Marc Stein has been covering the NBA for more than 30 years. He has been a beat writer for the Lakers and Mavericks, was embedded with the Warriors for an entire season for ESPN's SportsCenter, was a national NBA columnist for ESPN.com, a panelist on numerous ESPN NBA shows like NBA Tonight and NBA Coast to Coast, and is currently a national NBA writer for the New York Times. … [Read more...] about The Last Dance: Marc Stein of the New York Times on MJ & The Bulls
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.
Phil Jackson dubbed the 1997-'98 season "The Last Dance," because everyone on the Chicago Bulls knew it was their final chance to win another NBA Championship. Charley Rosen has been Phil's friend since the early 1970s, has written books with him, and has many stories about their time together. In the show, Charley discusses (@13:35) Michael Jordan's obsession with winning, (@ … [Read more...] about The Last Dance: Phil Jackson insights from Charley Rosen, Phil’s friend of more than 40 years
Roger Mason Jr is simply one of the most thoughtful and brilliant basketball personalities anywhere. In his conversation with Mike Wise, he discusses his incredible personal story, the perfectly calibrated moral compass of the NBA leadership, his role as a Union executive in providing health care for NBA legends and their families, how his time leading and guiding the Big3 was … [Read more...] about Roger Mason Jr discusses his roles as a player, Union executive, Godfather of the Big3, and his feelings about the late Kobe Bryant
Jamal Crawford should be a future Hall of Famer," but is definitely a Hall of Fame human being. He joins Mike to discuss some of the initiatives he is involved with to help others during the Corona Virus crisis and his message is very inspirational. At the 21:30 mark, Jamal shares the incredible story of how he found out about Kobe Bryant's death. He has 7 solid minutes of … [Read more...] about Jamal Crawford on helping others, his Kobe Bryant stories, his future as a player, and some classic April Fools pranks with Barbi Barker of Newsday
ESPN's Tim Legler is one of the brightest hoop minds in the country. He is deeply appreciative of the high school coach who shaped him, his beloved dogs, the importance of setting aside politics in a time of crisis, the leadership shown by the NBA's management and players, and why the movie Hoosiers still resonates more than 30 years after its release. … [Read more...] about ESPN’s Tim Legler on beloved coaches, man’s best friends, and pulling together in times of crisis
Mark Cuban spends 30 minutes with Mike Wise and you'll come away from this show with a renewed appreciation of his leadership skills and properly calibrated moral compass. At the 2:20 mark, he describes having replaced Donald Trump as President in 2015. Other highlights: (9:25) No Mavericks personnel have asked for special treatment during the crisis. (12:00) How sports will … [Read more...] about Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban with words of advice and inspiration during the COVID-19 crisis
Mike Wise welcomes Eric Newman and Bruce Bernstein of Pure Hoops Media for a discussion of how our sport fits into a world forever changed by the Corona Virus. Topics include how Rudy Gobert and "Jazz Nation" will reconnect, how players and management are opening their hearts and wallets to help those workers who are in financial trouble due to the cancellation of games, and … [Read more...] about Basketball’s place in a world plagued by the Corona Virus
Michael Sweetney was the 9th player chosen in the legendary 2003 NBA Draft that produced LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. After a brief career that saw him battle weight problems and depression, he sought help and has recovered to the point that he is now an assistant coach for the Yeshiva Men’s team that has reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division … [Read more...] about Former Georgetown star and current Yeshiva assistant coach Michael Sweetney
Mike Breen has made some of the most iconic calls in recent NBA history. As the "Voice of the NBA" on ESPN and ABC as well as the longtime voice of the New York Knicks on MSG Network, he has electrified audiences with his signature "BANG" call which has punctuated some of the most exciting moments in basketball. Mike will join fellow ESPN icon Michael Wilbon as co-recipient of … [Read more...] about Mike Breen: The Voice of the NBA on ESPN and ABC
Today, 2/24 is when the hoop world celebrates the lives of Kobe Bryant, his precious daughter, and the other friends who are gone. Howard Beck covered every step of Kobe's career starting with his rookie year back in 1996-'97 season when Beck was the beat writer for the team. From his LA Daily News days through his career at the New York Times, and now at Bleacher Report, … [Read more...] about Howard Beck of Bleacher Report on Kobe, Predictions, and how John Beilein went wrong