Frank Brickowski spent 12 seasons in the NBA with the Seattle Supersonics, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antionio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Hornets and Boston Celtics. Now he works for the NBA Players Association and is a regular contributor on Comcast Sportsnet. He joined Chad on Flight 750 Tuesday to preview the Blazers game versus the Suns and to weigh in on the legend of Doctor Jerry Buss.With Michael Jordan turning 50 years old over the weekend, we asked him if he puts Jordan at the top of the pecking order when it comes to basketball greatness. As it turns out, one of his former teammates is at the top of that list for him.
“There are so many facets to that question. If I had to pick a guy to build a team with, it would be Magic because Magic controlled the ball. Magic had the ball in his hands. Magic could play five positions. I mean, he started as a rookie in the finals for Kareem when he was hurt and 42, 15 and 12. So I’d be hard-pressed to go with Michael instead of Magic.”
Brickowski also gave a funny story about one of the last times he saw Larry Bird.
Larry and I were sitting on the court when they were here a couple years ago with Indiana. My son came over and I introduced him to Larry and I said “Jack, have Larry sign your jersey and my son looked at me and goes ‘Why him daddy?”’ I turned to Larry and go “My son just doesn’t respect what you did in this game.” He said “Don’t worry about it, my kids don’t either.”
And finally, Brickowski talked about what he remembered the most when it came to Doctor Jerry Buss.
“He took a liking to me early on when I played on the Lakers. He would stay at the MGM most of the time and when I saw him, he would invite me inside the ropes. When you’re inside the ropes, you’re kind of in his security. And Doctor Buss knew how to have a good time.”
Take a listen to the interview and be sure and pay attention to the gift that doctor Buss gave to Brickowski one of his seasons with the Lakers.