Iconic Sonics celebrates the history of the great Seattle SuperSonics, including the team’s journey and experiences in Seattle. It explores the stars and stories that made NBA basketball in Seattle legendary. Iconic Sonics is brought to you by Truth+Media and presented by Swinomish Casino and Lodge and Dicks Drive-In!
53:10Seattle businessman Chris Ackerley joins the Show to talk basketball, the Sonics and the Kraken. The son of the former Sonics owner, Chris shares memories of the team in the 80s and 90s and discusses the potential return of the NBA to Seattle. This episode is presented by Swinomish Casino and Lodge, Dicks Drive-In and RunFreely.
58:09Mike Gastineau and Co-Host Eldridge Recasner are joined by Haitian born NBA player Olden Polynice who played center for the Seattle SuperSonics, LA Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, and Utah Jazz. On the show we discuss Olden's time playing in Seattle, the role of the "Big Man" (then and now) and how his transition to coaching has allowed him to stay in the game and teach the next generation how to play basketball both mentally and physicially. This episode is presented by Swinomish Casino and Lodge, Dicks Drive-in and the Run Freely Foundation.
Marc J. Spears
58:33Senior NBA writer for ESPN and Andscape (formerly the Undefeated), Marc Spears joins us, along with newly inducted Hall of Fame coach George Karl, for a conversation on the state of the NBA, how the media now interacts with the sport and the status of hoops in Seattle. This episode is presented by Swinomish Casino and Lodge, Dicks Drive-in and the Run Freely Foundation.
39:49Seven year NBA player and former Sonic Jim McIlvaine joins the Show to discuss his time in Seattle and his hoops career. A defensive specialist and standout at Marquette, Jim shares illuminating stories about his time in Seattle, including the circumstances around Shawn Kemp. This episode is presented by Swinomish Casino and Lodge, Dicks Drive-in and the Run Freely Foundation.
46:35Sonics legend James Donaldson is our guest as we walk through his career in the NBA, being drafted by and playing for the Sonics, the era of the "Big Man" and how he's now focused on mental health awareness and breaking it's stigma in sports. This is presented by Swinomish Casino and Lodge, Dicks Drive-In and RunFreely.
45:00We welcome to the show Derrick McKey who started his basketball career in small town Meridian Mississippi, played 3 years at the University of Alabama and ended up playing in the NBA for 15 years (6 with the Sonics). We also welcome our new co-host for the show, Eldridge Recasner (Iconic Sonics Ep. 33) who along with Mike Gastineau talk to Derrick on his long and successful career, the origin his nickname "Heavy D", and playing against Michael Jordan and the '98 Bulls. This is presented by Swinomish Casino and Lodge, Dicks Drive-In and RunFreely.
45:15Former Sonic Detlef Schrempf (aka The Grand Teuton) joins the show to give us some insight into what it was like to play on the '96 NBA Finals team, being one of the first NCAA players from Europe, dunking in rec leagues between NBA games, and his future in Seattle basketball. This is presented by Swinomish Casino and Lodge, Dicks Drive-In and RunFreely.
Brad Feinberg + Saul Spady
49:50With sports gambling now being HUGE in professional sports and becoming more and more popular every day, we invited gambling expert Bran Feinberg and marketing/creative guru Saul Spady on the show to talk about best bets, tricks of the trade and how to not lose all your money on in-game betting! This is presented by Swinomish Casino and Lodge, Dicks Drive-In and RunFreely.
50:32Talk about ICONIC! Spencer Haywood joins us again to talk about his years in the NBA and time playing for the Sonics. We also get into the 15th anniversary of his jersey retirement in Seattle and his lasting effect on the game of basketball, largely due to his legal case vs the NBA 50 years ago. This is presented by Swinomish Casino and Lodge, Dicks Drive-In and RunFreely.
48:18Although never a Sonic, he was an NBA fixture for years and one of the great players at University of Washington. Eldridge Recasner joins the show to talk about his friend Gary Payton, playing in Taiwan with Shawn Kemp and how a cocky George Karl devised an illegal defense to guard Hakeem Olajuwon in the 90's. This is presented by Swinomish Casino and Lodge, Dicks Drive-In and RunFreely.