Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 at 4:55 pm  |  26 responses

SLAMTV: History Lesson

Thanks to Courtside Jones, the newest must-see site for hoop heads, we bring you a Dolph Schayes exclusive.

words Tzvi Twersky

And no matter what we say our religion is
Whether it’s Islam, Christianity
Judaism, Buddha-ism, old school-ism or new school-ism
If we’re not schooling the youth with wisdom
Then the sins of the father will visit the children
And that’s not keepin’ it real
That’s keepin’ it…wrong

-Gang Starr, “Robin Hood Theory

The NBA predates Michael Jordan by a good 30+ years. But based on the way a lot of young folk talk about the game, you wouldn’t know it.

Mention George Mikan’s exploits to a bunch of youngsters, they’ll probably look back at you with blank stares, not knowing the name, let alone the game. Well-schooled pupils may know the drill, but even they don’t know Mikan.

Talk about a shot clock-less NBA, a few of them may say, “I know college ball hasn’t had the 35er for that long of a time,” but even fewer would know how and when it came into existence in the NBA.

Discuss a League without a three in the key rule, a League where big men could set up shop in the middle because there were no real big men, and shorties would think you were weaving tall tales.

Reminisce about the days when there were no threes, minors, and young majors, may think you’re trying to play them.

Let them know about Bill Russell grabbing 25 boards on the regular, about Oscar Robertson averaging a triple-double, about Wilt scoring 50 a night, about the Knicks dominance in the late ’60s and early ’70s, dudes will think you’re toking too powerful a potion.

Drop knowledge on how Dolph Schayes scored 25 points a night on two-handed set-shots and high-arcing hooks…forget about it—cats would think you thought them gullible.

And even when people know some of the classic names, they don’t really know. They don’t know the stories behind the names, behind their games.

There’s a bottom line here, a point being made. Young ballers are suffering from a miseducation. It’s as plain to see as Shaq’s free throw problem.

But unlike Shaq’s touch—which has proven to be unfixable—Talani Goodson is running in like the Board of Education with the solution. His project, Courtside Jones, is here to unlock the NBA’s rich history to today’s Internet savvy youth.


SLAM 138 introduced our print readers to Talani Goodson. But if you’re reading about him for the first time now, here’s a proper intro–taken from the mag.

Talani Goodson  grew up playing ball near his Bronx home. Day and night, weekday and weekend, Goodson hit local parks to work on his game. He did that throughout his childhood until he came to the realization that GOODSON wasn’t going to make the back of an NBA jersey. So he put down the ball and picked up a video camera.

Now, a few short decades removed from his days as a park mainstay, Goodson has found a way to combine his affinity for hoops and experience in multimedia with his new project, Courtside Jones

Broken up into short video segments available by subscription online, Courtside Jones is the 21st century’s answer to the sports documentary. From interviews with historic players like Dolph Schayes to trips down memory lane with the likes of Micheal Ray Richardson and Willis Reed, Goodson has compiled a series full of concise, candid and crisp glimpses into the NBA, as told by former NBA players.

“It’s one thing to read about historic happenings in the NBA or to hear about it through folklore, but it has a whole other perspective when you hear directly from the person themselves,” says Goodson. “It’s one thing to hear about Rick Barry, but footage of Rick Barry directly telling his story is priceless. So I pulled in my background in film and sports and just intertwined everything with this project to make that happen.”

Courtside Jones is the product of one man’s love affair with the game. Offering stunning background settings, high production quality and “real stories from regrets to glories,” it’s sure to spark a similar fire in all its viewers.


A while back, Talani dropped by the SLAM Dome.  He brought his computer, and five or so of his first episodes with him. Suffice to say, the quality of the film blew us away. But more than that, how open the players are with him, how easily they converse with him, how they call him asking to be featured next episode—that’s what sold us. That’s what convinced us that he could have a series of these episodes. Hell, it convinced us NBA TV could use original programming like this.

For now, though, Talani hosts his ever-expanding collection of episodes on his own site. And for a small subscription fee, you can view them all, plus more as they roll out hot off his Mac.

To give you a little taste of what Courtside Jones has to offer, and to show you what kind of history course Talani’s offering, we’ve been given an episode to share with you starring Dolph Schayes.

Know the name? Sure you do. Know the story? Not until you’ve seen this.


Want to subscribe to Courtside Jones? You can do so here.

Want to visit the site and learn more? You can do so here.

Want to know where the site’s at so you can reference it in the future? We got you taken care of. Courtside Jones has been given a tab underneath our MEDIA category near the top of the homepage.

For now, though, watch this short vid and let Courtside Jones take you to school.

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    So excited this has come to fruition. Been discussing this launch with Talani and Tzvi for months now. I hope people give this Schayes video a watch and go to Talani’s site for more. The quality is IMPECCABLE. Respect your NBA history, everyone!

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  • The Philosopher

    If players were to adopt Schayes’s method to shoot free throws better….. Shout out to Dan Schayes.

  • The Philosopher

    And as far as NBA history, it’s my favorite topic of conversation.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Great work here by Talani, Danny and Dolph.

  • Mitch

    alright, so whats the easiest way and least painful way to break a wrist? any suggestions?

  • Herman Alston Jr.

    One of the best ideas I have seen in long time. A fresh prospective of the NBA from the player’s point of view. Love the concept. Even better is the fact that it is not just th superstars that everyone knows of. Great job Talani in digging up some of the players most have forgotten about and in the case of the younger generation just do not know.

  • Eric G.

    This is piping hot!!! Finally someone decided to do something of quality recounting the game the way it used to be played by some of its greatest players of the past. Kudos to you Talani for having the insight to see what was missing in the marketplace and giving it to us first rate. Keep up the good work and I can’t wait to see more.

    Eric G.

  • http://www.twiter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    That was a nice little piece. That why I respect the older cats, they didn’t coast on natural ability, even when they were playing for a lot less. Imagine a dude in the NBA right now playing with a broken wrist. These guys sprain their ankle and miss 4 games.

  • Mike white

    I love the Courtside Jones webisodes! they help me show my son the other side of the game AND link him to the history of the game!!!

    Keep up the grat work!!!

  • Mark Harrison

    Get this on NBA TV, ESPN or wherever as Courtside Jones is the real deal. That was a fascinating and well shot interview.

  • bberry

    Dolph schayes in Slam?!?! Awesome. Jews like him born this game. Eryone came and took it to the next level. Big things poppin hurr.

  • chintao

    Goodson found his shot, and it’s beautiful.

  • Big Bill

    Great interview. The legends are true students of the game

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  • LeoneL

    Too bad I can’t afford the subscription T_T.. Great job Talani, SLAM, and all the guys (and gals?)behind this.

  • Saadia L.J.

    Talani’s Courtside Jones has finally filled a void in sports media. Such an incredibly relevant addition! Lookin forward to watching this project blossom!

  • http://freewebs.com/galacreativa Gus

    Awesome…this guy could bring us the next great basketball documentary…nice memories from the cromagnon…kudos to the SLAM team…

    just one thing: there are more ways to make money from videos right now out there in the internet, charge a subscription fee? good luck with that Talani, i would advise an interview with Mr. Mark Cuban.

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    So sick. Talani, Tzvi, Dolph…everyone doing their thing.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    That interview was beautiful. I absolutely love it.

  • http://crohoops.com Tomislav

    Fantastic piece. I respect NBA history a lot.

  • Andre

    Without question the most innovative concept to come about in some time in sports media. I trust Courtside Jones will help some reminisce but more importantly bridge the gap between several generations of fans and players. This will no doubt educate the youth on the game’s rich history and on the sacrifices many before them made in order for the game to be what it is today.

  • Luis (Uruguay)

    Excellent interview with Dolph Schayes! Congrats, keep up the good work!

    Luis (Uruguay, South America)

  • Doug Washington

    love the stories and the settings. Always takes me back to my childhood when it was about the “TEAM” Keep up the good work….looking forward to seeing more!

  • Jesse Dunns Ghost

    I just wanna see a vid explaining HOW Oscar avg a triple double for a season? I still cannot figure out how he did it!!

  • Steve

    Ahh good old history… I still remember when people used to be able to take it to the hole without traveling. Keep up the good work folks. Love your stuff and help bring back the game of old!