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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.
 
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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 ...…
 
Looking at some of the great scorers of all time who never had 50 points in a game including Paul Arizin, Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Walt Frazier, Kevin Garnett, Charles Barkley and many more.
 
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 g ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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 a ...…
 
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_ ...…
 
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 ...…
 
Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch take a look at the NBA's Silver Anniversary team announced in 1971 and what it says about where the NBA stood at the time in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.Topics discussed on the episode:The merits of the actual choices of the team (Paul Arizin, Bob Cousy, Bob Davies, Joe Fulks, Sam Jon ...…
 
This week on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich attempt to circumvent Pat Riley's trademarks to discuss failed attempts at winning three NBA championships in a row. We look at each and every team that failed to make it three in a row, what may have caused them to miss out, roster changes in the offseason, internal turmoil and ...…
 
This week on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich look at notable one-year stints with an NBA team that didn't work out as expected. Examples include Scottie Pippen going to the Houston Rockets, Dwight Howard's run as a Los Angeles Lakers, Paul Westphal's brief run as a Seattle Supersonic and many more!…
 
This week on Over and Back, Jason and Rich look at the greatest games for new HOFers Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Grant Hill and Charlie Scott.
 
We celebrate the career and legacy of the great Manu Ginobili and look back at his greatest performances in the latest edition of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.We talk about how Ginobili's creativity and craft helped redefine the NBA, how odd the Spurs will seem without any of their Big Three for the first time in 21 years, Ginobili's p ...…
 
On this week's episode of Over and Back, Jason and Rich examine the longest tenures with an NBA team in history, discuss Dirk Nowitzki setting the NBA record for most seasons with one franchise, other players who stayed with one franchise for their entire careers and those with long tenures on a team but who couldn't quite finish their career w ...…
 
Based off the success of our episode on Larry Bird's final great game, we're beginning a new series on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast looking at the last great game for all-time greats in NBA history. In this multi-part series we will examine and reveal the last great game for each player that made our revised NBA 50 Greatest Players eve ...…
 
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 f ...…
 
This week on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch continue their NBA 20 Years Ago series with a look at the news, notes and games of the NBA 20 Years Ago. This episode will focus primarily on the 1998 NBA Playoffs featuring an upstart Los Angeles Lakers team, Karl Malone, John Stockton and the Utah Jazz looking to ...…
 
We discuss Hakeem Olajuwon dominating David Robinson in the 1995 playoffs, the much more even career head-to-head battles, and the Michael Jordan-less interlude where big men dominated in the NBA in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.Corbin Smith and John Wilmes of the Take It or Break It! podcast join the show to look ...…
 
We look at the biggest free agent signing in every NBA team's history in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.Adam Johnson of Basketball Pantheon joins us for a wide-ranging discussion -- from the biggest free agent decisions such as LeBron James to the Heat and Cavs, Shaquille O'Neal to the Lakers, and Kevin Durant to th ...…
 
This week on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich look back at the 2018 NBA Finals and what history was made including asking if the Golden State Warriors are now a dynasty.We try to come to a definitive definition of what a dynasty is in basketball, what teams of recent and past vintage would be classified as dynasties, whethe ...…
 
This week on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich look at the historical comps for four straight NBA Finals matchups, the history between the Warriors and the Cavaliers as well as LeBron's incredible run of eight straight NBA Finals.Topics include Golden State and Cleveland meeting in their fourth straight NBA Finals — where do ...…
 
Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch look at the best and worst playoff performances of LeBron James' career in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.We discuss some of his best games in series from 2009 vs. the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks, 2016 vs. the Golden State Warriors, 2018 vs. the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers, 20 ...…
 
On this week's episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich look at the 2018 NBA Conference Semifinal matchups through a historic lens. Jason and Rich look at the history of playoff matchups between the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warri ...…
 
Over and Back's NBA 20 Years Ago project takes us to the final month of the NBA regular season in 1998 with heated playoff races, injuries to some of the game's biggest stars and Michael Jordan's farewell. On today's episode we spotlight four players: Clyde Drexler, Bryant Reeves, Alonzo Mourning and Jason Kidd. All four are making news in the ...…
 
Part two of an in-depth look at the NBA players who have had their jersey numbers retired, as well as notable omissions and future candidates, in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, with special guest Reinis Lacis of The Handle.We talk about whether Carmelo Anthony might get his jersey retired by the Nuggets, Carroll Da ...…
 
We take an in-depth look at the NBA players who have had their jersey numbers retired, as well as notable omissions and future candidates, in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, with special guest Reinis Lacis of The Handle.In part one, we discuss the teams who have yet to retired a jersey (Raptors, Clippers, and Grizzl ...…
 
Who remembers who finished in second? We do! Rich and Jason looked at the runners-up in NBA MVP voting from 1956 to 2017 and what lessons we can glean from them in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.We look at how close multiple-time MVP awards like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, LeBron James, Magic Jo ...…
 
On today's episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich bid adieu to Milwaukee's Bradley Center and discuss historical and upcoming NBA arena changes. The end of the Bradley Center is significant as it is currently one of the NBA's oldest active NBA arenas only behind the New York Knicks' Madison Square Garden and the Golden ...…
 
In the latest edition of Over and Back's NBA 20 Years Ago series, we look at the events of February and early March 1998 in the NBA.We look at Tim Duncan coming into elite form as a rookie, Karl Malone passing milestones and making a run at MVP again, Hakeem Olajuwon showing signs of slowing down, Nick Anderson helping carry the Magic, Larry Bi ...…
 
On today's episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, 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 NB ...…
 
In the latest edition of our NBA 20 Years Ago series, Rich and Jason look back at the NBA in January 1998.We look at how the 1990s are a time of the most of the dominant players being older than 30, including MVP favorites Karl Malone and Michael Jordan, and how unprecedented that was in NBA history. We each pick our favorite mythical League Pa ...…
 
On today's episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich look at former NBA and ABA players who suited up for five, four and three teams in a single season.Players profiled include Bobby Jones, Steve Chubin, Ken Wilburn, Rich Johnson, Rod Higgins, Tony Massenburg, Alex Stivrins, Don Boven, Ron Perry, Reggie Johnson, Sam Casse ...…
 
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 ho ...…
 
For Over and Back's 200th episode, Rich Kraetsch and Jason Mann watch "Space Jam" with basketball pals Curtis Harris (@ProHoopsHistory) and Reinis Lacis (@LamarMatic) and provide live commentary on the proceedings.Topics discussed: how the movie frames Michael Jordan's life, how we all were first exposed to the movie and how we feel about it no ...…
 
We are used to the NBA landscape being what it is. Since 1981, there hasn't been much in the way of massive conference realignment but that wasn't always the case. On this episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA podcast hosts Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch look at the NBA's long history of conference realignment. We look first at teams that have ...…
 
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 ...…
 
We talk to "The Jordan Rules" author Sam Smith about his new book, "Hard Labor: The Battle that Birthed the Billion-Dollar NBA," which documents the labor battles between the NBA and its players in the 1960s and 1970s and shares stories about the key players in that fight, including Oscar Robertson, Elgin Baylor, Rick Barry, Bill Bradley, John ...…
 
Basketball Hall of Famer Bernard King joins the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast to discuss his new book, Game Face, and memories of his career, including his playoff battles on the New York Knicks and overcoming a gruesome knee injury to play again in the NBA after two years of recovery.He also discusses his analytical approach to basketball ...…
 
With Suns coach Earl Watson being fired after an 0-3 start, we look at the fastest firings and shortest coaching stints in NBA history on the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.We discuss Dolph Schayes being canned after one game with the 1972 Buffalo Braves, Gene Shue losing his job one year after taking the Philadelphia 7 ...…
 
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 th ...…
 
We are joined by Curtis Harris of Pro Hoops History in discussing the life and career of Connie Hawkins, the New York City playground legend and ABA superstar who was unfairly blackballed by the NBA until his late 20s.We discuss Hawkins being one of the first above-the-rim offensive superstars, how his high-flying grace and acrobatics inspired ...…
 
To kick off our new series NBA 20 Years Ago, we look at the 1997 NBA offseason, including the Shawn Kemp trade, the Kevin Garnett extension, Rick Pitino taking power in Boston, and Larry Bird coming home to Indiana, in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.We discus the offseason melodrama surround the Chicago Bulls, a rec ...…
 
On this episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich compare and contrast Oklahoma City's new big 3 (Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook and Paul George) to Boston's famed big 3 formed in 2007-08 when Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined forces with Paul Pierce on the Celtics.Topics on this show include where all six men were a ...…
 
The Over and Back NBA History Podcast is debuting a new series, Down Memory Lane, in which we talk with NBA writers and podcasters about past moments that shaped their NBA fandom. Adam Ryan of the In All Airness podcast joins us to discuss the 1989 NBA All-Star Game, Michael Jordan's "The Shot" against Cleveland, and the Chicago Bulls vs. the N ...…
 
On this episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, hosts Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch explore the topic of franchise leading scorers and what each franchise's all-time leading scorer says about their history.Jason and Rich break down each team's leading scorer, if said player was the franchise's best player of all-time and where he ranks ...…
 
Jason and Rich discuss NBA players who starred in other professional sports in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.They discuss Wilt Chamberlain's post-NBA professional volleyball career with teams like the Seattle Smashers and the Southern California Bangers, The Big Dipper's dominating performance on national TV after ...…
 
On this episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch explore some of their favorite What If scenarios in NBA history including Jason Kidd going to the San Antonio Spurs in the summer of 2003, the Philadelphia 76ers traded Moses Malone to the Detroit Pistons in 1986, the Chicago Bulls trading Scottie Pippen to S ...…
 
The Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast examines players that went out on a high note with productive final seasons in the league. Jason and Rich look at which players had the highest points-per-game, rebounds-per-game, Win Shares and PER in their final campaign including Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, John Stockton, Tim Duncan and more.Next is ...…
 
In celebration of Ice Cube's Big 3 league, hosts Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch draft a Big 3 for each current and past NBA franchise. To make things more interesting, players can only be selected to one team so someone like Julius Erving can't represent both the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn/New Jersey/New York Nets. Throughout the show, Jason ...…
 
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