Like many round ball fans, I find myself clamouring for any piece of NBA news or history I can get my hands on. For me personally, I guess this stems from being a basketball fan in the early 90’s, when here in Australia it proved difficult at times due to the limited coverage the sport received in the country. Fast forward to 2014 and I don’t think any basketball fan can complain of a lack of exposure to the sport. The game went global long ago and we as fans are spoiled for choice in this age of technology that we live in, from cable TV to youtube to League Pass to blogs just like the one you’re reading right now, there is no shortage of NBA entertainment on offer.
Which brings us to the topic of this post which is another source on offer- Podcasts.
For some time now I’ve been an ardent podcast listener and one such podcast I subscribe to is a can’t miss listen from episode to episode. The In All Airness podcast is devoted to the Michael Jordan era of basketball. In all my podcast listening, I’m yet to come across a podcast like it. Host Adam Ryan (who has a borderline Michael Jordan obsession) sources the players, coaches and personalities of that era with ties to MJ to converse with about the former Chicago Bull superstar. Not only has he had some fascinating and revealing conversations in the short time he’s been helming the show, but he’s also had an amazing array of high profile guests.
What is also impressive is Adam’s extensive research, it shows in every episode the proof lying in the many enthralling and insightful stories and responses Adam is able to draw from his subjects. To his credit, Adam also doesn’t shy away from asking the tough questions, his friendly demeanour definitely aiding him whilst being in the driver’s seat.
In his latest instalment which I listened to earlier today, Adam was presented with the opportunity to speak with Michael Jordan’s childhood friend, David Bridgers. Definitely not a household name, David is just a regular guy who just happens to have been friends with the basketball icon for over forty years.
I don’t want to give much away about the pod, so I’m not going to go into detail of what is on offer, but I urge you to listen to it, whether downloading it via itunes, stitcher.com or just listen to it via the pod player below. I guarantee you’ll hear things about Michael you’ve never heard prior. If you’re a Michael Jordan fan or even just enjoy a good story, you will not be disappointed I assure you.
I’ve listened to every single one of Adam’s forty seven podcast instalments and I consider this in his top 5, maybe even top 3 releases yet.
Just jammin to a bit of Lionel Ritchie (Pictured left to right David Bridgers, Michael Jordan & Derek Betts)