Posts Tagged ‘Zach Lowe’

Hang Time Podcast (Ep.101) Featuring NBA TV’s Steve Smith and Grantland’s Zach Lowe

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The remaining names on the All-Star teams for the Eastern and Western conferences will be revealed in a matter of hours (Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET on TNT), a moment in time that is sure to give the basketball world a brief respite from the seemingly non-stop conversation about the Los Angeles Lakers.

We don’t have that luxury here at headquarters, where somehow every conversation we have these days takes a finds a way to take some sort of U-turn to the Lakers.

How else to explain the connection between NBA TV’s Steve Smith and his yoga classes, Grantland‘s brilliant Zach Lowe and his own All-Star team, our weekly game of “Where the heck is Rick Fox?” and the Lakers all being rolled into Episode 101 of the Hang Time Podcast?

Sure, it sounds crazy. But you have to listen to Episode 101 of the Hang Time Podcast to connect all the dots!


As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Sekou Smith of,  Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Rick Fox of NBA TV, as well as our new super producer Gregg (just like Popovich) Waigand and the best engineer in the business, Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 82) With Fran Blinebury And Zach Lowe

HANG TIME PLAYOFF HEADQUARTERS — It seems like we were in this same space last week, with seasons on the brink, legacies on the line and eras on the verge of ending and beginning.

The teams might have changed but the circumstances stay the same during the NBA’s playoff season. It’s win-or-go-fishing time for both the San Antonio Spurs (tonight in the Western Conference finals) and the Miami Heat (Thursday night in the Eastern Conference finals).

We’re going to find out in the next 48 hours if Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder are ready to replace the Spurs’ Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili (not to mention the Lakers and Mavericks) as the new power of the Western Conference. And we’re also going to find out if Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and the rest of the Boston Celtics are ready to make one last stand in The Finals by taking down Miami’s LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

We’re diving in on all that and whole lot more in Episode 82 of the Hang Time Podcast with a couple of special guests,’s Fran Blinebury and’s Zach Lowe.


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, as well as our superproducer Micah Hart of’s All Ball Blog and the best engineer in the business, Jarrell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

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Labor Talks: Step Back And Listen

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — If we are indeed on the verge of yet more of the NBA regular season being chopped down by the stalled lockout negotiations, perhaps it’s time for the sides involved to take a breath.

Maybe we all need to take a step back and listen to what both the owners and players are trying to say about their positions. We tried our best Monday to provide the proper forum for you, the fans of the game, to speak your mind about where you stand. And we’ve heard in detail exactly where the league stands in regards to this latest impasse.

Listening to union executive director Billy Hunter on The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons of provided a drama- free opportunity to hear Hunter’s argument and try to grasp how we got here and where we might be headed. (You need to carve out an hour to listen. It’s an absolute must-listen, especially the part when Hunter reveals that he and NBA Commissioner David Stern are fraternity brothers.)

The finger-pointing that marked last week’s breakdown in talks was pleasantly absent from this conversation, which made it much easier to wrap your head around exactly why the players feel the way they do toward the owners, who have come under considerable fire themselves since last week.

And for those of you who enjoy a tidy list, our friends at the Los Angeles Times have compiled an easy-to-read roster of exactly where all 30 owners stand on the lockout.


Portland owner Paul Allen has been the most talked about member of the owner’s side since last week, both in Portland and beyond. Whatever his role was in last week’s breakdown of talks, he’s being fingered as the man whose presence led to a severe crack in the process.


Labor Talks: Season On The Brink …

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Your anger is understandable.

Mostly because the actions of so many are indefensible.

With this latest breakdown in talks between the two sides in the NBA’s labor madness comes a sobering truth about this entire process. It’s never been about saving the game or even preserving it for the fans. It’s about two sides fighting over a billion dollar pie and each one wanting the biggest piece. Someone has to win and someone has to lose, compromise be damned!

We knew as much when this thing started, but we seemed to lose sight of that in the past few months with all the details tossed into the fray to deflect our attention from the fundamentals of this dispute. Our confidence has been betrayed by the men who have asked for that very thing from us, the basketball loving public,. And here we stand, just days away from what should have been the start of a season, staring at a potential season on the brink.

When the federal mediator both sides agreed to let dive into the middle of this battle packs up his stuff and heads for the door after three days of listening to everyone talk, it’s clear the “gulf” between the positions NBA Commissioner David Stern spoke of last week is greater than most of us imagined.

Unlike many of my less cynical colleagues here at the hideout and beyond, I wasn’t expecting a resolution to this process this week. I did (foolishly) assume that some tangible progress this week could lead to a deal sometime in the very near future.

But not after reading these words from NBPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler after the Board of Governors meeting:

“This meeting was hijacked. Something happened at their [owners] meeting. This is not the move where the owners were yesterday. We were making progress, as you heard.

“They came back, they came without the commissioner. They came with Paul Allen. We were told Paul Allen was here to express the views of the other members of the Board of Governors. And that view was: ‘Our way or the highway.’

“That’s what we were told. We were shocked. We went in there trying to negotiate, and they came in and said, ‘You either accept 50-50 or we’re done. And we won’t discuss anything else.’ “

Point fingers in whatever direction you like. Both sides are doing the same now without hesitation.


Casey’s Greatest Challenge Awaits

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Watching Dwane Casey work his defensive magic with the Dallas Mavericks from the start all the way until their championship finish during the playoffs provided us with a renewed appreciation for importance of having assistant coaches that are basically coordinators.

As Rick Carlisle‘s defensive coordinator, Casey helped transform a team that was considered anything but defensive-minded into a cohesive unit capable of dealing with anything thrown their way — they did run through the Blazers, Lakers, Thunder and Heat on their way to the crown. There were obviously some good tools to work with, namely Tyson Chandler. The Mavericks finally found the right defensive anchor to help them mask some of their glaring deficiencies. Having Chandler watch Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki‘s back on defense was a definite masterstroke.

But Casey, now the coach in Toronto, will have to work some serious magic to do the same things for the Raptors, a notoriously bad defensive team whose best offensive player, Andrea Bargnani, is the runaway winner of the worst defensive player tag on the team.


Hang Time Podcast (Episode 54)

LOS ANGELES — Much like those Hang Time Grizzlies, we decided to kick off the conference semifinal round of these NBA playoffs with a bang on the Hang Time Podcast.

That includes appearances from a wise and trusted friend of the program and two debuts that you will now want to miss on Episode 54 (complete with background noise from the beach out here in Southern California, where half of our team is located for the Lakers-Mavericks series. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience).

First up is NBA TV and TNT analyst Chris Webber, a favorite here at the hideout for his candor, keen insight and wealth of experience on all topics basketball and beyond. His take on both the Spurs and Magic will leave no doubt about where he thinks both franchises are headed, now that they have been removed from the playoff picture.

Zach Lowe of‘s The Point Forward blog joined us to break down Game 1 of the Heat-Celtics, got his take on Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies and we even tricked him into diving back into the Derrick RoseDwight Howard MVP debate. It’s not the ideal way to treat a first-time guest, but he was good about it.

We wrapped up with a special Hollywood/Broadway guest in actor Tate Donovan, a rare New Jersey native and lifelong Lakers fan. He gave away his age when he told us that he grew up watching Wilt Chamberlain play for the Lakers. But he has the distinction of living through two of the most celebrated eras in NBA history, having cut his teeth on the Showtime Lakers and then stuck around for the Shaquille O’NealKobe BryantPhil Jackson era and now the Bryant-Pau Gasol-Jackson twilight saga.

That’s enough yapping, check out Episode 54 and hear it all for yourself.


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, as well as our super producer Micah Hart of’s All Ball Blog.

– To download the podcast, click here. To subscribe via iTunes, click here, or get the xml feed if you want to subscribe some other, less iTunes-y way.