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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.
 
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In this first episode of our four part series on the North Carolina Basketball Family, we examine how legendary coach Dean Smith took over a scandal ridden team in 1961 and turned it into something far greater than just a basketball program in his 36 years leading the team. Mike Wise, his co-host Bruce Bernstein and our panel of Tar Heel greats Geo…
 
Bobby Marks, ESPN's Front Office Insider is an authority on front office strategy, the salary cap, and player evaluation. In this conversation with Bruce Bernstein (filling in for Mike Wise), Bobby shares great insight on which teams will choose the "best available player" and who is likely to draft for specific needs. Bobby also gives a detailed b…
 
BJ and Eric breakdown the greatest of Giannis Antetokounmpo as he led the Bucks to their first NBA title in 50 years, what is next for the Phoenix Suns, reflecting on epic finals performances and which teams are a move away from taking the next step in 2021-22. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https:/…
 
What was more shocking: A) Milwaukee winning 4 straight games after trailing the NBA Finals 0-2 or B) Giannis Antetokounmpo turning into Stephen Curry at the free throw line? Without question, it's B. On a special "Post-Finals" episode of the Mike Wise Show, Mike and Bruce Bernstein examine how the Bucks pulled off the series win against the Suns. …
 
Bobby Marks worked in the NBA for 20 years and was the Assistant GM of the Brooklyn Nets for five of them. As ESPN's Front Office Insider, Bobby is an authority on front office strategy, the salary cap, player evaluation, and all of the mind games NBA executives play with each other. In this conversation with Bruce Bernstein (filling in for Mike Wi…
 
BJ and Eric break down what is now a best of 3 NBA Finals as Giannis and the Bucks return to Phoenix with momentum with the series tied 2-2, the underlying issue with TEAM USA and international competition and whether players like John Collins, Lonzo Ball, Collin Sexton and Ben Simmons will find themselves in different uniforms next season. See Pri…
 
Heading into game three of the NBA Finals, many were writing the obituary for the 2020-'21 Milwaukee Bucks. After going down 0-2 to the the Phoenix Suns, Giannis Antetokounmpo and his suddenly aroused teammates delivered a strong message that Phoenix still had reason to "Fear the Deer." With the Greek Freak leading the way, Milwaukee used two massi…
 
BJ and Eric dive into the NBA Finals looking at what the Bucks can do to get back in this series against the red hot Suns, the connection between Coach Monty Williams and his players, the greatness of Tim Duncan in the 2000s and more! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-s…
 
The NBA Finals are scheduled to begin on Tuesday July 6th with the Phoenix Suns facing the Milwaukee Bucks. Mike Wise and his producer share their thoughts on how the injury bug has bitten every Suns opponent, but not the Suns. Mike and Bruce also discuss what a championship would mean for Chris Paul and his legacy. And towards the end of the show,…
 
BJ and Eric breakdown the western conference champion Phoenix Suns, what's next for the LA Clippers, the battle between the Bucks and Hawks in the east, go back to the 1993 NBA Finals between the Suns and Bulls along with reviewing the NBA coaching hires in Portland, Dallas, Indiana and Boston! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and Ca…
 
Khris Middleton has been seen as "Robin" to Giannis Antetokounpo's "Batman," but Middleton flipped the script on Sunday and Milwaukee couldn't be happier. Trae Young, the breakout star of the playoffs suffered a freak ankle injury when he stepped on referee Sean Wright's foot and he was hobbled the rest of the night. We'll find out on Tuesday if he…
 
Current NBA TV analyst, 2007 NBA Coach of the Year and 13 year NBA veteran Sam Mitchell joins BJ Armstrong and Eric Newman as they talk 2021 NBA Playoffs, the city of Atlanta's excitement around the Hawks and Trae Young, the role Sam played in mentoring Kevin Garnett in Minnesota, the Pacers Knicks battles of the 90s, facing Michael Jordan and more…
 
Larry Brown is without question one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time. The Hall of Famer has coached 9 NBA teams, two ABA teams, and is the only head coach to win an NBA Championship (2004 Detroit Pistons) and an NCAA Championship (Kansas 1988). He has mentored and developed great coaches like Gregg Popovich, John Calipari, Bill Self, …
 
BJ and Eric go deep into the remaining 2nd round playoff series featuring the Clippers game planning to move ahead 3-2 vs the Jazz, the Hawks miraculous comeback v Sixers and what the Bucks need to do offensively to top the Nets. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-m…
 
Adam Schefter of ESPN is the #1 NFL Insider with 8.4 million Twitter followers. But this 1989 Michigan grad has a passion for basketball and classic stories about the sport. At the 9:09 mark, he recalls his senior year in Ann Arbor. It was Glen Rice's dream season w/the Wolverines, winning the NCAA Championship. And it set the stage for all that fo…
 
Kenny Smith of Turner Sports and "Inside the NBA" joins Eric Newman to discuss the NBA Playoffs as well as his new venture on "Bright," which is a live video conversation platform. Kenny sizes up all of the series to this point and really drills down on the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns, two young teams growing up really fast! Kenny also discusses…
 
This week Mike Wise does his famous "download" on the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Are the Clippers ready to win it all? Does the NBA need the Nets to advance with their star power? Is Trae Young becoming an all time great right before our eyes? Does Pat Riley really think LeBron James would consider rejoining the Heat? What is next for the Cel…
 
Kyrie Irving loves to bring drama wherever he goes. His play has been sensational but his "off the court" actions have inspired lots of debate. Mike & Producer Bruce Bernstein discuss whether Kyrie is intentionally trying to sabotage the Celtics organization with some of his accusations that may influence future free agents considering the Celtics?…
 
Mike Wise and producer Bruce Bernstein share their thoughts on the first weekend of the NBA Playoffs. Are the Lakers in trouble against Phoenix? Does Trae Young have eyes in the back of his head? Does Luka Doncic have the Clippers' number? And should the Beach Boys do a remake of their hit "Barbara Ann" in honor of Ja Morant? Lots of analysis and l…
 
The NBA Playoffs are here as BJ Armstrong and Eric Newman break down each first round series of what promises to be a thrilling post season. Will Utah play like a #1 seed? Will the Lakers find their rhythm? Can Portland upset Denver? Will the Nets dominate? and much more. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice…
 
Howard Beck of SI.com has some of the best NBA takes anywhere. Howard & Mike preview all the key storylines of the NBA Playoffs, beginning with the Play In games on Tuesday and Wednesday. Are the Suns too inexperienced for a deep playoff run? Does Brooklyn have enough chemistry & defense to win big? Which two first round series are likely to go 7 g…
 
BJ Armstrong and Eric Newman detail the play-in race and potential playoff matchups. Also, the pair breakdown why certain contenders like the Jazz, Clippers, and 76ers will AND won’t make the finals. Finally, Eric opens a pack of 1990 Fleer Basketball cards, leading to a trip down memory lane. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and Cal…
 
Shaun Powell of NBA.com has covered the league for nearly four decades. But he is so much more than just a sports journalist. He is also a keen observer of the human condition whose nuanced views set an example that all of us should follow. Mike Wise and Shaun discuss the resurgent Knicks, The crew that Shaun has dubbed "The Notorious Big 3" in Bro…
 
Brian Scalabrine is the co-host of The Starting Lineup with Frank Isola on Sirius/XM NBA Radio. Scal, a.k.a. "The White Mamba" is also the TV analyst for the Boston Celtics on NBC Sports Boston. His vast knowledge, irreverent takes, and joyful approach to the sport make him one of the most beloved NBA voices in the basketball world. He joins Mike W…
 
BJ Armstrong and Eric Newman share their praise for the Suns, who have just clinched their first playoff berth in 11 years. The Washington Wizards are on a tear, and the guys breakdown a tightening playoff race. Also, BJ and Eric take a trip down memory lane, discussing the origins of Larry Bird’s stepback jumper. See Privacy Policy at https://art1…
 
Fran Fraschilla was a successful college basketball coach who became an expert on the international game and has been an analyst at ESPN for nearly 20 years. In addition to calling college games, he is ESPN's NBA Draft expert on talent from around the world. With international players becoming some of the NBA's biggest stars, Fran's role has become…
 
BJ Armstrong and Eric Newman discuss the rise of the New York Knicks, the brilliance of Stephen Curry, and how injuries to NBA stars have changed how teams could approach the playoffs. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong discuss the league’s biggest trades following the deadline, including Nikola Vucevic to the Bulls, Aaron Gordon to Denver, Evan Fournier to the Celtics, Rondo to the Clippers, and Norm Powell to the Blazers. In addition, we preview the buyout market and survey the league ahead of the playoffs. See Privacy Policy at http…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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, …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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