Legends of Sport with Andrew D. Bernstein show

Legends of Sport with Andrew D. Bernstein

Summary: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame photographer Andrew discusses life behind the scenes with some of the biggest names in the world of sports. Covering the most memorable events of the past three decades, telling lively and personal stories, plus in-depth discussions about the serious issues affecting current and retired athletes. This is a podcast about the memories, business and culture of sports.

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 Mike Smith - The Ageless Wonder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:01

Thirty-six year veteran and Hall of Fame Jockey, Mike Smith, has been riding horses professionally since he was sixteen years-old but it was not until fifteen years ago that he started winning individual Triple Crown races. This past Sunday Justify became the thirteenth horse ever to capture the Triple Crown and Mike became the oldest jockey at fifty-two years of age to win the coveted award. Unlike some other sports where athletes decline with age, Mike Smith keeps defying father time. Here, we talk about Mike's beginnings in New Mexico, two crippling accidents that nearly derailed his career, his spartan regiment, and what keeps him going after all these years. Some might have spent some time relishing in the monumental moment. Mike left our interview to get on a flight to Kentucky for his next race.

 Grant Hill - A Blue Chip Blue Devil | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:05:03

Considered one of the greatest all-around college basketball players of his era, seven time All-Star, Grant Hill, sits down with Andy Bernstein this week at the NBA Finals in Cleveland to discuss his legendary Blue Devil career and growing up a UNC fan. The son of a star NFL Running Back, Grant had been exposed to, not only sports, but politics through his parents ties to Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush. Grant discusses his rivalry with Jason Kidd that goes back to college, their co-Rookie of the Year awards, and now their induction into the 2018 Naismith Hall of Fame class alongside Steve Nash, Maurice Cheeks, and our very own, Andrew D. Bernstein. Grant discusses the lessons Coach K instilled in him at Duke that he took with him into the NBA where he led the Detroit Pistons in points, rebounds, and assists three times in six seasons; a record he shares with the great Wilt Chamberlain. After injuries threatened to derail Grant's career, he persevered becoming an indispensable role player with the Suns that eventually led him to the Western Conference Finals after fifteen seasons in the NBA. Retirement has kept Grant busy as both a renowned art collector, investment adviser, and part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks. Hear all of his legendary stories right here on this week's episode of Legends of Sport.

 Jon SooHoo - Through A Dodger's Lens | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:06:40

Fourth generation Angeleno, Jon SooHoo, grew up with a view of Dodger Stadium from his backyard, listening to Vin Scully's broadcasts never imagining that one day he'd become the LA Dodgers team photographer. From his days covering the USC Trojans in college to eventually becoming the LA Dodgers official team photographer in 1995, Jon has covered every major sporting event from the Stanley Cup, the Super Bowl, the World Series, and the NBA Finals. Here, Jon discusses his shooting process, the iconic shots from Kirk Gibson's '88 World Series Home Run, as well as, how sports photography is changing with the rapid advancement of technology in and around the industry.

 Metta World Peace - No Malice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:18:49

As one of the greatest basketball players to ever emerge from New York City, Metta World Peace's career has been defined by both on the court success and off the court hardships. From the infamous Malice at the Palace incident to his eventual NBA Citizenship award and game-winning shot during the Lakers' 2010 NBA Championship run, Metta's name has come to define the person he has grown into: a peaceful warrior and mental health advocate. We sit down with him this week to hear all about what really happened at The Palace, inadvertently breaking Michael Jordan's ribs, playing with a 15 year-old LeBron, the benefits of therapy and much more. Metta's new book, "No Malice", is his story of both hard work and redemption. Hear it all right here on this episode of Legends of Sport.

 Muggsy Bogues & Horace Grant - Revisiting the '87 NBA Draft | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:02

Muggsy Bogues and four time NBA Champ Horace Grant grew up two states away from each other and were drafted two picks apart in one of the greatest NBA drafts of all-time. Muggsy made a name for himself as the smallest to ever play the game, while Horace's signature Goggles were his calling card. Both played the game with heart and tenacity. Hear all about the memorable stories and lessons that both of these legendary players learned from their teammates and coaches on this episode of Legends of Sport.

 BJ Armstrong - Secret Agent Man | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:15:53

This week we sit down with three time NBA world champion, BJ Armstrong, and hear about the lessons he learned as a player from some of the greats and how he turned a productive NBA tenure into an equally successful career as an agent to some of the biggest names in basketball. BJ's stories about winning, preparation, and the business of basketball are both memorable and insightful. It's all right here on this episode of Legends of Sport.

 Mark Eaton: Jazz Hands | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:33

Mark Eaton was a 21 year-old car mechanic when he was recruited to play basketball at the local junior college down the block. Cut to three years later, Mark's the starting Center for the Utah Jazz and one of the league leaders in Blocked Shots. Find out how Mark made the incredible jump from blue collar grease man to two-time Defensive Player of the Year in this week's episode of Legends of Sport.

 Bob Miller - King of Kings | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:32

Hall of fame announcer, Bob Miller, spent forty-four years in the broadcast booth as the Los Angeles Kings' play-by-play man before retiring in 2017. We sat down with him to discuss his beginnings in the game, the eccentric owners he worked for, his tireless preparation, as well as, the Kings teams that helped define his legendary career. There's no better storyteller than Bob and he brought all of his hilarious stories with him to this episode of Legends of Sport.

 Magic Johnson (Pt.2) - Time / Forgiveness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:42

In part two of our interview, we learn more about Magic's complicated relationship with Isiah Thomas, the stories behind Andy's iconic photos of Magic, and the future of the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic also recalls the key lessons he has learned over the years about work ethic, family, and friendship.

 Magic Johnson (Pt.1) - Always Look Forward | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:20

Magic Johnson is one of the most iconic and compelling figures of the past half century both on and off the court. His tireless work ethic and determination led him and the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships and numerous accolades over his storied thirteen year NBA career. That same mentality has led him to multiple careers after basketball as a massively successful entrepreneur, franchise owner, ambassador, philanthropist, and HIV activist amongst many other leadership roles. In this memorable interview, we sit down with Magic to hear the legendary stories behind the iconic photos Andy captured of him over the years, what drove him to be the best, and what continues to inspire him today. This is a can't miss two-part interview about learning, trying, and failing in order to succeed.

 Lee Zeidman - The Boss | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:09

Lee Zeidman is President of Staples Center, LA Live, and Microsoft Theater but he hasn't always been the boss. This week, we travel back to Lee's working class beginnings where he did everything from cleaning bowling shoes and bathrooms to booking bands and hustling in pool halls before learning how to operate venues big and small. Lee's tireless work ethic led him from head of operations at the Great Western Forum to become Staples Center's first employee and one of the chief architects behind the million square foot complex where over 250 events a year preside. Lee's stories about the inner workings of how a major sports and entertainment complex operates gives us a better sense of how difficult the job really is. Some of the most memorable sports moments in history have happened during his tenure and he tells us those stories right here on this edition of Legends of Sport.

 Kirk Gibson - Mr.Clutch | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:32

Kirk Gibson hit two of the most legendary World Series home runs of all-time and today he takes us back to where it all started and you may be surprised to learn it wasn't on the diamond but on the gridiron where he became one of the top Wide Receiver in the nation at Michigan State. We hear why he pursued a career in baseball instead and the legendary managers he played for, as well as, the players and teams that influenced him. Kirk would stop at nothing to win on the field and today he is fighting a new battle against Parkinson's Disease off of it. Through positive thinking and awareness, Kirk and his foundation are raising money to fight this disease that afflicts so many. If you are interested in donating to this worthwhile organization, you can find more information at Kirkgibsonfoundation.org.

 Eric Dickerson - Never Look Back | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:12

This week we sit down with legendary NFL Hall of Fame Running Back, Eric Dickerson, who went from being the most highly touted high school recruit in the country in 1977 to being the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in 1983. Eric opens up about the stories behind playing at SMU and their recruiting violations, as well as, splitting time in the backfield with Craig James as one part of the "Pony Express," to his legendary NFL career with the Rams. Listen to Eric's compelling and inspiring stories of never quitting in the face of adversity right here on Legends of Sport.

 Andrew D. Bernstein - A Life in Pictures | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:05

This week we shake it up and put our host, Andrew D. Bernstein, in the guest's chair to discuss his acclaimed life in sports photography with Producer and Co-Host, Jonas Wadler. Follow Andy's journey from his early days shooting for the NBA to eventually covering every major Los Angeles sports team over the span of four decades. This is a podcast filled with memorable stories told from the man behind the lens about the players, coaches, and fans who have inhabited his illustrious Hall of Fame career. Please find the pictures we discuss in this podcast at Legends of Sport's Instagram page @legendsofsport and Twitter @Lospodcastone.

 The Glove and The Iceman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:17:09

Legends of Nicknames, Legends of Sport - George "The Iceman" Gervin's rise from ABA baller to NBA legend is no ordinary story. Tune in to hear him take us back to his early days in Detroit and Motown's influence, to his work helping future generations through his Charter school system, to his influence on future generations of basketball players such as our second guest, Gary "The Glove" Payton. Gary's trash talking was legendary. Tune in to hear about the discipline his father instilled into Gary growing up, his early playing days with the Supersonics and Shawn Kemp and subsequent Championship with the Miami Heat and later induction into the Hall of Fame by his childhood idol, George Gervin. It's all here on a brand new episode of Legends of Sport!


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