Hang Time Podcast (Episode 150) Featuring Bestselling Author Jeff Pearlman

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Transcendence for NBA players is an interesting concept. Does a player who starred in the 1950s or 1960s have any chance of being the same type of player today? What would the stars of this day and age look like if they plied their trade in the 1980s or 1990s?

Just because you ruled the basketball world in one era doesn’t guarantee you could do it again in every other era. Just how relevant a player is from one era to the other, however, is a debate that will rage on for generations. Where would the stars of yesteryear rank today?

Just because you score a career-high and franchise-record 61 points against the Charlotte Bobcats, as LeBron James did Monday night, doesn’t mean Hall of Famers like Dominique Wilkins are going to be impressed.

We gave it a good run this week on Episode 150 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring The New York Times bestselling author and fellow hoops head Jeff Pearlman, whose definitive work on the “Showtime Lakers” is available now and absolute must-read. The story of the origins, Hollywood roller coaster that Dr. Jerry Buss, Magic Johnson, Pat Riley, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the rest of the Showtime Lakers took us on was one of a kind. The back story on how the dynasty was built and maintained is one that you won’t want to miss.

We frame the discussion with some great stories about guys like Kurt Rambis, Michael Cooper, Mike Tyson (yes, Mike Tyson) and so many others who played a role in the Lakers becoming arguably the most famous franchise in NBA history and one of the most storied in all of sports.

Our friends at NBAE also provide us with a fantastic look back at Allen Iverson’s top 10 career plays, fresh off of his jersey retirement ceremony in Philadelphia Saturday, in Sounds of the Game. And the leader of the pack remains on his throne in this week’s edition of Braggin’ Rights.

Check out all of that and more on Episode 150 of the Hang Time Podcast Featuring The New York Times bestselling author Jeff Pearlman …

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6 Comments

  1. Trev says:

    WHEN I WENT TO SCHOOL IT WAS 20 BELOW, THE SNOW WAS TEN FEET HIGH AND WE WALKED FOR 10 MILES EVERY MORNING AND NIGHT.
    THE PLAYERS OF TODAY COULD AND WOULD SCHOOL SOME OF THE PLAYERS OF THE OLD DAYS. JUST LOOK AT THE SIZE, ATHLETICISM, HUNGER, LESS DRUGS AND LES WOMAN ETC. THE BOYS & GIRLS OF TODAY ARE MORE FOCUSED THAN EVER.

  2. Swendog says:

    I guess no one likes to be reminded of the truth over and over, because-THE TRUTH HURTS!
    Wilkins, forgetable? That is just ignorant. With fans of this ilk, the future is doomed.

  3. Najeero says:

    The reason why people bring of ‘back in the days’ is because they played better defense. Today’s game is all about spacin the floor and allowin players to get easy shots overshadowin great defensive play.

  4. silencio says:

    What’s up with “back in the days”, ok we get it you were better and stuff, but enough is enough. Besides wilkins is one of those forgettable players that not many remember and he’s talking as if he was one of the greats, he’s only famous because he competed in the slam dunk against jordan.

    • Najeero says:

      Forgettable! Wilkins is one of the greatest scorers of all-time and one the greatest player in Hawks history, no offense to Bob Pettit.

  5. oatestwder says:

    Hey guys, im getting a little sick of the whole ‘things where better way back when’. the conversation never goes anywhere and doesn’t really lead to productive arguments or relevant points at all. its just been argued so many times that its redundant to repeat it.

    love the podcast keep it up