Rewatching a Knicks vs. Pistons classic with Pete Croatto

The Over and Back Podcast welcomes author Pete Croatto to talk about the rise of the NBA in the 1980s and his new book From Hang Time to Prime Time.

Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch welcome Pete Croatto — author of the new book From Hang Time to Prime Time — to watch the fourth quarter and overtime of a classic NBA playoff game between the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons.

Follow along with the game below:

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Topics discussed during the game and the show includes, of course, Pete’s new book (From Hang Time to Prime Time), the challenges in writing a book, some highlights from interviews conducted during the book-writing process, a certain Detroit Pistons legend who was far and away the worst interview he conducted in writing the book, what sparked the NBA’s rise in popularity in the 1980s, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, the history of basketball on television, the importance of commentary on televised NBA games, CBS vs. NBC, Isiah Thomas‘ career, the changing of the guard in Detroit, Bernard King‘s brilliance and unfortunate injuries in New York plus a lot (no seriously, A LOT) of Kent Benson jokes.

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