Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame photographer Andrew Bernstein discusses life behind the scenes with some of the biggest names in the world of sports. Covering the most memorable events of the past three decades, telling lively and personal stories, plus in-depth discussions about the serious issues affecting current and retired athletes. This podcast about the memories, business and culture of sport is a co-production of Legends of Sport and Los Angeles Times.
Andy chats with journalist Scott Howard-Cooper! Scott talks about his life-long career in journalism & sports journalism, covering the early years of Shaq & Kobe, his relationship with Kobe Bryant, and his new book "Steve Kerr: A Life"! Scott discusses the genesis of the book, and the many surprising aspects of Steve Kerr's incredible life story. Scott shares stories from his relationship with Kobe Bryant over the years, from his rookie season on the Lakers to their final meeting in Sacramento. Plus, Scott & Andy reminisce over the many career overlapping memories throughout the years covering the NBA in Southern California!
Andy chats with former NBA player & current Head Coach of Utah Valley University - Mark "Mad Dog" Madsen! Andy & Mark talk about his incredible career, how the pandemic has affected his team, his road before the NBA, lessons he learned from Phil Jackson, his relationship with Shaq, & Kobe Bryant's legacy. Mark identifies the many lessons he's learned & incorporated from Phil Jackson, from Phil's "WTF" play, what made the Triangle Offense so great, his work-life balance philosophy, and what he's taken to his players. Mark tells some great stories about comedy Clubs with Phil, Thanksgiving Days with Shaq, winning back-to-back titles with Kobe & Shaq, his relationship with Kobe, ripping his socks off mid-play, and many more!
Andy chats with legendary professional & Olympic Volleyball player & coach, as well as the current Head Coach of the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team - Karch Kiraly! In addition to his heavily decorated college & professional career, Karch is the only player in the world to win three Olympic Gold Medals in Volleyball - in '84, '88 & '96. Andy & Karch reminisce about the early days of beach volleyball on the beaches of Southern California, playing for UCLA under Coach Al Scates, indoor vs beach volleyball, the 1986 USA Cup tournament, how the pandemic affected training & preparation for his team, & much more! Plus, Andy & Karch discuss the importance of growing women's sports leagues, a brand new women's only pro league called Athletes Unlimited, the Starlings Volleyball program, memories of meeting Kobe Bryant, & how he views his legacy. Good luck to Coach Karch & Team USA!!
Andy chats with eight-time Olympic medalist - Apolo Ohno! Andy & Apolo talk about his heavy travel schedule, his path into speed skating, his involvement in "The Weight Of Gold" documentary on HBO, his passion for mental health advocacy & financial literacy, and more! Apolo gives his perspective on Naomi Osaka's battles with mental health, how he's helping athletes with their second acts, his new book "Hard Pivot", memories of Kobe Bryant, his work in the financial world with Personal Capital, and so much more!
Andy chats with marketing consultant & former lead of Nike's Business Affairs department - Mark Thomashow! Mark is responsible for many of Nike's most successful marketing campaigns from "Just Do It", Charles Barkley's "I'm Not a Role Model" commercial, "Bo Knows" with Bo Jackson, the concept of Championship hats, and many more! Andy & Mark discuss the genesis of his career from school teacher, to lawyer, to leading some of Nike's most iconic advertising campaigns. Mark describes the behind the scenes of how some of the biggest ad campaigns in sports got started, and the incredible stories he has from along the way. Andy & Mark also discuss the time he was sued by The Beatles, the Dream Team vs. Reebok, the idea of athletes as role models, his involvement with the Earl Monroe Charter School, and so much more!
Andy chats with South Carolina Gamecocks & USA Women's National Team Head Coach - Dawn Staley! Dawn discusses her journey from the projects of Philadelphia to the University of Virginia, the ABL, being voted one of the 15 best players in WNBA History, and ultimately being named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame! Andy & Dawn also discuss her various inspirations & mentors along the way, memories from the first Women's Dream Team at the Olympics in Atlanta, how she defines Philly basketball, her philosophy on losing, her 24-Hour Rule, her Players Tribune article "Black People Are Tired", and so much more!
Thoughtful and insightful interview!
Loved the Gotham Chopra podcast!! TY !!
Love this podcast!
Andy’s the best! Terrific interviews, great guests, so enjoyable!