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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.
 
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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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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, …
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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, …
 
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…
 
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…
 
The Mike Wise Show debuted on January 14, 2019 and this is his 100th show. To help him celebrate the milestone, two of his best friends join him to look back at 2020 and look ahead to 2021. Harvey Araton, the legendary New York Times journalist and author and Frank Isola of Sirius/XM, YES Network, ESPN, and a 22 year veteran of the NY Daily News sp…
 
The 2020-'21 NBA season is just hours away and Mike Wise and his producer Bruce Bernstein preview the season. Is Brooklyn ready to win it all? Is Kyrie Irving a player, an artist, or both? Will LeBron's "Drive for Five" end successfully? Will Jrue Holiday be a difference maker in Milwaukee? What about the Celtics? Is Denver ready to win it all? Cou…
 
Derek Harper played 16 NBA seasons, including 12 with the Dallas Mavericks. He also played on the 1994 New York Knicks team that lost in the NBA Finals to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Rockets. He and Mike Wise discuss a variety of topics from the greatness of Luka Doncic, to the leadership of Patrick Ewing and everything in between. "Harp" also tells a …
 
Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News has been covering the Nets & Knicks for ten years. On this week's Mike Wise Show, Stefan and Mike discuss the task in front of rookie Nets coach Steve Nash, who will have to deal with Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and finding enough minutes for a very deep roster. Stefan also sizes up the Knicks and their new c…
 
Mike Wise is joined by Bruce Bernstein for a discussion of the recent free agency news, what lies ahead for Giannis Antetokounpo, why Michael Jordan invested $120 million on injury plagued Gordon Hayward, and why GM Rob Pelinka has put LeBron James and the Lakers in the driver's seat for a second consecutive NBA championship.…
 
Tim Legler of ESPN just began his 20th season as the #1 studio analyst at the network. He is probably the best NBA analyst out there at this point in time. On this week's Mike Wise Show, Legs and Mike discuss the devastating Klay Thompson injury and what challenges Klay faces in his second consecutive missed season. Legs also explains how James Har…
 
Former Rep. Katie Hill was a Member of Congress from California who served from January-November of 2019. Katie is also a fan of the Los Angeles teams, especially the Dodgers. Katie and Mike Wise discuss numerous topics that cross over from the sports world into society at large. Among them are whether basketball players should "shut up and dribble…
 
Last week was one to remember on many fronts. From the Presidential Election in the United States, to the continued scourge of COVID-19, to mass layoffs at ESPN, and to the expected return of the NBA in just over a month, 2020 continues to exhaust, exhilarate, and challenge us. Mike Wise is joined by Bruce Bernstein from Pure Hoops Media and togeth…
 
George Karl is one of the most successful NBA coaches of all time. He's #6 on the all time list of coaching victories and the five in front of him are in the Hall of Fame. George is a disciple of the great North Carolina coach Dean Smith, who not only coached basketball, but was a leader in the area of social justice when it was not easy to do. Coa…
 
Jeanie Buss represents the Los Angeles Lakers on the NBA Board of Governors. She doesn't like to be called the "owner," but her family has controlled the team for more than four decades. In this very revealing interview with Mike Wise, Jeanie shares some very emotional thoughts about the losses of her Mother, former Commissioner David Stern, and Ko…
 
It only took LeBron James two seasons to take the Lakers from the depths of the NBA to the top of the NBA World. If Dr James Naismith, the creator of basketball tried to create a perfect basketball player in his laboratory, that player would look a whole lot like LeBron James. Mike welcomes 50 year NBA veteran Dave Wohl, who won rings with the Lake…
 
Jack McCallum is a Hall of Fame hoop journalist, having won the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. Jack stayed up late Sunday night with Mike Wise to discuss Miami's Game 3 NBA Finals win, LeBron James' place in hoop history, a classic David Stern story, and how the Pandemic has affected our society. Jack spent 27 year…
 
Bruce Bernstein fills in for Mike Wise on a late Sunday night and welcomes former player, coach, and executive Dave Wohl along with Catch and Shoot co-host Aaron Berlin from Pure Hoops Media. The guys break down Miami's game #6 series clincher over the Celtics, the upcoming NBA Finals matchup with the Lakers, and a discussion of the incredible LeBr…
 
Michael Lee is a Senior Writer at The Athletic, who has covered the NBA for two decades. In a Sunday night download with Mike Wise, the guys break down the Lakers' huge win in game two against the Nuggets as well as examining why the Anthony Davis/LeBron James bond is so tight. Michael and Mike also discuss the Heat/Celtics series and chronicle Gor…
 
Cassidy Hubbarth of ESPN has been patrolling the sidelines for the network's NBA coverage in the Orlando Bubble. Cass shares stories about life in the Bubble, her challenges covering the NBA Playoffs in such unusual circumstances, her feelings about the "virtual fans," her observations and interactions with LeBron James, her thoughts on a Lakers/Cl…
 
Marc Kestecher, "Kesty" to his friends has been the Voice of the NBA on ESPN Radio since 2016. He has been with the network since 1999 and has worked with an array of NBA analysts including Hubie brown, PJ Carlesimo, Jon Barry, the late Dr. Jack Ramsay, and countless others. His distinctive voice and delivery give every event he does a "Big Game" f…
 
Sports, particularly basketball once again finds itself at the forefront of social change. The NBA and WNBA families are showing leadership at a time of societal strife and the message is being well delivered and well received. Monica McNutt and King McClure, the co-hosts of Buckets, Boards, & Blocks from Pure Hoops Media share thoughts and persona…
 
Todd MacCulloch is a unique member of the basketball family. He was a legit big man who battled Shaq in the NBA Finals two straight years with two different teams ('01 w/Philly and '02 w/the Nets). He was forced to retire due to a foot condition just as his best basketball was in front of him. His take on life, his budding acting career, his story …
 
Howard Beck is one of the most distinguished basketball journalists in the country. He joins Mike Wise to discuss what he has seen on the court in Orlando, his feelings on the activism promoted by the NBA and its players, whether the Mavericks have a chance against the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, whether the Bucks are a lock to com…
 
Alton Byrd's basketball journey has taken him from San Francisco to New York to the United Kingdom to Sacramento to Atlanta and back to Long Island. Along the way, he was a three time All Ivy League point guard at Columbia University, the first African American general manager of a British sports organization, and in his current gig, he is running …
 
Harvey Araton is one of the most influential basketball journalists of our generation. The 2017 recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame joins Mike Wise for a discussion of basketball and its place in society as we navigate these turbulent times. Topics include the meaning of "heroism," the many challenges facing Com…
 
Dave Wohl is a unique basketball mind. Drafted out of the University of Pennsylvania in 1971, he has spent nearly a half century as a player, assistant coach, head coach, assistant GM, general manager, and commentator. He was on Pat Riley's staff with the Showtime Lakers, winning a ring in 1985. He was with Doc Rivers on the Celtics, winning a ring…
 
Mike Wise welcomes six of basketball's greatest characters for some classic stories from their careers. Bill Walton on David Stern & John Wooden. Isiah Thomas on racial issues. Grant Hill on establishing credibility as a player and proving he was more than the son of successful parents. Chris Mullin on David Stern's vision for the 1992 Olympic Drea…
 
Mike Wise shares classic stories from five legendary coaches. PJ Carlesimo on the 1992 Dream Team and how the Monte Carlo scrimmages were legendary, Mike Brown on how the Spurs and Warriors are similar organizations, Jeff Van Gundy on the day the Knicks fans almost made him cry (in a good way), Larry Brown on his favorite Allen Iverson memories, an…
 
In Part II of Mike Wise's conversation with Hall of Famer Bill Walton, among other subjects, they discuss these: Bill's loving but complex relationship with UCLA's Hall of Fame coach John Wooden Bill's continuing admiration for legendary musician Bob Dylan and the time he introduced Dylan to fellow Hibbing, Minnesota native Kevin McHale Bill's fina…
 
The word "Legend" doesn't even begin to describe Hall of Famer Bill Walton. In part one of a very special conversation with Mike Wise, Bill discusses all of these issues and more: Our current societal strife and how we can improve relations with our fellow citizens Taking his Celtics teammates to a Grateful Dead show in 1985 Bill's "Bike for Humani…
 
Garrett Temple of the Nets is one of the most socially conscious athletes in the country. The striving for equality and understanding runs deep in his family. His father Collis was the first African American to play varsity basketball at LSU in 1971. His father attended LSU at the same time as notorious racist and antisemite David Duke and engaged …
 
Mike Wise welcomes Monica McNutt of "Buckets, Boards, & Blocks" and Bruce Bernstein from Pure Hoops Media for a discussion of events shaking our world and where there may be some lessons from basketball that could help us through them. We have seen leadership and positive contributions from hoop legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, current player Jayl…
 
Hall of Fame NBA writers Marc Stein and Sam Smith, legendary coach George Karl, and Phil Jackson's close friend Charley Rosen share classic stories of Michael Jordan, the Bulls dynasty, and their feelings about The Last Dance. The "gambling controversy," the "greatest shot ever made," and what Jackson told Toni Kukoc about his native country's mili…
 
No member of the media was more present during the Bulls dynasty than journalist Sam Smith. He was the Bulls beat writer for the Chicago Tribune, author of The Jordan Rules, and still covers the team for Bulls.com. His memories are vivid and he has plenty of them. Sam's description of how Michael Jordan and David Stern settled the whole "gambling i…
 
Mike Wise and his producer Bruce Bernstein share thoughts on Michael Jordan and his leadership skills. Included is a clip from Mike's October 2019 interview with late NBA Commissioner David Stern, which was David's final in-depth interview. At the 18:55 mark, Mike and David discuss MJ's retirement where David shot down the idea that he forced Micha…
 
George Karl coached six NBA teams and 1999 regular season NBA games between 1985-2016. His 1996 Sonics battled Michael Jordan in the NBA Finals before losing in 6 games. But there is so much more to George than just the games he coached. He has survived cancer twice, played in the ABA, spent time with Phil Jackson in Montana, raised a son who walke…
 
Marc Stein has been covering the NBA for more than 30 years. He has been a beat writer for the Lakers and Mavericks, was embedded with the Warriors for an entire season for ESPN's SportsCenter, was a national NBA columnist for ESPN.com, a panelist on numerous ESPN NBA shows like NBA Tonight and NBA Coast to Coast, and is currently a national NBA wr…
 
Phil Jackson dubbed the 1997-'98 season "The Last Dance," because everyone on the Chicago Bulls knew it was their final chance to win another NBA Championship. Charley Rosen has been Phil's friend since the early 1970s, has written books with him, and has many stories about their time together. In the show, Charley discusses (@13:35) Michael Jordan…
 
Roger Mason Jr is simply one of the most thoughtful and brilliant basketball personalities anywhere. In his conversation with Mike Wise, he discusses his incredible personal story, the perfectly calibrated moral compass of the NBA leadership, his role as a Union executive in providing health care for NBA legends and their families, how his time lea…
 
Jamal Crawford should be a future Hall of Famer," but is definitely a Hall of Fame human being. He joins Mike to discuss some of the initiatives he is involved with to help others during the Corona Virus crisis and his message is very inspirational. At the 21:30 mark, Jamal shares the incredible story of how he found out about Kobe Bryant's death. …
 
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