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Reinis Lacis talks with retired basketball players about the history of the game and their careers.
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Sep 11, 2017

How many athletes have turned to a career in another field right after an All-Star season at the age of 27? Willie Somerset has. The 1969 ABA All-Star-turned-pharmacist explored the biggest influences in his life, the fun times he had during a short stint with the Baltimore Bullets, how the ABA's Dallas Mavericks managed to enjoy an otherwise difficult situation and the way an Eastern Basketball Association team operated (later known as the CBA).

Jul 19, 2017

NBA All-Star, champion and coach Butch Beard has had an unparalleled career. From death threats during a Kentucky vs. Louisville recruiting battle to being drafted in the army after his rookie NBA season and contributing to the 1974-75 Warriors, what could be the greatest upset in NBA Finals history. Butch took us through all of that and some more in an interview full of entertaining stories.

Jun 27, 2017

UTEP Miners great Dave Feitl joined the show and reminisced about the university's success under coach Don Haskins, remembered the difficulties the Houston Rockets faced after the 1986 Finals and told us his story about regaining confidence in Europe after being run into the ground with the Washington Bullets.

May 15, 2017

You can't tell the story of the ABA without multiple mentions of Mike Storen. The former general manager of the Indiana Pacers, the Kentucky Colonels and the one-time commissioner of the league joined the podcast to describe his career path, provide us with insight about his front office moves at Indiana and paint a picture of how the league operated.

May 1, 2017

Author Adam Criblez came on the podcast to talk about his book "Tall Tales and Short Shorts" on the 1970s NBA, Pete Maravich's struggles in the NBA, Julius Erving joining the Bucks as the best what if of the decade and plenty of other 70s basketball minutiae.

Mar 30, 2017

Two-time NAIA All-American Kevin Loder stopped by to talk about playing multiple sports while growing up, the cultural significance of Alabama State's success during his time there and remember his days with the early 1980s Kansas City Kings.

Feb 20, 2017

Idaho State Bengals legend Jeff Cook came on the podcast to relive the Bengals 1976-77 season in which they reached the Elite Eight, share memories from his time with the great 1980s Phoenix Suns and tell stories from teams and leagues like the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Western Basketball Association.

Feb 13, 2017

Gus Gerard -- one of the few ever Spirits of St. Louis -- joined the show to relive the days of the strong ACC in the 1970s, his time in the ABA with the Spirits and the Denver Nuggets, how underrated the Kansas City Kings were and to tell more about the secret life he lead during his play days, how he successfully recovered from his addiction.

Jan 10, 2017

Warriors legend Tom Meschery describes the early days of his life -- spending time in an internment camp in Japan during the war, being a Russian immigrant in San Francisco -- and how turning to basketball lead to a successful 10-year career with the San Francisco Warriors and Seattle Supersonics.

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