Basketball, James Naismith, Espn discussed on Chauncey's Great Outdoors


Sport's most iconic franchises squaring off in this year's fall classic. We're traveling back in time to the early days of the World Series in the life and career of what the giants of the World Series, the one and only George Herman Ruth. We'll be speaking with bestselling author Jean leave you about her new book about the later in the show. But I if you've been watching ESPN recently it's been difficult to avoid the terrific documentary series twenty hours worth of talking on the air, Dan. Fluorosis basketball a love story. It's a history of the game and appreciation of the game told essentially in sixty two different short stories vignettes by one hundred sixty five figures from the game. Dan, Clorox has worked in this space before he's a Peabody award winning documentary filmmaker, and it is a pleasure, Dan to welcome you to the sporting life. Thank you for being with us. Well, thank you so much for having me, Jeremy emigrated Mirer view tire it, it's it's a no one is going to respect your judgement anymore for that. But so, you know, how do you even go about how do you even said about telling a story with the canvas as as fast as basketball's, you know? The first decision I made because I've been wanting to do this for quite a while is not to tell the history of the game because you need. I don't know eighty hours one hundred hours. I didn't want to present myself as a as a historian. I wanted to take a historical view of the game. And tell it in a short story format so I- outlined those stories that interested me, I felt would interest in audience and once I did that. And it's remarkably similar this is four and a half years ago. It takes me two years to do a ninety minute film. We did this twenty hours in four and a half years, which is and and I don't even use a computer everything is a long yellow legal pad. You know? And and I I I the stories though short stories then came up with the list of who. Who I wanted to speak to to flush those stories out. And then of course, Jeremy. You see what can work and watch not gonna work. What you learn what you could add I had creative freedom completely. So I was able to really play and go outside straight historical, storytelling speaking with Dan Clorox about his new documentary series, which you could see on ESPN basketball. Love story. Sixty two stories of varying length and tone. Told by scores of the most significant people in the annals of the game of basketball going all the way back to its origin story with doctor James Naismith and the peach basket at Springfield college. Western Massachusetts, one of the interesting things to me Dando. To a certain extent, unlike football, and unlike basketball, I'm sorry, none like baseball. The story of basketball as it as it sits inside the fabric of American society has not really been told. It's it's not. We we've tilled a lot of that field with baseball and football. Did you see this? With basketball's a kind of virgin territory. I don't know about virgin territory. But I, but I. I'm ABD in American history. And that means everything, but dissertation and. So the historical view of the game was critically important to me and to telling that I didn't want to open up which James Naismith, then I lose the entire audience. Not me, I love James Naismith. I don't love him. But I want to open them up with him and saw the third scene in films PJ getting choked with by by by spree. Well. Then I cut the Naismith, but the the historical view of the game the story of migration, the story of of southern migration story of immigration, the story of the demographic of the immigrants coming to the east coast and traveling to the midwest and the south very very important to understand because you know, I'm in New Yorker. And of course, we feel where the bash, but it's not necessarily true. No. Great coaches and teachers evolved, and there is situated in different parts of the country and the game meant different things to to young African Americans and meant different things to people in the mid west and different things to people in urban areas into urban groups, it's not an accident that the Jews and the Irish in the northeastern adopted the game because talion mostly playing baseball. So these things mattered as did and does continued history. I show the effects of the Cold War on the game and the United States rushing and Olympic competition. I show the effects of the war in Vietnam in the civil rights movement on the game not merely on the Olympic movement in sixty eight. But but actually what it's going to mean today fifty years later will there be another black boycott in? Fifty years since one thousand nine hundred sixty eight history and basketball critically connected. The women's game. I went in Jeremy. Knowing I'm not boxing women into seven minutes story. You know, they're going to be integrated throughout the entire pieces. Nineteen women and my point was correct. The first time we put a camera on a woman. And then you hear the voice of the outsider the excluded American. That's what women were right? And the judge as ethnic groups were, and that's why I think the sport is so appealing to so many that in the nakedness of it. No helmets. No shoulder pads. No caps. Sunglasses. You see and feel the player, and you believe that they actually see and feel you the new film from Dan chorus is basketball. A love story. You could see it on ESPN on television on the app. Dan date you for joining us. It's been great chatting. My pleasure. Army.

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