Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Antonio Davis for a discussion on what it was like to face bangers like Charles Oakley, dominant bigs like Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon plus the next generation of skilled bigs like Chris Webber. Plus, the legendary battles between the Pacers and Knicks and the role of players as leaders in getting the season up and running again. … [Read more...] about Antonio Davis on the Battles in the 90s and the Evolution of the Power Forward Position
Hosts: BJ Armstrong & Eric Newman
The Pure Hoops flagship show covering the most intriguing league topics, high profile guests, 90s look back segments and unique stories from our hosts BJ Armstrong & Eric Newman will highlight each episode.
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong welcome Celtics great Cedric Maxwell to the show. They discuss everything from the racism Maxwell experienced growing up in the south to his “that white boy can play” reaction the first time he guarded Larry Bird in practice. Plus a look back at what might have been the greatest playoff series in NBA history - the 1981 Eastern Conference Finals … [Read more...] about Celtic Memories with Cornbread Maxwell
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Bleacher Report Senior NBA Writer Howard Beck. They discuss the plan to re-start the NBA season in a bubble in Orlando. Plus a look back at the 2002 Lakers-Blazers Western Conference Final, how it launched the Shaq-Kobe-Phil Threepeat and the dynasty that could have been in Portland. … [Read more...] about The Basketball Bubble and the Dawn of the Shaq-Kobe Era.
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong discuss episodes 7 & 8 of The Last Dance, including BJ's starring role in Game 2 of the 1998 Eastern Conference Semis. They look at the emotional cost of winning, Michael Jordan's defensive dominance and the battles with Patrick Ewing and the Knicks. … [Read more...] about The Last Dance: Competition, Rivalries and Grudges with BJ Armstrong
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by BJ's former teammate Will Perdue. In Part 2 of the interview, they discuss Will's departure for San Antonio, comparing the winning culture in both cities and how Phil Jackson's relationships with players were strictly professional. Plus BJ on the dirty work that goes into building a championship team. … [Read more...] about Will Perdue Part 2 – The Last Dance and Leaving Chicago
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by BJ's Bulls teammate Will Perdue. They discuss why Jerry Krause deserves credit to go along with the blame he's getting, and share stories of Michael Jordan's famous intensity. (Part 1 of 2) … [Read more...] about Will Perdue, The Last Dance and the Bulls’ Dynasty
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong have doubts about whether a quarantine playoff in Vegas would work. Plus, the business side of players skipping college for the G League and BJ's anticipation for The Last Dance. … [Read more...] about Playoffs in Quarantine, A High School Star Goes to the G League and Anticipation for The Last Dance
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong will be showcasing the best rivalries of the last 40 years. On this episode, former player, coach and GM Dave Wohl joins the guys to discuss everything from Dr. J, Bird, Magic and the Bad Boys up to the reasons why rivalries aren't so intense now. … [Read more...] about NBA’s Best Rivalries – A New Series from the Pure Hoops Podcast
Ric Bucher of Fox Sports 1 and Bleacher Report joins Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong to discuss a way to stage the playoffs. Plus the guys reminisce about Paul Pierce on a wheelchair and the 'We Believe' Warriors. … [Read more...] about Ric Bucher’s Vegas Playoff Blueprint – Could It Happen?
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are joined by Bob Delaney, who in addition to being a former NBA referee also worked as a New Jersey State trooper and infiltrated the mob as an undercover agent. He speaks to groups about PTSD and has a unique perspective on the challenges facing the country (4:00) and the sports world (15:10). He also shares classic stories from his days with the … [Read more...] about Bob Delaney on Coronavirus and NBA response