Hang Time Podcast (Episode 203) Super Team Redux

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Maybe one superstar, one healthy, game-changing true superstar is all you need.

That one transcendent star might be just enough to get you into the building to compete for the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Or at least that is the story they are telling today in Cleveland, where LeBron James has guided the Cavaliers back to The Finals for the first time since 2007.

He didn’t promise this when he returned home last summer, at least not right away. But the Cavaliers are here now, awaiting either the Golden State Warriors or the Houston Rockets in The Finals next week.

And since we have a few days to ponder it, what does this feat for LeBron say about today’s NBA and what it takes to scale the mountain?

An hobbled Kyrie Irving and an injured Kevin Love should have been a recipe for disaster in the conference semifinals against Chicago. That was not the case. LeBron rendered that point moot with stellar work night after night and did the same against the Atlanta Hawks in the conference finals sweep. Can he do it again? We shall see.

In the meantime, let’s talk about the theory of a Super Team and whether or not that’s what you need to compete for it all, to win it all. Recent history is split on that (LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were 2-2 in the big series).

History says there are no guarantees for Super Teams, as our very own Rick Fox would know, having witnessed a Super Team meltdown of his own with the Los Angeles Lakers’ monster squad of Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Gary Payton — the one coached by the Zen Master himself, Phil Jackson. The same star-studded crew that fell to the ultimate team, the 2004 champion Detroit Pistons.

Mix it up with us on Episode 203 of The Hang Time Podcast: Super Team Redux …


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 NBA.com’s All-Ball Blog and renaissance man Rick Fox of NBA TV, as well as our new super producer Gregg (just like Popovich) Waigand and the best sound designer/engineer in the business, Andrew Merriman.

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VIDEO: LeBron James leads the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Atlanta Hawks and into The Finals for the first time since 2007


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  4. Joshua Greenfarb says:

    Notice when there are thousands of fan comments on ESPN.com, for example.

    Yet, how many fans comment on NBA.com? 30?

    Wake up!

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      Plus, the more fans can comment, the more website usage there is which increases advertising and the like.

      Who would advertise on NBA.com when everyone uses ESPN.com?

      Get it?

  5. Joshua Greenfarb says:

    I still can’t believe NBA.com hasn’t updated with today’s times. It seems all other Pro Sports websites allow fan commentary via facebook or similar methods.

    NBA.com will always be behind because they don’t allow this fan participation to comment on major issues or in LIVE games.

    Fans make the games what they are. Fans have most fun when they can participate to the max.

    What is NBA.com doing? We’re living in a current age where fans get to participate a lot by cheering for their teams are offering opinions. Doubt that many fans use NBA.com anymore. They use ESPN.com or MLB.com, etc.

    Oh well. Maybe some day, NBA.com will update according to the times we are living in!


    Joshua Greenfarb (famous opining commenter, especially for SEA/OKC pro teams)


  6. Joshua Greenfarb says:

    Ridiculous. Sekou Smith, you still trying to talk about Lakers?

    Dude, Lakers will never be a playoff team ever again, yet you refuse current events?

    This should be ONLY about the Cavs/Hawks and Warriors/Rockets.

    Nothing to do with a “super team” myth over 10 years ago. Or anything like that.

    I’m happy for you, though, Sekou. NBA.com still employs you, despite you being a biased L.A. fan. Good for you, my man!