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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tyus Edney Radio Interview and Career Round-up
Tyus Edney recently made an appearance on the Petros & Money Show on local Los Angeles radio station AM 570 KLAC. The hosts of the show, Petros Papadakis and Matt "Money" Smith, asked the former UCLA star about his current activities, his career in Europe, and other related topics.

Highlights of the interview include:

  • Tyus has retired and is living back in the U.S.
  • He is interested in coaching, and he has been involved in basketball clinics and related activities.
  • While asking Edney about his famous shot against Missouri in 1995, Petros did his best Jim Harrick impression, which Edney found entertaining.
  • Tyus went through the 1995 shot and what he saw as the play unfolded.
  • Edney still keeps in touch with other Bruin teammates, including Ed O'Bannon, Kris Johnson, Toby Bailey, and Bob Myers. Tyus finds it easier to see everyone now that he is back in the states.
  • In one of the funnier moments of the interview, Tyus shared that while playing in a championship game for the Greek club Olympiakos, his coach got hit with an unusual food item during a team huddle on the sideline.

Here is a media player that should allow you to listen to the interview. If it doesn't work, click here to access the mp3 directly (right-click the link to download).

If you didn't follow Edney's career in Europe, he spent most of his years in Italy with clubs like Benetton Treviso, Lottomatica Roma, and Climamio Bologna. His teams won a lot of games, and his individual honors include the Euroleague Final Four MVP in 1999. He was considered by many to be the best point guard in Europe during his prime. According to Jerry Crowe, Edney is now living in Las Vegas with his wife and three children. For more on his life and career in Europe, see this 4-page LA Times article, this UCLA Magazine piece, and his Euroleague web page.

And of course, this always puts me in a good mood:

(Tyus Edney of the UCLA Bruins goes the length of the floor in 4.8 seconds to make the game-winning shot against the Missouri Tigers in the 1995 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament)
What a great game, was a freshman that year at UCLA. What memories.
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