Hang Time Podcast (Episode 96) Time To Debate And Discuss

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — You’ve been watching every move, every crossover, every dunk and every second of every game you can since the start of this NBA season.

And you still have questions …

Are the New York Knicks for real?

Is Carmelo Anthony finally ready to take his place alongside LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant among the league’s truly elite (winners with numbers to boot)?

Are the Los Angeles Lakers really going to continue to stink up the place the way they have so far?

Are we really going to overlook the Spurs again as they compile the most impressive body of work in the league for what seems like the umpteenth straight year?

Was TNT’s Charles Barkley right about Dwyane Wade aging before our very eyes and slowing down to the point that he’s a shadow of the dominant force he’s been for so many years?

And was James right to tell Charles to just “shut up?”

Are the Golden State Warriors ready for prime time, for real, this time? (Rookie Draymond Green says yes!)

What about the Los Angeles Clippers, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Atlanta Hawks … do they maintain these lofty positions in the standings three, four or five months from now, when the regular season rubber meets the playoff road?

And the list goes on and on.

But that’s what we’re here for, to marry these questions with some answers, as well as a few notes, quotes and other observations on Episode 96 of the Hang Time Podcast. What better time to debate and discuss the league’s current state of affairs than the quarter pole of this marathon season with your hosts Sekou Smith,  Lang Whitaker and Rick Fox? 


As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Sekou Smith of NBA.com, Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Rick Fox of NBA TV, as well as our new super producer Gregg (just like Popovich) Waigand and the best engineer in the business, Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

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  1. Duke says:

    The Spurs are as good as any team in the league… Most every team that wins the NBA Championship needs a bit of luck, they need to stay injury free etc.. They had the best record in the NBA last year.. no easy feat. They will be there again this year. They have a .700 winning percentage for the last 12 years better than any team in all 4 major sports

  2. Sea Pea says:

    Melo got a killer instinct alright. An uncalculated killer with bad aim. And Lebron can put a body on anyone.

    No small forward outside of Charles Barkley would ever be able to defend Lebron so you can’t blame Durant.

  3. drose says:

    durant has the advantage of his size, so he can pretty much rise over his defenders but when you truly put a body on him like lbj did in the finals than you see he is limited in what he can do and he misses the killer instinct that kobe and melo do have

    • steagle says:

      True but KD has only been playing in the league for a handful of years and has only been to the playoffs a few times whereas Kobe has 15 years of experience and 5 titles under his belt (3 with the help of dominant big man Shaq; KD has Westbrook but that’s not the same kind of dominance when compared to what Kobe got with Shaq). Anyways my point is, there is plenty of time left on KD’s clock to get to the status of Kobe; and he will definitely reach LeBron’s level before long.

      • HeatRepeat says:

        Kevin Durant was nowhere near the level od Lebron and Kobe….until this year…. he’s stepped up his game and is trying on both ends of the floor now, he’s less selfish and distributing the ball making him harder to defend aswell. Also Westbrook has improved which is helping Durant look more impressive. Hate to say it aswell cause I’m a Heat fan 😦 Lebrons still the best player active right now, and Melo is improving amazingly and has got his leadership quality back (with the help of Kidd)

  4. Sea Pea says:

    Laker’s will continue to slide. Commentators and pundits are fair game to say shut up to. Melo has to carry his team to a couple championships to be on Lebron and Kobe’s level. Durant isn’t even there to me. You can’t tell if the Knics are for reall until you see what their playoff game play is like. If they can’t turn it up two notches for the playoffs then I say no they are not for real.

  5. newyorksteelo says:

    lol @ Rick Fox for saying 2 crazy = a positive, haaaa haaaaa. Knicks are for real and are going all the way. If they keep up this pace, Woodson will be coach of the year, Carmelo Anthony MVP, and J.R. Smith Sixth Man of The Year.

  6. One game says:

    if the Knicks beat the Lakers tonight then they are for real..Not because the Lakers are stumpling…OKC wont stand a chance

    • Jake S says:

      @One game

      “OKC wont stand a chance”

      The Knicks are a home court team… If it comes down to OKC vs. Knicks… It’s gonna be OKC 4-0. Championship teams win on the road. Would OKC have home court advantage? Youbetcha. Media hype doesn’t mean a thing when you place it next to the cold hard facts: points per possession, points allowed per possession, fast break points, defensive stops,2 pt. percentage, 3 pt. percentage, free throw percentage, not to mention the championship grade players that step up at the end of a close game. You can’t just say things because you’re hot for the knickerbockers.

      • Riley says:

        Carmelo Anthony has long been the best player in the 4th quarter in the NBA. Him along with Jason Kidd, who has professionalism and championship experience along with many NBA seasons under his belt, no one is at liberty to say they don’t have championship grade players who can turn it up a notch in a close game. If it were to be Knicks vs Thunder in the championship, both team would have at least 2 wins in the series guaranteed.

    • Beast says:

      to early bud plus the playoffs are whole diffrent world.