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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 213): The Road Trip Recap

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The end of the Hang Time Road Trip Part 2 means one thing, the start of the 2015-16 NBA season is only days away.

So now that we’ve wrapped up our second preseason bus tour scouring a certain region (this time it was California, from those champion Warriors in the Bay Area to those Lakers and hungry Clippers in LA), it’s time to get down to the business of basketball.

And if what we learned on our trip is any indication, there’s a possibility this season could end on the West Coast come June.

It’s never too early to make predictions about who will hoist that Larry O’Brien Trophy when the dust settles on this season. And why would anyone assume the Warriors won’t have a chance to repeat. They were only the best team in the league from wire-to-wire last season, cashing in on their first title in 40 years and igniting Bay Area hoops fans in ways that haven’t been seen in a decades.

The Clippers and their fans want to experience that feeling. The Lakers and their fans want to feel it again (16 times is just not enough). And so do 27 other teams around the league.

That intoxicating championship bug is hard to shake once you’ve been infected. Just ask Warriors forward Draymond Green, who told us that the fear of never experiencing it again is what drove him all summer. Or ask Clippers veteran Paul Pierce, a past champion and Finals MVP in 2008 who came home to his native Southern California to ride in that championship parade down Manchester.

We discuss all of that and much more on Episode 213 of The Hang Time Podcast: The Road Trip Recap.


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Tune into the premier of The Hang Time Road Trip … Part 2, Friday Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. on NBA TV.


VIDEO: The champion Golden State Warriors joined the crew on the bus on The Hang Time Road Trip Part 2

Hang Time Road Trip II: Going back to Cali!


By Sekou Smith

OAKLAND — On the road again.

Part II.

The Remix.

California Dreaming.

We considered them all as theme’s for this season’s Hang Time Road Trip, the follow-up to last season’s raucous 3,600-mile trek that took us from Cleveland and through fellow Central Division hot spots in Chicago and Indianapolis and on to Philadelphia, New York and, eventually, Chapel Hill, N.C.

We’re taking a different route this time around. We won’t cover nearly as many miles but we’re going back to California, where we spent tons of quality time during the playoffs and, ultimately, The Finals. It is the state some would say is the epicenter of the NBA universe as we kick off the 2015-16 season.

The champs reside here, after all. Eyes around the league will be on KIA MVP Stephen Curry and his Splash Bros. partner, Klay Thompson, and the rest of the Golden State Warriors as they target on a repeat performance from last season, when they ended a 40-year title drought for the franchise.

Our eight-day sojourn kicks off in Warriors territory, where Luke Walton is filling in for Steve Kerr as interim coach as Kerr continues his indefinite leave of absence while recovering from summer back surgery. Before we finish we’ll have chewed up plenty of highway between the Bay Area and Los Angeles, where we’ll get up close and personal with the Lakers and Clippers.


VIDEO: Pacers boss Larry Bird visited on the Hang Time Road Trip bus last year

Kobe Bryant‘s back from injury and for what, as of this moment, is his final season under contract with the only franchise he’s known in his future Hall of Fame career. We’ll find out what he has left in his tank and if his latest supporting cast is up to the task of sending him out the right way, if this is indeed his final campaign in purple and gold. Are youngsters D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle, as well as veterans Roy Hibbert and Metta World Peace, capable of holding up their part of the deal?

And no one has had a more eventful offseason than Doc Rivers and his crew (no emoji’s from us, fellas), who figure to be one the biggest threats to the Warriors’ parade plans this season. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and their free-agent contingent did everything they could to make sure DeAndre Jordan didn’t go anywhere, not with reinforcements in the form of Paul Pierce, Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson ready to help with the heavy lifting this season.

You know there will be plenty of craziness along the road — it’s what we do on the Hang Time Podcast — but as always our mission remains hoops. And where better to get things started than the Great State of California, where the storylines are aplenty.


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VIDEO: Knicks boss Phil Jackson visits during the inaugural Hang Time Road Trip

Clippers’ Griffin to have elbow surgery, out indefinitely

Not great news for the Clippers. In addition to the team struggling here on their Grammy road trip, now comes the announcement from the team that it will be without Blake Griffin indefinitely once the All-Star forward undergoes scheduled surgery Monday for a staph infection in his elbow.

Griffin will definitely miss the next three games against Oklahoma City today, the Mavericks and Rockets, and coincidentally all three teams are either chasing playoff spots or trying to establish playoff positioning, like the Clippers.

The Clippers are currently the sixth seed in the West, and it’s hard to imagine them falling out of the picture even without Griffin. Still, for a team that has lost four of its last five games and was blown out in Toronto, an injury of this magnitude never comes at a right time.

The other issue lies with the All-Star Game and who might replace Griffin, and that will be determined by commissioner Adam Silver. Griffin is averaging 22.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and a career-best 5.1 assists.

adidas gives All-Stars a choice

We’ve selected the All-Stars, at least the starters. (West, East.) Now they get choose their All-Star uniforms. (The reserves will, too.)

For the first time ever in a town where what you wear is often more important than who you are, adidas is giving the 2011 NBA All-Stars a choice when it comes to which uniform they don for the All-Star Game on Feb. 20 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

All-Stars have the option to wear an adidas TECHFIT PowerWeb compression jersey or the NBA Revolution 30 jerseys they’ve been wearing this season.

“Los Angeles is an exciting convergence of sports, style and entertainment unlike any other place in the world,” adidas vice president Lawrence Norman said. “Our latest on-court uniform design and innovation, as well as our off-court footwear and apparel, celebrate the city and the game of basketball.

“NBA All-Star is the premiere event for adidas to showcase our innovations on basketball’s biggest stage and there is no better time or place to show basketball fans around the world how our products make the best athletes in the world, lighter, faster and stronger.”

According to adidas, the new All-Star TECHFIT jersey features strategically placed thermoplastic polyurethane powerbands that align core muscles and boost power to key muscle groups for more efficient movement that increases acceleration and endurance. The compression fit improves movement by preventing opposing players from grabbing loose jersey fabric and slowing them down.

Sounds pretty scientific and I’m sure getting your muscles aligned or boosted is a good thing. Kinda wish I had muscles.

The All-Star uniform design itself pays homage to the host city with bold, block typeface inspired by the iconic Hollywood sign. The East and West team names feature the Los Angeles skyline and paying tribute to the game’s diamond anniversary (60th), there’s an integrated diamond pattern that stands out under arena lights.

But that’s not all. The All-Stars’ warm-ups have the look of a three-piece suit ready to be worn down the red carpet. All this All-Star apparel and more will be available in Los Angeles at the NBA Store at Jam Session and

Come Fly With McBob!

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — What more does a guy, our guy Pacers forward Josh McRoberts, have to do to get an invite to that dunk contest that’s going to be held in Los Angeles in February?

Lost In Clipperland Already

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The next time someone gives you a free ticket to ride the Los Angeles Clippers’ bandwagon, tear it up.

Because you’ll only wish you did later.

All of that preseason excitement built up about the Clippers in the days leading up to the start of the regular season have coming crashing back to reality in typical, Clippers-fashion.

Questions about the work ethic and leadership abilities of Baron Davis are dominating the conversation just four games into the regular season.

Four friggin’ games! How can this be?

We had offseason dreams of Davis and Blake Griffin teaming up for sick highlights (like the one above) and leading this team into playoff contention in what we assumed would be a wide open Western Conference postseason chase.

Instead, woke up to this email (subject line: Disturbia aka The Clippers) from Eric Frazier, who obviously watched the Clippers Monday night loss to San Antonio and did not like what he saw:

I’ve been taking advantage of the free NBA Pass checking out my Western Conference darkhorse, the Clippers.  There’s something VERY WRONG with this team.

1. Except for Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon, they play little to no “D”.
2. What kind of offense is being run on this team, and why can’t this athletic  score????  (Maybe Vinny Del Negro is as bad a coach as everyone thinks he is…..I’m from Chicago)
3. The last and MOST DISTURBING POINT is that they don’t involve Blake Griffin in the offense enough.  They don’t give him enough touches while shooting too many jumpshots.  He should average 10 free throw attempts every night with no problem.

Is this Vinny coddling his rookie like he did Derrick Rose?  I understand the intent, but you’re talking about the point guard and power forward position….night and day.  Last night, he was a mismatch for whoever guarded him, yet they pound the ball for 20 seconds and hurl up desperation threes to avoid a shot clock violation. Is this a result of bad coaching, bad point guard play, or just a part of being a Clipper???!!!

It’s nearly impossible to answer that last question without the cruel, “just part of being a Clipper” punchline that most people use. If we’re going to blame Del Negro for whatever ails this team four games in, than this thing is already over. Surely, you have to give Del Negro more time to prove that he can lead this team than four games …
But not even Del Negro’s sharing in the blame will do anything to deliver Davis from the lingering questions about whether or not he can be the leader of this team. It always comes back to BD, doesn’t it? Once again, his ability to take a young but talented team over the hump is being questioned: