Posts Tagged ‘Hang Time Podcast’

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 146) Featuring Pacers Guard Lance Stephenson

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Now that we have that pesky Super Bowl behind us (especially you Peyton Manning) we can move on to the more important business of 2014, and that’s analyzing the NBA landscape after the first half of the season.

Some of our preseason predictions don’t look nearly as good now as they did in theory … months ago. Some of the teams we assumed would dominate the conversation are doing it for all of the wrong reasons, while the pleasant surprises have been plenty. No individual has surprised us more than enigmatic Pacers swingman Lance Stephenson.

We take all that in and serve it up on Episode 146 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring Indiana Pacers’ swingman Lance Stephenson, whose omission from the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves list remains a sore spot with us here at the headquarters.

The Golden State Warriors have been added to the “List” and we delve into what’s gone wrong with Steph Curry and crew since they returned from that spectacular road trip last month. We tried our best to make some sense of what the Los Angeles lakers are trying to do with Pau Gasol and discuss a host of other hot topics from around the league.

Check out our new segment, In Focus, featuring some of the best TV and radio calls from around the league, and the latest installment of Braggin’ Rights (still on top), as well.

Check it out on Episode 146 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring Lance Stephenson.

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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 engineer in the business,  Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

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VIDEO: Pacers swingman Lance Stepheons gives up his body for the job

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 145) Featuring Phil Jackson

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Kevin Durant vs LeBron James (or Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat) lived up to every bit of the hype, complete with the superstar slugfest for MVP honors we all expected.

Not even Atlanta’s #Snowpacolypse2104 could keep us from the studio and taking care of our business after last week’s hiatus.

And we’ve got a heavyweight bout of our own on Episode 145 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring legendary coach Phil Jackson, he of all the rings, who sat down for an exclusive interview with our very own Rick Fox (you can also check out the full piece on Jackson on NBA TV and NBA.com). Kobe Bryant, James, Michael Jordan, his time with the Los Angeles Lakers, a return to the NBA (in some capacity) and so much more was covered during the session between Fox and his longtime mentor, a man known for telling you exactly how he feels and what he thinks.

With the All-Star reserves announcement on tap, we also discussed who might be the hits and misses this year. In addition, we do some trade deadline forecasting and guesstimating while we had the time.

We tossed in Sounds of the Game and the latest installment of Braggin’ Rights for good measure.

Check it out on Episode 145 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring SI.com’s Seth Davis.

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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 engineer in the business,  Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

– To download the podcast, click here. To subscribe via iTunes, click here, or get the xml feed if you want to subscribe some other, less iTunes-y way.


VIDEO: Rick Fox sits down for some quality time with legendary coach Phil Jackson

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 144) Featuring SI.com’s Seth Davis

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Digging into the history, life and times of John Wooden, the man, the myth and the legend, is an undertaking any lover of the game would relish.

For best-selling author, CBS analyst and SI.com college hoops expert Seth Davis, it was a literary pilgrimage a lifetime. And the end result, WOODEN: A Coach’s Life (Times Books, Jan. 14) is masterpiece on arguably the greatest coach and teacher in the history of sports.

We dive in on all things Wooden with Davis on Episode 144 of the Hang Time Podcast. While we had him we also discussed the current state of the college game, the NBA stars of the future incubating in college right now (Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon and the rest) and a host of other topics with one of the foremost authorities on the college game.

In addition, there’s discussion about Hollywood Rick hanging at the Golden Globes, the three-team deal between the Warriors, Celtics and Heat, the Heat’s White House visit (and President Obama‘s defense of Mario Chalmers), the Knicks’ J.R. Smith problem, Bleacher Report‘s Ric Bucher suggesting the Clippers are better off without Blake Griffin and a host of other hot topics around the league.

Toss in Sounds of the Game and the latest installment of Braggin’ Rights (you already know who leads the pack) and we should have all of your bases covered.

Check it out on Episode 144 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring SI.com’s Seth Davis.

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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 engineer in the business,  Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

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VIDEO: The Heat visit with President Obama at the White House

Blogtable: What Happens To Kobe Now?

Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes across the globe to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.


Kobe’s fate | Lakers’ plans | The blame game



VIDEO: Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding discusses Kobe’s latest setback

Gut feeling: Just another challenge that Kobe will attack and conquer, or beginning of the end?

Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: It seems pretty clear to me we have entered the end game with Kobe Bryant. He doesn’t have time to be losing big chunks of this or any season to injuries and rehabs, and what might be a flukey, sad coincidence when two injuries in rapid succession happen to 25-year-old Derrick Rose seems more ominous with 35-year-old Bryant. It’s hard to envision him getting back to All-Star level, never mind Top Five.

Fran Blinebury, NBA.com: At 35, with so many miles on his body, every day is the next step toward the end.  It’s simply the natural process of the body telling all of us that we can’t go on forever.  That said, Kobe is so driven, so fiery, that he’ll recommit himself again to rehab and be back out on the court as soon as he’s able.  Maybe it makes him re-think what is possible.  Maybe it makes him set his sights a little lower.  Maybe it makes him try more to fit in than to be the lead dog.  Nah, he’s Kobe.  He only has one gear.

Jeff Caplan, NBA.com: Kobe certainly isn’t used to this injury stuff. Coming off the rehab of his life following the Achilles tear, this will indeed be another physical and emotional challenge. But, if initial team reports are correct, this is a six-week recovery, not the seven months of grueling rehab he just completed. Hopefully the recovery from the fractured left knee won’t retard, or at least not much, the progress he’s made strengthening his left Achilles tendon. There’s no doubt he will attack this and conquer it. It’s the way he’s wired. No chance he allows this setback to break him. No chance. Just good thing for him he’s already put that autograph on a two-year, $48.5 million contract.

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: That depends on your definition of “beginning of the end.” Bryant will be back and he will make an impact. But the beginning of the end was already beginning. Kobe himself was the first to say Father Time was getting more good looks than ever against Bryant, and then came the Achilles’ tendon injury. Being 35 and coming off that health concern would have been enough of a climb. And that injury is probably still the more pressing of the rehabilitations, not the fractured knee.

John Schuhmann, NBA.com: We’ve probably seen the last of superstar Kobe, so the beginning of the end was really the Achilles tear in April. I’m sure he can come back and finish out his contract in some shape or form. But really, he’s 35 years old, he has suffered two major injuries to the same leg in the last 8 ½ months, and was showing signs of regression (on the defensive end of the floor) before he got hurt the first time.

Sekou Smith, NBA.com: My gut tells me that Kobe, one of the truly undeniable forces of nature the game has ever seen, will do whatever it takes to battle his way back from this devastating setback and finish his career on his own terms. But my mind keeps going back to the words Chris Webber spoke on Episode 142 of the Hang Time Podcast and his keen observation, as someone who had battled injuries at the end of his own stellar career. You realize this has to be the beginning of the end of the Kobe Bean Bryant we’ve all come to know and respect (not even his critics can deny that the man has had a wicked work ethic over the course of his career). I just don’t see how there is any other view of this thing. Two significant lower leg injuries, to the same leg mind you, in nine months … unfathomable for a player who has been as durable as Kobe has been the past 17 years. When his contract ends I think Kobe calls it quits, regardless of what’s left to accomplish in his mind.

Lang Whitaker, NBA.com: I have said all along that I don’t believe there is an end for Kobe. I’m not a doctor (and have never played one on TV) so I don’t know Kobe’s body and don’t know how many miles he has left on there. But no player of his generation — of any generation, really — has consistently shown this kind of drive and determination. I can’t count him out until he says he’s out.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 142) Featuring TNT And NBA TV’s Chris Webber And Longtime ‘Voice of the Pacers’ Mark Boyle

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Who’s that peeking in the window, Kobe Bryant?

From a distance, some would say it looks a little like Father Time.

Chris Webber, knows what it feels like, too, having piled up the accolades during a star-studded NBA career that spanned nearly two decades, only to succumb (like so many) to FT on his way out of the league. So when he says he had to turn off the TV as he watched Oklahoma City All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook attack a defenseless Kobe or that he sees things in Kobe’s game right now that make him pause, we should all listen up and take note of his observations.

Same goes for his insights on Mike Woodson and the New York Knicks, life after basketball and host of other topics that he was kind enough to discuss with us on Episode 142 of the Hang Time Podcast. Our last show of the calendar year also features the longtime “Voice of the Pacers,” Mark Boyle, who shares his insights and wisdom about one of hottest teams in the league.

Toss in Lang Whitaker’s sit down with Will Ferrell and the cast of Anchorman 2, and we should have you covered on Episode 142 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring Chris Webber and Mark J. Boyle.

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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 engineer in the business,  Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

– To download the podcast, click here. To subscribe via iTunes, click here, or get the xml feed if you want to subscribe some other, less iTunes-y way.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 140) Featuring Brevin Knight And Terry Stotts

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Seventeen games. That’s all it took for the first true sign of panic to show in Brooklyn. Nets coach Jason Kidd “reassigned” Lawrence Frank from his position as his top assistant and now we move on to Phase 2 of whatever this science project that things have turned into for one half of the league’s New York component.

The Knicks, enduring monumental struggles of their own, could be next. They’ve lost nine straight games and there are rumors swirling about Mike Woodson‘s job security. Beat Brooklyn Thursday night (7 p.m. ET, TNT) or else …

We’re only a little over a month into the 2013-14 season and already there are alarms going off in the Eastern Conference, where the peace sign represents the numbers of teams (Indiana and Miami) clear and free of the .500 mark on the young season. And that’s exactly where we come in on Episode 140 of the Hang Time Podcast.

Before catching up with Brevin Knight about the Memphis Grizzlies and Terry Stotts (culled from the Dec. 2 episode of The Beat on NBA TV) about the Portland Trail Blazers, Western Conference teams that are thriving here of late, we spend some time trying to figure out how these teams have gotten into the respective messes they currently inhabit. What does any of this have to do with Kobe Bryant‘s looming comeback (as early Friday night in Sacramento potentially)?

Let’s just say it’s all a bit complicated!

So go ahead and check out all we have to offer — Sounds of the Game, this week’s installment of Braggin’ Rights (did someone say undefeated?), Rick Fox‘s spirited cover of Michael Jackson‘s “Man In The Mirror” and so much more — on Episode 140 of The Hang Time Podcast featuring Brevin Knight and Terry Stotts:

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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 engineer in the business,  Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

– To download the podcast, click here. To subscribe via iTunes, click here, or get the xml feed if you want to subscribe some other, less iTunes-y way.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 139) Featuring Dr. Derek Ochiai And Trail Blazers’ Radio Voice Brian Wheeler

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — One superstar (Derrick Rose) is lost for yet another season while another (Kobe Bryant) is eyeing his return, after signing a robust contract extension that has set off a mini-controversy about how these things should be done.

Even in the midst of the San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers putting on an absolute show during their respective win streaks, it’s hard to ignore the bigger issues facing both the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers on Thanksgiving Eve (yeah, we know it’s not an actual day but we make our own rules around here).

That’s why we didn’t on Episode 139 of The Hang Time Podcast, where we delve into the Rose drama with leading sports medicine doctor and surgeon Dr. Derek Ochiai and Brian Wheeler, the radio voice of the Portland Trail Blazers. We took care of the Kobe debate, of course, with a spirited conversation about the merits of paying an aging superstar like he’s in the prime of his Hall of Fame career.

We also delve into the long road ahead for Rose with Dr. Ochiai, the Arlington, Va, – based specialist whose insights into exactly what a torn medial meniscus injury means for an elite athlete like Rose as opposed to someone who is not of that ilk, you have to hear. And few people have a better perspective on the Trail Blazers and the rise of LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and the crew than Wheeler, who chronicles their every move on the air night after night.

You get all of that, plus Sounds of the Game, our this week’s installment of Braggin’ Rights (the champ is back on top this week) and Rick Fox‘s twisted Turkey Dynasty Call on Episode 139 of The Hang Time Podcast featuring Dr. Derek Ochiai and Trail Blazers’ radio voice Brian Wheeler:

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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 engineer in the business,  Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

– To download the podcast, click here. To subscribe via iTunes, click here, or get the xml feed if you want to subscribe some other, less iTunes-y way.


Hang Time Podcast (Episode 138) Featuring Inside Stuff Co-Host Kristen Ledlow



HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – For those of you old enough and bold enough to admit it, Inside Stuff was your gateway to the NBA growing up.

Long before NBA TV and League Pass, before mobile apps and smart phones, there was Inside Stuff on Saturday mornings to help feed your insatiable appetite for all things NBA (yes, Ahmad Rashad was the man of the hour on Saturday mornings during our formative years).

Kristen Ledlow, the new co-host of Inside Stuff with Grant Hill, is doing her best to bring that feeling back for the next generation of NBA lovers.

She drops by for her first visit to the hideout on Episode 138 of the Hang Time Podcast, where we discuss everything from  Kobe Bryant‘s return to practice with the Los Angeles Lakers, the work LeBron James is putting in without Dwyane Wade in the lineup for the Miami Heat, the simultaneous meltdowns by both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, the players’ only team meeting in Cleveland and plenty of news, notes and observations from around the NBA.

You get all of that — not to mention the latest edition of Sounds of The Game and this week’s update of Braggin’ Rights (there is a tie at the top that does not involve Lang Whitaker) — on Episode 138 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring Inside Stuff Co-Host Kristen Ledlow:

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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 engineer in the business, Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

– To download the podcast, click here. To subscribe via iTunes, click here, or get the xml feed if you want to subscribe some other, less iTunes-y way.


Hang Time Podcast (Episode 137) With Special Guest Host John Schuhmann

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Without a set timetable or a concrete method for rebuilding a franchise in the NBA, we’re all left to the fluid nature of a process that has been known to devour those on the inside.

For every blueprint that turns out to be gold (the Indiana Pacers rebuilt themselves into a legitimate championship contender), there are at leas three that have to be torn up before the sketching is done (the Utah Jazz are on the opposite end of the spectrum from the Pacers some eight games into this season).

That totally unpredictable dynamic is what makes the NBA season so intriguing. As hard as watch the top teams, just as much attention has to be paid to the struggling teams because you never know when things might turn around. On Episode 137 of the Hang Time Podcast we put the rebuilding process under the microscope with our special guest host, NBA.com’s numbers Morpheus John Schuhmann, whose weekly Power Rankings offer the best glimpse of the constant twists and turns of the fortunes of the entire league on a regular basis.

Check out that conversation, Sounds of the Game and our latest installment of Braggin’ Rights (someone went 3-0 last week) on Episode 137 of The Hang Time Podcast with special guest host John Schuhmann of NBA.com:

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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 engineer in the business,  Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

– To download the podcast, click here. To subscribe via iTunes, click here, or get the xml feed if you want to subscribe some other, less iTunes-y way.

Hang Time Podcast (136) Featuring Medora Producer/Director Davy Rothbart

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The New York Knicks will have to do without their defensive center of attention for at least the next four to six weeks now that Tyson Chandler is sidelined with a broken fibula.

Chandler’s situation is just the latest reminder of how quickly fortunes can change in the NBA when injuries are involved, the injury bug does not discriminate, never has and never will.

The same can’t be said of Richie Incognito of the Miami Dolphins, whose suspension for allegedly hazing and bullying a teammate (Jonathan Martin) sparked our conversation about locker room culture and the reform the NBA underwent in the aftermath of the Gilbert Arenas-Javaris Crittenton affair in Washington.

Rounding out the list of hot topics and other issues discussed on Episode 136 of the Hang Time Podcast is our early look and fantastic conversation with producer/director/Michigan Man/Grantland contributor and Sundance Film Festival sensation Davy Rothbart, who joined us to discuss what is being touted as the best sports documentary to hit the circuit in years.

Medora is the gut-wrenching and heartwarming story of a resilient high school basketball team in the small and struggling town of Medora, Indiana. Billed as an incredible “underdog story” with a “Hoosiers” feel, the film is produced by Hollywood heavyweights Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) and Stanley Tucci (Hunger Games).

The film hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles Friday Nov. 8 and November 12th on VOD and iTunes, opening in select theaters across the country throughout November.

You get all of that in addition to Sounds of The Game and the first installment of Braggin’ Rights on Episode 136 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring Davy Rothbart:

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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 engineer in the business,  Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

– To download the podcast, click here. To subscribe via iTunes, click here, or get the xml feed if you want to subscribe some other, less iTunes-y way.