We discuss the NBA contributions of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 with Curtis Harris of Pro Hoops History. We discuss Bobby Jones, Sidney Moncrief, Jack Sikma, Paul Westphal, Al Attles, Carl Braun, Vlade Divac, and Bill Fitch. We also consider whether the Hall of Fame could find a better method of celebrating African-American pioneers and look at who we'd most like to see join Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett in the 2020 Hall of Fame class.
Our series on 50-point games continues with a look at 50-pointers in the ABA era (1967-1974). Wilt Chamberlain's dominance is over and new stars emerge in Rick Barry and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. A new upstart league (ABA) and the inclusion of a three-point line add an extra wrinkle to 50-point games.
This week on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast we examine 50+ point games from 1962-66, an era that is perhaps the equivalent of the MLB's "juiced ball" era where 50-point games went from rare to almost routine thanks to the heroics of Wilt Chamberlain.
We look at the 15 games in NBA/ABA history that have lasted four overtimes or more, starting with the Bulls 168-161 win over the Hawks on March 1, 2019, in the latest Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.
Jason and Rich also look at the 2017 classic between the Hawks and Knicks, with Paul Millsap giving an iron-man performance in 60 minutes with 37 points and 19 rebounds and Carmelo Anthony scoring 45 and twice forcing extra periods with clutch shots. Then we dig into the only six-overtime game in NBA history (Indianapolis vs. Rochester in 1951), a 75-73 pre-shot-clock yawner in which future legendary Knicks coach Red Holzman reportedly played 76 minutes and scored 3 points. We also discuss the only two five-OT games: Dolph Schayes leading Syracuse past Anderson (Ind.) 125-123 in the newly merged NBA's first season in 1949, and Dale Ellis scoring 53 points for Seattle in a 155-154 loss to Milwaukee.
We also look at a 1953 Boston-Syracuse battle with Bob Cousy scoring 50 points, Bill Walton's first-ever NBA game between Cleveland and Portland in 1974, Julius Erving with a career-best 63 for the Nets against the San Diego Conquistadors in 1975, Cleveland giving Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar everything they could handle in 1980, Fast Eddie Johnson coming through in the clutch for Atlanta vs. Seattle in 1982, Jim Paxson scoring 41 for Portland over the pre-Jordan Bulls in 1984, Joe Barry Carroll caring a lot for Golden State against New Jersey in 1987, and Phoenix (with Jason Kidd, Kevin Johnson and Steve Nash) topping Isaiah Rider's Trail Blazers in 1997.
In addition, we discuss a few more recent four-overtime thrillers: Joe Johnson and the Hawks topping Millsap and the Jazz in 2012, and Detroit getting the better of Chicago in 2015.
We officially begin our series looking at 50-point games with a look back at the days when 50-point games were a rarity. We discuss the first 50+ point games in NBA history, the early dominance of George Mikan, "Jumpin" Joe Fulks, Bob Cousy's 50+ in the playoffs, Neil Johnston and more. We also delve into the strange disappearance of 50-point games in the early shot clock era, the return with Bob Pettit, George Yardley. Lastly, we discuss the explosion of 50+ point games beginning in 1959 thanks to stars like Elgin Baylor, Jack Twyman, Richie Guerin and the man who will totally transform the league: Wilt Chamberlain.
In NBA and ABA history, there have been nearly 600 50+ point games. Most of them were from legends like Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. There were also ones from Willie Burton, Walt Wesley and Andre Miller.
In this episode, we explore the most random, improbable and unlikely 50-point scorers in NBA history including Cleveland Cavaliers' forward Walt Wesley, our only ABA entry with Carolina Cougar Larry Miller going for 67, Mike Newlin breaking out for 52 with the New Jersey Nets, San Diego Clippers then-star Freeman Williams, the infamous Joe Barry Carroll, fellow Golden State Warrior Purvis Short... and hey another Warriors player, this time a breakout performance from Sleepy Floyd in the playoffs and Charles D. Smith.
More modern examples include Nick Anderson's 50 points off the bench that was immediately overshadowed by Shaq breaking the backboard, Willie Burton's 50 points with only 19 field goal attempts, Dana Barros putting an exclamation point on his breakout season, Tracy Murray and Rod Strickland putting their beef aside, Tony Delk's still-to-this-day unbelievable 53 points against the Kings, Brandon Jenning's 55 points in only his 7th NBA game, The Professor Andre Miller shocking the world, Corey Brewer's sleeper 50-point game, Mo Williams, Lou Williams and more!
In Part 1 we worked our way through the early days of the NBA, the Boston Celtics' dominance in the 1960s and the continued and consistent parity of the 1970s.
In Part 2, we look at the 1980s including changing legacies for Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics, Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers striking out in the early parts of the decade and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar failing to live up to lofty expectations in Los Angeles.
In the 1990s, we look at a very different early portion of the decade with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls only winning one title, Portland getting back to the promised land and a few other surprises along the way. The San Antonio Spurs dynasty starts early and the Seattle Supersonics finally get their championship.
In the 2000s, we transformed Kobe Bryant's career with only one championship to his name, Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic, Mike Bibby and the Sacramento Kings change their fortunes with a championship and Dirk Nowitzki's legacy has a different look with an early decade championship for the Dallas Mavericks.
Finally, in the 2010s, LeBron James goes back-to-back in Cleveland, Tom Thibodeau's Chicago Bulls win two championships and well, the Golden State Warriors are still the dominant team of their era.
In the last segment of the show we look at franchise's who either gained or lost championships in this exercise and have a lengthy discussion about teams that failed to win any championships in their franchise history and worse, also failed to win a single "pennant".
The annual tradition continues as Jason and Rich welcome guests Curtis Harris (ProHoopsHistory.com & Sixers History) and Reinis Lacis (The Handle Podcast) as they live commentate one of the greatest games of all time: the 1981 Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 between Philadelphia and Boston.
Watch along at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djvvm_tA4L4