Legends of Sport with Andrew D. Bernstein

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.

00:49:09 4/3/2018

Past Episodes

An 18 year-old Jim Gray was interning as a Videotape Editor at the ABC Denver news station when the anchor who was supposed to interview Muhammed Ali that morning didn't show up. Gray seized on the opportunity to sit down with Ali for what was the first of many notable interviews with athletes both in the studio and on the sidelines. From the Super Bowl to the World Series to some of the most legendary sideline boxing interviews of all-time, Gray's assertive style of questioning has landed him some of the most famous and infamous interviews over the past thirty-five years including The Decision with LeBron James, Pete Rose on gambling, Mike Tyson and the Holyfield ear biting incident, Tom Brady and Deflategate, and many more. Jim has won twelve national Emmy's, as well as, numerous other awards. Most recently, Jim was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame alongside Vitali Klitschko. Congratulations to Jim and his family from Legends of Sport.
00:45:30 6/21/2018
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.
00:53:01 6/14/2018
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.
01:05:03 6/7/2018
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.
01:06:40 5/29/2018
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.
01:18:49 5/22/2018
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.
00:53:02 5/15/2018
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.
01:15:53 5/8/2018
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.
01:03:33 5/1/2018
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.
01:03:32 4/24/2018
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.
00:46:42 4/17/2018

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