We know stories about the Hall of Famers and the Superstars of the sports world.

However, the truth is the world of sports is filled with so many professional players that don’t quite get the same spotlight.

In this episode, Brent Mekosh is joined by former professional basketball player Tom Van Arsdale. Tom shares his personal experience in an unlucky yet successful career as a basketball player and his memoir “Journey Man.” He also reveals some behind the scenes of professional athletes, from his views on racism while playing for the NBA to the financial side of sports.

Tom discusses:

  • What lead him to write his story
  • The importance of sharing one’s life with the next generation
  • The impact of racism within the NBA
  • The financial risk and rewards taken by sports team owners
  • And more!

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About our Guest:

Tom Van Arsdale was born in the great state of Indiana, the heartbeat of the game of basketball. He and his twin brother became Co-Mr. Basketball in the state, at Indianapolis Manual High School. Tom was an All-American at Indiana University and spent 12 years in the NBA, becoming a three-time NBA All-Star.

Tom holds two NBA Records: He’s played the most games without a playoff appearance and scored more points than anyone without a playoff appearance. It was rotten luck to break those records, but Tom’s career is more than those unwitting accomplishments.

At the age of 77, Tom wrote “Journey Man: Celebrating an Unlucky, Unpredictable, and Undeniably Successful NBA Career,” a  book dedicated to his reflections of his time in the NBA.

Episode 7 - An Unlucky Yet Successful NBA Career with Tom Van Arsdale

by Brent Mekosh