DALLAS — For all you nostalgic types out there, a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals probably seems like an appropriate way to end these NBA playoffs.
The Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat can line up and do it all over again, and we get to see how things end up this time around (last time the Mavericks were up 2-0 and minutes away from a 3-0 lead before the bottom fell out and the Heat rallied for a 4-2 win and Dwyane Wade landed his Finals MVP trophy).
Too bad no one told the Chicago Bulls. Because they seem intent on spoiling those plans, their rout of the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals being Exhibit A!
The Oklahoma City Thunder will have something to say in the Western Conference finals as well. They kickoff their series against the Mavericks here tonight at American Airlines Center, doing their best to join the Derrick Rose‘s Bulls in this postseason’s ongoing youth movement.
We break down both of those series, and more, with the people in the know on Episode 56 of the Hang Time Podcast this week. Our special guests include Bulls beat writer extraordinaire KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune and Mavericks center, defensive menace and Twitter stalwart Tyson Chandler, who was gracious enough to join us after the team’s last practice before Game 1.
Chandler also had to suffer through one of our classic HTP moments. At the end of our interview with Chandler, see if you can figure out which undisclosed airport location (to be named later) one of us was hanging out in during the taping of Episode 56.
As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Sekou Smith of NBA.com, as well as our super producer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog.