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.


  • Last Great Game: 2021 Hall of Fame class

    13/09/2021 Duración: 01h10min

    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 Ben Wallace Chris Webber See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • The quaint early days of NBA free agency

    02/09/2021 Duración: 01h24min

    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.

  • NBA Playoff Buzzer Beaters: Episode 3 (NBA Finals)

    30/07/2021 Duración: 48min

    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.

  • NBA Playoff Buzzer Beaters: Episode 2 (2nd Round, Semifinals & Conference Finals Series Clinchers)

    05/07/2021 Duración: 01h04min

    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-climatic free-throw series clincher in 1974 against the Buffalo Braves Michael Jordan puts a dagger in the Cleveland Cavaliers' hearts again. This time in 1993. Ralph Sampson helps the young Houston Rockets upset the juggernaut Los Angeles Lakers in 1986. After years of failing to clinch their ticket to the NBA Finals, John Stockton hits a wide-open three to give the Utah Jazz their first finals berth in 1997.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • NBA Playoff Buzzer Beaters: Episode 1 (First Round Series Clinchers)

    23/06/2021 Duración: 44min

    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 city of Cleveland in the heart and helped the Chicago Bulls take the next step towards an NBA championship Damian Lillard's famed .9 shot against Dwight Howard, James Harden and the Houston Rockets Damian Lillard waving good by the Oklahoma City Thunder competitive window as he sends Russell Westbrook and Paul George out of town with one incredible (or as George put it: bad) shot.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • The longest sub .500 streaks (Part 2)

    04/06/2021 Duración: 01h08min

    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 information.

  • Remembering Mark Eaton, the Steph Curry of blocks

    31/05/2021 Duración: 28min

    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.

  • The longest sub .500 streaks (Part 1)

    10/05/2021 Duración: 01h14min

    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 recently broken (then continued) streak of sub .500 futility with the Minnesota Timberwolves' run of losing from 2006 to 2017.  In each segment, we'll discuss the history each franchise has with losing, how they got to this point, the number of times they made the playoffs during the streak, major franchise events, the bright spots and best players during the streak, the number of coaching changes as well as the best and worst season of the streak.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Franchise icons traded away

    15/04/2021 Duración: 01h26min

    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 legend back home: Clyde Drexler After a trade request (not a demand): Jack Sikma Time for a new era/refresh: Jason Kidd Trying to upgrade: Peja Stojakovic Saying goodbye to a cult favorite: Muggsy Bogues Support our sponsor This podcast is brought to you by Danette May and Mindful Health LLC featuring Danette May’s top superfood product from her Earth Echo Foods line: Cacao Bliss. Get15% off when you use code MINUTE15 at https://earthechofoods.com/minutemedia See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Introducing "Death at the Wing"

    31/03/2021 Duración: 07min

    “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 wealth and stardom, the excess of the ‘80s took its toll on the next generation of the sport as Reaganomics created an explosion in wealth for the richest members of American society. Crack and cocaine made its way through neighborhoods where aspiring basketball players lived. Cars were faster and car accidents took the lives of several players. Guns became easier to acquire. Health care and education budgets were slashed. Incarceration took over rehabilitation as the country’s guiding principle to addiction. Many players were suspended and jailed, and those less fortunate died.  Tho

  • How Elgin Baylor changed the game of basketball

    24/03/2021 Duración: 01h10min

    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 school and college career Saving the Lakers franchise Baylor's battles with racism and All-Star Game boycott Baylor's famous service-shortened 1962 season Surviving a plane crash with his Lakers teammates Major injuries and the unknown world of sports medicine A bittersweet retirement Baylor's post-playing coaching and front-office careers. Additional Resources: Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball (amzn.to/3980dLP)  Support for Over and Back: The Day Sports Stood Still From Emmy-winning director Antoine Fuqua and NBA All-Star Chris Paul comes THE DAY SPORTS STOOD STILL - the new HBO docum

  • O&B Classic: Elgin Baylor & Celtics vs. Lakers in the Finals

    23/03/2021 Duración: 01h28min

    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 dedicated to Baylor coming out later this week.  Thank you. We discuss the Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Finals rivalry between 1959 and 1969 with Bijan C. Bayne, author of “Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball,” in our continuing #RussellMania series dedicated to the life and legacy of Bill Russell. We break down each of their seven NBA Finals battles (1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969), talk about Elgin Baylor's rise to superstardom and his role in popularizing basketball in Los Angeles, Baylor's revolutionary influence on offensive play, the basketball and so

  • NBA teams with the most unexpected improvements

    03/03/2021 Duración: 01h40min

    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 change between seasons No major stars added between seasons Some of this is subjective -- sorry if we missed your favorite team! In this episode, we'll highlight a few of the teams that made huge jumps with background on the years leading up to the jump and what may have aided the improvement. We'll also do a decade-by-decade breakdown of other teams that made unexpected improvements.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Bradley Beal and the best NBA players on the worst teams

    17/02/2021 Duración: 01h23min

    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 and free shipping by using promo code Fansided20 at manscaped.com.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Hawks legend Rasheed Wallace? NBA stars with 1-game stints on a team

    04/02/2021 Duración: 01h30min

    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.

  • Last great games: Dr. J, Nash, Barkley, Wilt, Frazier & Admiral

    21/01/2021 Duración: 59min

    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.

  • O&B Live: Suns vs. Sonics (1979 Western Finals Game 7) and remembering Westphal

    07/01/2021 Duración: 01h45min

    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 omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • 2020 Holiday Special: Braves vs. Cavs (Christmas Day 1977) w/ Curtis & Reinis

    18/12/2020 Duración: 01h51min

    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 Braves vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers from Christmas Day. We'll talk about major storylines around the NBA and the world at the time, featured players in this game including Marvin Barnes, Billy Knight, Randy Smith, Walt Frazier, Jim Chones, Austin Carr and more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • O&B Live: Knicks vs. Pistons (1984 Playoffs) with Pete Croatto

    06/12/2020 Duración: 57min

    Jason and Rich welcome Pete Croatto—author of the new book "From Hang Time to Prime Time" (https://amzn.to/3g8hoiS)—to watch the fourth quarter and overtime of a classic 1984 NBA playoff game between the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons. We also discuss Pete's new book, the NBA's rise in popularity in the 1980s, Isiah Thomas' career, Bernard King's brilliancy plus a lot of Kent Benson jokes. Follow along with the game at https://youtu.be/Qf03Y_ptFGw. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Big trades that fell through

    01/12/2020 Duración: 01h31min

    Perhaps the biggest news of this year's wild NBA offseason is the Milwaukee Bucks reported deal to acquire Bogdan Bogdanovic and the trade eventually falling through. This inspired us to look at some of the biggest and most important NBA trades in NBA history... that never happened. Trades that were reported, featured All-Stars or had major title ramifications but ended up not happening for one reason or another. Trades covered in this episode: -Bob McAdoo to Sonics -Dennis Rodman to Suns -Julius Erving to Clippers -Scottie Pippen for Shawn Kemp -James Worthy & Byron Scott to Mavericks -Allen Iverson to Piston -Charles Barkley to Lakers -Hakeem Olajuwon to Heat -Tyson Chandler to the Thunder -Kevin Garnett to Suns or Lakers -Kobe Bryant to Bulls or Pistons -Chris Paul to Lakers -Paul George to Cavs See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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