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All Heart: Derek Smith’s Ascent and Tragic Fate

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.

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The Handle Podcast – Coby Dietrick: 05/24/18

This episode could have been called “Coby Dietrick Steals the Show” if I actually did titles for each conversation. A 13-year pro in the ABA and the NBA, most notably with the San Antonio Spurs, and someone with experiences in Europe and the CBA, Dietrick had…

May 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Handle Podcast – Brian Taylor: 03/08/18

Two-time ABA champion and All-Star Brian Taylor came on the podcast to take us through the significant stops he has had in his basketball career. From being quite the pioneer at Princeton and a New York Net in the ABA to fun times with the San Diego Clippers…

March 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fact or Myth: Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Sky Hook Was Efficient

Have you ever wondered what was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s percentage on Sky Hooks? Data and uncut footage of Abdul-Jabbar’s entire 1982-83 playoffs.

February 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Handle Podcast – J. Bruce Miller: 01/29/18

Whether it is the ABA’s Kentucky Colonels or any of the attempts of bringing them back in the form of an NBA team, J. Bruce Miller has long been involved in Louisville’s professional basketball scene. A conversation with him gave us the chance to explore his career as…

January 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Trail Blazers from the West in the Latvian Basketball League (Pt. 1)

The first part of an oral history series on the first foreign players in the Latvian Basketball League in the early 1990’s (in Latvian).

December 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Handle Podcast – Ray Scott: 12/13/17

When the 1961-62 Detroit Pistons made the Division Finals, Ray Scott was their impressive rookie forward. When the team first won 50+ games in 1973-74, he was their head coach. Thus we talked about the Pistons, yet also about the city of Philadelphia (and Wilt Chamberlain), fun with the Virginia Squires…

December 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Handle Podcast – Mark Montieth: 12/04/17

“Reborn: The Pacers and the Return of Pro Basketball to Indianapolis” is a recently released book which I enjoyed very much. Its author Mark Montieth joined me on the podcast to talk about the many topics concerning it. The first professional…

December 4, 2017 · Leave a comment