Hang Time Podcast (Episode 27, P-I)

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – As best you can remember, Michael Jordan had no equal during height of his NBA powers.

And that includes those who played during his era, in addition to those that came before and have come after him.

But what if your theory wasn’t necessarily supported by the facts, by research and by the historical context we all need to form the most basic of rants seen in the comments section here at the hideout?

And speaking of historical context, we dialed up the best in the basketball business for Episode 27 of the Hang Time Podcast in Bethlehem Shoals (Govt. name – Nathaniel Friedman) of FreeDarko to help us decipher suburban legend (hey, not everyone is from the city) from facts while also searching for some perspective on the past, present and immediate future of the game we all love.

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Shoals and the crew at FreeDarko have already done the extensive research required  for a lively debate. You can pre-order your copy of their latest book, FreeDarko Presents: The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History, which is set for an Oct. 26 release.

In our boldest and most ambitious effort to date, the HTP crew decided that one isn’t always good enough. So we commissioned a two-part show this week with a historical theme for all you basketball purists around the globe. Don’t miss our conversation with former Lakers and Kings star Vlade Divac, who is adding film star to his lengthy list of accomplishments on and off the court with his star turn in the gripping film “Once Brothers.”

The NBA Entertainment produced film, which is a part of ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series, tells the tale of Divac’s and Drazen Petrovic‘s friendship as stalwarts on the Yugoslavian national team, their rise to NBA stardom and the bitter end to their friendship at the start of a civil war that tore apart the fabric of their relationship and homeland.

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“Once Brothers” airs tonight on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET

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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One Comment

  1. Brett Basher says:

    Now this might be a dark or macbre way of looking at the topic but do any of yall think that historic players like Chamberlin and Maravich may maintain these negative stigmas even to this day, might have something to do with the fact they simply are not around any more? Of course their individual play styles and personalities would also be contributory factors to a negative present day reception, but one can’t help think that the fact they are no longer around to defend themselves has to be a factor. Chamberlin for example, the great womanizer, should by no means the “truism” as was mentioned that we assosiate with him. I just think that as these great players pass away, they are seeming less and less like real people, and becoming more so their hype or become statues of the opinions other people had or have about them. Regardless I am just still so happy to see Bill Russel at games every chance I can get, thats a memory as a young NBA fan I never forget.