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The Mike Wise Show is hosted by basketball journalist and story teller Mike Wise. Mike's weekly guests are a "Who's Who" list of players, coaches, executives, journalists, and influencers of hoop culture. Nobody tells a story like Mike and his Wise Ass friends. Each weekly episode of The Mike Wise Show will be available on Monday mornings.
 
BJ Armstrong has done it all in the world of basketball. From starting point guard on Michael Jordan's first three championship teams to front office executive, and now NBA agent with Wasserman. Each Friday on the Pure Hoops Podcast, BJ will be joined by co-host Eric Newman for an insider's perspective on every major issue that hoop fans care about.
 
Catch and Shoot is Pure Hoops Media's mid week show featuring interviews with many of the biggest names in basketball. Catch and Shoot features some of the smartest takes on the hottest issues, and we'll chat with interesting characters from every level of basketball.
 
A decade ago, Ed Feng was just a curious sports fan who wanted to win his bracket in March. He enjoyed books like Moneyball and Basketball on Paper but never put the ideas to use for winning a pool. That changed in 2008. After reading an academic paper on Google’s technology, Ed was inspired to apply his Stanford Ph.D. to the ranking of sports teams. From 2002 through 2018, his pre-tournament numbers predicted the winner of 71.2% of March Madness games (792-320). In this ten part podcast ser ...
 
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All of the Catch & Shoot 2.0 crew is enjoying their time off, getting recharged for the upcoming season ...but we still want to make sure you get your Pure Hoops Media fix. So we’re sharing some of our favorite shows that you might have missed. Back in June 2nd of this year, news broke that Mike Krzyzewski was to retire from Duke at the end of the …
 
Eric Newman and BJ Armstrong are taking some time off, but we wanted to share one of our favorite interviews with BJ's former teammate & four time NBA champ Will Perdue. In Part 2 of the interview, they discuss Will's departure for San Antonio, comparing the winning culture in San Antonio & Chicago, and how Phil Jackson's relationships with players…
 
The Catch & Shoot 2.0 crew is taking some time off to get ready for next season, but we’d never leave you high and dry. So we’re sharing some of our favorite shows that you might have missed. Matt Doherty played for North Carolina Head Coach Dean Smith and was teammates with Michael Jordan, James Worthy, & Sam Perkins on the 1982 NCAA Championship …
 
In the final installment of the Mike Wise Show's four part series on the North Carolina Basketball Family, Mike Wise, his co-host Bruce Bernstein and our panel of Tar Heel greats George Karl, George Lynch, and Matt Doherty share fun stories of their interactions with fellow family members and hoop legends Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Sam Perkin…
 
The Catch & Shoot 2.0 crew is taking some well-deserved time off as we get ready for next season. But we have a lot of fun shows from the past year that you may have missed the first time around. Jared Greenberg of Turner Sports was immersed in the Orlando Bubble last season as the NBA restarted in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. In this interv…
 
In part three of the Mike Wise Show's four part series on the North Carolina Basketball Family, Mike Wise, his co-host Bruce Bernstein and our panel of Tar Heel greats George Karl, George Lynch, and Matt Doherty explain how legendary coach Dean Smith, who was head coach from 1961-1997 had a perfectly aligned moral compass and encouraged all of his …
 
Team USA in Men's Basketball won their 4th straight gold medal at the Olympics, but it was a struggle at times. Our Aaron Berlin and Otto Strong discuss the performance of Team USA, including how great Kevin Durant was in leading it to the top prize. It's also been a week since the league opened for business on the 2021-22 league year, and the guys…
 
In part two of the Mike Wise Show's four part series on the North Carolina Basketball Family, Mike Wise, his co-host Bruce Bernstein and our panel of Tar Heel greats George Karl, George Lynch, and Matt Doherty explain what it's like for people from varied backgrounds with different life experiences to be embraced and molded into a family that estab…
 
The NBA was officially open for business for the 2021-22 season on Monday with the beginning of free agency. The Miami Heat made a big splash by agreeing to a sign-&-trade deal with Toronto to acquire 6-time All-Star Kly Lowry. The man who broke the story, Yahoo! Sports Senior NBA Writer Vincent Goodwill, joined our Aaron Berlin and Otto Strong to …
 
In this first episode of our four part series on the North Carolina Basketball Family, we examine how legendary coach Dean Smith took over a scandal ridden team in 1961 and turned it into something far greater than just a basketball program in his 36 years leading the team. Mike Wise, his co-host Bruce Bernstein and our panel of Tar Heel greats Geo…
 
Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham is expected to be the #1 pick in the NBA Draft (whether or not it's the Pistons who make the pick) and our old friend Adam Stanco joins Aaron Berlin and Otto Strong to discuss what makes him so special. Stanco tells us Cunningham's elite level of scoring and passing abilities puts him on track to at least be a multi…
 
Bobby Marks, ESPN's Front Office Insider is an authority on front office strategy, the salary cap, and player evaluation. In this conversation with Bruce Bernstein (filling in for Mike Wise), Bobby shares great insight on which teams will choose the "best available player" and who is likely to draft for specific needs. Bobby also gives a detailed b…
 
BJ and Eric breakdown the greatest of Giannis Antetokounmpo as he led the Bucks to their first NBA title in 50 years, what is next for the Phoenix Suns, reflecting on epic finals performances and which teams are a move away from taking the next step in 2021-22. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https:/…
 
What was more shocking: A) Milwaukee winning 4 straight games after trailing the NBA Finals 0-2 or B) Giannis Antetokounmpo turning into Stephen Curry at the free throw line? Without question, it's B. On a special "Post-Finals" episode of the Mike Wise Show, Mike and Bruce Bernstein examine how the Bucks pulled off the series win against the Suns. …
 
Bobby Marks worked in the NBA for 20 years and was the Assistant GM of the Brooklyn Nets for five of them. As ESPN's Front Office Insider, Bobby is an authority on front office strategy, the salary cap, player evaluation, and all of the mind games NBA executives play with each other. In this conversation with Bruce Bernstein (filling in for Mike Wi…
 
The Bucks steal (literally!!) Game 5 of the NBA Finals and look to close out their first NBA Championship since 1971. ESPN Radio's Marc Kestecher has been on the call for the entire Finals and describes for us what it's been like to return to NBA arenas during these playoffs, as well as his call of Giannis Antetokounmpo's already iconic "Block" in …
 
BJ and Eric break down what is now a best of 3 NBA Finals as Giannis and the Bucks return to Phoenix with momentum with the series tied 2-2, the underlying issue with TEAM USA and international competition and whether players like John Collins, Lonzo Ball, Collin Sexton and Ben Simmons will find themselves in different uniforms next season. See Pri…
 
It seemed like the NBA Finals were already over when the Phoenix Suns took a 2-0 lead on the Milwaukee Bucks. However, continued inspired play by Giannis Antetokounmpo and a little-home cooking has the Bucks back in the series. Meadowlark Media and Sirius XM NBA Radio's Amin Elhassan helps break down what's taken place so far in the Finals with our…
 
Heading into game three of the NBA Finals, many were writing the obituary for the 2020-'21 Milwaukee Bucks. After going down 0-2 to the the Phoenix Suns, Giannis Antetokounmpo and his suddenly aroused teammates delivered a strong message that Phoenix still had reason to "Fear the Deer." With the Greek Freak leading the way, Milwaukee used two massi…
 
BJ and Eric dive into the NBA Finals looking at what the Bucks can do to get back in this series against the red hot Suns, the connection between Coach Monty Williams and his players, the greatness of Tim Duncan in the 2000s and more! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-s…
 
On the new Catch & Shoot 2.0, co-hosts Otto Strong and Aaron Berlin welcome Dave Wohl, a former player, coach, and GM as well as the host of Pure Hoops Media's "Dave's Front Office" for a deep dive preview of the NBA Finals. They size up key matchups, the relative health of both teams, the "under the radar" players who will make a difference, & the…
 
The NBA Finals are scheduled to begin on Tuesday July 6th with the Phoenix Suns facing the Milwaukee Bucks. Mike Wise and his producer share their thoughts on how the injury bug has bitten every Suns opponent, but not the Suns. Mike and Bruce also discuss what a championship would mean for Chris Paul and his legacy. And towards the end of the show,…
 
BJ and Eric breakdown the western conference champion Phoenix Suns, what's next for the LA Clippers, the battle between the Bucks and Hawks in the east, go back to the 1993 NBA Finals between the Suns and Bulls along with reviewing the NBA coaching hires in Portland, Dallas, Indiana and Boston! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and Ca…
 
The Milwaukee Bucks have taken control of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Atlanta Hawks, and NBA Senior Editor for The Athletic Rob Peterson -- who happens to be a Wisconsin native -- explains what it means for the area to see the Bucks potentially make it to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1974. Peterson goes over how Khris Middle…
 
Khris Middleton has been seen as "Robin" to Giannis Antetokounpo's "Batman," but Middleton flipped the script on Sunday and Milwaukee couldn't be happier. Trae Young, the breakout star of the playoffs suffered a freak ankle injury when he stepped on referee Sean Wright's foot and he was hobbled the rest of the night. We'll find out on Tuesday if he…
 
Current NBA TV analyst, 2007 NBA Coach of the Year and 13 year NBA veteran Sam Mitchell joins BJ Armstrong and Eric Newman as they talk 2021 NBA Playoffs, the city of Atlanta's excitement around the Hawks and Trae Young, the role Sam played in mentoring Kevin Garnett in Minnesota, the Pacers Knicks battles of the 90s, facing Michael Jordan and more…
 
The Phoenix Suns may have surprised many in the NBA world by earning the 2nd seed in the West and making the Conference Finals, but Hall of Famer and Bally Sports Arizona Color Analyst Ann Meyers Drysdale tells us how the blending of veterans like Chris Paul and Jae Crowder with rising stars Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton have put the team in posit…
 
Larry Brown is without question one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time. The Hall of Famer has coached 9 NBA teams, two ABA teams, and is the only head coach to win an NBA Championship (2004 Detroit Pistons) and an NCAA Championship (Kansas 1988). He has mentored and developed great coaches like Gregg Popovich, John Calipari, Bill Self, …
 
BJ and Eric go deep into the remaining 2nd round playoff series featuring the Clippers game planning to move ahead 3-2 vs the Jazz, the Hawks miraculous comeback v Sixers and what the Bucks need to do offensively to top the Nets. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-m…
 
Both the NBA Draft Combine and Lottery take place next week in Chicago, and who better to discuss the process and top prospects then having our former host (and Pac-12 Network Coordinating Producer) Adam Stanco. Stanco joins our Aaron Berlin and Bruce Bernstein (filling in for Otto Strong) and tells us how the interview process at the Combine, even…
 
Adam Schefter of ESPN is the #1 NFL Insider with 8.4 million Twitter followers. But this 1989 Michigan grad has a passion for basketball and classic stories about the sport. At the 9:09 mark, he recalls his senior year in Ann Arbor. It was Glen Rice's dream season w/the Wolverines, winning the NCAA Championship. And it set the stage for all that fo…
 
Kenny Smith of Turner Sports and "Inside the NBA" joins Eric Newman to discuss the NBA Playoffs as well as his new venture on "Bright," which is a live video conversation platform. Kenny sizes up all of the series to this point and really drills down on the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns, two young teams growing up really fast! Kenny also discusses…
 
Last Wednesday, June 2nd, was a crazy day in the basketball world. The Boston Celtics announced Danny Ainge was retiring as President of Basketball Operations, with Head Coach Brad Stevens promoted to replace him. Meanwhile, Hall of Fame Coach Mike Krzyzewski will retire as the head man at Duke following the 2021-2022 season, to be replaced by top …
 
This week Mike Wise does his famous "download" on the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Are the Clippers ready to win it all? Does the NBA need the Nets to advance with their star power? Is Trae Young becoming an all time great right before our eyes? Does Pat Riley really think LeBron James would consider rejoining the Heat? What is next for the Cel…
 
Kyrie Irving loves to bring drama wherever he goes. His play has been sensational but his "off the court" actions have inspired lots of debate. Mike & Producer Bruce Bernstein discuss whether Kyrie is intentionally trying to sabotage the Celtics organization with some of his accusations that may influence future free agents considering the Celtics?…
 
The Dallas Mavericks were flying along with a 2-0 lead in their First Round NBA Playoff series versus the L.A. Clippers. Then, their superstar Luka Doncic developed a neck strain during Game 3 and the team has struggled ever since. TJ Macias of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram joined our Otto Strong and Aaron Berlin and discussed what options are on th…
 
After LeBron James and the Lakers made it through the NBA's Play-In Tournament, the defending champions took one on the chin in their playoff opener against Phoenix. Jovan Buha, who covers the team for The Athletic (as well as co-hosts The Forum Club podcast) breaks down where the team struggled versus the Suns and what adjustments the team needs t…
 
Mike Wise and producer Bruce Bernstein share their thoughts on the first weekend of the NBA Playoffs. Are the Lakers in trouble against Phoenix? Does Trae Young have eyes in the back of his head? Does Luka Doncic have the Clippers' number? And should the Beach Boys do a remake of their hit "Barbara Ann" in honor of Ja Morant? Lots of analysis and l…
 
The NBA Playoffs are here as BJ Armstrong and Eric Newman break down each first round series of what promises to be a thrilling post season. Will Utah play like a #1 seed? Will the Lakers find their rhythm? Can Portland upset Denver? Will the Nets dominate? and much more. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice…
 
The NBA Playoffs are here and Turner Sports' and NBA TV's Jared Greenberg joins our Otto Strong and Bruce Bernstein (filling in for Aaron Berlin) to help us dissect the Play-In Tournament as well as some of the opening round match-ups. Greenberg explains why the creation of the Play-In Tourney has been a good thing for the league and its fans, and …
 
Howard Beck of SI.com has some of the best NBA takes anywhere. Howard & Mike preview all the key storylines of the NBA Playoffs, beginning with the Play In games on Tuesday and Wednesday. Are the Suns too inexperienced for a deep playoff run? Does Brooklyn have enough chemistry & defense to win big? Which two first round series are likely to go 7 g…
 
BJ Armstrong and Eric Newman detail the play-in race and potential playoff matchups. Also, the pair breakdown why certain contenders like the Jazz, Clippers, and 76ers will AND won’t make the finals. Finally, Eric opens a pack of 1990 Fleer Basketball cards, leading to a trip down memory lane. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and Cal…
 
Of all the surprising stories during this NBA season, perhaps the most unexpected is the return to relevance of the New York Knickerbockers. MSG Network and ESPN Radio's Alan Hahn joined our Aaron Berlin and Otto Strong to tell us how the Knicks, after years of mediocrity (or worse), are not only playing their best basketball in years, but might al…
 
Shaun Powell of NBA.com has covered the league for nearly four decades. But he is so much more than just a sports journalist. He is also a keen observer of the human condition whose nuanced views set an example that all of us should follow. Mike Wise and Shaun discuss the resurgent Knicks, The crew that Shaun has dubbed "The Notorious Big 3" in Bro…
 
Last season ended in disappointment for L.A.'s other team, the Clippers, but can this year's version live up to lofty expectations? The Athletic's Law Murray, who covers the Clippers beat, gives us an update on where the team stands as we enter the final 2 weeks of the regular season. He tells our Aaron Berlin & Otto Strong that while the team had …
 
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