Posts Tagged ‘NBA Entertainment’

Wired: A Season Inside The NBA


HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – One of the benefits of calling the hideout home is the access to a video library that trumps anything else you’ll find anywhere. Historical footage, specific plays, highlights and an extensive array of practice, game and off-the-court footage are just a few of the perks this sort of access provides.

The fine folks at NBA Entertainment have outdone themselves, though, with their latest joint venture. Produced by Bombo Sports & Entertainment, Wired: An Season Inside The NBA is an all-access documentary that delivers a behind-the-scenes look at a season from the start of training camp all the way through to champagne celebration in the winning locker room at The Finals and everything in between.

And we’re not talking about going wire-to-wire with just the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers or Oklahoma City Thunder or just LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant, the league’s biggest stars. This DVD captures footage from all around the league to give fans this rare look at the NBA only a select few are used to seeing.

We’ve got a copy of our own here at the hideout. Yours, courtesy of our friends at the NBA Store, is just one click away!

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 46)

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Now that the dust has settled from the trade deadline, it’s time to consider how all the moves made by the various teams (and it seems like every team made some kind of move) will shape the rest of the season.

Here at the hideout it’s time to react, reflect and round-up those in the know so we can make sense of it all. And that’s exactly what we’ve got for you on Episode 46 of the Hang Time Podcast .

Paul Coro from the Arizona Republic stops by to talk about Steve Nash‘s future and how the shakeup in the Western conference will affect the Suns’ suddenly promising playoff hopes, and A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet in Boston drops in to explain the Celtics’ moves (as best he can, anyway).

You don’t want to miss this one.

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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 super producer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog.

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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 43)

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Have you ever wondered what the NBA All-Star team would look like if the players voted and not the fans and coaches?

Would they look anything like the teams that will take the floor in the 60th All-Star Game Feb. 20 in Los Angeles?

We asked the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year, flashy Hawks guard Jamal Crawford. And you might be surprised by his answer.

Crawford joined us on Episode 43 of the Hang Time Podcast, which also includes guest appearances from Kelly Dwyer, editor of Yahoo! Sports Ball Don’t Lie blog and NBA Entertainment editor David Thomas, who oversaw the Kobe’s Top 10 Plays project you’ve seen in this space the past week.

We grilled all three guys on a variety of topics you find here in Episode 43, which also includes plenty of Super Bowl discussion from the Hang Time Podcast crew:

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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 super producer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog.

– To download the podcast, click here. To subscribe via iTunes, click here.

Kobe’s Greatest Hits

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – The seemingly never-ending debate about Kobe Bryant‘s place among the NBA’s all-time greats rages on, whether you are an active participant or not.

What makes arguing even more fun is the fact that we have archival video evidence supporting  any stance someone wants to take on Kobe and his Hall of Fame career (surely no one is interested in arguing whether or not he’s headed for Springfield some day … didn’t think so).

Luckily for us all, the heavy lifting has already been done. Dave Thomas oversaw a team of five editors from the NBA Entertainment offices that have been digging through data and video from the start of Bryant’s career to now. And they’ve managed to come up with a Top 10 Plays reel for each season, yeoman’s work if every sense of the phrase, if you ask us.

You can debate his place among the game’s very best in nearly every category. Keep in mind that only two guards have ever scored 27,000 points, Michael Jordan and Bryant. So be mindful of his historical significance while you are tearing the data apart.

(You probably forgot how insanely athletic Afro-Kobe was back in the day. The video below is the perfect reminder.)

This isn’t the only Top 10 from the Black Mamba you’ll get to feast your eyes upon here at Hang Time. Between now and the All-Star Game (Feb. 20), we’ll be posting a new season top 10 list from Mr. Bryant to adequately look back on his career.

Go ahead and blink a few times to clear your vision before diving in and taking this walk down Kobe lane with us. Check out the Top 10 from his 1999-00 season, his first title-winning season with the Lakers:

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 27, P-II)

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Vlade Divac knew he had a story to tell. But for so many years, he just didn’t know if or how it should be told.

Thanks to the NBA Entertainment produced “Once Brothers,” the latest hit in ESPN Films’ acclaimed 30 for 30 series, we all get to experience Divac’s journey as if it were our own.

Divac is the narrator and one of the stars of “Once Brothers,” a fascinating film detailing the story of he and Drazen Petrovic, his former teammate on the Yugoslavian national team, their friendship and rise to NBA stardom that was destroyed by a 1991 civil war in their homeland.

Divac joined us on the Episode 27 of the Hang Time Podcast (this is part II of a special episode) to discuss the film, how it came to be and much more.

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With their relationship strained by civil war between Divac’s Serbia and Petrovic’s Croatia, the two men who were once like brothers continued their NBA careers on opposite sides of the league, Divac in Los Angeles with the Lakers and Petrovic in New Jersey with the Nets, and opposite sides of a conflict beyond their control that their friendship simply could not survive.

When Pertrovic was killed in an auto accident in Germany on June 7, 1993, the men hadn’t spoken a word to each other in nearly two years, despite having faced each other on the court. “Once Brothers” tells the powerful tale of their rise as the first two European players to earn NBA stardom, the demise of their friendship and Divac’s attempt to deal with the fallout.

It’s a must see!

“Once Brothers” airs tonight on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET

As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine, our super producer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s new All Ball Blog and your host Sekou Smith on Twitter.

– To download the podcast, click here. To subscribe via iTunes, click here.