Nancy Lieberman might just be the best women's basketball player of all time. She certainly was in 1979 when she met Muhammad Ali for the first time. Ali had been her hero since age 10 and when she told Ali she was the greatest, he responded with "there's two of us?!"
The inspiration he gave her from a young age was simply magical and she's passed that on to people like me in the way she's lived her life. Nancy was so generous to give me a few minutes of her time to talk about her hero. I promise you won't be disappointed.
The Best on The Greatest
Muhammad Ali produced some of the best sports writing of all time. He was also sports greatest sound bite. Here are some of the best pieces I've read, heard and watched on Ali since his passing.
The Dan Le Batard Show opened Monday with a full segment montage of Ali. It's what radio should be. Their interview with George Foreman (in the same link) was also excellent. "He made Parkinson's look pretty!": http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=15999251
Jack Buck interviewing Ali (then Cassius Clay) in the early 60's. Joe Buck said he never heard his dad laugh like this: http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2016/06/04/audio-jack-buck-and-cassius-clay/
Keith Olbermann for The Ringer on the four times he met Ali: https://theringer.com/muhammad-ali-keith-olbermann-remembrance-2d81ba11561b#.o9fe5ofpi
Jon Saraceno in USA Today on the one-of-a-kind relationship between Ali and Howard Cossel: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/boxing/2016/06/04/muhammad-ali-howard-cosell-boxing-odd-couple/85374536/
Brian Curtis for The Ringer on how Ali changed sportswriting: https://theringer.com/muhammad-ali-sportwriters-rip-477fd1721947#.rogjngkmi
Jerry Izenberg on his friend: http://www.nj.com/sports/index.ssf/2016/06/former_heavyweight_champ_muhammad_ali_dies_the_gre.html
My former ESPN 980 colleague Thom Loverro on his relationship with Ali and how Ali embraced people, even when he didn't have to: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jun/5/loverro-muhammad-ali-embraced-people-death-boxing/
SI's media critic Richard Deitsch considers this the best piece in the history of the publication. Mark Kram on "The Thrilla in Manila": http://www.si.com/boxing/2014/08/11/si-60-thrilla-manila-muhammad-ali-joe-frazier
Jeremy Schaap narrated ESPN's obit to Ali: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=15940063&ex_cid=sportscenterTW&sf27934545=1
Liev Schreiber narrated HBO's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqFwTAOusPE&feature=youtu.be
Scott Van Pelt's commentary on Ali from late Friday night was also fantastic: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=15947463
There are certainly more pieces and all of them are great. It's hard to be bad with a subject this good. If you'd like to share your favorite, do so in the comments section. I'd love to read it. RIP to The Greatest.