HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The San Antonio Spurs were supposed to be over the hill. And the Miami Heat unstoppable.
Good thing they have to play the games.
Because our expectations of what we would see in the conference finals and what we have seen is totally different. The Memphis Grizzlies were no match for the might Spurs, getting swept in a Western Conference finals that was supposed to be a battle of heavyweights. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and crew have more left in the tank than some of us realized.
The Heat and Indiana Pacers are deadlocked 2-2 in the Eastern Conference finals and it’s the Heat, and not the Pacers, who have looked extremely vulnerable in certain spots (especially down low, courtesy of Roy Hibbert and David West). LeBron James has been the best player on the floor night after night, but he’s going at it without the superstar help (where you at Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh?) he’s used to having with the Heat.
Then there’s the Lance Stephenson experience, a phenomenon that has to be witnessed live to truly appreciate the emotional roller coaster ride that is the Pacers’ fearless swingman.
In addition to playoff talk and coaching carousel news, we got the chance to spend a few minutes with CNN’s Wayne Drash, the co-author of a fantastic new book, “On These Courts.” The book, which started as a story on CNN.com, chronicles former NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway‘s return to his Memphis roots to help a friend with cancer coach at-risk youth and the magical journey that grew out of that relationship.
As always, there is never a dull moment on Episode 119 of the Hang Time Podcast …
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