Mike Eruzione – Miracle

By:  Michael D. McClellan |  This game never lets go.  Decades have passed since Mike Eruzione’s go-ahead goal gave the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team a 4-3 lead over the Soviet Union, a lead that would be fiercely tested over the final ten minutes of the final period, the Russians blasting shot after shot at […]

Clyde Drexler – Glide Time

By:  Michael D. McClellan | What is it about nicknames that endear us to our sports heroes so?  This isn’t a relatively new phenomena, unlike the tattoo craze that, in recent years, has inked both athletes and fans alike.  Nor are nicknames specific to race, culture, creed, or even the sports that we follow with such crazed […]

Q&A: Travis Freeman, Real-Life Inspiration Behind the Movie ’23 Blast’

  Imagine:  You’re twelve years old, and you wake up one morning and you’re completely blind.  Now, imagine finding the courage to rise up and continue following your dream to play high school football.  If it sounds like the stuff of movies you’re on the right track; 23 Blast opens on 600 screens nationwide on October […]

Desmond Mason – Paint Baller

Leonardo da Vinci once said that art is never finished, that is only abandoned.  Desmond Mason, burgeoning artist with an emphasis on abstract expressionism, he of the 10-year NBA career punctuated with the bold brushstroke that is victory in the 2001 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, quickly concurs with the genius painter behind the world’s most […]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Top Gun

By:  Michael D. McClellan | 38,387…. It’s a number that stands alone, one that towers, unyielding, above all others in NBA history.  It represents twenty years of sustained excellence, 1,560 nights of competing against the world’s best, 57,446 minutes worth of memories, mysteries and milestones.  Four other players have crossed the 30,000 career scoring threshold to […]

Julie Sarkissian – Spellbound

By:  Michael D. McClellan | There is something so refreshingly different about both Julie Sarkissian and her 2013 debut novel, Dear Lucy, that it’s easy to lose yourself in the world of the title character from the very first sentence.  The awkwardness of the grammar immediately sweeps you up, beautifully conveying the voice of this tender, innocent, […]

Julius Erving – House Call

By:  Michael D. McClellan | I stand at half court, dribbling the basketball, my heart pounding hard in my chest, one of the greatest players in NBA history standing his ground between me and the rim.  He’s wearing blue warm-up pants and a white Converse T-shirt, his iconic Afro long since downsized to keep pace with his […]

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Michael D. McClellan is a native of Montgomery, West Virginia. He has written two books about the Boston Celtics, and has interviewed more than 70 current and former NBA greats including Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving and Clyde Drexler. Michael launched FifteenMinutesWith.Com in September, 2013. The site focuses on profiles with extraordinary actors, artists, musicians, writers, scientists and athletes.

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