Posts Tagged ‘Micah Hart’

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 87) With Jarrod N. Rudolph And Will Leitch

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – With all due respect to the men working hard at their hoop dreams in Las Vegas and the patriots toiling away with USA Basketball on their way to the Olympics, the two most talked about basketball players in the world today are Jeremy Lin and Dwight Howard, put them in whatever order you prefer.

Lin’s on his way to Houston, the product of a free agency saga almost as intriguing as the Linsanity movement he inspired months ago when he was starring for the New York Knicks. Howard is on his way to … well, we’re still not sure where the Orlando Magic superstar will end up. But he’s in Los Angeles these days, the object of affection and scorn for fans from coast to cast, it just depends on where you are at any given moment.

We’re giving them both all of our attention on Episode 87 of the Hang Time Podcast, enlisting the services of two men well-versed in the art of discussion where both Lin and Howard are concerned. When discussing anything about Howard, RealGM columnist Jarrod N. Rudolph is the man in the know. He joins us to break down dynamics of the Howard situation in ways you haven’t heard before. New York Magazine contributing editor and Deadspin founder Will Leitch makes his Hang Time Podcast debut to help us measure the outrage felt throughout the Five Boroughs (and beyond) after the Knicks’ decision to let Lin walk for a measly, relatively speaking of course, $25.1 million.

Check out all that and more on Episode 87 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring RealGM columnist Jarrod N. Rudolph and Deadspin founder and New York Magazine contributing editor Will Leitch (who lives in Brooklyn but hasn’t given into the dark side just yet and started rooting for the Nets).

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As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Sekou Smith of NBA.com, as well as our superproducer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog and the best engineer in the business, Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 84) Draft Special With Tyler Zeller, Scott Howard Cooper and Fran Blinebury

HANG TIME PLAYOFF HEADQUARTERS – Kentucky power forward Anthony Davis is going to be the first player to hear his named announced Thursday night in New York.

Beyond that tidy bit of information, there are no certainties involved in the 2012 NBA Draft.

We know this here at headquarters because we’ve asked just about everyone you could imagine and canvassed the basketball globe on the eve of the Draft and found that no one, and we mean no one, is certain of anything other than Davis walking across that stage first.

What’s it like living through this process from the inside out? We find out from North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller, a projected lottery pick. Who are the biggest movers and shakers in the Draft? Well, it is a fluid list that will change several more times before the start of the Draft, says NBA.com’s Draft guru Scott Howard-Cooper. The Houston Rockets remain the team most eager to move their way up the Draft board, their master plan (Dwight Howard in a Rockets uniform) is clear for all to see. We go behind the scenes on their motives with NBA.com’s Fran Blinebury (rhymes with grime and scary).

Check out all that and more on Episode 84 of the Hang Time Podcast our Draft Special, with Tyler Zeller, Scott Howard-Cooper and Fran Blinebury. And make sure you to tune into the Draft Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Sekou Smith of NBA.com, as well as our superproducer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog and the best engineer in the business, Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 78) With Trail Blazers Guard Jamal Crawford

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – We’re not the only ones glued to the flat screen every night watching the playoff drama unfold all around the league.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are not alone.

NBA players like Jamal Crawford, whose Portland Trail Blazers missed out on the postseason this season, are locked in on the action every night as well. So when there’s a wild ending to a game or series, or both, as we had in Philadelphia and Boston Thursday night, Crawford is watching each and every second just like we are.

The only difference is, he knows what it’s like to be in that huddle when there are 3.5 seconds left and the play that either saves or ends a season is being drawn up. He knows what it’s like when those game-winning free throws drop through the bottom of the nets. He knows that euphoric feeling of seeing the plan come together as well as he knows that empty feeling when you come up short.

And that’s why we couldn’t think of a better guest to share his insights than our main man and Hang Time favorite @JCrossover (on Twitter) to give us the lowdown on what he’s seen so far.

Check it out on Episode 78 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring Portland Trail Blazers guard Jamal Crawford:

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As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Sekou Smith of NBA.com, as well as our superproducer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog and the best engineer in the business, Jarrell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 72) With Genesis Rodriguez And Chris Dortch

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – It’s taken us a while to recover from All-Star Weekend, fine a month, but we’re finally back.

And we’re back with a vengeance, with Final Four weekend on hand and a Hollywood star and die-hard Heat fan in the fold, we couldn’t go wrong with Episode 72 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring Genesis Rodriguez and Chris Dortch.

Dortch, NBA.com and NBA TV’s college basketball guru, is in New Orleans for the Final Four and helps break down all of the NBA prospects playing this weekend as well as the collegiate stars (Austin Rivers, Harrison Barnes, John Henson, etc.) who have already declared for the June NBA Draft.

Rodriguez, born and raised in Miami on the Heat, has her sights set on The Finals finishing in her hometown again this year. But this time, on a much better note for the home team. She is living and working in Los Angeles now, starring alongside Will Ferrell in his new comedy Casa de mi Padre.

Do yourself a favor and check out our new favorite actress.

Check out all of that and so much more on Episode 72 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring Genesis Rodriguez and Chris Dortch:

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As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Sekou Smith of NBA.com, as well as our superproducer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog.

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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 71) With Jonathan Abrams And Drew Packham

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – We’re back from All-Star Weekend — sore knees, bruised egos, stuffed notebooks and all — with plenty of memories and stories to share.

In addition to watching the best basketball players on the planet showcase their skills on the biggest stage, the Hang Time Podcast crew played a little ball as well, at Sunday morning’s Jordan Brand open run attended by the likes of hip hop stars Wale, D.J. Clue and my new on-court nemesis Jadakiss as well as several friends of the program.

All in all, it was a splendid time had by all … well, for the most part. (One of us got Tebowed!)

Grantland.com’s Jonathan Abrams was there and chronicled the The Best (Pickup) Game at All-Star Weekend. He also joins us on Episode 71 of the Hang Time Podcast to dissect the goings on at All-Star Weekend and his masterful work on An Oral History of the Malice at the Palace, the infamous brawl between the Pacers and Pistons’ fans at the Palace of Auburn Hills in 2004.

NBA.com’s Rookie Ladder guru Drew Packham also joins us on Episode 71 to break down the performances of Kyrie Irving, Ricky Rubio and the rest of the class at the halfway mark of their first season in the league. In his midseason report card, DP taps Irving as his choice for Rookie of the (half) Year, with MarShon Brooks as his biggest surprise and Jan Vesely as his biggest disappointment.

Check out all of that and so much more  on Episode 71 of the Hang Time PodcastThe All-Star Special:

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As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Sekou Smith of NBA.com, as well as our superproducer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog.

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Hang Time Podcast All-Star Special With David Stern And Arne Duncan

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – With All-Star Weekend just days away, we knew it was time to break out the heavy hitters.

And when we say heavy hitters, we mean the heaviest of hitters in the realm of basketball and beyond. No, we didn’t corral Jeremy Lin yet and Kobe Bryant didn’t return our call either. But we’ve got the next best thing.

NBA Commissioner David Stern joined us for a visit, dropping in on us after sitting down for an afternoon interview with TNT’s David Aldridge at the league’s New York offices, and didn’t disappoint. Stern dished on the Lin phenomenon, his thoughts on the upcoming All-Star Weekend, why it he doesn’t have a problem with rewarding veteran stars come All-Star bid time, how the league has thrived in the wake of the lockout and so much more.

Following the Commissioner (never an easy thing to do), we rapped with former Harvard co-captain, Academic All-American and pro basketball player, and current U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who took time out of his busy schedule to talk about his Harvard connection with Lin, his Chicago Bulls and his unique ties to both the team’s coach (Tom Thibodeau) and its biggest star (Derrick Rose). He also shared what it’s like playing ball with President Barack Obama in those famous White House pick up games (we’re ready whenever you need us Reggie Love) and so much more.

Check out all of that and so much more  on Episode 70 of the Hang Time PodcastThe All-Star Special:

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As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Sekou Smith of NBA.com, as well as our superproducer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog.

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Some highlights of what Stern had to say to DA after the jump.

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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 68)

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – The All-Star reserves have been announced. Some wrongs were made right (LaMarcus Aldridge) while other wrongs remain (Josh Smith).

But making the All-Star team as a reserve is a complex issue that required further examination, which leads us to Episode 68 of the Hang Time Podcast.

We enlisted the services of former Michigan State, 1998 NBA All-Star and current NBA TV analyst Steve Smith to help make sense of a process that often times makes none.  After all, Smitty played in just that one All-Star game during his stellar 14-year career, despite playing at an All-Star level for the bulk of his career.

But when you’re fighting for a berth at guard in the Eastern Conference with the likes of Reggie Miller, Penny Hardaway, Joe Dumars, Latrell Sprewell and others during the Michael Jordan era these sorts of things happen.

We also chatted All-Star reserves, Jeremy Lin and the overall state of the game with Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, a Bay Area native and current resident. Spears lived in Boston when the Knicks’ point guard sensation (for the past three games at least) was running the show at Harvard, and even though he’d never heard of Lin back then and never saw the Crimson play, he’s “all-Lin” for the new face of the global game — who just happens to share Spears’ Bay Area roots.

For all that and so much more, including a look back at an iconic collection of young stars (below) before they hit the NBA, check out Episode 68 of the Hang Time Podcast

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As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Sekou Smith of NBA.com, as well as our superproducer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog.

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Shaq And Chuck Get Some Rest, We’ve Got The Rising Stars!





HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Who says you have to wait for TNT’s Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal?

Here at the hideout, we wait for no one to pick our teams, not even the big boys who will serve as general managers for the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend.

Chuck and Shaq don’t hit the TNT set until tonight, and they don’t pick the squads until next week, which gives us (Micah Hart of the All-Ball Blog is my partner in basketball-related crimes today) all the time we need to make our picks for the game that used to pit rookies and sophomores against one another.

We flipped a coin and will kick off the draft right now, using the same 18 players on the official list instead of the ones we think should be on the list — the write-in campaign for Jeremy Lin starts in a few minutes — as if there was any doubt on that No. 1 spot:

Sekou Smith: If you thought I’d pick anyone other than this guy with the No. 1 pick, you were dreaming.

FIRST PICK

Hang Time: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

Micah HartWell I might pick another guy first if this were a real game and not an exhibition but since we’re showing off , I’ll take …

All-Ball: John Wall, Washington Wizards

SS: If you’re going to show off, you should at least do it with the best. Say hello to my little friend …

SECOND PICK

Hang Time: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves

MHI considered that, but I want a guy who can drop 30 along with his 10 assists as well. Besides, I’ll have chemistry on my side with Wall and my next pick …

All-Ball: DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins

SS: Did you just call a grown man “Boogie?” Don’t ever do that again. I hope your guards are ready, because when they see Ricky and his running mate coming at them, it could get ugly. I’ll take …

THIRD PICK

HT: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

MHAlright, well you seem to be cornering the market on the guards, so I guess I’ll press the advantage in the frontcourt. Gimme the best big man to come out of Georgetown since Othella Harrington

All-Ball: Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons

SS: I knew you wouldn’t be able to go more than five minutes without a shout-out to Murrah High (Jackson, Miss.), and for the record, Monroe’s ceiling is much higher than Othella’s was. That said, your bigs will struggle all night trying to keep up with my guys. I have a vision for this game and it includes lots of dunks and non-stop running …

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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 67)

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – When we makes promises around here we do our very best to keep them, no matter how crazy they might be.

So when a lifelong Hawks fans asked that we spend a little time talking about one of the NBA’s more surprising teams this season, they are 9-2 since All-Star center Al Horford went down for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, we spoke up and said we would. And that’s indeed what we’ve done with Episode 67 of the Hang Time Podcast.

We went straight to the source, snagging a rare, in-studio sit-down with elusive Hawks Vice President of Public Relations Arthur Triche, who has spent 23 years working for the organization. A friend of the program since its inception, Triche dishes on this season’s team while also sharing some of his best memories of past teams, and highlighting some of his favorite former players — Dominique Wilkins, Doc Rivers, Grant LongMookie Blaylock, Steve Smith, Dikembe Mutombo, Ken NormanJR Rider, Rasheed Wallace, Obinna Ekezie, Peja Drobnjak, Christian Laettner and Boris Diaw all made his short list.

He is also the No. 1 ranked PR Tweeter in all of basketball (how many Twitter accounts does one man need?), has AAA insurance and is frightened of Hawks rookie big man Ivan “The Terrible” Johnson.

Triche also objected to this idea that best dunk of all time belongs to either Blake Griffin or LeBron James … you’ll have to forgive the “old man” on that one. Having lived through some of the best in-game and dunk contest slams Wilkins performed over the years, it’s hard to argue with him about this and so many other things.

For all that and so much more, check out Episode 67 of the Hang Time Podcast

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As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Sekou Smith of NBA.com, as well as our superproducer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog.

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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 66)

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – A healthy debate is good for the emotional and mental health of know-it-alls the likes of which you’ll find here at the hideout.

That theory extends to friends of the Hang Time Podcast as well, and is what makes Episode 66 so much fun. We’re debating all things — is Chauncey Billups still deserving of his Mr. Big Shot nickname, what’s the best way to do business in today’s NBA, Blake Griffin or Kevin Love, and who is more deserving a spot in the Slam Dunk contest, Josh McRoberts or Jeremy Evans?

You name the debate and we’re having it with special guests:

Grantland‘s Jonah Keri made his HTP debut, complete with, as he put it, some “Chauncey-bashing, Celtics fandom & roster-building talk”. We even talked a little baseball with Keri, the author of “The Extra 2%,” and proud Montreal native who now resides in (or at least remarkably close to) the same Denver neighborhood Billups grew up in.

Former Utah Jazz forward Matt Harpring, who tormented Georgia fans like Lang for years while starring at Georgia Tech, helped us see the light on Griffin-Love debate, and talks about what makes the Jazz so special right now — and why Evans needs to be in a dunk contest near you soon. An analyst on Jazz television broadcasts who also can be spotted on NBA TV‘s airwaves from time to time, Harpring provides an intriguing breakdown of one of the league’s surprise teams.

For all that and our reflections what’s going on in the NBA at the quarter pole …

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As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Sekou Smith of NBA.com, as well as our superproducer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog.

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