Hang Time Podcast (Episode 117) Featuring Steve Kerr

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Steve Kerr understands the importance of every shot, every possession and every games this time of year. You don’t win five championships in your 15-year career and not comprehend the significance of each and every step you take in the middle of May.

That’s why the sweet-shooting TNT analyst was a must-get for Episode 117 of the Hang Time Podcast. With the conference semifinals winding down and the conference finals looming, a sobering dose of perspective was needed here at headquarters. We needed someone to provide a little context and perspective to what LeBron James and the Miami Heat are going through right now, what Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors are dealing with right now and what it all means in the grand scheme of things.

Things are fluid for so many of the teams still alive in the playoffs, not to mention the teams whose seasons have finished and are searching for coaches and eventually players to help them get to the point where they are still play in mid-May. Kerr breaks it all down, and more, including his assessment that Heat star Dwyane Wade is no longer an “everyday superstar” but an “every other day superstar.”

We thought Kerr’s presence might defuse the normal mid-week volcano that is Rick Fox, whose “Get Off My Lawn” rant of the week includes his debunking of the NBA’s great point guard myth (as he describes it only the way he can).

In Rick’s estimation, we might have seen the last of the point guards to win MVP in the The Finals when Spurs point guard Tony Parker did in 2007. He’ll could very well be the last of his kind, according to Rick, to find his way into the company of elite players at his position like Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas and Chauncey Billups, the only PGs other than Parker since 1980 to claim that hardware.

(Sorry Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving and the rest of you, Rick says don’t bother.)

You get all of that and a whole lot more on Episode 117 of the Hang Time Podcast …


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  1. Gary says:

    How can you seriously argue that Parker is a top 5 NBA player?
    He’s been in the MVP discussion all year and probably could have been if it wasn’t for his ankle, even though LBJ exists and a same case could be made for years now.
    BTW, CP3 (5th) being ahead of Parker (6th) in the rankings is a disgrace.

    Get serious

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  3. ZULU says:

    Good Pc. Leave Rose alone. The Bulls may have ‘missed’ Deng & Heinrich more.

  4. George says:

    Derrick Rose, where was he when HIS TEAM needed him the most, MY TWO CENTS he is like that kid that fell off the horse or bike or the skates or what ever’ he is /was afraid to get back on the court and test his own body

  5. EDUARDO says:

    DERRICK ROSE you can argue that was a top 5 player 2 years ago, since he won MVP, and what happend to him, got destroyed by the heat, cause he was more focus in been a scoring pg than been a pg who scores, in the playoffs you win with defense and in the paint, my 2 cents