We are regular-season stans here at the Over and Back Classic NBA podcast. What if we valued the best team in the regular season as much or more as the NBA tournament winner? The regular season is obviously longer with a greater sample size — you could argue it's more reflective of the quality of the team that season (obviously a lot of people would argue otherwise)
How would it change how we think of teams in NBA history? Whose legacies would be affected most?
Listen to Part 1 of this two-part series as we examine how the championship would play out over the course of NBA, ABA and pre-NBA history if we awarded titles to the league's best regular season team.
In the third edition of our NBA 20 Years Ago series, we explore the events of December 1997 in the NBA, including Latrell Sprewell being suspended for choking Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo, the Wizards opening a new arena, the Mavericks naming Don Nelson as coach, the slam dunk contest being canceled, and Michael Jordan being the victim of a hoax involving his mother's health during a game.
We discuss the initial reporting of the Sprewell scandal and the racial coding in much of the response, the Warriors deciding to terminate Sprewell's contract, the NBA suspending Sprewell for one year and the players union's reaction, Sprewell's first public apology and a press conference involving famed attorney Johnnie Cochran, and how the story became a national phemonenon and affected the NBA's perception.
We also talk about the NBA's first regular season game in Mexico, the Mavericks' dance team being robbed, Penny Hardaway's knee problems, Jordan passing a series of all-time scoring milestones, a hotel fight between Rod Strickland and Tracy Murray, one of the lowest-scoring games in NBA history, Adam Silver being promoted in NBA Entertainment, the NBA cracking down on profanity, Jerry Stackhouse being traded to the Pistons, Patrick Ewing suffering a major wrist injury, Karl Malone being creepy, Corliss Williamson and Derrick Coleman getting into an on-court scuffle, Bubba Wells breaking a record for fouling out the fastest, and much more.
In the second edition of our NBA 20 Years Ago series, we explore the events of November 1997 in the NBA, including Charles Barkley throwing a bar patron through a window, Tim Duncan's first month in the league, players being fined for wearing too-long shorts, A.C. Green setting the NBA consecutive game record, Isiah Thomas leaving his position as Raptors GM, and much more.
We also discuss a rocky start for Michael Jordan and the Bulls, tough negotiations with Chicago and Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen trade demands, a pregame fight between Shaquille O'Neal and Greg Ostertag, the first female referees in NBA history, Muggsy Bogues' ugly departure from the Hornets, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar suing a similarly named football player, the Suns and Blazers in a 150-147 quadruple overtime game, Isaiah Rider being suspended for spitting at a fan, Barkley's final 40-point game of his career, excellent starts for the Lakers and the Hawks, Eddie Jones getting some shine, and Dikembe Mutombo doing more than just defense.
Jason and Rich explore dynasty survivors: the last player from a dynasty to remain with the team.
From Gail Goodrich and Don Cheney to Randy Brown and Robert Parish, we look at each major pre and post expansion dynasty and who hung on through the final days of the dynasty. We examine how long the player remained with the franchise, why he was the last left and of course some fun facts along the way.