Reinis Lacis talks with retired basketball players about the history of the game and their careers.
Chuck Mencel: 01/30/19
Minnesota Golden Gophers legend Chuck Mencel came on the podcast to relive his life and career. Plenty of stories proved to be very insightful about the events from that time. From stories about George Mikan to an innovative shooting drill he created himself and how obligations towards the army influenced his life, and much more. Chuck was fantastic at explaining the details of his playing days.
Kerry Eggers: 12/28/18
We talk everything concerning the late 90's, early 2000's Portland Trail Blazers with Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune's journalist and author of "Jail Blazers: How the Portland Trail Blazers Became the Bad Boys of Basketball". Topics include the research and interviews that were conducted (or were not) for the book to be released, wild stories from those days and reasons why that Portland team became such a phenomenon.
Keith Jennings: 11/30/18
East Tennessee State Buccaneers legend Keith "Mister" Jennings joined the program to talk about his almost 60-60-90 senior year, influence of Isiah Thomas and difficulties of making the NBA as a small guard. Having ultimately made the Golden State Warriors, Mister Jennings had some great stories to tell about coach Don Nelson's approach, the talent of those teams and his success in Europe later on.
Audie Norris: 09/28/18
There are so many ways I could introduce Audie Norris. European basketball star with Barcelona, former Portland Trail Blazer, global ambassador of the NBA, even a certified backboard breaker. We talked about everything. From coaching kids to teaching Kristaps Porzingis the bank shot, his main influences in basketball and greats from different parts of the world. A packed episode of The Handle podcast.
Hal Wissel: 09/05/18
Coach Hal Wissel came on the podcast to talk about a wide array of topics. From his humble beginnings as the head coach of Trenton State to working out Kobe Bryant as the Director of Player Personnel of the New Jersey Nets, there was a whole lot for me to ask as the host and so much was still left on the table (possible part two some time down the line). We chatted about him being a part of the first three-coach staff with the Atlanta Hawks, a whole lot of Hubie Brown, the numerous successes and victories of his career, and more.
Don Kojis: 08/24/18
"The jumpingest white boy I've ever seen" is how Wilt Chamberlain described two-time NBA All-Star Don Kojis. Kojis, after all, might have been the first basketball player to regularly throw down alley-oops when he did so with the Phillips 66ers. He also managed to have great success with Team USA before turning pro and enjoying a lengthy career in the NBA. All of that and some more discussed in this episode.
Interesting and nostalgic
I like this podcast because it gives us a connection with a lot of lesser publicized players from the past. It gives a voice to players that aren't the all-time great we so often hear from in the mainstream media. Real good stuff here.
Found this through my fellow Marquette alum Jim Mcilvaine and have loved every interview I've listened to. Sven Nater was very inspiring.
Love this podcast. Great for NBA nerds....