Hang Time Podcast (Episode 26)

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Peyton Manning might be the NFL’s best player and No. 1 pitch man these days, but in high school he wasn’t even the biggest star on campus at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans.

That honor belonged to Randy Livingston, who in 1993 was Gatorade National Player of the Year in boys basketball, earning his trophy a year before Manning would take home the same honors in football.

Currently the head coach of the NBA D-League’s Idaho Stampede, Livingston joins us on Episode 26 of the Hang Time Podcast to reminisce about his time as not only the nation’s top high school recruit, but also the knee injuries that curtailed his playing career and the resolve it took to overcome that adversity and succeed as a player in the NBA, the D-League and now as a head coach.

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Livingston also offers an interesting perspective on the rules changes the D-League will implement this season and the potential impact those changes could have if and when they are introduced to the NBA.

Veteran NBA writer Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports joins us as well, sharing his insights on the Carmelo Anthony situation in Denver — yes, we realize that all is quiet these days on the “Melo-drama” front, but there are still rumblings that things might not be what they seem in Nuggets camp.

We didn’t forget about Carlos Boozer‘s injury or Joakim Noah‘s extension in Chicago. And nobody is crazy enough, not even the HTP crew, to miss the Miami Heat’s preseason debut against Detroit tonight at 7 p.m. live on NBA TV.

As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine, our super producer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s new All Ball Blog and your host Sekou Smith on Twitter.

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  2. P.SLICK says:

    WHERE IS MELO GOING? TO THE BULLS I HOPE, I’M NOT A BULLS FAN BUT IT WOULD BE AN EXCITING EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS. JUST FOR THE RECORD I’D TAKE THE HEAT IN SIX GAMES IF THIS WAS TO MAGICALLY COME ABOUT.

  3. Zzanzabar says:

    Wow Sekou, every time I say that the podcasts can’t get any better, you spring up with another doozie (is that even a word?). The segment about Carmelo Anthony was spot on. Few people have an accurate picture as to what exactly has happened (and is still happening) with that franchise. All they see is that somehow Carmelo wants to have his ‘big three’ somewhere, rather than understanding that the Nuggets are on the threshold of something really mediocre!

    There is also the feeling that at least in the East he will be able to compete in the playoffs virtually every year for the next 3 – 7 years, while he just might miss the playoffs a couple of times in the West in the same time span. Why is that important? Because teams that make it to the playoffs in the East tend get a little better each time, while in the West it is almost ‘one and done’ (Dallas, Phoenix, Denver for example) where the team gets to the semi final or final round then somehow deteriorate.

    • DAYVONTHEBEST says:

      that pretty true because dallas was the number two seed and lost in the playoffs twice in a row and denver lost to the sucky jazz