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Over and Back tells stories about NBA, ABA & pro basketball history. Hosted by Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch. Part of The Step Back NBA Podcast Network, powered by Fansided.
286 Episodes
This week Jason and Rich react to the NBA's 75th-anniversary team. We'll give our thoughts on the rollout of the team, a brief history of anniversary teams, players on multiple all-time teams, players new to the NBA's 75th-anniversary team, the NBA righting wrongs with Bob McAdoo and Dominique Wilkins then finally the biggest snubs including Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and many more.  See for privacy information.
Happy Basketball! The NBA has returned and as is a yearly tradition, we'll look at how the 2021-22 NBA season will make history including: Steph Curry on pace to become the NBA's all-time leading three-point shooter LeBron James' climb up the all-time ranks in several categories Dwight Howard vaulting up the total rebounds leaderboards The potential for Giannis Antetokounmpo and Curry to join an elite list of three-time MVPs Chris Paul's all-time assist and steals potential Kevin Durant getting to 25,000 points Rudy Gobert becoming a four-time Defensive Player of the Year  and more!  We'll also discuss the longest in-season holdouts in NBA history in relation to Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving, some retired numbers news including the Memphis Grizzlies franchise finally retiring numbers, and the switch from Spalding to Wilson for the official game ball.  See for privacy information.
On this episode of Over and Back, Jason and Rich bring back the popular Last Great Game series for the 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame class. We'll discuss a bit about each Hall of Famers career, why they are entering the Basketball Hall of Fame and then, an in-depth look at each player's last great NBA game. Players featured in this episode include:  Rick Adelman Chris Bosh Bob Dandridge Toni Kukoc Paul Pierce Bill Russell Ben Wallace Chris Webber See for privacy information.
In this episode of Over and Back, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch look at the quaint early days of NBA free agency.  We'll discuss the basic history of NBA free agency, key free-agency situations before 1977 then do a deep dive into the 1977-1980 offseasons with major signings, crazy compensations, and deals that would have historical ramifications.  See for privacy information.
The third and final installment in our series on NBA Playoff Buzzer Beaters focuses on NBA Finals buzzer beaters including: Cliff Hagan (1957) Jerry West (1962) Julius Erving (1976) Larry Wright (1979) Dennis Johnson (1985) Michael Jordan (1997) See for privacy information.
Our series on NBA playoff buzzer beaters continues with a look at second round, semifinals and conference finals series clinchers.  Shots discussed in this episode include: Tom Heinsohn concluding the very first Russell vs. Wilt playoff series in 1960 Kawhi Leonard's baseline jumper hits the rim four times before finally falling in and moving the Toronto Raptors past the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019. Jo Jo White's anti-climatic free-throw series clincher in 1974 against the Buffalo Braves Michael Jordan puts a dagger in the Cleveland Cavaliers' hearts again. This time in 1993. Ralph Sampson helps the young Houston Rockets upset the juggernaut Los Angeles Lakers in 1986. After years of failing to clinch their ticket to the NBA Finals, John Stockton hits a wide-open three to give the Utah Jazz their first finals berth in 1997.  See for privacy information.
This week on the Over and Back Podcast we begin our new series on NBA playoff buzzer beaters!  This multi-part series will take a deep dive into each and every playoff buzzer beater in NBA history. We start with episode one focusing on first-round series clinchers including: Derrick McKey's alley-opp to help the 1989 Seattle Supersonics upset the Houston Rockets Michael Jordan's iconic shot over Craig Ehlo that stabbed the city of Cleveland in the heart and helped the Chicago Bulls take the next step towards an NBA championship Damian Lillard's famed .9 shot against Dwight Howard, James Harden and the Houston Rockets Damian Lillard waving good by the Oklahoma City Thunder competitive window as he sends Russell Westbrook and Paul George out of town with one incredible (or as George put it: bad) shot.  See for privacy information.
Part 2 of Over & Back's exploration of the longest sub .500 streaks.  In this episode, we'll explore four more of the longest sub .500 streaks in NBA history including not one but TWO twelve-year streaks from the Los Angeles Clippers, an unfortunate run of bad luck and bad ownership from the Golden State Warriors and finally, the Dallas Mavericks ten-year slide in the 90s. See for privacy information.
A special bonus episode of the Over & Back Classic NBA Podcast talking about the life and career of Utah Jazz legend Mark Eaton who tragically passed away this weekend.  In this brief episode, we'll talk about Eaton's defensive prowess, his unlikely path to the NBA, his accomplishments in the league and more.  See for privacy information.
Part 1 of Over & Back's exploration of the longest sub .500 streaks.  In this episode, we'll explore four of the longest sub .500 streaks in NBA history including two appearances from the Sacramento Kings franchise in both the 80s & 90s as well as their current streak of futility. We'll also look at the Detroit Pistons franchise and their struggles from the late 50s through 1970. Finally, we'll look at a recently broken (then continued) streak of sub .500 futility with the Minnesota Timberwolves' run of losing from 2006 to 2017.  In each segment, we'll discuss the history each franchise has with losing, how they got to this point, the number of times they made the playoffs during the streak, major franchise events, the bright spots and best players during the streak, the number of coaching changes as well as the best and worst season of the streak.   See for privacy information.
Franchise icons traded away

Franchise icons traded away


On this episode of the Over and Back NBA Podcast, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch discuss franchise icons that were traded away. We'll look at six different players that were traded and the reasons for the trade, how they created a legacy with the franchise that traded them and finally how the trade worked out for the player and the franchise.  Trading your legend when you probably shouldn't: Dominique Wilkins Sending your legend back home: Clyde Drexler After a trade request (not a demand): Jack Sikma Time for a new era/refresh: Jason Kidd Trying to upgrade: Peja Stojakovic Saying goodbye to a cult favorite: Muggsy Bogues Support our sponsor This podcast is brought to you by Danette May and Mindful Health LLC featuring Danette May’s top superfood product from her Earth Echo Foods line: Cacao Bliss. Get15% off when you use code MINUTE15 at See for privacy information.
“Death at the Wing” is a narrative documentary series looking at the generation of basketball stars and prospects that fell victim to the historical, socioeconomic and political forces that defined the ‘80s.  As the new generation of basketball players — players like Magic, Bird and Dr. J — took their mantle as the league’s stars, basketball’s faster and flashier style of play would captivate TV audiences. But along that way to wealth and stardom, the excess of the ‘80s took its toll on the next generation of the sport as Reaganomics created an explosion in wealth for the richest members of American society. Crack and cocaine made its way through neighborhoods where aspiring basketball players lived. Cars were faster and car accidents took the lives of several players. Guns became easier to acquire. Health care and education budgets were slashed. Incarceration took over rehabilitation as the country’s guiding principle to addiction. Many players were suspended and jailed, and those less fortunate died.  Those that made it through became overnight superstars for an eager and demanding audience of TV and media coverage, but never in the history of any sport have we seen so many who were ready to become household brands lost in such a short time frame. Why? How? And Who? This is what this show will look into. This is DEATH AT THE WING. See for privacy information.
Jason and Rich are joined by Curtis Harris ( to talk about the life and career of NBA legend Elgin Baylor, who passed away earlier this week.  Topics include: An overview of Baylor's illustrious but snakebitten career Baylor's status as one of the NBA's most underrated players ever Baylor's revolutionary style of play and influence on the game of basketball Baylor's tumultuous high school and college career Saving the Lakers franchise Baylor's battles with racism and All-Star Game boycott Baylor's famous service-shortened 1962 season Surviving a plane crash with his Lakers teammates Major injuries and the unknown world of sports medicine A bittersweet retirement Baylor's post-playing coaching and front-office careers. Additional Resources: Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball (  Support for Over and Back: The Day Sports Stood Still From Emmy-winning director Antoine Fuqua and NBA All-Star Chris Paul comes THE DAY SPORTS STOOD STILL - the new HBO documentary that tells the story of the unprecedented sports shutdown in March of 2020 and the remarkable turn of events that followed. Chronicling the abrupt stoppage of sports, the athletes' prominent role in the cultural reckoning on racial injustices that escalated during the pandemic, and the complex return to competition, THE DAY SPORTS STOOD STILL premieres Wednesday, March 24 at 9pm on HBO, and streaming on HBO Max.  Visit us on Twitter (@OverandBackNBA) and Facebook for an opportunity to win a free $25 gift card courtesy of the team behind The Day Sports Stood Still. Manscaped Get 20% off plus free shipping at using promo code Fansided20.  See for privacy information.
As a result of Elgin Baylor's passing, we are re-uploading a classic episode discussing the life, career and impact of Elgin Baylor as well as his noted NBA Finals battles with Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics.  Our guest on this show was Bijan C. Bayne, author of the incredible book "Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball." You can order the book today at We will have a full episode dedicated to Baylor coming out later this week.  Thank you. We discuss the Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Finals rivalry between 1959 and 1969 with Bijan C. Bayne, author of “Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball,” in our continuing #RussellMania series dedicated to the life and legacy of Bill Russell. We break down each of their seven NBA Finals battles (1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969), talk about Elgin Baylor's rise to superstardom and his role in popularizing basketball in Los Angeles, Baylor's revolutionary influence on offensive play, the basketball and social parallels of Russell and Baylor, how Baylor was the first NBA player to boycott a game because of segregation, Baylor's relationships with longtime teammate Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain, some of the other key Lakers of the 1960s (including Frank Selvy, Rudy LaRusso, Tom Hawkins, Hot Rod Hundley, Dick Barnett, Leroy Ellis, Gene Wiley, Walt Hazzard, Bob Boozer, Archie Clark, and Gail Goodrich), what Don Nelson's failure in Los Angeles and success in Boston said about both teams, and much more. Original airdate: 4/19/16 See for privacy information.
This week on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich examine teams with big one-season jumps where the team didn't have a fundamental change (major new star or new coach).  The show concept is inspired by the 2021 Utah Jazz who are currently on a 63-win pace after only winning 44 games the prior year.  Our criteria:  At least a 10-game improvement and have to be a winning team the second season No coaching change between seasons No major stars added between seasons Some of this is subjective -- sorry if we missed your favorite team! In this episode, we'll highlight a few of the teams that made huge jumps with background on the years leading up to the jump and what may have aided the improvement. We'll also do a decade-by-decade breakdown of other teams that made unexpected improvements.  See for privacy information.
Today on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast we examine the best NBA players on the worst teams. Inspired by Bradley Beal's current situation with the Washington Wizards, we dig through NBA history to find the best individual seasons on sub .500 teams, the best players on the worst NBA teams in history and more!  Thank you to our episode sponsor Support the show and get your balls looking right with 20% off and free shipping by using promo code Fansided20 at  See for privacy information.
The Over & Back Classic NBA Podcast tackles a fun topic this week as we look at former all-stars/award winners who only appeared in 1 game for a team including Rasheed Wallace, Andrew Bogut, Jamal Crawford, Bob Rule, Kenny Sailors, George Carter, Tom Chambers, Tony Jackson, Steve Mix & Walt Bellamy.  See for privacy information.
The return of one of our most popular series looking at the last great game from all-time great NBA players.  Today we'll look at the last great games from: Julius Erving (Sixers) Steve Nash (Suns, Lakers) Charles Barkley (Rockets) Wilt Chamberlain (Lakers) Walt "Clyde" Frazier (Cavs) David Robinson (Spurs) See for privacy information.
Join us for a special Over & Back LIVE honoring the life and career of Phoenix Suns great Paul Westphal. We're joined by Curtis Harris of to watch a classic game from Westphal's career: Game 7 of the 1979 Western Conference Finals between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Phoenix Suns. Watch the game along with us at Vurbl: See for privacy information.
Watch the game with us at It's the most wonderful time of the time! Jason and Rich continue their holiday tradition by welcoming Curtis Harris and Reinis Lācis to the show as the guys talk about the year that was and watch a classic NBA game. This year's game takes us all the way back to 1977-78, a major transition period in the world of professional basketball, as we watch the Buffalo Braves vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers from Christmas Day. We'll talk about major storylines around the NBA and the world at the time, featured players in this game including Marvin Barnes, Billy Knight, Randy Smith, Walt Frazier, Jim Chones, Austin Carr and more! See for privacy information.
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