Episode 23: 1994-95 Charlotte Hornets w/ Billy Scafuri
Billy Scafuri joins the pod this week to talk expansion drafts (4:15), the era of fun early 90s NBA branding (6:00), Larry Johnson (7:00), LJ's physique- a new size and shape of NBA athlete (7:30), LJ's on-the-court game (9:50), October 6th, 1993: MJ retires, LJ signs for 12 years, $84m (13:00), Grandmama (13:30), Converse's initial pitch to LJ (14:00), Grandmama as the perfect commercial character (15:20), Grandmama's costume (16:20), Grandmama on Family Matters w/ Steve Urkel (17:45), Grandmama vs. the other all-time great NBA sneaker commercial campaigns (18:45), Uncle Drew (19:30), Grandmama memories and plot-lines (20:00), Alonzo Mourning (21:00), 'Zo being drafted #2 overall behind Shaq and living in that shadow (21:30), 'Zo getting lost in the shuffle (23:00), 'Zo's on-the-court demeanor (23:40), taking Alonzo Mourning for granted (25:00), Mourning's contemporaries at the Center position (25:40), Alonzo Mourning fun facts (26:15), Alonzo Mourning v. Larry Johnson (26:45), contract dispute between the Hornets and Alonzo Mourning and subsequent trade to the Miami Heat (29:15), Pat Riley moves from NY to Miami and the history behind the LJ vs. 'Zo brawl (30:15), Muggsy Bogues and how he acquired his nickname (31:45), Muggsy's illustrious TV career (32:40), Muggsy Bogues is the Charlotte Hornets franchise leader in assists, steals, mins, steals, etc. (33:45), Muggsy's defense, relentlessness, what made him great (34:45), Hugo the Hornet (36:20), the two different mascots (37:00), NBA Mascot Slam Dunk Contest (37:30), 90s era mascots as daredevils (38:00), Hugo's performance at the 1993 NBA Mascot Slam Dunk Contest: Bug On The Windshield (39:40), Hugo jumping through a ring of fire (41:15), when mascots mattered (42:00) and the spirit of teal (43:15).
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