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.

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Legends of Sport with Andrew D. Bernstein

Rick Reilly

Today we welcome long time sportswriter and author Rick Reilly to the podcast. Rick talks about his career at Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine, and being one of the first journalists to be the "back page" columnist of both (10:33). He shares his favorite subjects to write about, and reveals one of his most memorable stories that he covered throughout his career (12:17). Rick discusses his new book, "Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump" (21:44), and shares stories from the first time that he played golf with Donald Trump (22:28). Lastly, Rick talks about how you can define a person's true character by playing golf with them (24:44).
00:59:27 5/21/2019

Past Episodes

On today's episode Andy chats with NBA legend, Jason Collins. Andy and Jason spend some time catching up and discussing their current thoughts on the NBA playoffs (3:59). Jason also talks about the special relationship with his twin brother Jarron, and how they grew up playing basketball together and competing alongside one another at the highest level (10:42). He touches on his NBA career (21:27), and talks in depth about his historic decision to come out publicly as gay and why the decision was important for him at the time (37:46). Lastly, Jason talks about the importance of allies and shares an inspiring story about his biggest ally, his brother (51:25).
00:57:15 5/14/2019

On today's episode of Legends Of Sport, Andy chats with NBA Legend, Adonal Foyle. Adonal shares his experience growing up in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (4:40), and how he was introduced to the game of basketball at 15 years old (9:10). He also touches on his first time coming to the United States (12:53), his decision to play collegiate basketball at Colgate (16:58), and his tenure in the NBA, playing with the Warriors, Magic, and Grizzlies (20:45). Adonal also discusses his passion for player development and his mission to help the NBA and its players navigate their careers both on and off the court (22:38). 

00:37:08 5/7/2019
In this episode of Legends Of Sport, Andy talks with one of the pioneers of women's basketball, Jennifer Azzi. Jennifer shares what she is most proud of out of all her career accomplishments (3:23), her decision to attend and play basketball at Stanford (5:17), and why she feels young athletes shouldn't specialize in one sport until they are older (7:06). Jennifer also discusses training for and playing in the 1996 Olympics (9:40), becoming a co-founder of the Women's Basketball League (11:22), her current involvement with NBA Cares and NBA Academies (17:54), and her most favorite role to date - being a mother (23:00).
00:30:14 4/30/2019
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
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

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