Dan Jansen – Unbreakable

By:  Michael D. McClellan It’s two hours before the biggest race of  your life and you’ve just seen death. How do you compete when it goes down like this? You’ve sacrificed large swaths of your childhood and even larger chunks of your adolescence in exchange for a place at the top of your sport’s elite, […]

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 […]

Meissa Hampton – Virtuoso

By:  Michael D. McClellan | Meissa Hampton is one busy lady.  A product of the prestigious Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Hampton is equal parts brains and beauty, with a healthy dose of social conscience thrown in for good measure, but such a description only scratches the surface of this high-octane virtuoso.  Hampton is a fearless and […]

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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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