Hang Time Podcast (Episode 119) Featuring CNN’s Wayne Drash

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The San Antonio Spurs were supposed to be over the hill. And the Miami Heat unstoppable.

Good thing they have to play the games.

Because our expectations of what we would see in the conference finals and what we have seen is totally different. The Memphis Grizzlies were no match for the might Spurs, getting swept in a Western Conference finals that was supposed to be a battle of heavyweights. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and crew have more left in the tank than some of us realized.

The Heat and Indiana Pacers are deadlocked 2-2 in the Eastern Conference finals and it’s the Heat, and not the Pacers, who have looked extremely vulnerable in certain spots (especially down low, courtesy of Roy Hibbert and David West). LeBron James has been the best player on the floor night after night, but he’s going at it without the superstar help (where you at Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh?) he’s used to having with the Heat.

Then there’s the Lance Stephenson experience, a phenomenon that has to be witnessed live to truly appreciate the emotional roller coaster ride that is the Pacers’ fearless swingman.

In addition to playoff talk and coaching carousel news, we got the chance to spend a few minutes with CNN’s Wayne Drash, the co-author of a fantastic new book, “On These Courts.” The book, which started as a story on CNN.com, chronicles former NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway‘s return to his Memphis roots to help a friend with cancer coach at-risk youth and the magical journey that grew out of that relationship.

As always, there is never a dull moment on Episode 119 of the Hang Time Podcast … 

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13 Comments

  1. daniel says:

    Nocioni should go to the spurs next season

  2. mikelarry says:

    So that means magic shaq David Roberson Karl Marlone arnt elite they don’t have 5 so please with the lebron hateing

  3. bolo3yg says:

    Labron not elite please shaq has 4 so he not elite or magic so please labron fg pct is already better than Jordan

  4. fpndenz says:

    Heat is the most floppiest team in the NBA, Pacers just respond…no wonder the Heat will win the championship because the league and official favors them…it is eventually recognize on game of this series… that’s what make’s Lebron out of the
    elite player’s and was not recognize by Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan.

    Obviously Lebron’s talent is out of this world, but greatness as for me is measured on how you carry your team….

    So i believe in Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson’s saying that Lebron should win 5 to 6 rings in order to be in the elite list…

    Notice the even though Lebron’s talent and MVP’s caliber he was not mention as elite player by great players? damn, he has not earned that when he transferred to a star studded line up in Miami Heat..

  5. Nobody says:

    James, Heat, especially James, are the biggest floppers.

  6. James says:

    STEPHENSON IS A FLOPPER! PACERS ARE THE MOST FLOPPIGN TEAM IN THE NBA!!! FLOPPERS!!

    • Huh? says:

      Says the guy name “James,” who by the way somehow go “ran over” when giving a pick to a point guard that weighed 100 lbs less than him.. LOL go sit in a corner kid.

    • jwb_grdi says:

      JAMES IS OVER RATED!!!! TRAVELS ALL THE TIME!!!!

    • fpndenz says:

      Heat is the most floppiest team in the NBA, Pacers just respond…no wonder the Heat will win the championship because the league and official favors them…it is eventually recognize on game of this series… that’s what make’s Lebron out of the
      elite player’s and was not recognize by Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan.

      Obviously Lebron’s talent is out of this world, but greatness as for me is measured on how you carry your team….

      So i believe in Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson’s saying that Lebron should win 5 to 6 rings in order to be in the elite list…

      Notice the even though Lebron’s talent and MVP’s caliber he was not mention as elite player by great players? damn, he has not earned that when he transferred to a star studded line up in Miami Heat..

  7. Blake Howden says:

    Pacers are in the same boat as Spurs, However the Spurs have been covered a little more. Every time Pacers win against Heat they talk about how Heat played and only acknowledge the stand out performer of the night for the Pacers. To be honest I think media wanted it to be a Heat – Grizz match cos it will be easier for Miami to live up to their hype. If Spurs face Miami Spurs will dominate because of Tim Duncan look at how much trouble they’re having with trying to keep West and Hibbert in check.

  8. ZULU says:

    The NBA should push the Hardaway Movement in Memphis. Another solid Pc fellas……….

  9. Willy says:

    Again, the Spurs get very little credit from you all. You spend more time talking about how the Grizz cannot change. Man they let go of Rudy Gay, now you want to get rid of ZBo? You got to be kidding me. I know you are frustrated but come on man. Get rid of Lionel if anybody. Pushing players into the bench late in a finals game, not good or cool. You could tell he has lost respect anyway. Ya Lance is fun to watch, but not to talk about for half the show as you pointed out? Give the Spurs some time on your show man. Or are they too boring? Even you all don’t seem to know how good they are really playing right now. Could GS have beaten the GRizz? Ya! Grizz had a great season, don’t tear it apart.