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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 131) Featuring Stalley

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — We’re still not sure if it’s real or fake, the Kevin DurantDwyane Wade feud that has played out on social media since Tuesday.

Was Durant’s suggestion that Wade be removed from a top 10 list of NBA player the first piece of a larger scheme that the Gatorade commercial co-stars legitimate or just the opening shot of a faux-battle that will be played out at a later date?

No one seems interested in offering any context right now, which leaves the door open for all sorts of interpretations of what’s really going on between the Oklahoma City and Miami Heat stars and rivals. And you know we love open doors around here … (kick them open and crank up the debate).

That’s just one of several items we tackle in Episode 131 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring Stalley, the Maybach Music Group artist whose basketball roots go back to the same Northeast Ohio landscape dominated by one LeBron Raymone James, a high school rival of the rap artist.

We also wrestle with the issue of nicknames on the backs of jerseys, Shaquille O’Neal’s strange relationship with the city of Sacramento now that he’s joined the Kings’ ownership group, training camp issues around the league, the Heat’s choice of the Bahamas for training camp (and why our main man Rick Fox cannot get us there) and much more.

The first phase of the 2013-14 NBA season is upon us and we’ll make sure you a ready on Episode 131 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring Stalley …


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Heat Hoping D-Wade Stays Off DL


HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Dwyane Wade was thrown a surprise birthday party over the weekend by LeBron James, who got T.I. and Rick Ross to rap until the break of dawn. Best part of the night? Wade didn’t break a leg on the dance floor.

That comes as much relief to the Heat, because as we know, Wade isn’t the sturdiest of superstars. Reliable? Of course. A gamer? Absolutely. Championship-tested and true? You bet. Brittle? Unfortunately, yes.

Let’s keep this in context, before we go on. Wade has never missed significant time in the postseason and his body always seems to get itself together for the big games and big moments. And yet, the guy just can’t make it through a season without grabbing a body part and putting Miami on alert. The scary part is that Wade isn’t getting any younger; he turns 30 on Tuesday and therefore these tweaks and pulls must be taken a bit more seriously than before.

At the moment, Wade is nursing a bad ankle, which he injured late in the loss to the Nuggets. In the past, it’s been a list of ailments that managed to keep Wade from playing a full 82 games. At this point, it wouldn’t be a normal season without the sight of Wade sitting on the bench in a designer suit. That may be good for the designer, not so good for the Heat. Not really, anyway.

Israel Gutierrez, the fine writer for the Miami Herald who has followed Wade for years, believes the injury can be a blessing in disguise, if only because it forces LeBron to work solo and other players to step up their game.

And here’s Chris Bosh:

“He needs to just chill out right now, get better and we’ll hold it down until he comes back.”

Yes, there is something to be gained by Wade sitting, from a performance standpoint. And in this abbreviated season, with games coming fast and hard, it’s better to sit Wade as long as necessary. But the issue is Wade’s body and whether it can be trusted in the spring. How many times can Miami count on that body to stay strong enough for the playoffs? At what point does the Heat’s luck run out in that regard?

In the meantime, LeBron will feel like he’s in Cleveland again, although he does have the presence of Bosh, who’s better than any teammate LeBron had with the Cavs. With the Spurs and Lakers up this week, and no guarantee we’ll see Wade on the floor, this will be an interesting week for the Heat.

Better to keep Wade out these games now, so he can be healthy in case Miami sees either team again this summer.