Thurl Talk

Thurl Bailey has stories to tell. After more than a decade playing in the NBA as Big T for the Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves, Thurl has seen a thing or two. And he still has things he wants to learn. He's a musician, father, husband and friend and he's interested in talking with people. That's what he'll do each week on Thurl Talk: share his own life experiences and learn from the stories of others. Whether it's about his life on the court, behind a mic or sitting at the kitchen counter, count on getting to know the real Thurl Bailey and maybe learn a little something from his friends. Photo credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Walter Bond on the importance of education, his book – Swim!, and why focus and mentorship can take you to the next level   (33:00) October 27, 2020
In this week’s episode, Thurl Bailey is joined by Walter Bond(Business Coach/Keynote  Speaker/Trainer/former NBA Player) to talk about growing up in Chicago in an “education first” household, why education was so important to Walter’s parents, and the moment he realized he needed to choose between baseball and basketball. Then he opens up about coming up […]
Dereck Whittenburg remembers Jimmy V, being an executive producer, his coaching experience, and helping others   (36:53) September 29, 2020
Thurl Bailey is joined by Dereck Whittenburg(NC State – Associate AD, CEO of Dereck Whittenburg Productions) to talk about how NC State was always his first choice when contemplating which college he wanted to play for, his introduction to coach Jim Valvano, and why Jimmy V wasn’t immediately accepted by his peers because he wasn’t […]
Georges Niang on the Jazz/Nuggets series, social justice in the bubble, and finding his way in the league   (38:17) September 22, 2020
Thurl Bailey is joined by Georges Niang (Utah Jazz – Forward | #31) to talk about learning from the loss to the Denver Nuggets in game 7 of the NBA playoffs, the pros and cons of playing without fans in the building, and how to get through shooting slumps. Georges also talks about the importance of […]
Stedman Graham on finding your identity, getting rid of labels, and why you need to adapt   (37:25) September 15, 2020
Thurl Bailey is joined by Stedman Graham (Author, Educator, & Entrepreneur) to talk about life during the pandemic, the importance of having a routine, and working on yourself during the COVID-19 outbreak. Then we talk about the social unrest in society today, getting rid of the labels that hold us back, and ways to leverage your […]
David Locke on predicting the NBA’s return, the Utah Jazz, and finding his voice as a broadcaster   (37:39) July 28, 2020
Thurl Bailey is joined by David Locke (Radio play-by-play voice of the Utah Jazz, creator of the Locked on Podcast Network) to talk about how COVID-19 has changed his daily life, predicting the NBA’s return, and the importance of laying the groundwork for next year’s season. We also dive into how the major sports are all […]
Alema Harrington talks COVID-19, his childhood in Hawaii, his time at BYU, and overcoming addiction   (53:07) July 21, 2020
Thurl Bailey is joined by Alema Harrington (Former BYU RB, host of the Utah Jazz Game Night on AT&T SportsNet) to talk about living through the COVID-19 pandemic, the announcement of Rudy Gobert testing positive for the virus, and how Alema has been able to use tools that he’s learned in addiction recovery to stay balanced […]
Isiah Thomas talks civil unrest, ‘The Last Dance’, growing up in Chicago, and the NBA   (52:58) July 14, 2020
Thurl Bailey is joined by Isiah Thomas (2x Champion, 12x All-Star, 1989-900 Finals MVP, Hall of Famer, NBATV host) to talk about how the current state of our society is reminiscent of the civil unrest that took place in the 1960s and how we still have so much more work to do. We also dive into […]
Anthony Robles on being unstoppable in wrestling and life after being born with one leg   (45:13) June 23, 2020
Thurl Bailey is joined by Anthony Robles (ESPN/PAC-12 wrestling analyst, 2011 NCAA wrestling champion, 2x ESPY award winner, NIKE athlete, and author) to talk about the struggles he faced growing up without his right leg, being treated differently as a child, and the importance of having a great support system growing up. Then Anthony talks about […]
Saul Bailey on discrimination, community-oriented policing, and why trust is so important as an officer   (47:00) June 16, 2020
Thurl Bailey is joined by Saul Bailey (retired Lt.) to talk about his experiences of dealing with discrimination at a young age and how it shaped him as a young man, as well as the importance of helping your community and how it ultimately led to him to becoming a police officer. We also dive into […]
Julius “Dr. J” Erving on his autobiography, racial tensions, transitioning from the ABA to the NBA, and life after basketball   (59:38) June 09, 2020
Thurl Bailey is joined by Julius “Dr. J” Erving (NBA Hall of Famer, 1982-’83 NBA Champion, 3x ABA MVP, 1981 NBA MVP) to talk about his book, Dr. J: The Autobiography, the racial tensions he experienced growing up, why he’s always been a follower of rules and how he used that to his advantage in sports […]
Natalie Williams on being drafted by the Utah Starzz, inequalities between the NBA and the WNBA, and her passion for coaching   (29:04) June 02, 2020
Thurl Bailey is joined by Natalie Williams (WNBA Hall of Famer, 4x WNBA All-Star, 3x All-WNBA First Team, 2x All-ABL First Team) to talk about how getting a later start in basketball, choosing to go to school on a volleyball scholarship, and how she ultimately led to choosing basketball over volleyball after being cut from the […]
We remember and honor Basketball Hall of Fame coach ⁠— Jerry Sloan   (24:11) May 26, 2020
In this week’s episode, Thurl Bailey honors Basketball Hall of Fame coach, Jerry Sloan. Thurl recalls what he learned from the late coach, how coach Sloan helped him grow as an NBA player, and how he helped prepare Thurl for the business side of the league. We also dive into why coach Sloan was so […]
Cliff Levingston on his early days in the NBA and Michael Jordan’s competitiveness   (45:57) May 12, 2020
Thurl Bailey is joined by Cliff Levingston (2x NBA champion, Chicago Bulls 1990-91, 1991-92) to talk about growing up in San Diego, CA., how his first passion was baseball, and what drove him to get out of California. Cliff also recalls being drafted 9th in the first round to the Detroit Pistons, even though he never […]
Bringing everyone together with the power of music   (54:24) May 05, 2020
This week we’re switching things up a little bit. Thurl Bailey takes us on a musical journey in the hopes of healing any pain we might be feeling during the pandemic. Thurl talks about some of his favorite cover songs that he’s recorded, from Bill Withers to Harry Chapin, the original tracks that Thurl is […]
Dick Vitale on his time as Piston’s head coach, NCAA one-time transfer rule, and Jim Valvano’s impact   (29:32) April 28, 2020
Thurl Bailey is joined by Dick Vitale (ESPN College Basketball Analyst) to talk about how coaching a baseball team in Rutherford, NJ ultimately led to him coaching for the Detroit Pistons in the NBA. Then we dive into his time in Detroit, his love for college hoops, and why the traditional big man is a lost […]
Mark Eaton on his book, The Four Commitments of a Winning Team   (27:51) April 21, 2020
Thurl Bailey is joined by Mark Eaton (Utah Jazz center 1982-1993, NBA All-Star, 2x Defensive Player of the Year) to talk about his story of working as a mechanic before getting picked up by the Utah Jazz on a one-year contract and the power of persistence. Then we talk about Mark’s latest book, The Four Commitments […]
Jimmer Fredette talks about COVID-19, BYU, the NBA, and his time playing overseas   (01:03:18) April 14, 2020
Thurl Bailey is joined by Jimmer Fredette(professional basketball player) to talk about how COVID-19 has shaped international basketball, growing up in Glen Falls, NY,  and the benefits of growing up in an athletic and competitive family. Then we talk about how Jimmer’s early game was refined in 3-on-3 games across New York, his decision to […]
Tony Finau on COVID-19, the challenges he faced growing up, his goals, and his pride of being a father and husband   (33:55) April 07, 2020
Thurl Bailey is joined by Tony Finau (professional golfer) to talk about how his life has changed since COVID-19 has taken over the sports world, how he’s spending his time since the outbreak, and his true love for basketball. Then we talk about his passion for golfing stemmed from his younger brother and father, how […]
Ranger Brody Young recalls the day he was shot nine times while on patrol   (46:53) March 31, 2020
Thurl Bailey is joined by Ranger Brody Young(Utah State Park Ranger) to talk about how his love for the outdoors led him to become a ranger and how a routine patrol at Poison Spider trailhead changed his life forever after being shot nine times on November 19, 2010. Ranger Young describes the gunfight that took […]
Craig Bolerjack recalls being quarantined in OKC, the coronavirus outbreak, and the state of sports   (45:17) March 24, 2020
In this episode, Thurl is joined by Craig Bolerjack(Utah Jazz TV play-by-play announcer) to remember the events that took place in Oklahoma City when it was announced that Utah Jazz center, Rudy Gobert, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. We talk about the calmness in the arena when the game had been canceled and […]