"It was the best of times, it was the..." Nope, it was just the best of times.
Gail Goodrich? (I'm a short person, too.)
If you could engage Walt Frazier in a conversation, that would be grand!! He has great stories of playing opposite Jerry West and the Lakers.
I really enjoyed the conversation. It was real talk about the game. A key phrase, fundamental basketball. The comment about Bill Russell, not being able to play in today's game was laughable.
He would out think and play, anyone who attempted to guard him.
Thanks gentlemen for a wonderful chat.
Loved this. I would also love to see 60's Russell altering and blocking shots in today's league.
Having raised my daughters during Showtime (and turning them into rabid Laker fans) its like a breath of fresh air to sit back and listen to the players/people behind it all. The easy repartee between you and Norm Nixon underscores the dynamic relationships that existed among the members of those teams. They couldn't have succeeded without it. Can't wait for the next video chat...
Two friends telling stories about a special time in their lives and I was soaking it all in. The Bill Russell story alone was worth a million dollars. I find it disrespectful when young people who have never seen someone play speak so negatively about that person. I heard JJ Reddick recently insult 94 year old Bob Cousy. Jerry West came to the defense of the Houdini of Hardwood. Great stuff, Kareem, I love reading your work and the interview with Norm was a bonus for us, your loyal readers.
Great idea for video chats. I liked the easy flow between you and Norm. And I also appreciated the memories of playing against Dave Bing (I remember seeing him play at The Forum) and the comments about Ernie DeGregorio, Kenny Carr, Jamal Wilkes, etc.
For a guy like me who always has the basketball jones this is pure nirvana.
Such good stories. Love the reminiscing. Two former teammates from such a great age of the game. Norm Nixon is hilarious. And you guys should get all your friends in his backyard and barbeque and talk about the great moments. Love the description of Dave Bing's feet in his face. What just happened? Who was that? Checking the number on the jersey. Great stories. I can only imagine what is to come from other conversations. Bring us more please. 🏀
Great job enjoyed hearing you and Norm chop it up. Look forward to seeing you and some of the other Kats get together.
I am a quote collector and the two that made my "Book of Quotes":
1) Norm Nixon about work ethic and the mentality of greatness
2) Bruce Lee's about nutrition with jet fuel instead of blimp fuel and what leads to better performance
WOW ... I jotted both of those down because both are applicable on so many levels in today's world.
I really enjoyed this Video-chat and reminiscing about NBA basketball then. Good Stuff
I truly enjoyed watching you guys chop it up. Thanks Kareem (and Norm)!
A great listen. Norm is an excellent interview. Kareem, a constructive critique: lose the mouth lozenge for future interviews.
Out of the past. All those names. I remember Jim Brewer as a high school star. Paul Silas, Lou Hudson as St. Louis Hawks. Jim Chones...left a great Marquette team during the 71-72 season for the ABA, with Coach Al McGuire's blessing. Cazzie Russell and Dave Bing...the first two picks in the 1966 NBA draft. Spencer Haywood...as a sophomore at U of Detroit, was a teammate of Jim (Scrappy) Jackson, who came from my hometown (Edwardsville, IL). Ernie D., Randy Smith...the Buffalo Braves. Dollar Bill Bradley. It's a huge industry now, but I always appreciated the "Good Seats Still Available For Tonight's Game" era, too. Thanks.
This really is fun to watch! The stories, the laughs, the respect and the ability to bring the audience along make a great show! (How much did you pay him not to mention anything about the hair in some of those pictures?)