That includes TNT’s Shaquille O’Neal, who can’t seem get enough of my smiling face, and my co-hosts here on the Hang Time Podcast, “Benedict” Lang Whitaker and Rick “The Backstabber” Fox. Sources tell me that they’ve gotten in on the conspiracy plot, too.
Apparently, they’re lobbying for a name change around here. “Sekou Smith’s Hang Time Podcast” doesn’t do it for these guys anymore. (This is how New Edition broke up back in the day!)
It’s all good, fellas.
Just remember, don’t start any trouble if you don’t want any trouble.
Luckily for these haters we have a non-stop stream of great action and headlines to keep us busy. That includes having a special guest on Episode 107 of the Hang Time Podcast, the one on and only Sam “Big Smooth” Perkins, a guy we like to call the original “Stretch 4.” Long before it was chic to have your power forward working his game from beyond the 3-point line, Big Smooth was doing damage from distance for the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle SuperSonics and Indiana Pacers.
Perkins was a co-captain on the gold-medal winning 1984 U.S Olympic Team and a first-team All-Rookie pick in 1985 with the Mavericks. He will also forever be known as the man in the middle of Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley. They went off the board at No. 3, 4 and 5, respectively, in the 1984 NBA Draft. Perkins and Jordan were teammates at the University of North Carolina, where they helped the Tar Heels to the 1982 NCAA title.
He reminisces about his playing days, his first impressions of a young MJ, his pioneering moves as the original Stretch 4, his work as player development coach with the Texas Legends of the D-League and a whole lot more.
We made sure to share our thoughts on LeBron James and the Miami Heat’s 15-game (and counting) win streak, Serge Ibaka‘s peculiar box out tactics, the state of the Los Angeles Lakers this week (how long can Kobe Bryant‘s right elbow hold up?), Harlem Shake Fatigue Syndrome hitting the streets in Minneapolis, the new leader in Braggin’ Rights (he’s from the Bahamas) and plenty more on the robust Episode 107 of the Hang Time Podcast.
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.