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 Podcast … The All-Star Special:
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