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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 – 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

The Handle Podcast – Dave Feitl: 06/27/17

UTEP Miners great Dave Feitl joined the show and reminisced about the university’s success under coach Don Haskins, remembered the difficulties the Houston Rockets faced after the 1986 Finals and told us his story about regaining confidence in Europe after being run…

June 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Is It Scheme or Personnel? A Look Into Charlotte’s Poor Perimeter Defense This Past Season

The 2016-17 season marked coach Steve Clifford’s first mediocre defensive squad, the most 3-pointers given up in the whole league and shaky execution against the pick-and-roll, among other things. What gives?

June 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Handle Podcast – Mike Storen: 05/15/17

You can’t tell the story of the ABA without multiple mentions of Mike Storen. The former general manager of the Indiana Pacers, the Kentucky Colonels and the one-time commissioner of the league joined the podcast to describe his career path, provide us with insight about his front office…

May 15, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Handle Podcast – Adam Criblez: 05/01/17

Author Adam Criblez came on the podcast to talk about his book “Tall Tales and Short Shorts” on the 1970s NBA, Pete Maravich’s struggles in the NBA, Julius Erving joining the Bucks as the best what if of the decade and plenty of other 70s basketball minutiae.

May 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Game Trend: Kemba Rests, Reserves Get More Burn, Hornets Lack Firepower Against Bucks

There were no surprises about the way the Charlotte Hornets performed without Kemba Walker, yet the game at least gave us the chance to see more of Treveon Graham, Miles Plumlee and Briante Weber.

April 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Handle Podcast – Kevin Loder: 03/30/17

Two-time NAIA All-American Kevin Loder stopped by to talk about playing multiple sports while growing up, the cultural significance of Alabama State’s success during his time there and remember his days with the early 1980s Kansas City Kings.

March 30, 2017 · Leave a comment