Central Division rivals, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons.

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    Let's welcome a new friend to the show – Ryan Van Dusen – an archivist and curator of Detroit Pistons and NBA-history content at-large. Over 80,000 fans already subscribe to Ryan's YouTube channel.

    It’s the final week of the 1989 NBA regular season. This contest had significant implications on postseason play. For added context, we cover a few incidents that happened earlier in the season that had an impact on this game – including a late-January fight between the Cavs’ Brad Daugherty and the Pistons’ Bill Laimbeer. Plus, a second fight, when Detroit’s Isiah Thomas mixed it up with Chicago’s Bill Cartwright, less than two weeks before the game we’re covering today. This conversation was a lot of fun and there are numerous audio drops to enjoy, too. After the recap, we briefly discuss Ryan’s YouTube channel. He kindly created a dedicated playlist of this game.


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    • 55 min
    Brian Burnsed: Shawn Bradley wrestles with life at 7'6" in a wheelchair (Sports Illustrated) - AIR129

    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.

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    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.


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    • 29 min
    One fan's campaign for Tom Chambers to enter the Basketball Hall of Fame - AIR128

    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.

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    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. We reference Pete Croatto's FanSided feature, too.

    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.


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Tom Chambers' [Hall of Fame] dunk on Mark Jackson (Jan 27, 1989) - BTG-8

    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.

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    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 highlights

    People 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.


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    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

Michael_Olivares ,

Outstanding Storytelling

This podcast is a must listen for basketball junkies like me. I can’t get enough of the behind-the-scenes stories from NBA insiders. Each new episode is eagerly anticipated. Great job as usual Adam. Cheers!

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Top Notch Pod

I just listened to the podcast you did with Joe and it was great to hear the background of how you started, how you made contact with the many guests you've had over the years. Wonderful behind the scene info. Keep it up!

Jim - @BlazersHistory

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Podcast that SAVED 2020 for me.

As wild as the year 2020 was, I found this podcast on Spotify and started binging the episodes. Since I couldn’t give it a review there, here I am. I grew up in the 90s and to be able to relive memories like this is amazing. Truly an astoundingly researched and entertaining podcast. This show is a gem.

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