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BJ Armstrong has done it all in the world of basketball. From starting point guard on Michael Jordan's first three championship teams to front office executive, and now NBA agent with Wasserman. Each Friday on the Pure Hoops Podcast, BJ will be joined by co-host Eric Newman for an insider's perspective on every major issue that hoop fans care about.
 
The Mike Wise Show is hosted by basketball journalist and story teller Mike Wise. Mike's weekly guests are a "Who's Who" list of players, coaches, executives, journalists, and influencers of hoop culture. Nobody tells a story like Mike and his Wise Ass friends. Each weekly episode of The Mike Wise Show will be available on Monday mornings.
 
A decade ago, Ed Feng was just a curious sports fan who wanted to win his bracket in March. He enjoyed books like Moneyball and Basketball on Paper but never put the ideas to use for winning a pool. That changed in 2008. After reading an academic paper on Google’s technology, Ed was inspired to apply his Stanford Ph.D. to the ranking of sports teams. From 2002 through 2018, his pre-tournament numbers predicted the winner of 71.2% of March Madness games (792-320). In this ten part podcast ser ...
 
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Jerry Colangelo has done everything in the world of basketball. The Chicago native played college ball for Illinois, was the youngest general manager in the NBA at age 29, owned the Phoenix Suns and the MLB Arizona Diamondbacks, is Managing Director of USA Basketball, and serves as Chairman of the Basketball Hall of Fame. His stories are rich in de…
 
Aaron Berlin & Otto Strong get us back in the NBA groove by chatting up what's been going on in the league while the NCAA Men's & Women's Tournament took our hoops-related attention away. The fellas look into how the short turnaround between this season and last may be causing the rash of Injuries around the league, affecting many teams' chances in…
 
The Mike Wise Show features interesting guests from the world of basketball. From owners like Jeanie Buss to coaches like Stan Van Gundy and George Karl to Hall of Famers like journalist Bob Ryan and photographer Andy Bernstein, they all share their stories with Mike. We have classic locker room memories from Derek Harper, stories about doing broad…
 
Baylor dominates the National Championship game and Chris Spatola gives us his Darwinian Theory on why that happened (it involves turtles!). The ESPN College Hoops Analyst and SiriusXM ACC Radio Host joins Aaron Berlin and Otto Strong to give us his full breakdown of the Final Four, including that great game between UCLA and Gonzaga in the National…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong take a trip down memory lane, reflecting on the Larry Bird-era of college basketball. The pair also breakdown the latest buyout moves, including Andre Drummond to the Lakers, LaMarcus Aldridge to the Nets, and DeMarcus Cousins possibly joining the Clippers? Also, BJ shares his perspective following the back and forth be…
 
Bruce Bernstein fills in for Mike and welcomes Ashley Nevel to the show. In the new era of news and sports coverage, multimedia journalists like Ashley wear many hats from content creator to "techie," to talent producer, to marketing director, and then some. She is currently covering the Denver Nuggets, but has a long history with the Phoenix Suns …
 
Aaron Berlin & Otto Strong give their reactions to the teams that made it to the final weekend of the NCAA Tournament and the amazing coaching jobs turned in by Mick Cronin, Scott Drew, Mark Few and Kelvin Sampson to get their teams there. But ....will anybody beat Gonzaga? Moving to the NBA, Ethan Skolnick of Five Reasons Sports Network joins the …
 
Mike Wise has the week off, so Bruce Bernstein welcomes veteran NBA journalist Steve Bulpett to the show. Steve has covered the Boston Celtics since the 1980s and he shares his thoughts on how the Celtics will fare in the wake of Danny Ainge's trade deadline moves. Is Robert Williams III the answer at center? Will Evan Fournier provide enough scori…
 
Nobody knows college basketball like Howie Schwab. The co-host of the "Talkin' College Hoops" podcast joins Otto Strong & Aaron Berlin to reflect on all of the upsets from the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Howie shares his reasons why teams like Loyola of Chicago, Oral Roberts, and Oregon State were able to take down teams that were suppose…
 
ESPN's Front Office Insider Bobby Marks joins Otto Strong & Aaron Berlin to size up some of the anticipated personnel moves around the league as the trade deadline approaches. Will the Lakers or Nets acquire a big man? Is Cleveland asking too much in a trade for Andre Drummond? Will the Orlando Magic be sellers? Does Danny Ainge have a plan to use …
 
If you've followed the NBA over the past four decades, your view of the sport was partially shaped by Andy Bernstein. His lens has captured (and sometimes created) iconic NBA moments from Kareem and Dr. J to Magic and Bird, to Shaq, Michael, LeBron, & Steph. And of course, the one and only Kobe Bryant. Andy is literally a Basketball Hall of Famer, …
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong discuss what Blake Griffin can do for the Nets, and where they stand in the Eastern Conference. Following news that the Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge are parting ways, we discuss the best place for the big man. Also, Marcus Smart makes his return for the Celtics, and Eric and BJ give their suggestions on what they need to…
 
Jenny Fischer and Cara Kaye are joined by Full Court original contributor John Fanta. They discuss the greatness of Paige Bueckers, a player that's giving John some Carmelo Anthony vibes and which team Gonzaga doesn't want to face. Plus, players who are set to explode in March and why the Big Ten may have a big advantage in Indianapolis.…
 
Barbara Barker is the sports columnist for Newsday in New York. She helps Mike Wise celebrate Women's History Month with stories from the beginning of her career in the early 1990s when female sports journalists were fighting for equal access. Along the way she covered the Knicks and now covers the entire sports scene as a columnist. Barb sizes up …
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong breakdown the contenders for the NBA’s awards at the midseason break. This includes the MVP race between Joel Embiid and LeBron James, as well as Quin Snyder and Monty Williams competing for the Coach of the Year. The pair also look ahead to the second half of the season, specifically focusing on the Philadelphia 76ers …
 
On this week's episode of Catch & Shoot 2.0, legendary basketball writer Jack McCallum and esteemed journalist J.A. Adande join Otto Strong and Bruce Bernstein. They talk about their podcast "The Dream Team Tapes: Kobe, LeBron and The Redeem Team, its origins and takeaways. They also reflect on LeBron James' social activism and his stellar play in …
 
Jenny Fischer and Cara Kaye are joined by Michigan St Associate AD and creator of KPI and Faktor, Kevin Pauga. He shares why the metrics are all over the map on some teams, what the NCAA looks at when making the bracket and why all those 5-12 upsets keep happening. Plus, Jenny and Cara weigh in on Baylor's post-pause struggles and more.…
 
Bob Ryan spent 43 years at the Boston Globe and nearly three decades with ESPN. In his more than 50 year career, he has covered 20 NBA Finals, 20 Final Fours, 9 World Series, 5 Super Bowls, and 7 Olympics. But the NBA is where he left his lasting mark, covering the Boston Celtics since the days of Bill Russell. Bob and Mike Wise discuss the legenda…
 
Brian Lewis knows the Brooklyn Nets in and out. In his visit with Aaron Berlin and Bruce Bernstein (subbing in for Otto Strong), Brian explains in detail how James Harden and Kyrie Irving have sparked the Nets to a 7 game winning streak and put the team within half a game of the #1 spot in the Eastern Conference in spite of Kevin Durant's recent in…
 
Ann Meyers Drysdale has had a remarkable life and career. One of 11 children, she became one of the most legendary athletes of the 20th century. She was the "first" to achieve so many things as a female athlete that they're too numerous to list here. She has some incredible life experiences and she shares many of them with Mike Wise. She is a membe…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong cover a myriad of topics in a loaded week of news, including how the coverage of the NBA has shifted more to highlights and flashy play, rather than the production of the league’s best players. The pair also discuss the role of the modern center, and then difference being a “big” versus being “tall”. Also, Eric and BJ g…
 
On this episode of Catch and Shoot 2.0, Otto Strong and Aaron Berlin are joined by Tom Haberstroh of The Habershow podcast and True Hoop. Tom explains how the Utah Jazz have become the like No. 1 seed in the West, what the Lakers have to do without Anthony Davis and how Covid-19 impacts in-season free agents. The guys also chop it up about Draymond…
 
Mike Wise welcomes New Orleans Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy for a wide ranging discussion about his young team ("their defense has to improve"), gender equality among NBA coaches, Zion Williamson ("he is so smart"), his relationship with Miami Heat President Pat Riley, whether the All Star Game should take place, whether NBA teams should cont…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong investigate the problems that have plagued the Celtics to start the season. The pair also dissect a study showing a correlation this season between team health and their performance. Also, what do the Mavericks do to improve this team? What position should Luka actually play? Where does Kristaps Porzingis fit? Finally, …
 
Former North Carolina head coach Matt Doherty joins Aaron Berlin and Bruce Bernstein to talk about his new book "Rebound: From Passion to Pain." Doherty shares important leadership lessons he learned after he left UNC and how his old teammate Michael Jordan was one of his first friends to offer support.…
 
On this week's show, Mike Wise and producer Bruce Bernstein planned to compare seven time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady to NBA greats Michael Jordan and LeBron James. And they did. But Mike and Bruce were also former colleagues of ESPN baseball reporter Pedro Gomez, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 58. Pedro's death shocked and saddened the en…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong discuss the Nets-Clippers matchup and future outlooks for each. Who has the edge in the MVP race, Joel Embiid or Nikola Jokic? Fred VanVleet sets a franchise record in a 54-point outing for the Raptors, what message does this send to younger players that might be “counted out”? Also, Eric and BJ give their picks for Sup…
 
On this episode of Catch and Shoot 2.0, Otto Strong and Aaron Berlin are joined by Bob Rathbun. Rathbun is the TV voice for the Atlanta Hawks and explains where Trae Young is in Year 3, what it's like working in the pandemic, the fracas with LeBron James against the Hawks and how fun it is to broadcast games with Dominique Wilkins and Vince Carter.…
 
Roland Lazenby has written more than 70 books in his nearly 50 year career. Among them are two profiles of Kobe Bryant written 16 years apart. Roland's relationship with the late Laker great was incredibly personal as well as professional. Mike Wise and Roland share stories about Kobe that really take you into the mind of the Black Mamba. The detai…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong remember Sekou Smith. The pair analyze the 76ers as potential favorites in the East, and discuss whether the Utah Jazz are good enough to be contenders out West. With Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick potentially on the trading block, where do the Pelicans go from here? What are good landing places for the two guards? Also, Eric…
 
On this edition of Catch and Shoot 2.0, Otto Strong and Aaron Berlin are joined by Coach Dave Miller. Miller was a close friend of Kobe Bryant and covered the Lakers for many years. He tells great Kobe stories and also weighs in on LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers chance at repeating as NBA champs.…
 
George Karl should be in the Basketball Hall of Fame ... period. Only five coaches in NBA history have won more games than George and all are in the Hall of Fame or soon will be. In this revealing conversation, George and Mike Wise discuss the current state of American society, politics, the lessons Coach learned from Dean Smith at North Carolina, …
 
BJ Armstrong and Eric Newman take a deep dive into the first three games of the James Harden era in Brooklyn. While offense will never be an issue for Harden, Kyrie Irving, & Kevin Durant, can this team play enough defense to be a championship team? With COVID-19 vaccinations beginning to be administered to the public, should NBA players be able to…
 
On this episode of Catch and Shoot 2.0, Otto Strong and Aaron Berlin weigh in on the new-look Brooklyn Nets and their chances in the Eastern Conference. The guys also welcome in Alex Schiffer from The Athletic. A 'friend of the program', Schiffer is a Nets reporter who is dialed in on James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Steve Nash.…
 
Jenny Fischer and Cara Kaye are joined by Colorado women's basketball coach JR Payne to discuss the Buffs' upset win over #1 Stanford and the close calls they had with Stanford that led up to this win. Plus, the blue bloods continue to feel the blues and the story behind the on-again, off-again UConn-Tennessee rivalry that is now on again.…
 
Amin Elhassan spent 8 years at ESPN as an NBA front office insider. He is now joining the new Dan LeBatard/John Skipper "Pirate Ship" operation as their #1 draft choice. As Amin embarks on this new chapter in his life, he reflects back on his time at ESPN and sounds off on many topics, including how well the James Harden/Kyrie Irving/Kevin Durant m…
 
BJ Armstrong and Eric Newman examine the four team James Harden trade from multiple angles. Can Harden, Kevin Durant, & Kyrie Irving play together? With the Nets trading away all of their depth, what is the identity of the team? Has Brooklyn mortgaged its future with this move? Are they now the clear favorite to win the east? In spite of their offe…
 
On this edition of Catch and Shoot 2.0, Otto Strong and Aaron Berlin are joined TJ Macias, national sports reporter for McClatchy. TJ has been reporting on the Dallas Mavericks for many years and weighs in on Luka Doncic's biggest challenges to becoming an NBA MVP. The guys also weigh in on Kyrie Irving's recent antics and the challenges of keeping…
 
Jenny Fischer and Cara Kaye are joined by Alex Roux of the Big Ten Network. They react to Michigan's big win over Wisconsin and what it means long-term for both programs. Plus, the coaching job by Juwan Howard, Rutgers' slide, and which Big Ten team might be going toe-to-toe with Gonzaga in March Madness.…
 
Bruce Bernstein fills in for Mike Wise this week and welcomes their Pure Hoops Media teammate Monica McNutt, co-host of the Buckets, Boards, & Blocks podcast. Monica shares her thoughts on last week's riot at the US Capital in Washington and how it looked to African Americans like 76ers coach Doc Rivers who saw how violent rioters were treated diff…
 
Will James Harden be happy with the reconstructed Rockets roster? Is Doc Rivers' leadership the reason for the Sixers' early success? In Boston, Jayson Tatum has been outstanding and rookie Payton Pritchard has been a spark off the bench but Jaylen Brown's improvement has been striking. In New York, the Knicks are off to a great start behind the gr…
 
On this edition of Catch and Shoot 2.0, ESPN NBA reporter Nick Friedell breaks down the Golden State Warriors new-look roster. Friedell was in the Chase Center when Curry dropped a career-high 62 points. Otto Strong and Aaron Berlin also weigh in on how the young Dubs can adjust to playing with Steph and if Luka Doncic can win the MVP this season.…
 
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