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#RussellMania — The man, the activist, the coach

Feb 5, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Retired NBA player and coach Bill Russell after the game between the Sacramento Kings and the Dallas Mavericks at Sleep Train Arena. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Sacramento Kings 101-78. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

We discuss Bill Russell’s childhood, college career, life off the court, post-playing career and his extensive civil rights activism with Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, author of “King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution.” Continue Reading

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#RussellMania — Celtics vs. Lakers in the Finals

Sep 24, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Basketball Hall of Fame player Elgin Gay Baylor throws out the first pitch before the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.  The Dodgers defeated the Giants 9-1 to clinch the NL West Division Championship. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

We discuss the Celtics vs. Lakers NBA Finals rivalry between 1959 and 1969 with Elgin Baylor biographer Bijan C. Bayne in our continuing #RussellMania series. Continue Reading

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#RussellMania – Celtics vs. Hawks in the Finals

Sep 11, 2015; Springfield, MA, USA; Tom Heinsohn speaks during the 2015 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

We are joined once again by Adam Criblez to discuss the rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks in the late 1950s and early 1960s, continuing our #RussellMania series dedicated to Bill Russell. Continue Reading

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#RussellMania – Reshaping the NBA

Oscar Robertson, Julius Erving, Bill Russell, Golden State Warriors

We are joined by Shawn Fury, author of Rise and Fire, to talk about how Bill Russell and the Celtics reshaped the NBA and discuss other early pioneers of the game. Continue Reading

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Over and Back: Dreaming about Dream Teams

September 29, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) and guard Stephen Curry (30) pose for a photo with their gold medals from the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain during media day at the Warriors Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Over and Back Classic NBA podcast created mythical U.S. Olympic teams from 1968, 1980, 2004 and 2016 and compare them to the vaunted original Dream Team of 1992. Continue Reading

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Over and Back: NBA’s longest playoff droughts

October 29, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings head coach Michael Malone (left) instructs center DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Sleep Train Arena. The Warriors defeated the Kings 95-77. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The longest playoff droughts in NBA history are discussed on this episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA podcast. Continue Reading