HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Now that we have that pesky Super Bowl behind us (especially you Peyton Manning) we can move on to the more important business of 2014, and that’s analyzing the NBA landscape after the first half of the season.
Some of our preseason predictions don’t look nearly as good now as they did in theory … months ago. Some of the teams we assumed would dominate the conversation are doing it for all of the wrong reasons, while the pleasant surprises have been plenty. No individual has surprised us more than enigmatic Pacers swingman Lance Stephenson.
We take all that in and serve it up on Episode 146 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring Indiana Pacers’ swingman Lance Stephenson, whose omission from the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves list remains a sore spot with us here at the headquarters.
The Golden State Warriors have been added to the “List” and we delve into what’s gone wrong with Steph Curry and crew since they returned from that spectacular road trip last month. We tried our best to make some sense of what the Los Angeles lakers are trying to do with Pau Gasol and discuss a host of other hot topics from around the league.
Check out our new segment, In Focus, featuring some of the best TV and radio calls from around the league, and the latest installment of Braggin’ Rights (still on top), as well.
Check it out on Episode 146 of the Hang Time Podcast featuringLance Stephenson.
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The Celtics and Knicks might be wondering if anyone in Boston and New York is noticing them. Then again, it’s probably best they don’t.
With those two cities currently hypnotized by the Super Bowl — Patriots vs. Giants, in case you’re living in a vortex — the basketball teams are wallowing in their misery somewhat quietly. All of New England is riveted on Tom Brady and Wes Welker and Vince Wilfork and Bill Belichick. Most of New York (the non-Jets fans anyway) is in a lather over Eli Manning and Justin Tuck and Tom Coughlin. Boston is going completely Gronkers over Rob Gronkowski (how’s the ankle?) while New York is busy doing the salsa in honor of VictorCruz.
The Knicks? The Celtics? Are those guys playing?
Well, yes. And not too wonderfully. These two have another five days to get it together before the home fans awaken from their football hangover and take notice of what’s going on at the Gardens, TD and Madison Square. Carmelo Anthony, now back from a mini-break to hear wounds (the physical ones, not the psychological), needs to somehow rally the troops. Meanwhile, the Celtics await a full and healthy return by Rajon Rondo to make a pre-All Star Game push to respectability.
Strangely, both of these veteran teams are looking up at the young Sixers in the Atlantic Division. And that must be a weird feeling. The Sixers don’t have a single star player, and couldn’t get beyond the first round of the playoffs last spring, and can’t pack the house despite their record, and they’re still holding pole position in the division. That’s pretty humbling for the Celtics (10-10) and Knicks (8-13), who figured to be battling each other for those honors.