Legends of Sport with Andrew D. Bernstein

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame photographer Andrew discusses life behind the scenes with some of the biggest names in the world of sports. Covering the most memorable events of the past three decades, telling lively and personal stories, plus in-depth discussions about the serious issues affecting current and retired athletes. This is a podcast about the memories, business and culture of sports.


Legends of Sport with Andrew D. Bernstein

Nancy Lieberman

On today's episode of Legends Of Sport, Andy chats with one of the most accomplished women the game of basketball has ever seen, Nancy Lieberman. Nancy talks about getting introduced to the game of basketball and spending her early days at Rucker Park in Harlem. She shares her experience of trying out for the Olympic team while she was in high school, as well as the boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics. Nancy also discusses coming out of WNBA retirement at age 50, coaching in the BIG 3 league, and some of her current projects with Nancy Lieberman charities.
00:45:49 4/23/2019

Past Episodes

On this episode of LOS, Andy chats with professional women's beach volleyball player, Holly McPeak. Holly talks about growing up in Manhattan Beach, CA, and how she was introduced to the sport. She also discusses the challenges she faced being 5'7", which is considered short for her sport, yet competed at the highest level. Additionally, Holly shares the intricacies of the beach volleyball game and how she continues to give back to the new generation of volleyball players.
00:00:00 4/16/2019
On this episode of Legends Of Sport, Andy chats with legendary sports photographer, and one of Andy's personal mentors, the great Neil Leifer. Andy reminisces on the first time that he and Neil met, and the mentorship that Neil provided when Andy was a young photographer (10:45). Neil also shares how he got his start in sports photography by wheeling veterans around Yankee Stadium in 1958 (14:55). He also discusses how luck happened, because he prepared enough to be in the right places at the right times (22:18), and he shares stories about working with his favorite subject, Muhammad Ali (1:03).
01:27:23 4/9/2019
On today's episode of Legends of Sport, Andy sits down with former NBA Commissioner, David Stern. David shares his experience on being the 24th employee to join the NBA and working to clean up the reputation that the game of basketball had at that time (10:26). He discusses his top 3 most memorable moments during his tenure as commissioner (16:39), as well as the iconic 1992 All-Star game and Magic Johnson being diagnosed with HIV (18:26). David and Andy also share some of their favorite memories together throughout the years (48:51).
01:00:40 4/2/2019

On today's episode of LOS, Andy sits down with 3-time NBA Champion, and one of his close friends, Bruce Bowen. Bruce talks about his inspiring journey to the NBA and the importance of hard work, perseverance, and trusting your process in life. He also shares stories from his glory days with the San Antonio Spurs, as well as his relationship with Kobe Bryant. 

00:55:23 3/26/2019
On today's episode of Legends of Sport, Andy sits down with one of the trailblazers of women's tennis, Julie Heldman. Julie talks with us about how she began playing tennis, her family background, and how her mothers abusive relationship fueled her career (6:33). Julie also discusses being a part of the original nine who boldly started the Virginia Slims Circuit and changed the landscape of women's tennis (8:42), as well as her struggle with mental health and her diagnosis and battle with bipolar disorder (25:40).
00:41:49 3/19/2019
On today's episode of Legends of Sport, Andy chats with 3x WNBA Champion and 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, Swin Cash! Swin shares her story on how she got involved with the game of basketball and her mother being a driving force throughout her career (4:37). She also talks about Tamika Catchings being her toughest opponent (8:41), her longtime friendship with Sue Bird (10:05), and what she's currently up to now with the Cash 4 Kids Foundation, the New York Liberty, and Yahoo's The Bounce (30:55).
00:42:19 3/12/2019
This week Andy travels back to where his passion for sports began, Madison Square Garden, to chat with his family friend - NY Rangers President Glen Sather. Glen recounts his career as a player, his history with the Edmonton Oilers' dynasty days, insights about Wayne Gretzky's shocking departure from Edmonton, and the state of the NHL today!
00:34:34 3/5/2019
Andy chats with Hall Of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back - Franco Harris! Franco delves into his path to the NFL, his contributions to turning around the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970's, details surrounding 'the immaculate reception'(23:40), how Frank Sinatra became Brigadier General of 'Franco's Italian Army'(35:40), becoming the first African American & first Italian American Super Bowl MVP in the league's history(33:10), his incredible charitable work in the city of Pittsburgh, and his thoughts on the current Steelers' contract debacles with LeVeon Bell & Antonio Brown(48:35).
00:53:48 2/26/2019
On today's episode of LOS, we sit down with legendary UCLA gymnastics coach, Valorie Kondos-Field. Miss Val talks about how she transformed UCLA's program, her battle with breast cancer, and plans for her next phase of her life and career.
00:44:13 2/19/2019
On today's episode of LOS we sit down with one of the most iconic guards to ever play basketball, Isiah Thomas. Isiah talks with us about his early days under Bobby Knight, the "Bad Boys" era, and his relationship with Magic Johnson. Isiah also shares insight on the current state of the League and his new business ventures.
01:01:47 2/12/2019

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