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The Handle

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

Dec 14, 2015

Denver Nuggets lifer Bill Hanzlik joined me for a quick, fun talk about him playing small-ball center for Doug Moe's Nuggets of the 1980's.

Dec 2, 2015

Greg Kite, a member of, perhaps, the best NBA team ever - the 1985-86 Boston Celtics, came on the podcast to talk about his interesting pre-NBA career, the mid-80s Celtics and the early 90s Orlando Magic.

Oct 28, 2015

ESPN 730's Justin Thomas joined me to talk Charlotte Hornets, P.J. Hairston's starting role and his fit among the starters, Frank Kaminsky being the fifth big man, the rotation and the team on the whole the day before the 2015-16 NBA season starts for Charlotte.

Oct 26, 2015

NBA champion Tony Campbell recalls how Chuck Daly influenced the Detroit Pistons to go from a high-scoring team to being the defensive-minded Bad Boys, remembers his time in Los Angeles and winning a championship ring with the Lakers and talks about the early days of the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise, which feature legendary coach Bill Musselman, Tony averaging 20 points per game and some more fun tidbits.

Oct 16, 2015

NCAA champion and Michigan State great Greg Kelser joined me to remember his career with the Spartans leading up to the legendary 1979 Magic vs. Bird championship game and to talk about the various greats, like Magic Johnson, David Thompson, Bill Walton, Derek Smith and Oscar Schmidt, he played with or against in the NBA and during his college years.

Oct 11, 2015

The newest member of the Charlotte Hornets, Damien Wilkins, joined me to tell the incredible story of how he signed with the team and to talk about his experience of playing in the D-League and overseas, how it helped him to improve as a player.

Sep 28, 2015

NBA champion Chucky Brown joins me to talk about the different teams he has been on (Rockets, Spurs, Hornets), how his time in the CBA inspired him and relive some Jim Valvano memories.

Sep 18, 2015

The legendary Charlotte Hornets announcer Steve Martin joins me to talk about Charlotte's off-season moves, the outlook on the team's future and to share his favorite Hornets memories from the past.

Sep 13, 2015

Jim McIlvaine joins me to remember a successful stint of games in Washington, paints the picture of the analytics an NBA team had in the 90s, discuss the Bullets' You Da Man rap song and tell some anecdotes from his time in the league.

Sep 7, 2015

Tracy Murray remembers his time in Portland and Houston, tells us why the expansion Raptors were actually successful, reminisces about his 50-point game for the Bullets and praises coach Zeljko Obradovic.

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