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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 – 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

The Handle Podcast – Steve Chubin: 10/30/17

Steve Chubin is among the basketball pioneers in more than one way. We talked about him going overseas to play in Europe after his college career when few players did so, the first season of ABA basketball in 1966-67 during which he played with the Anaheim…

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Handle Podcast – Gar Heard: 10/13/17

An NBA lifer of 30 years in the league, Gar Heard had plenty of stories to tell on this episode of The Handle Podcast. From debuting in the NBA as a rookie on Lenny Wilkens’s Seattle SuperSonics and being the glue guy for the fast-paced Buffalo Braves to making the Finals with the 1975-76 Phoenix Suns. The years…

October 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Handle Podcast – Willie Somerset: 09/11/17

How many athletes have turned to a career in another field right after an All-Star season at the age of 27? Willie Somerset has. The 1969 ABA All-Star-turned-pharmacist explored the biggest influences in his life, the fun times he had during a short stint with the…

September 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

The SuperSonics – Bucks Five Overtime Game

Important shots, game-saving blocks, crucial misses from the free throw line and unlikely heroes. A look into the footage of the Seattle SuperSonics and Milwaukee Bucks five overtime thriller from 1989 and the plays that made it happen.

September 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Handle Podcast – Butch Beard: 07/19/17

NBA All-Star, champion and coach Butch Beard has had an¬†unparalleled career. From death threats during a Kentucky vs. Louisville recruiting battle to being drafted in the army after his rookie NBA season and contributing to the 1974-75 Warriors…

July 19, 2017 · Leave a comment