The Handle

Reinis Lacis talks with retired basketball players about the history of the game and their careers.
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Dec 21, 2016

Uwe Blab joined The Handle Podcast to tell the story of him being noticed in a pub in Germany, remember how he improved under coach Bob Knight at Indiana and share memories from his stops with the Mavericks, Don Nelson's Run-TMC Warriors and the Germany national team.

Dec 12, 2016

13-year NBA veteran Fred Roberts joined the show to go through the various stops he had during his career which include playing for the 1980s Boston Celtics and the pressure that was there on bench players, the overachieving late 80s/early 90s Milwaukee Bucks and their great chemistry, as well as a few stops in Europe.

Nov 21, 2016

Mick Minas, the author of the book "The Curse: The Colorful & Chaotic History of the LA Clippers", came on the podcast to talk about Clippers history, Donald Sterling's ownership of the team and reveal unheard stories from the book.

Nov 14, 2016

Memphis Tigers legend Cedric Henderson hopped on the podcast to talk about the U of M, his days as a defensive-minded player for Mike Fratello's late 90s Cleveland Cavaliers and some of the peculiar stops he had during his professional career.

Nov 1, 2016

Icelandic trail blazer Petur Gudmundsson joined the podcast to discuss whether he was the first true international player in the NBA, tell stories from his unique career arch and talk about his time with the Showtime Lakers, Trail Blazers and Spurs.

Oct 20, 2016

Bonus podcast episode for the feature "All Heart" on Derek Smith. Coach Bill Olsen of the University of Louisville shares stories about Derek earning the respect of older players at Crawford Gym and him having a dream of becoming like his cousin Gar Heard.

Oct 4, 2016

Jerry Eaves came on The Handle to talk about the Louisville Cardinals of the early 1980s, the 1980 NCAA National Championship, coach Frank Layden's personality and Utah Jazz teams and the various other stops Jerry has had in his basketball career.

Sep 26, 2016

Three-time ABA All-Star Darel Carrier relives what basketball was like in the 1960s and 70s. Darel tells us about choosing the industrial league's Phillips 66ers over the NBA, being one of the first great three-point shooters and playing for the Kentucky Colonels.

Aug 20, 2016

James Donaldson describes his journey from joining his high school basketball team only as a junior to becoming an NBA All-Star. We also discussed the late 1980s Dallas Mavericks, the Winnebago Wall of James, Jack Sikma and Lonnie Shelton, and why the Clippers were the NBA's wasteland.

Jul 15, 2016

Providence Friars legend Joe Hassett came on the podcast to talk about his successful NCAA career, being the most prolific 3-point shooter during the first years of the line's existence in the NBA and how it was to be a long range shooter back then. 

May 13, 2016

Shawn Fury, the author of book "Rise and Fire", joined me for a chat to turn The Handle Podcast into The Jumpshot Podcast. We talked about what inspired him to do a book on the jumpshot's history, discussed underrated marksmen like Bob McAdoo, Jerry West and the LA legend Raymond Lewis and got into his writing and researching processes. 

Apr 26, 2016

Four-time ABA All-Star and Indiana Pacers legend Bob Netolicky and president of the Dropping Dimes Foundation Scott Tarter share numerous stories on the ABA. Bob and Scott both reminisced about the glory days of the league and the Pacers, as well as explained the purpose of Dropping Dimes and the unfortunate financial situation several ABA players find themselves in nowadays. 

Mar 7, 2016

Maryland Terrapins legend Walt Williams joined the podcast to talk about his evolution into a versatile player before entering the NBA and the experiences he had during his 11-year professional career in the league.

Feb 7, 2016

The two-time ABA All-Star Swen Nater shares his story of beating the odds after living in a Netherlands orphanage early in life and tells me many ABA and NBA anecdotes from the 1970s.  

Jan 22, 2016

The author of, perhaps, the greatest play in Boston Celtics history, Gerald Henderson, came on the podcast to talk about his low-profile journey to the NBA and his time in Boston.