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Over and Back tells stories about NBA, ABA & pro basketball history. Hosted by Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch. Part of The Step Back NBA Podcast Network, powered by Fansided.

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Over and Back tells stories about NBA, ABA & pro basketball history. Hosted by Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch. Part of The Step Back NBA Podcast Network, powered by Fansided.

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The best podcast on NBA history

By JasonMann30 - Feb 17 2019
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Simply the best. Better than all the rest.

Five Stars

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Leaving a five star review to counteract that one star review you got. Keep up the good work!

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65 Ratings
Average Ratings
56
2
5
0
2

The best podcast on NBA history

By JasonMann30 - Feb 17 2019
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Simply the best. Better than all the rest.

Five Stars

By Sweetwater Clifton - May 03 2018
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Leaving a five star review to counteract that one star review you got. Keep up the good work!

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Over and Back tells stories about NBA, ABA & pro basketball history. Hosted by Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch. Part of The Step Back NBA Podcast Network, powered by Fansided.

Rank #1: Kobe vs. Shaq: The Lakers from 1997-2004

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The Over and Back Classic NBA podcast returns with our contribution to the HP Basketball Network's special #KobeWeek — a in-depth look at the NBA's most storied feud: Kobe Bryant vs. Shaquille O'Neal. Jason and Rich begin with an overview of the tandem, how long they played together, how they came to form a powerful dynasty, how the feud is covered today versus coverage at the time, why there are no books or longform essays on the subject, a look at the Lakers supporting cast around Kobe/Shaq and how the duo matches up with duos of year's past including Magic Johnson/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan/Scottie Pippen and John Stockton/Karl Malone. In part one, we look at the pre-Phil Jackson Lakers, starting with a strong playoff team with a nucleus of Elden Campbell, Cedric Ceballos, Nick Van Excel, Vlade Divac and Eddie Jones. We discuss the trade that sent Divas to the Charlotte Hornets for the high schooler Bryant, the massive risk at the time and hindsight regarding the trade. Topics in this section include Del Harris and Kurt Rambis coaching tenures, jealously from both Shaq and Kobe, Shaq's unwillingness to "babysit" the younger Bryant and much more. Part two looks at The Title Years with Phil Jackson at the helm and a solid supporting cast of Derek Fisher, Rick Fox and Robert Horry. Discussions include how dominant their dynasty was but also Kobe/Shaq's continued jealousy towards one another, how Phil Jackson dealt with it and which side teammates took. The last portion, The Self-Destruction of the Los Angeles Lakers, looks primarly at the failed 2003-04 experiment bringing Gary Payton and Karl Malone to the Lakers, Kobe Bryant's sexual assault allegations and the eventual break-up of the Shaq/Kobe/Jackson Lakers dynasty.

Mar 17 2015

1hr 44mins

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Rank #2: NBA’s 50 Greatest Players: Final arguments

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The Over and Back Classic NBA podcast’s Top 50 project is almost finished, but we still have to make our list and check it twice. Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch debate a handful of their favorite candidates who are on the border of making their list: Bob Cousy, Isiah Thomas, Allen Iverson, Manu Ginobili, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Reggie Miller, Adrian Dantley, Dennis Rodman, Elvin Hayes, Dave Cowens, Willis Reed, Pau Gasol, Bob Lanier and Patrick Ewing.

Share your thoughts with us on Twitter by using the hashtag #ob50.

Oct 15 2015

1hr 19mins

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Rank #3: Favorite What If Scenarios In NBA History

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On this episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch explore some of their favorite What If scenarios in NBA history including Jason Kidd going to the San Antonio Spurs in the summer of 2003, the Philadelphia 76ers traded Moses Malone to the Detroit Pistons in 1986, the Chicago Bulls trading Scottie Pippen to Seattle for Shawn Kemp, Detroit drafting Carmelo Anthony instead of Darko Milicic, Orlando holding onto Chris Webber's draft rights and more.

Aug 22 2017

1hr 11mins

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Rank #4: 21 questions about Kevin Garnett

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Kevin Garnett wore #21 and played 21 seasons in the NBA. It only seems fitting that we bid The Big Ticket adieu with 21 questions about Garnett's life and career. Questions and topics include who was Kevin Garnett, where does Kevin Garnett rank among players, by the numbers, Is there an argument Garnett is the most versatile player in NBA history, what were his best instances of trash talk, our favorite KG quotes (both the good and the bad), what was the ultimate KG game, what was Garnett's best playoff series, a brief look at the world in 1995 (Garnett's debut year), Garnett's biggest influence on the game, ushering in the prep-to-pro generation, how do you best express KG's unprecedented longevity, tracing basketball lineage from 1935 to Kevin Garnett in only five players. 

We also delve into Garnett's role in the 1999 lockout, the breakdown in relationship between Stephon Marbury and Garnett, whether the Timberwolves could have won an NBA Title while Garnett was there, how the Boston Celtics Big 3 was formed, Garnett's reputation prior to win an NBA Championship with Boston, whether or not KG had the best pre-game warmup in history as well as thoughts, comments and quotes from fellow teammates. Last but not least, our favorite instances of Garnett being a loon.

Sep 28 2016

1hr 8mins

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Rank #5: No. 1 picks: Sometimes you get LeBron James, sometimes you get Anthony Bennett

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We look back at all the No. 1 overall picks in the NBA draft in the past 50 years and how their careers went in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, hosted by Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch.

We discuss Anthony Bennett's recent release from the Brooklyn Nets and how he looks like the latest No. 1 overall pick to be a complete bust, how there are a wide range of outcomes for No. 1 overall picks, from some of the greatest players of all-time (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and LeBron James) to the biggest disappointments (LaRue Martin, Pervis Ellison, Michael Olowokandi, Kwame Brown, Andrea Bargnani and Greg Oden).

We also talk about what is fair to expect from a No. 1 overall pick, a run of mid-1970s players who ran into injury or drug issues (Doug Collins, Bill Walton, David Thompson and John Lucas), an impressive crop of 1980s big men for five straight drafts (Ralph Sampson, Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Brad Daugherty and David Robinson), players who were very good but fell short of greatness (Cazzie Russell, Mychal Thompson, Mark Aguirre, Derrick Coleman, Larry Johnson, Glenn Robinson and Andrew Bogut) and much more.

Jan 13 2017

58mins

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Rank #6: 50-point games in the Michael Jordan era

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The next installment of our series on 50-point games in NBA history looks at the Michael Jordan era of 1987-1998 as Jordan emerges as the NBA's most prolific scorer since Wilt Chamberlain and the NBA three-point line gives us a handful of unlikely 50-point scorers.

May 16 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #7: 50-point games in the ABA era

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Our series on 50-point games continues with a look at 50-pointers in the ABA era (1967-1974). Wilt Chamberlain's dominance is over and new stars emerge in Rick Barry and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. A new upstart league (ABA) and the inclusion of a three-point line add an extra wrinkle to 50-point games.

Mar 20 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #8: Basketball Mysteries of the 70s: Mystery #1 - Who were the best players?

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The Over and Back Classic NBA podcast launches their summer series (Basketball Mysteries of the 1970s) with a look at the best players of the decade. In this episode, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch introduce the series, explain its origins, what they hope to accomplish from the season and of course, dive into the first mystery: Who were the best players of the decade? Using basic and advanced statistics, Jason and Rich attempt to determine the best individual players including names like Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Julius Erving, Artis Gilmore, Dan Issel and many more!

Jul 18 2016

20mins

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Rank #9: Was Kareem vs. Walton the great lost rivalry?

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar vs. Bill Walton: Could this rivalry have saved the NBA from a late 1970s malaise had Walton remained healthy? We discuss what was and what could have been in the latest episode of Over and Back's Basketball Mysteries of the 1970s.

We consider the parallels between Abdul-Jabbar and Walton with Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell, look at the head-to-head matchups between Walton and Abdul-Jabbar from 1975 through 1978 (thanks to this fabulous research at InsideHoops.com) as well as the Blazers' sweep of the Lakers in 1977, punctuated by a Walton poster dunk over Abdul-Jabbar that was seen by many as the passing of the torch of the greatest big man in the NBA, and wonder how a healthy Walton and the Blazers could have challenged the Lakers in the early 1980s. We also look at how each player produced during that time and why the numbers seem to give Abdul-Jabbar such an advantage. Then we discuss Abdul-Jabbar's late 1970s seasons with the Lakers in part of a previously recorded episode.

Oct 10 2016

41mins

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Rank #10: The 23 Worst Games of Michael Jordan’s Career

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We look at the 23 worst games of Michael Jordan’s career in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA podcast.

Rich Kraetsch and Jason Mann look at Jordan’s performances in each game and tidbits from each situation. While this might seem like an exercise in player-hating from notorious Jordan skeptics, it’s actually impressive how few out-and-out bad performances Jordan had in his career.

Timestamps:

1:45 Jordan comes off pretty well, even in his 23 worst games

3:45 "Now, let’s trash Michael Jordan."

4:55 The Bulls with Jordan lost a 1990s playoff series. Wait, what?

7:50 There’s no reason to put asterisk on the 1995 Bulls

8:30 Why we didn't include more Wizards years

11:50 A sad 1986 Bulls-Cavs playoff race as Jordan is recovering from injury and feuding with the Jerrys (Reinsdorf and Krause)

13:15 Jordan is laughed at by Raptors crowd after missing a breakaway dunk

15:25 MJ wears Penny Hardaway's shoes

16:20 Jordan ends his 866-game double-digit scoring streak

18:30 What Jordan did six days after The Shot

22:50 Jordan has nine turnovers vs. the Bulls, and why are everyone’s jerseys so darned baggy?

24:35 Jordan schooled by Dr. J (and was possibly almost traded for him)

26:35 Was Jordan scared of dinosaurs? Or other reasons he performed poorly vs. the Raptors

28:10 Iverson’s infamous crossover and what he said after the game

30:20 Patrick Ewing outplays Jordan in a big game

33:25 Jordan’s second-ever Christmas Day game. Larry Bird plays poorly, too.

34:20 What NBA player’s career best fits Jordan’s averages in his worst 23 games?

Oct 27 2016

37mins

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Rank #11: Larry Bird's last great game

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Ben Taylor (Backpicks.com) joins Jason Mann to chat about Larry Bird's last great NBA performance, a 49-point triple-double in a 152-148 double OT win over Clyde Drexler and the Blazers, in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.

We discuss a thrilling game with two buzzer-beaters from Bird and Kevin Gamble, how rare it is for two teams to score more than 148 points in the same game, time catching up to the Bird-McHale-Parish Celtics, how the early 1990s Blazers are a bit underappreciated, Bird managing to remain great even with major back trouble, and how both teams enjoyed the running game. We also share some thoughts on Terry Porter, Clifford Robinson, Danny Ainge, Reggie Lewis, and a young Rick Fox.

We also discuss Ben's recent Top 40 Best Careers in NBA History series (http://www.backpicks.com/2017/12/11/the-backpicks-goat-the-40-best-careers-in-nba-history/): ranking Kobe Bryant outside the top 10, LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan, and Reggie Miller and Patrick Ewing being better than perhaps you remember, and talk about some of his other projects.

Check out Ben's new Patreon (www.patreon.com/ThinkingBasketball/) and his book Thinking Basketball.

Aug 07 2018

50mins

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Rank #12: NBA's 50 Greatest Players: Introduction

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The Over and Back Classic NBA podcast begins its offseason series looking at the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, as officially decreed by the NBA in 1996. Today, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch explain the series in detail and look in depth at the most highly rated of those Top 50 players and whether they'd still be shoo-ins looking at their qualifications through 2015 eyes.

Over the offseason, Over and Back will examine the careers of every possible Top 50 candidate, past and present, with historians, writers and basketball experts. At the end, we'll make our picks for a new Top 50 list.

Jul 07 2015

58mins

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Rank #13: NBA's 50 Greatest Players: Who was snubbed?

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The Over and Back Classic NBA podcast continues its offseason series looking at the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in history, this time looking at the centers from the original list as well as snubs who were perhaps unfairly left off.

Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch are joined once again ProHoopsHistory.com‘s Curtis Harris (@ProHoopsHistory) who joins the guys to discuss centers from the original 1996 list — the cases of Patrick Ewing, Robert Parish, Willis Reed, David Robinson, Wes Unseld, Bill Walton and more are discussed in great detail!

Other topics include snubs left off the original list and whether they would retroactively make the new list as well as a issues with how the NBA conducted the top 50 vote and the year when they decided to celebrate their anniversary as a league. It's a fun show as always so make sure you check it out and follow the progress of our NBA's 50 Greatest Players project.

Aug 03 2015

59mins

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Rank #14: NBA trade deadline: Best, worst and wildest deals ever

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We discuss some of the best, worst and wildest NBA trade deadline deals in history in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.

Adam McGee of Behind The Buck Pass joins Jason Mann to talk about some of the most fascinating trade deadline deals in NBA history: Dikembe Mutombo going from the Atlanta Hawks to Philadelphia 76ers in 2001, the Utah Jazz acquiring Jeff Hornacek from the Sixers in 1994, Steve Francis being sent from the Orlando Magic to New York Knicks in 2006, the Boston Celtics trading Joe Johnson to the Phoenix Suns in 2002, Ray Allen and Gary Payton switching teams between the Milwaukee Bucks and Seattle Supersonics in 2003, Stephon Marbury for Terrell Brandon for Sam Cassell in 1999, and the Sacramento Kings sending Chris Webber to the 76ers in 2005 to kick off their rebuild (still ongoing).

They also discuss a couple of complicated swaps: Cleveland Cavaliers acquiring Delonte West, Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak and Joe Smith in 2008 in an effort to better build around LeBron James (it kind of worked), and the New York Knicks acquiring Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets in 2011 in a trade that involved nearly half the league (and somehow Richaun Holmes, Dario Saric and Jamal Murray).

Check out Adam's Fansided articles on the best NBA trade deadline deals ever (http://fansided.com/2017/02/14/the-5-greatest-nba-trade-deadline-deals-ever/) and the worst ones ever (http://fansided.com/2017/02/15/5-worst-nba-trade-deadline-deals-ever/).

Feb 20 2017

36mins

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Rank #15: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the 1970s

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Today on the Over and Back Classic NBA podcast it's all about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar/Lew Alcindor but unlike our typical career retrospectives, we're going to focus on Kareem in the 1970s. Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch discuss his dominance in both the high school and college ranks, the famed ABA/NBA power struggle to acquire his rights and the mythical $1 million check he was to receive from then-ABA commissioner and NBA legend George Mikan. We then move to Kareem's early NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks including the Bucks' franchise's only championship, dominance in the NBA, Kareem's many talents and the Milwaukee Bucks' place amongst the best teams of all-time. Lastly, we look at Kareem's move to Los Angeles, why he was traded, religious and on-court reasons and his surprisingly lack of success with the late 1970s Lakers teams.

Nov 19 2014

2hr 2mins

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Rank #16: Manu Ginobili's greatest games and memories

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We celebrate the career and legacy of the great Manu Ginobili and look back at his greatest performances in the latest edition of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.

We talk about how Ginobili's creativity and craft helped redefine the NBA, how odd the Spurs will seem without any of their Big Three for the first time in 21 years, Ginobili's place among the all-time greats, how his low minute total affects how we will be remembered, how many Sixth Man of the Year awards he probably should have won, his dramatic 2004 Olympics game-winner vs. Serbia and his role in Argentina dethroning the U.S., his run-in with a bat, multiple playoff game-winners, and making a dramatic sacrifice for his time.

We also look at his six best games: outdueling LeBron James in Cleveland in 2009, breaking the hearts of Suns fans (on multiple occasions), and stepping up time after time when Tim Duncan or Tony Parker were injured or ineffective.

Sep 04 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #17: Best By Age 25: Players Who Peaked Early But Missed Greatness

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On today's episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich examine NBA players who by age 25 appeared on the trajectory for all-time greatness but for one reason or another fell off track.

Players discussed include early NBA star Ed Macauley, territorial pick in the last BAA draft before the BAA and the NBL merged to form the NBA. Jason and Rich discuss Macauley's early career, the trade he's most famous for and what he did in his post-playing career. 

Dwight Howard: one of the NBA's shining stars in his early years that has fallen out of favor recently, Jason and Rich look at his injury history as well as his attitude and whether or not he will be considered an all-time great when he finally hangs it up.

Tracy McGrady: T-Mac put together one of the NBA's greatest seasons in 2003 but just a few years later was unable to get on the court. McGrady was a star that shined bright but ultimately left many underwhelmed.

Elton Brand: Mr. Reliable put together an impressive resume in his early 20s but never reached the next level.

Gilbert Arenas: One of the NBA's best stories turned into one of its worse as Arenas rose up from anonymity to become a star on the Washington Wizards, ultimately  though, his career will be remembered for one unfortunate incident.

Luol Deng: The do-everything, jack of all trades for the mid 2000 Chicago Bulls, Deng teamed with fellow youngsters Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon to led the Bulls back to the playoffs. 

In addition to examinations into each of the players above, Jason and Rich also delve into players who accumulate a high percentage of stats in their first five years of the league.

Feb 20 2018

1hr 11mins

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Rank #18: Sailing into LA Clippers history

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We look at the history of Los Angeles Clippers, the good, the bad, and ... well, mostly the bad in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.

Mick Minas, author of The Curse: The Colorful & Chaotic History of the LA Clippers, joins Jason Mann to talk about how much the Clippers' historical woes can be traced back to bad luck and how much were from the poor ownership and ineptitude of Donald Sterling. They discuss the Buffalo Braves moving to San Diego in 1978, wooing the oft-injured Bill Walton, how Sterling was nearly exiled from the NBA early into his ownership tenure, how the team drafted talented young players but weren't patient enough to keep them, relocating to Los Angeles, the streak of season-ending injuries to top players and how the lackluster Benoit Benjamin typified those years for the Clippers.

They also talk about how Elgin Baylor finally put together a talented young team, finally making the playoffs in 1992 and 1993 under Larry Brown, putting scares into heavily favored Utah and Houston in consecutive years, and how that era came to a screeching halt. They chat about the team's attempts to rebuild in the late 1990s, the bizarre Antonio McDyess trade and the fateful decision to draft Michael Olowokandi. They also dig into early 2000s teams with Lamar Odom, Elton Brand, Darius Miles, Quentin Richardson and Corey Maggette and why those Clippers never quite reached their potential.

Then finally they discuss the Clippers reaching the second round under Mike Dunleavy in 2006 with Brand, Maggette, Sam Cassell, Chris Kaman and Shaun Livingston before it all went awry with Livingston's devastating injury. They also talk about Dunleavy seizing front office power, Elgin Baylor suing the franchise, Baron Davis joining the team while Elton Brand leaves, and eventually finally sustained success with Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and new ownership.

Mar 01 2017

1hr 37mins

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Rank #19: How did the Pacers win more than anyone else?

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We discuss the great Indiana Pacers teams of the 1970s that won three ABA championships with Pacers.com writer and historian Mark Montieth (markmontieth.com) in Over and Back’s latest episode in its Basketball Mysteries of the 1970s series.
Topics discussed include: how the team was built around Roger Brown, Freddie Lewis, Bob Netolicky and Mel Daniels, how coach Slick Leonard got the team to play together, a wild brawl vs. the Kentucky Colonels in 1969, rallying down from a 3-1 deficit, their disappointment in the 1969 Finals and vindication in 1970, why things worked out for Billy Keller and not for the more heralded Rick Mount, Brown and Rick Barry dueling in the 1972 Finals, Warren Jabali tearing off a teammate’s underwear, adding young superstar George McGinnis to an already established great team, what Darnell Hillman brought to the team, how the 1973 team succeeded despite some unhappiness in the locker room, Daniels and the Pacers’ love of the cowboy lifestyle including bringing guns to the locker room, the Pacers nearly drafting Larry Bird ahead of the Celtics, a Pacers promotion hanging the refs in effigy, how the team nearly went broke in 1975, and McGinnis carrying a underdog 1975 team to its last ABA Finals.

Aug 18 2016

1hr 25mins

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Rank #20: One-Year Blunders: Notable One-Year NBA Stints That Didn't Work Out

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This week on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich look at notable one-year stints with an NBA team that didn't work out as expected. Examples include Scottie Pippen going to the Houston Rockets, Dwight Howard's run as a Los Angeles Lakers, Paul Westphal's brief run as a Seattle Supersonic and many more!

Oct 03 2018

1hr 10mins

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