Legends Podcast

podcast_logo.pngThe Legends Podcast gives our listeners an in depth look into the greatest basketball stars of the past, present and future. With a focus on Hall of Famers, you will hear the greatest stories told by the legends that lived them. Along with our Hall of Famers, hear stories from past legends, current stars, coaches, media personalities, and other basketball dignitaries. Listen along as you learn the game's history from the place where the game was invented.

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Current Episode
 

5/16 Cathy Rush

Tune in to hear Class of 2008 Enshrinee Cathy Rush. Topics of this interview include her impact on the women’s game during her tenure at Immaculata College, the obstacles she and her players had to overcome in the 1970s, and what it means to be a game changer in the sport of women’s basketball.

 
 

 


 

2018 Schedule
1/3 Tom Izzo
Tune in to hear Michigan’s finest and Class of 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Tom Izzo. Topics include growing up in Iron Mountain Michigan, his longtime friendship with NFL coaching legend Steve Mariucci, and his early transition from the “real world” into coaching.
 
 
1/10 Nancy Lieberman
Don't miss culture shifter and Class of 1996 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Nancy Lieberman. Topics include her upbringing in Queens, NY, her first time being denied playing basketball because she was a girl, building her confidence by playing with the best ballers in New York at Rucker Park, and teaching her mother to be more open minded toward people of different ethnicities.
 
 
1/17 Gary Williams
Class of 2014 Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Gary Williams discusses topics include Williams’ shift from Maryland basketball player to JV coach in New Jersey, his willingness to climb the ranks of coaching, and coaching Maryland to the 2002 national championship.
 
 
1/24 Bernard King
Listen to one of the most unstoppable forces of the 80’s and Class of 2013 Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Bernard King. Topics include developing his game against NYC playground legends, validating the SEC as one of the must-watch conferences in NCAA basketball, and hearing country music during his playing days as a Vol.
 
 
1/31 Dawn Staley
In this episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame Legends Podcast host Kyle Belanger speaks with one of the most iconic player-turned coach in women’s basketball and Class of 2013 Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Dawn Staley. Topics include the transition from being generationally remembered as a player to some and known as a coach to others, the process of coaching University of South Carolina women’s team to the 2017 National Championship, and being a part of growing the women’s game domestically through both the ABL and the WNBA.
 
 
2/7 Alex English
You don't want to miss one of the NBA's great scoring titans and Class of 1997 Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Alex English. Topics include a humble draft night without the glitz and glam of today’s game, his rookie season and relationship with fellow Hall of Famer Wayne Embry, his unfulfilled wish of coaching on the NBA level, and how the simple motion of following through with his shot landed him in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
 
 
2/14 Lou Dampier
Hear one of the ABA’s most dominant players and Class of 2015 Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Lou Dampier. Topics include being recruited by Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp, being on the losing side of Texas Western’s historic 1966 NCAA Championship over University of Kentucky, and choosing between playing in the ABA and the NBA.
 
 
2/21 Denny Crum

Be sure to listen to 2-time college champion, coaching legend, and Class of 1994 Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Denny Crum. Topics include the transition from playing for fellow Hall of Famer John Wooden to coaching alongside him as an assistant, yelling at the players as coach from the Louisville sideline through the infamous “rolled-up” program, and how he likes to relax in his current life.

 
 
2/28 Carol Blazejowski
Tune in to hear a women’s basketball trailblazer and Class of 1994 Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Carol Blazejowski. Topics include the creation of her signature jump shot through mirroring TV and the playground, helping Montclair State College sell-out gyms in the wake of Title IX, dealing with the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics after being selected to USA Basketball Women’s National Team, and being an executive in the WNBA and the NBA.
 

3/7 Sylvia Hatchell
 In this episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame Legends Podcast, Class of 2013 Enshrinee Sylvia Hatchell speaks about her outstanding career. Topics include her introduction to coaching, the importance of the recruiting process on her overall success, and her return to coaching after her battle with cancer.
 
 
3/14 Bailey Howell

In this episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame Legends Podcast, Class of 1997 Enshrinee Bailey Howell speaks to host Kyle Belanger about his success at Mississippi State University, his experience being drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1959, the transition from college to the NBA on and off the court, and much more.


3/21 Hubie Brown

Tune in to hear Class of 2005 Enshrinee Hubie Brown. Topics include how his upbringing in New Jersey shaped him into the man he is today, his transition from player to coach, the importance of developing young talent on a team, and much more.


3/28 Roy Williams
Listen to University of North Carolina coach and Class of 2007 Enshrinee Roy Williams in this episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame Legends Podcast. Topics include why all three of his NCAA Championship teams are special in different ways, his relationship with Coach Dean Smith, and why he went back to Chapel Hill after his tenure in Kansas.

 


4/4 Gail Goodrich

Listen to Class of 1996 Enshrinee Gail Goodrich look back on his successful career. Topics of this discussion include how his championship victories rank against one other, what it was like to play for John Wooden, and his experience playing for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.

 

4/11 Rick Barry

Listen to Class of 1987 Enshrinee Rick Barry take a look back at his career. Topics of this discussion include why Barry chose to play basketball at the University of Miami, his transition from college to life in the NBA, and which team he wished he played longer for.

 
 

4/18 Van Chancellor

In this episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame Legends Podcast, listen to Class of 2007 Enshrinee Van Chancellor talk about a variety of topics, such as the reason as to why he became a coach, the growth of the women’s game throughout his career, and what it means to be an influential factor in the development of the WNBA.

 
 

4/25 Dan Issel

Listen to Class of 1993 Enshrinee Dan Issel discuss his career in the NBA and ABA. Topics include what it was like to play for Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp, what led him to choose playing in the ABA over the NBA, and his durability throughout his playing career.

 
 

5/2 Cliff Hagan

Class of 1978 Enshrinee Cliff Hagan speaks with host Kyle Belanger about his relationship with Adolph Rupp, his career in the NBA after his time in the military, and his support of the integration of the NBA.

 
 

5/9 Tommy Heinsohn

In this episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame Legends Podcast, host Kyle Belanger speaks with two-time Hall of Fame Enshrinee and Boston Celtics great Tommy Heinsohn. Topics include Heinsohn’s relationship with Red Auerbach, his career with the Celtics as both a player and a coach, and what people may not know about the legendary Boston Celtics teams of the 1950s and 1960s.

 
 

5/16 Cathy Rush

Tune in to hear Class of 2008 Enshrinee Cathy Rush. Topics of this interview include her impact on the women’s game during her tenure at Immaculata College, the obstacles she and her players had to overcome in the 1970s, and what it means to be a game changer in the sport of women’s basketball.

 
 

5/23 Bob Hurley Sr.

In this episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame Legends Podcast, host Kyle Belanger speaks with Class of 2010 Enshrinee Bob Hurley. Topics include how the high school recruiting process has changed throughout his career, his sons’ own successes in their coaching careers, and the impact of the closing of St. Anthony High School.

5/30 Spencer Haywood

In this episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame Legends Podcast, Class of 2015 Enshrinee Spencer Haywood speaks with host Kyle Belanger. Topics of their conversation include what it was like to leave the NCAA after one year for the ABA, the Supreme Court decision stemming from that choice to leave the NCAA and its impact on the game today, and the significance of playing in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

6/6 Dick Bavetta

Tune in to hear Class of 2015 Enshrinee Dick Bavetta talk about his choice to leave his career on Wall Street to become a referee full-time, some of the iconic games he’s officiated throughout his lasting career, and his role as an ambassador between the officials and the public.

6/13 Leon Barmore

In this episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame Legends Podcast, Class of 2003 Enshrinee Leon Barmore reflects on his outstanding coaching career. Topics include his relationship with Coach Sonja Hogg and her impact on the women’s game, the importance of selflessness in coaching, and what it was like to work as an assistant coach under one of his former players, Kim Mulkey.

6/20 Bob Pettit

 Tune in to hear Class of 1971 Enshrinee Bob Pettit discuss various topics, such as the transition from one position at the college level to another at the professional level, what made the 1958 Milwaukee Hawks team special, and how frequently getting to the free throw line impacted how he played the game.

6/27 Bob McAdoo

Hear Class of 2000 Enshrinee Bob McAdoo speak discuss various topics, such as what distinguished his playing style from those of others, his option to leave North Carolina early to pursue a career at the professional level, and his transition from player to coach.

7/4 Billie Moore

Listen to Class of 1999 Enshrinee Billie Moore speak with host Kyle Belanger. Topics include how it felt to win a national championship in her first year of coaching, the experience of being the first United States Olympic women’s basketball team in the 1976 Olympic Games, and the impact that Title IX had on the remainder of her career.

7/11 Dave Bing

Tune in to listen to Class of 1990 Enshrinee Dave Bing. Topics include how his humble upbringing shaped the way he played the game, his relationship with his college roommate, Jim Boeheim, his transition from his career as a basketball player to a businessman in the steel industry, and much more.

7/18 Tom "Satch" Sanders

In this episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame Legends Podcast, Class of 2011 Enshrinee Satch Sanders speaks with host Kyle Belanger about his transition from an offensive player to a more defensive player, what he wishes more people knew about the legendary Boston Celtics teams he was a part of, and what led him to develop the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program.

7/25 Herb Magee

In this episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame Legends Podcast, Class of 2011 Enshrinee Herb Magee reflects on how it felt to be enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame, why he chose a career in coaching over a playing career, and what has made Philadelphia a great basketball city.

8/1 Russ Granik

In this episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame Legends Podcast, host Kyle Belanger sits down with Class of 2013 Enshrinee and former NBA executive Russ Granik. Topics include the challenges of marketing the NBA in the mid-1970s, his contributions to the international game with the cultivation of the Dream Team, and his relationship and partnership with former commissioner David Stern in the NBA league offices.

 

MORE TO COME...

 

2017 ARCHIVE

 
8/2  David Stern (INAUGURAL EPISODE)
In the inaugural episode of the Hall of Fame Legends Podcast, tune in to listen to Class of 2014 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, and one of the most influential commissioners in American sports history, David Stern. Topics include what his hopes were for the NBA Lottery system, what his top priorities were when taking over as commissioner, and what the early discussions were like when creating the WNBA. He also mentions basketball’s international push and how basketball makes the overseas jump more than any other North American sport.
 
 
8/9  Dick Vitale
In this episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Legends Podcast host Kyle Belanger speaks with the one and only, Class of 2008 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Dick Vitale. Topics include what it feels like being a celebrity, how “Awesome Baby” came to be, and how he uses social media to stay young and hip.
 
 
8/16  David Robinson
In this episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Legends Podcast host Kyle Belanger speaks with Class of 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, David Robinson, or better known as “The Admiral”. Topics include how he got his nickname, why he chose to join the military, and the process leading up to his draft.
 
 
8/23  Bob Cousy
In this episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Legends Podcast host Kyle Belanger speaks with whom many consider to be one of the best playmakers ever, and Class of 1971 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Bob Cousy. Topics include his transition from playing to coaching and broadcasting, how his upbringing shaped who he is today, and the story behind his draft.
 
 
8/30  Annie Meyers-Drysdale
In this episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Legends Podcast, host Kyle Belanger speaks with Class of 1993 Basketball Hall of Fame and Olympic Silver Medalist, Ann Meyers Drysdale. Topics include how her journey helped shape her, the obstacles she’s faced, and how the women’s game has changed since its start.
 
 
9/6  Jerry Colangelo
In this episode, hear the Hall of Fame's Chairman of the Board discuss growing up in Chicago Heights, his love affair for basketball, his early playing days, and his rise to stardom as one of the greatest NBA Team Executives ever to take over a franchise.
 
 
9/13  Mike Krzyzewski
Class of 2001 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Mike Krzyzewski, or better known as Coach K discusses topics such as what makes a great coach, what Coach Knight taught him, and how his players impact his life.
 
 
9/20  Denise Curry
Class of 1997 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Denise Curry talks about topics that include what it’s been like watching and helping the women’s game evolve, how she developed her coaching style, and what it’s like not only playing in the Olympics, but winning gold on American soil.
 
 
9/27  Tiny Archibald
Tune in with the man who made it cool to be “tiny” in the NBA, and Class of 1991 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Nate “Tiny” Archibald. Topics include his early beginnings and how he found the love of basketball, what it’s like being a student athlete in college, and the mindset he had when being drafted into the NBA.
 
 
10/4  Jim Boeheim
Hear Class of 2005 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Jim Boeheim discuss topics which include what it was like being a walk-on at Syracuse, the impact Dave Bing had on him as a roommate and teammate, and what he’s learned through coaching.
 
 
10/11  Wayne Embry
Be sure to listen to Class of 1999 Hall of Fame Enshrinee Wayne Embry talk about topics that include the phone call with Bill Russell that changed his life forever, the impact of being the first African American GM in the NBA, and what he believes is the most important advancement basketball has seen so far.
 
 
10/18  Clyde Drexler
You don't want to miss 1995 NBA Champion, 10X All-Star, and Class of 2004 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Clyde Drexler, better known as “The Glide”. Topics include putting some phi slamma jamma rumors to rest, how he thinks everyone should play basketball, and what it’s like playing in the Olympics with guys you’ve never played with, or have a relationship with.
 
 
10/25  Elgin Baylor
Be sure to listen in to 11X NBA All-Star, and Class of 1977 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Elgin Baylor. Topics include the difficulties he faced transitioning from playing working the front office, the skill sets he had to develop to become successful, and what the atmosphere was like being a Laker.
 
 
11/1  Anne Donovan
Listen to one of the greatest post players in women’s basketball history, and Class of 1995 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Anne Donovan. Topics include what it’s like being a coach who has also played, how her coaching philosophy has evolved over the years, and what it’s like to watch the Final Four games now.
 
 
11/8  Earl Monroe
Tune in to hear Class of 1990 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Earl Monroe, or better known as “The Pearl” discuss topics that include the impact Coach Gaines (“Big House”) had on him, what Philadelphia-style basketball is like, and the events leading up to his draft.
 
 
11/15  George Raveling
Don't miss Class of 2015 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, George Raveling. Topics include the mental challenges and adjustments he had to make while at Villanova, his experience with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and what values he carries with him throughout his coaching and day to day living.
 
 
11/22  Hank Nichols
In today’s episode of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Legends Podcast,  21 year NCAA referee, and Class of 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Hank Nichols discusses topics which include how important it is to bring real life experiences to the court as a referee, what his motivation was to start reffing, and what he looks for in reffing a good game.
 
 
11/29  Katrina McClain
Tune in to hear Class of 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Katrina McClain. Topics include what the locker rooms were like after winning, her relationship with Coach Landers and Teresa Edwards while at Georgia, and how being an introvert shaped her basketball career.
 
 
12/6  Isiah Thomas
Be sure to listen to 12X NBA All-Star, and Class of 2000 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Isiah Thomas. Topics include how growing up in Chicago shaped his basketball career, the development of his relationship with Coach Knight, and the difficulties he faced when going to Detroit.
 
 
12/13  Jerry Lucas
Tune in to hear Class of 1980 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Jerry Lucas. Topics include his experiences at Ohio State, what it was like playing in the Olympics, and the chemistry he shared with Oscar Robertson.
 
 
12/20  Jamaal Wilkes
Class of 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Jamaal Wilkes, or better known as “Silk” speaks on topics such as how storybook his life was growing up in California, his experiences being coached by John Wooden at UCLA, and how his approach to the game changed throughout the years.
 
 
12/27  Artis Gilmore
Don't miss Class of 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Artis Gilmore, also better known as the A-Train. Topics include how his upbringing shaped his mentality and skill development, how his transition from college to the pros seemed so effortless, and what it was like during the merge between the ABA and NBA.