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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.
 
Welcome to the “Beyond the Ball” podcast with Coach Eric Klumpp and Coach Justin Gerstung, two basketball coaches here to celebrate the game of basketball, and all sport, with real discussions, with real coaches from all levels, that use their platform to serve others while finding balance off the court in their faith, with their families, and in their communities. Join us in celebrating the way YOU serve, love, and care.
 
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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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:/…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Lance Westberg was named the head coach for the Houghton College men's basketball program in July 2019. Westberg is the 10th coach in program history. Prior to coming to Houghton, Westberg served five years as an assistant at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he helped guide the Falcons to a record of 83-53. During his time at UW-River…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Adam Gordon is the Co-Founder & CEO of Rising Coaches, a membership based community for coaches that connects, develops and facilitates career advancement for its members. Gordon previously spent 16 years working in college basketball serving in various roles at the High Major D1, DII, and JUCO levels. In 2019 Adam stepped away from coaching to put…
 
J.P. Nerbun is the founder of Thrive On Challenge, a mentor, writer, coach, and sports consultant. A multisport athlete growing up, basketball was always his first love. He followed his passion to the University of South Carolina, where the Gamecocks won an NIT Championship in Madison Square Garden in 2006. After playing in college, J.P. moved to I…
 
Nathan Johnson is the Senior Director of Program: Unified Sports- Special Olympics New York. Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that unites Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) as teammates for training and competition. Website https://www.spec…
 
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…
 
Jason Fry has served with Pure Sweat Basketball since 2013 and is currently the Director of Pure Sweat Basketball Skills Coaches. He is the creator of The Healthy Leader Program serving those that can help transform you into the leader you believe you can become. Jason previously coached as an assistant at Drury University, Missouri Baptist Univers…
 
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…
 
Micah Mills is in his sixth season with the Wilmington College men's basketball program in 2020-21. He spent three seasons as the program's top assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2018-19 campaign. The Fightin' Quakers have improved each year of the first four years Mills has been on staff including a double-d…
 
Alan Stein, Jr. spent 15 years working with the highest performing basketball players in the world including some of the best ever in the NBA. He shifted focus about three years ago to enter the world of corporate speaking when he realized that the leadership, culture, and teamwork he was teaching through basketball could be applied in the business…
 
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…
 
Jamy Bechler is a professional speaker, leadership coach, author, and podcast host based out of Akron, Ohio. He is also a John Maxwell certified leadership coach. Before going into full-time leadership work, Jamy served for 20 years as a college basketball coach and high school athletic director. When he left his last college to become an athletic …
 
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.…
 
Anthony Pugh is the founder of Clockwork Athletics. The game of basketball has been Anthony’s passion since the day he was born. He grew up a coach’s son and was in the gym constantly. He attended McDonald High School in Ohio and played varsity basketball for 4 years. During his 4 year career at McDonald, Anthony scored 1,000+ career points, accoun…
 
Nate Beutel, NCCC's Sports Information Director, Athletic Scheduling Coordinator and Head Softball Coach, is in his ninth season in charge of the women's basketball program at the school. Beutel's teams have advanced to nine consecutive Region III Div. II Final Fours with the last three years culminating in the only three regional titles in school …
 
Radius Athletics exists to serve, grow and develop basketball coaches at all levels. How do we do this? Simple. Pillars of Radius Athletics Move coaches towards simple, seamless basketball characterized by conceptual offense, transition flow and a defensive approach befitting the modern game Promote a practice philosophy in line with Growth Mindset…
 
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…
 
Hanna Hall, senior PG from University of Buffalo Women's Hoops joins the pod to talk UB hoops, her travels with the Canadian National Team, and some of the insights and perspectives that a Division 1 athlete approaches their game with. So insightful, Hanna thank you so much for coming on the pod! Twitter @hannahall10 @UBwomenshoops…
 
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…
 
In this episode Gabe Michael from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Basketball Program and Chris Kensey from Amherst High School joins the podcast to talk hoops, how the season went while dealing with COVID protocols, all while highlighting some of the best players in the area. We have a lot of respect for what these coaches and others like them ar…
 
Chad Andrews otherwise known in the 716 as "Centercourt" is a man of faith that continues to bring value to the WNY hoops seen with an unbiased love of the games and all the teams from the City of Buffalo, to the suburbs, to the rural leagues in the surrounding counties. Chad has turned his passion for HS Hoops and his willingness to celebrate stud…
 
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…
 
Our guest on the pod this week is legendary coach Jeff Anastasia from Olean, HS in Olean, NY. This is part 2, be sure to go back and check out part 1, episode 36. Coach Anastasia had a wonderful 32 year career coaching at his alma mater amassing 602 wins, 21 League Championships, 14 Section Championships, and 2 State Championships. Coach joined the…
 
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 …
 
Our guest on the pod this week is legendary coach Jeff Anastasia from Olean, HS in Olean, NY. This is part 1, be sure to check out part 2 next week. Coach Anastasia had a wonderful 32 year career coaching at his alma mater amassing 602 wins, 21 League Championships, 14 Section Championships, and 2 State Championships. Coach joined the pod to talk W…
 
This week Coach Adam Bennett from Salamanca and Coach Eric O’Bryan from Niagara Wheatfield join the podcast to discuss the challenges local coaches have had while waiting to get our 2021 season started. They both touch on the approaches they took in the off season, how they are getting their teams ready, and what to expect moving forward. It was gr…
 
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…
 
Marke Freeman is a full time course director for PGC, a public speaker, former D1 athlete, tv analyst, and author. During her senior year with the Northern Illinois Huskies, Freeman led the team in scoring at 18.8 points, five rebounds, four assists, and 2.5 steals per game. After graduating from NIU, Freeman went on to play professionally with Tec…
 
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, …
 
Dr. Tony Miller currently serves on the Health, Exercise & Sport Science faculty at Bob Jones University. In his current roles with BJU, he teaches sports management and exercise science courses (Sports Marketing & Communication, First Responder, Coaching Softball, Introduction to Sports Management, and Sports Management Practicum I & III) and is t…
 
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…
 
Lance Loya is the founder and CEO of The Good Teammate Factory. As a leading authority on the good teammate mindset, he specializes in getting individuals to shift into the We Gear and change their focus from me to we. Other experts concentrate on improving teamwork, but Lance concentrates on improving the teammate. Lance’s method works! A college …
 
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…
 
Monique LeBlanc enters her first season as the head coach of the Bears after joining Brown in April 2020, following a successful nine-year run as the head women’s basketball coach at Merrimack College. LeBlanc – the fifth head coach in program history at Brown – led Merrimack for nine seasons from 2011-20, becoming the Warriors’ all-time leader in …
 
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…
 
Adam Cohen, recognized as one of the nation’s top young basketball coaches, has made a strong imprint in his first four seasons at Stanford. After serving as an assistant coach for the Cardinal his first two seasons, Cohen was elevated to Associate Head Coach prior to the 2018-19 season. Cohen owns a decade of experience as a college basketball men…
 
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…
 
Tyler Dunne is a 716er doing amazing things in the world of sports journalism. After a successful high school career as an athlete and brief venture into college athletics, Tyler knew from an early age that sports, journalism, and telling stories was his passion. Tyler has spent the majority of his time working his way up into NFL circles as a repo…
 
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…
 
Sal Capaccio is the Buffalo Bills Beat & Sideline Reporter. He is also a Host and podcaster for @WGR550 Growing up in the heart of Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres country, Sal Capaccio ’95 knew first-hand the significant role professional sports plays in the everyday lives of Western New Yorkers. Capaccio’s path to a career in sports broadcasting …
 
Mike Berkun is the Men's Basketball Head Coach at Maritime College in Throgg's Neck, New York. In May of 2017, Berkun became the 15th individual to hold the head coaching position at Maritime dating back to the program's inception in the 1940s. In addition to his basketball role at Maritime, Berkun also holds the position of Athletic Director for F…
 
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