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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 – Keith “Mister” 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…

November 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Gēni, treneri, tradīcijas vai saldējums – kas slēpjas aiz Rūjienas basketbola fenomena?

Šī gada lielākos basketbola notikumus Latvijā nevar iztēloties bez vairāku cilvēku līdzdalības. Vēsturisko Latvijas U-18 izlases sudrabu zem groziem palīdzēja kaldināt komandas aizsardzības balsts Anrijs Miška. No soliņa norādījumus deva…

November 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Handle Podcast – 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…

September 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Nevis Džons, bet Jānis Ludeks: septiņdesmito gadu trimdas basketbola zvaigzne

Septiņdesmito gadu pirmo pusi divi spēcīgākie Latvijas PSR vīriešu basketbola klubi ASK un VEF pārsvarā pavadīja pēc spēka otrajā stiprākajā PSRS līgā (1. līga). Šādu kritumu no iepriekšējiem augstumiem iespaidoja vairāki faktori, to skaitā…

September 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

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…

September 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Handle Podcast – 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…

August 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Handle Podcast – Ron Grandison: 08/02/18

When Ron Grandison turned 30 in the summer of 1994, the following was the list of his past basketball experiences: UC Irvine – Tulane – University of New Orleans – CBA – Boston Celtics – hiatus from basketball – Athletes in Action – CBA – Charlotte Hornets…

August 2, 2018 · Leave a comment