Mike Wise had many encounters with Kobe Bryant starting with Kobe's very first days as a Laker in 1996. Over Kobe's 20 year NBA career, Mike racked up many vivid memories and along with his producer Bruce Bernstein, they have a late night conversation where Kobe is the only topic. … [Read more...] about Kobe Bryant 1978-2020: Stories and memories of the great Lakers legend
Host: Mike Wise.
The Mike Wise Show is a Pure Hoops signature show, featuring entertaining takes, incredible stories and high level guests from a seasoned journalist with great sense of humor and persona.
John "The Chief" Martin has produced over 4200 events for ESPN Radio over a 25 year career at the sports network. He has worked with Hall of Famers like Dr. Jack Ramsay and Hubie Brown and had close encounters with players like Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, among many others. He can tall a story with the best of them and remembers events in great detail. His story about … [Read more...] about Legendary ESPN Radio Producer John “The Chief” Martin
Tamir Goodman was known as “The Jewish Jordan” when he was a top 25 high school basketball player in 2000 but turned down a scholarship from the University of Maryland because his Jewish beliefs forbade him from playing on Friday night and Saturday before sundown. He eventually settled in Israel where he became a professional player and is now a coach. There has been a recent … [Read more...] about Uniting the African American and Jewish communities through basketball
Normally, a story about a book is pretty dry. But this is no ordinary book and no ordinary story. Andrea Chamblee's sportswriter husband John McNamara was murdered in the Capital Gazette mass shooting in June 2018. He had been researching a book on Washington, D.C. area high school hoops for 13 years. Five weeks after his death, his beloved wife walked into his office and … [Read more...] about Andrea Chamblee: Co-Author of “The Capital of Basketball: A History of D.C. Area High School Hoops”
Enes Kanter of the Boston Celtics is one of the most courageous players in the NBA. Along with his skills on the court, he possesses a social conscience that echoes the courage of previous activist athletes such as Muhammad Ali. He has paid a heavy personal price for speaking out against the authoritarian rule of President Erdogan of Turkey. Kanter's family back in Turkey has … [Read more...] about Enes Kanter of the Boston Celtics
Mike Wise welcomes six prominent NBA journalists to share great stories about the league, its players, and "off the court" issues like the conflict with the Chinese government. Mike's guests are JA Adande, Harvey Araton, Chris Broussard, Marc Stein, Jason Whitlock, and Frank Isola. … [Read more...] about “The Influencers”
Tim Corrigan is the Senior Coordinating Producer of NBA games for ESPN and ABC. He produces every big game including the NBA Finals, the ABC Prime Time games, the Conference Finals on ESPN, and the marquee Christmas Day game. In this lively interview, Tim describes his job (2:00 mark), reacts to Jeff Van Gundy's description of him (3:11), and what it's like to be surrounded by … [Read more...] about Tim Corrigan of ESPN & ABC
David Stern was NBA Commissioner from 1984-2014. In Part II of his conversation with Mike Wise, David takes a deep dive into the relationship of the NBA with China as well as explaining how the league became an international sport. David and Mike covered much more ground, including his biggest regrets. You'll be surprised when he tells you which Hall of Fame coaches he should … [Read more...] about David Stern Part II
David Stern was NBA Commissioner from 1984-2014. He was a visionary who helped the league grow from a sport that had its biggest games shown on tape delay to a worldwide phenomenon seen in nearly every country on the planet. In Part I of this two part interview, David discusses his humble beginnings working in his father's deli to his work as a lawyer for the NBA, to his reign … [Read more...] about David Stern Part I
Mike & Eric Newman examine the Warriors' tough times, the resurrection of the Lakers behind the LeBron/Anthony Davis duo, and the "KAT fight" between Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns. Bruce Bernstein also previews the two part David Stern interview that will be the subject of the next two Mike Wise Shows. Bruce shares personal stories of his 16 year relationship with the … [Read more...] about Preview of David Stern interview, Warriors Woes, Lakers fast start, and more