Over and Back: Stories About NBA History

Over and Back: Stories About NBA History

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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October 27, 2021 54 min
This week Jason and Rich react to the NBA's 75th-anniversary team. We'll give our thoughts on the rollout of the team, a brief history of anniversary teams, players on multiple all-time teams, players new to the NBA's 75th-anniversary team, the NBA righting wrongs with Bob McAdoo and Dominique Wilkins then finally the biggest snubs including Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and many more.  See omnystudio.com/listener for priv...
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Happy Basketball! The NBA has returned and as is a yearly tradition, we'll look at how the 2021-22 NBA season will make history including: Steph Curry on pace to become the NBA's all-time leading three-point shooter LeBron James' climb up the all-time ranks in several categories Dwight Howard vaulting up the total rebounds leaderboards The potential for Giannis Antetokounmpo and Curry to join an elite list of three-time...
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September 13, 2021 70 min
On this episode of Over and Back, Jason and Rich bring back the popular Last Great Game series for the 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame class. We'll discuss a bit about each Hall of Famers career, why they are entering the Basketball Hall of Fame and then, an in-depth look at each player's last great NBA game. Players featured in this episode include:  Rick Adelman Chris Bosh Bob Dandridge Toni Kukoc Paul Pierce Bill Russell B...
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September 2, 2021 84 min
In this episode of Over and Back, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch look at the quaint early days of NBA free agency.  We'll discuss the basic history of NBA free agency, key free-agency situations before 1977 then do a deep dive into the 1977-1980 offseasons with major signings, crazy compensations, and deals that would have historical ramifications.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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The third and final installment in our series on NBA Playoff Buzzer Beaters focuses on NBA Finals buzzer beaters including: Cliff Hagan (1957) Jerry West (1962) Julius Erving (1976) Larry Wright (1979) Dennis Johnson (1985) Michael Jordan (1997) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Our series on NBA playoff buzzer beaters continues with a look at second round, semifinals and conference finals series clinchers.  Shots discussed in this episode include: Tom Heinsohn concluding the very first Russell vs. Wilt playoff series in 1960 Kawhi Leonard's baseline jumper hits the rim four times before finally falling in and moving the Toronto Raptors past the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019. Jo Jo White's anti-clima...
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This week on the Over and Back Podcast we begin our new series on NBA playoff buzzer beaters!  This multi-part series will take a deep dive into each and every playoff buzzer beater in NBA history. We start with episode one focusing on first-round series clinchers including: Derrick McKey's alley-opp to help the 1989 Seattle Supersonics upset the Houston Rockets Michael Jordan's iconic shot over Craig Ehlo that stabbed the...
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Part 2 of Over & Back's exploration of the longest sub .500 streaks.  In this episode, we'll explore four more of the longest sub .500 streaks in NBA history including not one but TWO twelve-year streaks from the Los Angeles Clippers, an unfortunate run of bad luck and bad ownership from the Golden State Warriors and finally, the Dallas Mavericks ten-year slide in the 90s. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy infor...
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A special bonus episode of the Over & Back Classic NBA Podcast talking about the life and career of Utah Jazz legend Mark Eaton who tragically passed away this weekend.  In this brief episode, we'll talk about Eaton's defensive prowess, his unlikely path to the NBA, his accomplishments in the league and more.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Part 1 of Over & Back's exploration of the longest sub .500 streaks.  In this episode, we'll explore four of the longest sub .500 streaks in NBA history including two appearances from the Sacramento Kings franchise in both the 80s & 90s as well as their current streak of futility. We'll also look at the Detroit Pistons franchise and their struggles from the late 50s through 1970. Finally, we'll look at a r...
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April 15, 2021 86 min
On this episode of the Over and Back NBA Podcast, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch discuss franchise icons that were traded away. We'll look at six different players that were traded and the reasons for the trade, how they created a legacy with the franchise that traded them and finally how the trade worked out for the player and the franchise.  Trading your legend when you probably shouldn't: Dominique Wilkins Sending your le...
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March 31, 2021 7 min
“Death at the Wing” is a narrative documentary series looking at the generation of basketball stars and prospects that fell victim to the historical, socioeconomic and political forces that defined the ‘80s.  As the new generation of basketball players — players like Magic, Bird and Dr. J — took their mantle as the league’s stars, basketball’s faster and flashier style of play would captivate TV audiences. But along that way to we...
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Jason and Rich are joined by Curtis Harris (prohoopshistory.substack.com) to talk about the life and career of NBA legend Elgin Baylor, who passed away earlier this week.  Topics include: An overview of Baylor's illustrious but snakebitten career Baylor's status as one of the NBA's most underrated players ever Baylor's revolutionary style of play and influence on the game of basketball Baylor's tumultuous high ...
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As a result of Elgin Baylor's passing, we are re-uploading a classic episode discussing the life, career and impact of Elgin Baylor as well as his noted NBA Finals battles with Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics.  Our guest on this show was Bijan C. Bayne, author of the incredible book "Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball." You can order the book today at https://amzn.to/3980dLP. We will have a full episode ...
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This week on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich examine teams with big one-season jumps where the team didn't have a fundamental change (major new star or new coach).  The show concept is inspired by the 2021 Utah Jazz who are currently on a 63-win pace after only winning 44 games the prior year.  Our criteria:  At least a 10-game improvement and have to be a winning team the second season No coaching chang...
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Today on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast we examine the best NBA players on the worst teams. Inspired by Bradley Beal's current situation with the Washington Wizards, we dig through NBA history to find the best individual seasons on sub .500 teams, the best players on the worst NBA teams in history and more!  Thank you to our episode sponsor Manscaped.com. Support the show and get your balls looking right with 20% off an...
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The Over & Back Classic NBA Podcast tackles a fun topic this week as we look at former all-stars/award winners who only appeared in 1 game for a team including Rasheed Wallace, Andrew Bogut, Jamal Crawford, Bob Rule, Kenny Sailors, George Carter, Tom Chambers, Tony Jackson, Steve Mix & Walt Bellamy.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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The return of one of our most popular series looking at the last great game from all-time great NBA players.  Today we'll look at the last great games from: Julius Erving (Sixers) Steve Nash (Suns, Lakers) Charles Barkley (Rockets) Wilt Chamberlain (Lakers) Walt "Clyde" Frazier (Cavs) David Robinson (Spurs) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Join us for a special Over & Back LIVE honoring the life and career of Phoenix Suns great Paul Westphal. We're joined by Curtis Harris of ProHoopsHistory.com to watch a classic game from Westphal's career: Game 7 of the 1979 Western Conference Finals between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Phoenix Suns. Watch the game along with us at https://youtu.be/3HnRWKwqDAU. Vurbl: https://vurbl.com/station/4WEdpx4IOdH/ See omn...
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Watch the game with us at https://youtu.be/o2qqOubsEGM. It's the most wonderful time of the time! Jason and Rich continue their holiday tradition by welcoming Curtis Harris and Reinis Lācis to the show as the guys talk about the year that was and watch a classic NBA game. This year's game takes us all the way back to 1977-78, a major transition period in the world of professional basketball, as we watch the Buffalo Brav...
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