Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Episodio II. Golden State Warriors


Sigueme en @LeyendaPerdida donde os podreis ir encontrando con mas entrevistas, curiosidades nba/nbl y siempre abierto a una charla sobre baloncesto.

En este episodio se unen al podcast Ruben Molano de @losgswarriors y Carlos @carlig7 para charlar sobre los Warriors, un repaso a la plantilla, nuestras predicciones y apuestas de cara a la temporada que ya empieza y risas varias. Si te gusta Golden State no te lo pierdas.

Friday, 18 October 2013

The NBL. Episode I




In this episode i talk to Curtis Harris, a basketball historian, about the NBL,

the different rules, the teams, the rising stars…

Teams mentioned:













Some of the notable players 










A lot of interesting stories not always know for the general public, a few book recommendations and above all an attempt to understand how basketball evolved from the 30s to the present day.

Follow me @LeyendaPerdida which it is the twitter account for the blog and don’t forget to comment and share any ideas you might have. Hopefully soon to be in Itunes also.

                               COBI SOBRINO

Sunday, 6 October 2013



He was the ECC Rookie of the Year as a freshman.
Randall Burkert was a four-year letterwinner on the basketball team. Burkert was the recipient of the Thomas Greene Award as Drexel’s Outstanding Graduating Athlete in 1982. Thomas Greene was a World War II veteran (16th Division) who later served as Drexel Athletics Director from 1952 until 1961. His own son become a lieutenant colonel in the US army and would be killed in the Korean War. Burkert,as a senior, led the team in scoring with 374 points and helped guide the Dragons to (at the time) a school-record 19 victories. He was also named a Second Team All-East Conference Coast pick and a Region II Academic All-American, also he became just the sixth Dragon to score more than 1,000 career points.
Burkert is still in Drexel's record books in many categories. He is 14th on the all-time scoring list with 1,265 points, 13th in rebounding with 655 and eighth in assists with 341. Burkert was named to Drexel's All-Millennium Team in 2000 and became a Drexel Hall of Fame member in 1989.
He earned his Bachelor's degree from Drexel University in 1982.
Selected by the Philadelphia Sixers in the tenth round of the 1982 nba draft with the 224th pick.
Club Pacifico Bahia Blanca LNA 1982-1985
Burkert arrives in Argentina at a time where the actual LNB (National Basketball League) doesn’t even exist and basketball is not well organized. He signs with Club Pacifico Bahia Blanca, a franchise which a few years later (April,26th 1985) would have the honor of playing the first ever game of the actual LNB defeating Atenas Cordoba with Neal Robinson scoring 33 points.
Burkert will play  three years in Argentina (1982-85) averaging 12 points and 5 boards winning the affections of the home crowd but something was missing.
On his return to the United States in 1985 he retires from basketball and moves onto get his MBA from Business School which he received in 1989 (Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania).
He joined the Equities Division of Goldman Sachs in 1989. He spent two decades at Goldman Sachs as a Managing Director in the Securities Division. He was one of the original members of the Goldman Sachs Trust Co. and served on its institutional sales team. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Burkert co-founded and managed/headed global institutional group. He began his financial career in public accounting. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Drexel University and serves on the Dean's Advisory Board at the LeBow College of Business.
Extracted from The Triangle

Many things have changed in the game of basketball over the past 20 years, but the legends of the game are still the ones who dominated their sport and succeeded off the court.
Randy Burkert was named Drexel's 2004 Colonial Athletic Association Legend March 6 at a breakfast held by the league at the Richmond Marriott Hotel. Burkert spoke on behalf of all of the legends selected from each school.
"I tried to find a common theme of all of the legends up here," Burkert said. "The only thing I could find is that we're all old."
Burkert received many laughs in his speech but also got his point across in a serious manner that the game of basketball changes and people change after playing basketball.
"Any time you can revisit some of your accomplishments, it's great," Burkert noted. "The point of today, though, was seeing the transition these people have made to become excellent and passionate in their next phase of life."
After his time at Drexel, Burkert was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers and later went on to play professional basketball in Argentina.
"No one really knows the beauty of South America," Burkert said. "I did it for a few years and really enjoyed myself. It was a fabulous experience for me."
When asked about his time at Drexel, he only had great things to say of his alma mater.
"People from Drexel are hard working and definitely have an edge coming out of college," Burkert said. "I received a great education at Drexel, and basketball was all a part of that."
On the topic of change, Burkert also noticed that the school has changed greatly since his time as a student.
"Drexel has gained a lot more national recognition, and it keeps expanding its influence," Burkert said. "Many positive things are happening."
Burkert joins Bob Buckley and Dan Promislo as the only CAA Men's Basketball Legends.
"Basketball is a game of evolution," Burkert said. "We take things we learned on the court and use them in what we are doing now."
In September of 2009 would moved to Hirtle, Callaghan & Co to take control over their office in New York spending two and a half years as the Head of New York Office at Hirtle, Callaghan & Co., LLC, which he helped establish.
Mr. Randall S. Burkert has been Managing Director of Development for the Northeast Region of Northern Trust Corporation since September 25, 2012.
Still lives in Manhattan.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013


Born on March,9th 1959 in Minneapolis.
In 1975 while in high school adopts a hard decision when his parents move back to Minneapolis (work reasons), staying in Kentucky to live with his uncle and aunt.
At the beginning of the 1976 season Lamp writes a letter to his high school coach, Richard Schmidt, apologising for not working harder the previous  season and not been able to have won the championship. In his final year at Ballard high school (1976-77) Lamp would lead the team to win the state championship for the first time in the school’s history. March 1977 (17th -20th) Jeff Lamp showed why he would later be named “Mr.Kentucky Basketball” that same year.The first two games against Taylor Co. And Bath were very easy with the starting five dominating from the beginning  and not seing much playing time in the second half due to the big margin they had gained. The scores were 94-57 (Lamp,23) and 96-53 (Lamp,24) respectively. In the semifinal game Lamp scored 29 points on road to a victory 66-54 over Owensboro. Sometimes it is been said “Leave the best for last” and in this case that is exactly what happened.
Jeff Lamp played one of those games for the ages scoring 49 points on 16/21  field goals and a perfect 11/11 from the line, grabbed 10 rebounds and stole the ball three times to lead his team 68-59 over Louis Valley Hs. Champions for the first time!! His 43 points are still today the third highest scoring mark in the tournament’s Final.
Obviously the star and main man was Jeff Lamp but in that high school team there were three other players who later would be selected in the nba draft, they were Lee Raker, Jerry Eaves and Norman Miller. Not bad.
When Lamp arrived at Charlottesville on the fall of 1977 to join Virginia University, the Cavaliers had reached the NCAA tournament only once since the program was founded in 1905. The year before his arrival, 1976, they went out the tournament in the first round after a defeat against DePaul (60-69).
His coach, Terry Holland, have found a gold mine recluiting in the state of Kentucky starting with Lamp’s teammate Lee Raker and also coach Schmidt (Ballard) who would become Holland’s assistant. Even thought Lamp was considering Indiana and Kentucky as the main possible destinations the fact that Raker and now his old coach at high school were at Virginia made the decision easy for him.
On his game debut, Lamp would go and score 24 points establishing a record for a rookie in Virginia which stood unbroken until 2008.
As a freshman Lamp led the ACC in scoring (17.3) reaching the NIT Tournament and winning the first postseason game of the program’s history when defeating NorthEast Louisiana (79-78). In 1979 with the arrival of a giant Ralph Sampson the Cavaliers despite not performing well during the year would end up winning the NIT Tournament. Ralph Sampson was selected MVP but this was Jeff Lamp's team and everybody knew it.
The 1980-81 season would be a remarkable one. The team had a streak of 22 consecutive victories since the start of the season and only lost to NotreDame (Kelly Tripucka, the late Orlando Woolridge) with three games remaining before the postseason started. On February 28th 1981 Jeff Lamp would play his final game at the University Hall (Cavaliers home ground) and just minutes after the final whistle of the game against the Terrapines his number 3 jersey was officially retired. Despite this emotive ceremony Lamp still had more games to play, first the ACC playoffs losing in the semifinal with Maryland and then after four consecutive wins also the Final Four. They where amongst the four best teams in the country, what a remarkable turnaround for the University of Virginia. Unfortunately they were not able to beat a very strong North Carolina team (Al Wood 39 points and 10 boards, also Sam Perkins and James Worthy). Lamp had a good game with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists but it wasn’t enough. A couple of days later on what would be Lamp’s last ever game at college, Virginia defeated Louisiana St (78-74) on the consolation final. The following year the NCAA decided to erase this game off their calendar, it was painful enough to lose a semifinal game let alone had to play for a third and fourth position. With his 25 points scored on his final game, Lamp had tallied the enormous amount of 2317 points in his four years at Virginia making him the most prolific scorer of all times. His record would then by broken by Bryan Stith in 1996 (2516 points). He averaged 34 minutes, 18.2 points and 4.2 boards during his four year tenure at the University of Virginia being the top scorer on each and every one of the four years. 
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the number 15 of the first round of the 1981 draft. Lamp would spend three years at Portland (1981-84) with a very marginal role averaging 11 minutes and 4.6 points per game. Just only one start and without any opportunities because Calvin Natt, the same who was later to be an All-star with the Nuggets, was developing into a very good player at the small forward. As a curiosity, after retirement Natt would become a minister and also owned a funeral home.
After being cut by the Blazers he wouldn’t be back at the nba until October 1985 when he signed as a free agent with the Bucks. He played 44 games with them averaging 16 minutes and 6.3 points before being cut in February. He then managed to sign a few 10-day contracts with the San Antonio Spurs and finishing the 1986 season with them. 30 games with the Spurs with a bit more playing time (20 minutes a game) where he gave us a glimpse of what we had seen in Virginia scoring 11 points per game in those limited minutes.
Unfortunately without any convincing offers Lamp travelled to Europe to join the Italian club Hamby Rimini which just had the best season of their history and were looking to established themselves as a new alternative to the Italian championship. His American teammate was Olden Polynice, fresh out Virginia  who later would have a 15 year nba career (1058 games), and Lamp showed he hadn’t lost it. In 28 games, just in case you don’t know the European domestic leagues would not normally go over 30 games in their regular season, he had 27.3 ppg, 4.8 rebounds while shooting 57% FG and 85% FT. The only thing is that any of that translated into wins and after a horrible season (only 4 wins out of 28 games) the team was relegated to the A-2 division, the second tier of Italian basketball. Also in that team was Mike Silvester (Dayton) who had an enormous and very long career in Italy, principally in Milan.
Jeff Lamp would returned home to sign for the LA Lakers  and would be a part of their roster the next two seasons (1987-89) playing only 40 games with very limited time (4.5 minutes and 1.5 points). I guess he can say as a consolation he was part of an NBA Final when in 1989 he played the four games of the Pistons swept over the Lakers.
In summer of 1989 Lamp decided to emigrate and play overseas, he wanted to feel important as a basketball player. Italy was once again his destination. On this occasion he joined the Hitachi Venezia (A-2) averaging 24.3 ppg, 6.6 boards, 58% FG and 85% FT. Also Ratko Radovanovic (22 ppg) was part of the squad. He decided to continue playing for Venezia the 1990-91 season and despite his tremendous numbers (25.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 61% FG and 90% FT) the team doesn’t reach the goal of promoting to the A-1 (the top level of Italian basketball). The Spanish fans would like to know Ricky Brown (Mississippi St)(25 points and 11 rebounds a game) was the other American on the team.

And finally, he lands in Spain to play in the ACB League with Oximesa Granada where playing 36 games becomes one of the only few selected players to reach the 1.000 points scored in a season (1046 points). Maybe for someone who doesn’t know about the Spanish League this achievement might sound a bit easy, i mean, it is only 1000 points but to put in American point of view think like an Nba player scoring 3.000 in a season. Lamp’s efforts (29 ppg) don’t reflect on the team and they were sent to the playoffs to elude relegation. My hometown team, Caixa Ourense, led by an incredible performance of Sasha Radunovic beat them 3-0 and once again Lamp’s team was relegated to a lower division. To be fair though, Jeff Lamp had just got injured and didn’t play a single minute of this series.
December 21st 1991 he establishes a record nearly impossible to beat in the future when he scores an astonishing 29/30 in free throws on his way to 45 points. I think the nba record is on 28 (Wilt Chamberlain), unbelievable.
In his second and final season in Spain (1992-93) he played for TDK Manresa averaging 20 points and 7 rebounds. Rembember Granger Hall (Temple)? He was the other American on that team (17 ppg, 11 rpg). He then retired from basketball and returned to USA.
After returning to the States he was based in San Diego where he started to work for an non profitable organisation called "San Diego High Five" which helped the youth.
He has since then participated in more than 200 basketball clinics, conferences and basketball events.
Later he would joined the NBPA helping players after retirement and pointed them in the right direction, apparently when he stopped playing he had a rough time because he felt like there was noting else after basketball, he didn't know what to do with himself. He has used this traumatic experience to start his own business and create a company specialized in this sort of thing.
A few years ago with the Nba lockout he was very involved due to his affiliation with the NBPA and we could see him in the media once again.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

CHRIS REMLEY. Numero 226 del draft


Nacido en Nueva Jersey empezó a jugar al baloncesto en el Watchung Hills High School y allí desde un principio demostró sus habilidades no solo en baloncesto sino que también en otros deportes. En su temporada senior (1981) recibió una High Honorable Mention All-American, fue nombrado All-State y All-County en dos temporadas consecutivas (1980-81). Al terminar su carrera pre-universitaria quedaría de segundo en la clasificación histórica de anotadores con 977 puntos. Asimismo establecería el record de puntos anotados en una temporada (587) y más puntos en un partido con (43). En aquella temporada (senior) logra unos promedios de 28 puntos y 14 rebotes dándole la oportunidad de poder elegir casi cualquier universidad del país pero se decide por RUTGERS (New Jersey) para seguir jugando cerca de casa. Como decía, también sobresalía en otros deportes y así se ganó una presencia en el First Team All Mid-State en golf a la vez que llegaba a las finales del sector en tenis.


En su primera temporada 1981-82 disfruta del papel de sexto hombre participando en 30 partidos promediando  4.2puntos y 2.5rebotes en 17 minutos de juego siendo el backup de Roy Hinson que luego jugaría en la nba ocho temporadas en los Cavs y Nets (14 puntos y 7 rebotes –carrera). Su segunda temporada de college sube hasta los 4.7puntos y 1.6 rebotes siempre saliendo desde el banquillo y los Scarlet Knights (Rutgers) alcanzan el torneo NCAA donde llegan hasta la segunda ronda perdiendo contra el St.John’s de Chris Mullin autor de 24 puntos aquella noche.

Tras la marcha de Hinson y otros jugadores pasa al puesto de titular y llega a promediar unos más que decentes 9.6 puntos y 4.9 rebotes. El equipo pese a su aportación y a la explosión de John Battle que paso de promediar 5 puntos a los casi 22 aquella temporada, no consiguió una línea regular y quedaron cuartos de la A-10 sin posibilidad de postemporada.

Su mejor temporada seria en 1985-85 cuando eleva sus números hasta los 12.2 puntos, 4.3 rebotes, un 56% en Tiros de campo y un increíble 93% de acierto en los tiros libres.

Entre el 6-9 de Marzo de 1985 y después de promediar 13 puntos y 5.7 rebotes es elegido en el ALL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM llegando a la final en la que su equipo los RUTGERS pierden 51-59 contra la universidad de TEMPLE de un viejo conocido, Granger Hall, que acaba con promedios de 20.7 puntos y 9.3 rebotes siendo elegido el MVP del torneo.
Según sus propias declaraciones uno de los mejores momentos de su carrera es cuando logra la buzzbeater (canasta ganadora) en el último segundo de un partido contra NOTRE DAME en su temporada junior.

Su mejor partido universitario llegaría en Diciembre de 1984 cuando logro 22 puntos y 14 rebotes contra SETON HALL. "Me sentí el rey del mundo por un día"- me comento.

En los rankings históricos de RUTGERS figura en el puesto (45) de anotación con 908 puntos anotados, el (43) en rebotes con 390 capturas y es tercero en porcentaje de tiros libres con un 84.1% siendo superado por BOB LLOYD (1964-67) que posee la mejor marca con un magnifico 89.8% de acierto. Con un buen sabor de boca se presenta al draft de 1985.


PRO CAREER (1985-1991)

Saldría elegido por los archifamosos  BOSTON CELTICS en el último puesto de la séptima ronda del draft de 1985 con el puesto (226) tan solo dos puestos más abajo que un futuro campeón NBA como Mario Elie .
Chris me contaba que ya “sabia” de antemano que los Celtics le elegirían entre las rondas cuarta y séptima pero que a pesar de ello lo celebro con sus amigos con una gran fiesta en aquel lejano junio de 1985. Sin expectaciones reales de formar parte de la plantilla Celtic ya empezó a barajar la posibilidad de quizás jugar en Europa o la CBA.

Tal y como me contaba sus posibilidades de hacerse un hueco en la NBA se reducen drásticamente cuando los Celtics no le permiten entrenarse (y por lo tanto darse a conocer) con otros equipos al ser los poseedores de sus derechos hasta que a finales de agosto comienza la pretemporada verde y es cortado siendo ya demasiado tarde para que otros equipos le prueben. La opción NBA se esfuma delante de sus ojos. Se notaba aun un poco el resentimiento de cara hacia los de Boston por no haberle dejado hacer “try outs” con otros equipos aun después de todos estos años.

En Septiembre de 1985 firma con los BAY STATE BOMBARDIERS de la CBA que por aquellas era un equipo afiliado a los BOSTON CELTICS pero lo deja a las dos semanas por problemas de estructura y organización del equipo. En ese equipo que llegaría a la final de la conferencia Este de la CBA para perder con TAMPA BAY se encontraba otro futuro NBA llamado Michael Adams.

En Noviembre de 1986 firma por un equipo de Dublín en una liga IRLANDESA donde juegan americanos de la talla de MIKE SMITH, MARIO ELIE, RAY SMITH,etc. Tras varios partidos jugados llegando a anotar 44 puntos en una ocasión, le tocaría coger las maletas dos semanas más tarde para unirse a los WATERFORD WILDCATS promediando un doble-doble de más de 30 puntos y 10 rebotes en los tres meses que echa en el equipo. Sin embargo los problemas económicos que asolan al equipo hacen una vez más que tenga que hacer las maletas con rumbo a USA en Febrero de 1987.

Sin haber dejado de lado del todo su carrera baloncestística pasan los meses y sigue en su casa de Nueva Jersey. Tal y como Chris me contaba no llego a deprimirse pero no podía dejar de pensar en cual sería el siguiente paso. Su novia se lo dejo claro cuando un año más tarde se casaban (1988) y le daba un ultimátum. Tenía una oportunidad más de seguir con su pro-career y si no funcionaba asentaría la cabeza y buscaría un trabajo en NJ.

La oportunidad llegaba en 1989 cuando emigra a Australia tras firmar con los WONTHAGGI pertenecientes a la VICTORIAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE.
Su estancia australiana se divide en un par de partidos con los Wonthaggi y luego media temporada con los DANDENONG RAIDERS y los PENINSULA SHARKS.

Queda tercero en el ranking anotador en 1990 a pesar de tener un estratosférico promedio de 39 puntos por partido pero es superado por HOWARD SPENCER (42.9 puntos) y WAYNE HOWELL (43.2 puntos) toda una leyenda de los KNOX FOX RAIDERS con más de 5600 puntos en 204 partidos jugados con la franquicia australiana. Ahora es profesor de Educación Física en un instituto de North Carolina y no ha querido saber nada de una entrevista. Es lo que pasa cuando eres un blogger imagino.

Su peor recuerdo –me dice- es cuando anota 56 puntos en el partido de semifinales de liga con la mala suerte de lesionarse en el pie al final del partido lo que le impide ayudar a su equipo en la final que acaban de perder contra SWAN HILL.



De vuelta a los EEUU se hace con el puesto de segundo entrenador del equipo de baloncesto masculino de DOVER HIGH SCHOOL en 1991-92 para luego pasar a engrosar el staff técnico de la RAHWAY HIGH SCHOOL,NJ en 1993.
Desde 1993-99 actúa como segundo entrenador del equipo masculino logrando el titulo estatal en 1996.
Un nuevo reto se le presenta y así en el cambio de milenio se hace cargo  del equipo femenino de baloncesto (2000-05). Llegan a ser campeones del Grupo norte sección dos del Estado de New Jersey en 2003.
En 2005-06 le nombran entrenador del equipo masculino de baloncesto. Ganan el titulo guiados dentro del campo por un futuro NBA como EARL CLARK .Se retira como entrenador por la puerta grande habiendo sido participe de tres de los cuatro títulos en la historia de RAHWAY.
Os acordáis cuando os decía que en su época de instituto sobresalió jugando a tenis? Pues en su currículo también se puede ver como desde el otoño de 2002 (chicas) y primavera 2003 (chicos) también es entrenador de tenis en el instituto.

Desde los dieciséis años ha participado en multitud de campus de baloncesto y ya en 2008 crea el BENGALS BASKETBALL CAMP en NJ para fomentar y compartir este deporte con chicos de todas las edades. El último tuvo lugar el pasado mes de Julio de este mismo año.


          LA Times
          Mi entrevista con Chris Remley