Bonus podcast episode for the feature “All Heart” on Derek Smith. Coach Bill Olsen of the University of Louisville shares stories about Derek earning the respect of older players at Crawford Gym and him having a dream of becoming like his cousin Gar Heard.
Derek Smith was on his way to a career of an NBA All-Star. For the kid who had grown up poor in rural Georgia, averaging 22 points per game and outplaying Michael Jordan were unthinkable heights. Unfortunately, tragedies cut his life and career short.
The Hornets return with a familiar roster and a familiar head coach in Steve Clifford. It’s on Clifford to repeat last season’s success.
Jerry Eaves came on The Handle to talk about the Louisville Cardinals of the early 1980s, the 1980 NCAA National Championship, coach Frank Layden’s personality and Utah Jazz teams and the various other stops Jerry has had in his basketball career.
Three-time ABA All-Star Darel Carrier relives what basketball was like in the 1960s and 70s. Darel tells us about choosing the industrial league’s Phillips 66ers over the NBA, being one of the first great three-point shooters and playing for the Kentucky Colonels.
James Donaldson describes his journey from joining his high school basketball team only as a junior to becoming an NBA All-Star. We also discussed the late 1980s Dallas Mavericks, the Winnebago Wall of James, Jack Sikma and Lonnie Shelton, and why…
Providence Friars legend Joe Hassett came on the podcast to talk about his successful NCAA career, being the most prolific 3-point shooter during the first years of the line’s existence in the NBA and how it was to be a long range shooter back then.