Hang Time Podcast (Episode 68)

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The All-Star reserves have been announced. Some wrongs were made right (LaMarcus Aldridge) while other wrongs remain (Josh Smith).

But making the All-Star team as a reserve is a complex issue that required further examination, which leads us to Episode 68 of the Hang Time Podcast.

We enlisted the services of former Michigan State, 1998 NBA All-Star and current NBA TV analyst Steve Smith to help make sense of a process that often times makes none.  After all, Smitty played in just that one All-Star game during his stellar 14-year career, despite playing at an All-Star level for the bulk of his career.

But when you’re fighting for a berth at guard in the Eastern Conference with the likes of Reggie Miller, Penny Hardaway, Joe Dumars, Latrell Sprewell and others during the Michael Jordan era these sorts of things happen.

We also chatted All-Star reserves, Jeremy Lin and the overall state of the game with Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, a Bay Area native and current resident. Spears lived in Boston when the Knicks’ point guard sensation (for the past three games at least) was running the show at Harvard, and even though he’d never heard of Lin back then and never saw the Crimson play, he’s “all-Lin” for the new face of the global game — who just happens to share Spears’ Bay Area roots.

For all that and so much more, including a look back at an iconic collection of young stars (below) before they hit the NBA, check out Episode 68 of the Hang Time Podcast


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  1. M.L. says:

    can someone please time me why boston wouldn’t pick someone like a gilbert arenas when the need help scoring very bad?

  2. ZULU says:

    Good podcast. I got a lot of work done while listening to all of you. Great guess by the way.

  3. Troglodyte says:

    Paul Milsap has outplayed the WEST all-star power forwards in head-to-head competition all season. Check the first Jazz-Clipper game. Milsap DESTROYED Blake Griffith. I could go on. Paul Milsap is without-a-doubt the most under-rated player in the NBA!!!!!

  4. Shaquille O'neal says:

    Josh Smith is the most underrated player in the NBA. He is the best PF in the
    Eastern conference. He should have started for Melo, and Love should have started for Griffin.

  5. c0achdesigns says:

    If this dismays people who writes blogs, then the NBA should take it off to the fans’ hands.. There should be no All-star voting. The NBA should not let the fans something to say.

    But that’s not the case, is it? People voted for these guys to play. If people wants Luk Walton to play as an All-Star so be it. Why question what the fans want? Who are we to?

    I got an idea, why not next year on the All-star ballots, put LBJ the only player on the East’s player list so he may have the chance to be number 1 vote-getter. Then I guess this will make you feast and hail the so called king, right?

  6. Dylan says:

    Congratulations to Steve Nash for making it into the All-star game after getting snubbed last year when in
    both seasons, he really deserved it.

  7. Dylan says:

    I agree, that there a few upsets with the All-star reserves. Some players have been having a huge season and didn’t
    get the nod, but then again, what season? It’s been literally 6 weeks since the season started, and there has not
    been enough basketball to justify if a player has been good enough. In times like this, you rely on the veterans who
    have been consistent since their entrance into the game. Still, there were some players who got snubbed. In my opinion, those players were Rudy Gay, Josh Smith, and Rajon Rondo. The players they should have replaced were: Smith for Pierce,
    Gay for Nowitzki, and Rondo for Williams. Honestly, Williams making it into the All-star game really baffled me. And by
    the way, Anthony should not even be an All-star, let alone a starer. Josh Smith for Anthony as a starter, and Pierce stays as
    reserve would be even better. said and done right there.

  8. Fefe says:

    Other guys who always got overlooked the past years include Marcus Camby, Jason Richardson, Mike Bibby…etc

  9. Fefe says:

    Still, All-Star not only “showtime” but also a reward for good players during the regular season 1st part!

    And Josh Smith!!!!! He deserves, and he can make the show with his athleticism and his crazy dunks!!!! So it’s a big loss to not have him!!!!!

  10. prix says:

    sometimes all star games are judge by the excitement of a player and not by their stats and performance.. who would have love Tim Duncan playing post up and taking bunk jump shots all game…than Dominique having his windmill..or Kobe old age fade away than Blake posterize Perkins…