The Sidelines: Dan Majerle talks life with Charles Barkley and coaching Grand Canyon
College basketball season is officially underway, and what better way to get fired up than with another edition of “The Sidelines” podcast with Evan Daniels? In previous weeks, Evan has welcomed icons such as Coach K and Jay Wright to the show, and this week we have a special treat: A visit from former NBA All-Star and current head coach at Grand Canyon University Dan Majerle.
That's right, “Thunder Dan” joins the show and takes a deep-dive into topics all across the world of basketball, including:
• Life with Charles Barkley in the NBA. Majerle explains why Barkley was his favorite teammate of all time, and why their best memories came off the court, not on it.
• What it was like playing against Michael Jordan. How did Majerle handle the match-up with Jordan in the 1993 NBA Finals? And also, why Jordan's greatest gifts didn't come on the offensive end of the court.
• His current role as the head coach at Grand Canyon University. Why coaching college kids is the last place he ever thought he'd be and how basketball icon Jerry Colangelo helped him land at the school. Plus, the most difficult challenge of coaching at an upstart D1 program.
Majerle also discusses his role with the 1988 Olympic team, his thoughts on the current NBA and how he has become iconic thanks to the “NBA Jam” video game. Whether you're a fan of college basketball or the NBA, this episode is a must-listen.
And now with the college basketball season underway, be sure to catch up on all other episodes of “The Sidelines,” where FS1 college hoops insider Evan Daniels has welcomed everyone from Coach K to Jay Wright, Shaka Smart and Sean Miller.
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