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Over and Back: Stories About NBA History

Over and Back NBA Podcast

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Over and Back: Stories About NBA History

Over and Back: Stories About NBA History

Over and Back NBA Podcast

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Over and Back tells stories about NBA, ABA & pro basketball history. Hosted by Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch. Part of The Step Back NBA Podcast Network, powered by Fansided.

Latest Episodes

Steve Nash's NBA career and legacy (O&B Classic)

Stunning news today as Steve Nash has been hired to coach the Brooklyn Nets. In response to this huge news, we're throwing it back to a classic episode talking about Steve Nash's career and legacy as he marched toward the end of his playing career. ----With the news of Steve Nash's season-ending back injury, the career of the Canadian legend appears to be over so we needed to give him the proper Over and Back treatment. Join us as we say goodbye to a fallen hero! We begin this week's episode with a roundtable discussion alongside Podium Game contributor Bryan Gibberman and the Podium Game czar himself Jordan White. Discussions including Nash's legacy and impact on the game of basketball, how he changed the NBA, his rise to superstardom in Dallas, if he deserved to win the MVP award and why the Phoenix Suns never won an NBA championship. The second half of the show runs down the career of Steve Nash beginning with his college career in Santa Clara, making national headlines with an upset of #2 Arizona and leading Santa Clara to the top 25. We then touch briefly on Nash's early career with the Phoenix Suns (bleached blonde hair and all) before going into detail on his trade to the Dallas Mavericks, the rough beginnings as a Maverick and eventual ascension, along with Dirk Nowitzki, into the realm of superstar as Dallas makes a run to the Western Conference Finals. We wrap up with a look at Nash's return to Phoenix, his multiple MVP seasons and leading not only the number one offense in basketball but one of the most successful teams of the 2000s and finally, his latest, forgettable run and the failed experiment joining Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles. Original airdate: 10/29/14"

93 min2 w ago
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Steve Nash's NBA career and legacy (O&B Classic)

Clifford Robinson: 10 key moments in his career

Jason and Rich honor the late, great Clifford Robinson with 10 key moments from his NBA career, memories of "Uncle Cliffy" & more.

54 min3 w ago
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Clifford Robinson: 10 key moments in his career

The best early round Game 7s in NBA history, Part 2 (O&B Classic)

We discuss more fantastic early round Game 7s: -Chet Walker and the 1974 Chicago Bulls taking on the Dave Bing, Bob Lanier and the Detroit Pistons. -Kevin Johnson puts up 46 points and Charles Barkley's plays his "last game" in the NBA (hint: it wasn't) as Mario Ellie hits a game-winner for Hakeem Olajuwon and the 1995 Houston Rockets. -Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry and the Dallas Mavericks finally getting the Spurs monkey off their back in 2006 as they battle with, who else, Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli. -Plus as an added bonus, we took a not-so-retro look at the 2015 Los Angeles Clippers/San Antonio Spurs Game 7 including a gutsy performance from Chris Paul, Blake Griffin's rapid maturation and the ageless wonder Tim Duncan.Original airdate: 5/7/15

33 min3 w ago
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The best early round Game 7s in NBA history, Part 2 (O&B Classic)

The best early round Game 7s in NBA history, Part 1 (O&B Classic)

A look at the best Game 7s in NBA history begins with early rounds (first round and conference semifinals). Series recaps include: -The 1981 Western Conference Semifinals with the surprising Houston Rockets led by Calvin Murphy taking on George Gervin, Mark Olberding and San Antonio Spurs -The 1976 showdown between the "Miracle" Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Bullets -The famous Vince Carter graduation game against Allen Iverson, Dikembe Mutombo and the 2001 Philadelphia 76ers -The famed "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks 1995 series infamous for Patrick Ewing's missed layup in the final seconds -LeBron James leading a pack of scrubs to the limit with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett's 2008 Boston Celtics -The dynasty that never was 1986 Milwaukee Bucks battle Julius Erving, Charles Barkley and the 1986 Philadelphia 76ers. -Last but not least, one of the most famous games in NBA playoff history - Larry Bird vs. Dominique Wilkins, Celtics vs. Hawks from 1988.Original airdate: 4/28/15

59 min3 w ago
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The best early round Game 7s in NBA history, Part 1 (O&B Classic)

Sophomore surge: Luka Doncic making history (O&B Classic)

In December 2019, we recorded this episode about Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic having one of the best sophomore seasons ever. Since then, he's continued to emerge as a bonafide NBA superstar.Luka Doncic is having one of the best sophomore seasons of all-time so we'll look at just how well he's been playing, where he ranks in best second-year seasons ever then we examine other standout sophomore years. (Original airdate: 12/12/19)

43 minAUG 24
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Sophomore surge: Luka Doncic making history (O&B Classic)

The history of tanking (O&B Classic)

Almost as long as there's been a draft in the NBA, there's been teams tanking to get the most favorable picks and a chance at generationally great players. In a league where one player can alter a franchise both on and off the court, getting that one is so important, sometimes losing games is the best method and thus, tanking was born. Jason and Rich discuss their definitions of tanking, how it happens, who participates as well as some discussion on the origins of the NBA draft and the transition from the coin flip to the current draft lottery system. The guys then discuss a few of their favorite tanking teams, ones that were near and dear to their heart and some of the more prominent ones including the ‘83 and ‘84 Houston Rockets, 2002-03 Cavaliers, the post-Jordan Baby Bulls, 2005-06 Timberwolves and the famous Mark Madsen game and much more along the way. Alternate discussions include some of the worst teams in NBA history, worst stretches by a team and the best players on miserable teams.Original airdate: 2/9/15

102 minAUG 21
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The history of tanking (O&B Classic)

Larry Bird's last great game (O&B Classic)

On the anniversary of Larry Bird's retirement in 1992, we're bringing back an Over & Back Classic episode on the last great game of Bird's career.---Ben Taylor (Backpicks.com) joins Jason Mann to chat about Larry Bird's last great NBA performance, a 49-point triple-double in a 152-148 double OT win over Clyde Drexler and the Blazers, in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.We discuss a thrilling game with two buzzer-beaters from Bird and Kevin Gamble, how rare it is for two teams to score more than 148 points in the same game, time catching up to the Bird-McHale-Parish Celtics, how the early 1990s Blazers are a bit underappreciated, Bird managing to remain great even with major back trouble, and how both teams enjoyed the running game. We also share some thoughts on Terry Porter, Clifford Robinson, Danny Ainge, Reggie Lewis, and a young Rick Fox.We also discuss Ben's recent Top 40 Best Careers in NBA History series (http://www.backpicks.com/2017/12/11/the-backpicks-goat-the-40-best-careers-in-nba-history/): ranking Kobe Bryant outside the top 10, LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan, and Reggie Miller and Patrick Ewing being better than perhaps you remember, and talk about some of his other projects. (Original airdate: 8/17/18)

50 minAUG 18
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Larry Bird's last great game (O&B Classic)

What were the weirdest historical NBA seasons?

Part two of our look at the weirdest NBA seasons ever takes us to some more historical years including the formation of the NBA, odd playoff structures, mergers with other leagues and more!

46 minAUG 11
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What were the weirdest historical NBA seasons?

What were the weirdest modern NBA seasons?

2020 will (hopefully) go down as the weirdest NBA season of all-time but what other modern seasons come close? On this episode of Over and Back, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch look at the weirdest modern NBA seasons including lockout-shortened years, stunning retirements, rules changes and more.

51 minAUG 6
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What were the weirdest modern NBA seasons?

Best By Age 25: Players Who Peaked Early But Missed Greatness (O&B Classic)

On this classic episode of Over and Back, Jason and Rich examine NBA players who by age 25 appeared on the trajectory for all-time greatness but for one reason or another fell off track.Players discussed include early NBA star Ed Macauley, territorial pick in the last BAA draft before the BAA and the NBL merged to form the NBA. Jason and Rich discuss Macauley's early career, the trade he's most famous for and what he did in his post-playing career. Dwight Howard: one of the NBA's shining stars in his early years that has fallen out of favor recently, Jason and Rich look at his injury history as well as his attitude and whether or not he will be considered an all-time great when he finally hangs it up.Tracy McGrady: T-Mac put together one of the NBA's greatest seasons in 2003 but just a few years later was unable to get on the court. McGrady was a star that shined bright but ultimately left many underwhelmed.Elton Brand: Mr. Reliable put together an impressive resume in his early 20s but never reached the next level.Gilbert Arenas: One of the NBA's best stories turned into one of its worse as Arenas rose up from anonymity to become a star on the Washington Wizards, ultimately though, his career will be remembered for one unfortunate incident.Luol Deng: The do-everything, jack of all trades for the mid 2000 Chicago Bulls, Deng teamed with fellow youngsters Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon to led the Bulls back to the playoffs. In addition to examinations into each of the players above, Jason and Rich also delve into players who accumulate a high percentage of stats in their first five years of the league.

71 minAUG 3
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Best By Age 25: Players Who Peaked Early But Missed Greatness (O&B Classic)

Latest Episodes

Steve Nash's NBA career and legacy (O&B Classic)

Stunning news today as Steve Nash has been hired to coach the Brooklyn Nets. In response to this huge news, we're throwing it back to a classic episode talking about Steve Nash's career and legacy as he marched toward the end of his playing career. ----With the news of Steve Nash's season-ending back injury, the career of the Canadian legend appears to be over so we needed to give him the proper Over and Back treatment. Join us as we say goodbye to a fallen hero! We begin this week's episode with a roundtable discussion alongside Podium Game contributor Bryan Gibberman and the Podium Game czar himself Jordan White. Discussions including Nash's legacy and impact on the game of basketball, how he changed the NBA, his rise to superstardom in Dallas, if he deserved to win the MVP award and why the Phoenix Suns never won an NBA championship. The second half of the show runs down the career of Steve Nash beginning with his college career in Santa Clara, making national headlines with an upset of #2 Arizona and leading Santa Clara to the top 25. We then touch briefly on Nash's early career with the Phoenix Suns (bleached blonde hair and all) before going into detail on his trade to the Dallas Mavericks, the rough beginnings as a Maverick and eventual ascension, along with Dirk Nowitzki, into the realm of superstar as Dallas makes a run to the Western Conference Finals. We wrap up with a look at Nash's return to Phoenix, his multiple MVP seasons and leading not only the number one offense in basketball but one of the most successful teams of the 2000s and finally, his latest, forgettable run and the failed experiment joining Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles. Original airdate: 10/29/14"

93 min2 w ago
Comments
Steve Nash's NBA career and legacy (O&B Classic)

Clifford Robinson: 10 key moments in his career

Jason and Rich honor the late, great Clifford Robinson with 10 key moments from his NBA career, memories of "Uncle Cliffy" & more.

54 min3 w ago
Comments
Clifford Robinson: 10 key moments in his career

The best early round Game 7s in NBA history, Part 2 (O&B Classic)

We discuss more fantastic early round Game 7s: -Chet Walker and the 1974 Chicago Bulls taking on the Dave Bing, Bob Lanier and the Detroit Pistons. -Kevin Johnson puts up 46 points and Charles Barkley's plays his "last game" in the NBA (hint: it wasn't) as Mario Ellie hits a game-winner for Hakeem Olajuwon and the 1995 Houston Rockets. -Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry and the Dallas Mavericks finally getting the Spurs monkey off their back in 2006 as they battle with, who else, Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli. -Plus as an added bonus, we took a not-so-retro look at the 2015 Los Angeles Clippers/San Antonio Spurs Game 7 including a gutsy performance from Chris Paul, Blake Griffin's rapid maturation and the ageless wonder Tim Duncan.Original airdate: 5/7/15

33 min3 w ago
Comments
The best early round Game 7s in NBA history, Part 2 (O&B Classic)

The best early round Game 7s in NBA history, Part 1 (O&B Classic)

A look at the best Game 7s in NBA history begins with early rounds (first round and conference semifinals). Series recaps include: -The 1981 Western Conference Semifinals with the surprising Houston Rockets led by Calvin Murphy taking on George Gervin, Mark Olberding and San Antonio Spurs -The 1976 showdown between the "Miracle" Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Bullets -The famous Vince Carter graduation game against Allen Iverson, Dikembe Mutombo and the 2001 Philadelphia 76ers -The famed "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks 1995 series infamous for Patrick Ewing's missed layup in the final seconds -LeBron James leading a pack of scrubs to the limit with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett's 2008 Boston Celtics -The dynasty that never was 1986 Milwaukee Bucks battle Julius Erving, Charles Barkley and the 1986 Philadelphia 76ers. -Last but not least, one of the most famous games in NBA playoff history - Larry Bird vs. Dominique Wilkins, Celtics vs. Hawks from 1988.Original airdate: 4/28/15

59 min3 w ago
Comments
The best early round Game 7s in NBA history, Part 1 (O&B Classic)

Sophomore surge: Luka Doncic making history (O&B Classic)

In December 2019, we recorded this episode about Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic having one of the best sophomore seasons ever. Since then, he's continued to emerge as a bonafide NBA superstar.Luka Doncic is having one of the best sophomore seasons of all-time so we'll look at just how well he's been playing, where he ranks in best second-year seasons ever then we examine other standout sophomore years. (Original airdate: 12/12/19)

43 minAUG 24
Comments
Sophomore surge: Luka Doncic making history (O&B Classic)

The history of tanking (O&B Classic)

Almost as long as there's been a draft in the NBA, there's been teams tanking to get the most favorable picks and a chance at generationally great players. In a league where one player can alter a franchise both on and off the court, getting that one is so important, sometimes losing games is the best method and thus, tanking was born. Jason and Rich discuss their definitions of tanking, how it happens, who participates as well as some discussion on the origins of the NBA draft and the transition from the coin flip to the current draft lottery system. The guys then discuss a few of their favorite tanking teams, ones that were near and dear to their heart and some of the more prominent ones including the ‘83 and ‘84 Houston Rockets, 2002-03 Cavaliers, the post-Jordan Baby Bulls, 2005-06 Timberwolves and the famous Mark Madsen game and much more along the way. Alternate discussions include some of the worst teams in NBA history, worst stretches by a team and the best players on miserable teams.Original airdate: 2/9/15

102 minAUG 21
Comments
The history of tanking (O&B Classic)

Larry Bird's last great game (O&B Classic)

On the anniversary of Larry Bird's retirement in 1992, we're bringing back an Over & Back Classic episode on the last great game of Bird's career.---Ben Taylor (Backpicks.com) joins Jason Mann to chat about Larry Bird's last great NBA performance, a 49-point triple-double in a 152-148 double OT win over Clyde Drexler and the Blazers, in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.We discuss a thrilling game with two buzzer-beaters from Bird and Kevin Gamble, how rare it is for two teams to score more than 148 points in the same game, time catching up to the Bird-McHale-Parish Celtics, how the early 1990s Blazers are a bit underappreciated, Bird managing to remain great even with major back trouble, and how both teams enjoyed the running game. We also share some thoughts on Terry Porter, Clifford Robinson, Danny Ainge, Reggie Lewis, and a young Rick Fox.We also discuss Ben's recent Top 40 Best Careers in NBA History series (http://www.backpicks.com/2017/12/11/the-backpicks-goat-the-40-best-careers-in-nba-history/): ranking Kobe Bryant outside the top 10, LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan, and Reggie Miller and Patrick Ewing being better than perhaps you remember, and talk about some of his other projects. (Original airdate: 8/17/18)

50 minAUG 18
Comments
Larry Bird's last great game (O&B Classic)

What were the weirdest historical NBA seasons?

Part two of our look at the weirdest NBA seasons ever takes us to some more historical years including the formation of the NBA, odd playoff structures, mergers with other leagues and more!

46 minAUG 11
Comments
What were the weirdest historical NBA seasons?

What were the weirdest modern NBA seasons?

2020 will (hopefully) go down as the weirdest NBA season of all-time but what other modern seasons come close? On this episode of Over and Back, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch look at the weirdest modern NBA seasons including lockout-shortened years, stunning retirements, rules changes and more.

51 minAUG 6
Comments
What were the weirdest modern NBA seasons?

Best By Age 25: Players Who Peaked Early But Missed Greatness (O&B Classic)

On this classic episode of Over and Back, Jason and Rich examine NBA players who by age 25 appeared on the trajectory for all-time greatness but for one reason or another fell off track.Players discussed include early NBA star Ed Macauley, territorial pick in the last BAA draft before the BAA and the NBL merged to form the NBA. Jason and Rich discuss Macauley's early career, the trade he's most famous for and what he did in his post-playing career. Dwight Howard: one of the NBA's shining stars in his early years that has fallen out of favor recently, Jason and Rich look at his injury history as well as his attitude and whether or not he will be considered an all-time great when he finally hangs it up.Tracy McGrady: T-Mac put together one of the NBA's greatest seasons in 2003 but just a few years later was unable to get on the court. McGrady was a star that shined bright but ultimately left many underwhelmed.Elton Brand: Mr. Reliable put together an impressive resume in his early 20s but never reached the next level.Gilbert Arenas: One of the NBA's best stories turned into one of its worse as Arenas rose up from anonymity to become a star on the Washington Wizards, ultimately though, his career will be remembered for one unfortunate incident.Luol Deng: The do-everything, jack of all trades for the mid 2000 Chicago Bulls, Deng teamed with fellow youngsters Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon to led the Bulls back to the playoffs. In addition to examinations into each of the players above, Jason and Rich also delve into players who accumulate a high percentage of stats in their first five years of the league.

71 minAUG 3
Comments
Best By Age 25: Players Who Peaked Early But Missed Greatness (O&B Classic)
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