Stephen Dean "Steve" Bardo (born April 5, 1968) is a retired American professional basketball player who had a brief career in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently a college basketball analyst.
Bardo at the 2014 World Basketball Festival
|Born||April 5, 1968|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Carbondale (Carbondale, Illinois)|
|NBA draft||1990 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|Number||42, 23, 25|
|1990–1991||Quad City Thunder|
|1991–1992||Quad City Thunder|
|1992||San Antonio Spurs|
|1993||Wichita Falls Texans|
|1994||Wichita Falls Texans|
|1996–2000||Toshiba Brave Thunders Kanagawa|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
During his standout career at the University of Illinois, 6'5" Bardo scored 909 points and compiled 495 assists. He was part of the Flyin' Illini team that qualified for the 1989 NCAA men's basketball tournament Final Four. That Fighting Illini team gained the moniker "Flyin' Illini" by Dick Vitale while broadcasting a game during the 1988–89 season. Bardo was named Big Ten defensive player of the year in 1989. Along with Bardo, the other starting members of that team included Nick Anderson, Kendall Gill, Lowell Hamilton, Kenny Battle, and key reserve Marcus Liberty.
Bardo was selected in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, but never played for the team, playing one game (one minute) with the San Antonio Spurs during the 1991–92 NBA season. He also appeared for the Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons, amassing 32 more regular season games, and leaving the National Basketball Association with per-game averages of 2 points, 2 rebounds and one assist.
Bardo also played in France, Italy, Japan, Spain, Venezuela overseas as well as the CBA (Quad City, Wichita Falls, Chicago). He enjoyed a 10-year professional playing career.
|1986–87||31||119||3.7||85||2.7||23||13–2||23–8||NCAA First Round|
|1987–88||33||216||6.5||125||3.8||41||11–7||21–10||NCAA Second Round|
|1988–89||36||293||8.1||148||4.4||34||14–4||31–5||NCAA Final Four|
|1989–90||29||281||9.7||137||4.7||37||11–7||21–8||NCAA First Round|
Since retiring in 2000, Bardo has worked in broadcasting. He has served as a color analyst for the Illini Sports Network, a sports reporter for WBBM-TV in Chicago, an analyst and reporter for CBS Sports, and a color analyst for college basketball on ESPN and Big Ten Network. He has also participated on ESPN First Take. Additionally, he works as a motivational speaker, and authored the book How To Make The League Without Picking Up The Rock.
- Keynote Speaker: Stephen Bardo
- Stephen Bardo speaks about overcoming adversities, leadership[permanent dead link]
- Great Black Speakers profile Archived 2011-01-26 at the Wayback Machine
- Duber, Vinnie (May 30, 2015). "Ex-Flyin' Illini Stephen Bardo voices frustration on Twitter". CSN Chicago. Retrieved 5 February 2016.