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NBA news, analysis and commentary from the staff at Sekou Smith hosts the weekly podcast with Rick Fox and Lang Whitaker, with guests from all around the league and the people who cover it.


Hang Time Podcast (Episode 240) Featuring Stu Jackson  

If someone had told you two months ago the a team would smash the San Antonio Spurs in five games in the Western Conference semifinals and do the same to the Golden State Warriors in the conference finals, would you have guessed it would be the Oklahoma City Thunder? They haven't done it yet, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and the Warriors still have a Game 5 at Oracle Arena to play and win if they want to stave off elimination. But the Thunder are on the cusp of pulling off two of the biggest upsets in NBA playoff history, provided they finish the deal. We talk conference finals, Draymond's kick and much more on Episode 240 of The Hang Time Podcast featuring Stu Jackson.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 239) Playoff Shake Up  

Now that the Playoff Final Four has begun, we can focus all of our attention to what comes next in these two clashes of titans in the Eastern and Western Conferences. The champion Golden State Warriors have their hands full with the Oklahoma City Thunder, meanwhile the Cleveland Cavaliers are cruising against Toronto on the other side. We talk playoffs, the Draft lottery and what it all means for the future on Episode 239 of The Hang Time Podcast.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 238) Steph, Dwight, Playoffs and More!  

Stephen Curry wins his second straight KIA MVP. Dwight Howard sits in for Shaq on Inside The NBA on TNT. Rick Fox shows up for work. The Thunder have the Spurs on the brink of elimination as the playoffs continue to provide all of the intrigue and drama anyone could ask for this time of year. We discuss all that and more on Episode 238 of The Hang Time Podcast.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 237) featuring Kristen Ledlow  

The NBA playoffs always bring drama, on and off the court. There's something about this time of year. Whether it's on or off the court, there's always something going on. From the Cleveland Cavaliers setting 3-point shooting records to injury issues surrounding the reigning KIA MVP Stephen Curry to Kyle Lowry's late-night shooting sessions to Larry Bird's ridiculously blunt explanation as to why Frank Vogel will not return as coach of the Indiana Pacers, we're on top of it all on Episode 237 of The Hang Time Podcast featuring the great Kristen Ledlow.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 236) Featuring Dan Woike  

The Clippers' curse. Is it real or imagined? The believers have all the proof they need after the Clippers lost Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (broken hand), their two best players, on the same night. That's right, no Griffin or Paul for the remainder of these playoffs, however long it lasts for Doc Rivers and his crew. We break down all things Clippers on Episode 236 of The Hang Time Podcast featuring Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 235) Playoff Time!  

It's playoff time in the NBA. But we all have to pause for a moment to recognize the passing of a true genius, legend and hoops fans in Prince Rogers Nelson, who influenced generations with his artistry and musical magnificence. We celebrate Prince and talk much more on Episode 235 of The Hang Time Podcast.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 234) Kobe’s Last Stand  

The basketball powers that be smiled on us all for the final night of this season. Kobe Bryant's final game after 20 spectacular seasons in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform and some 400 miles up the coast the Golden State Warriors try to put the finishing touches on their epic chase for win No. 73. We couldn't ask for a better way to finish the regular season here on Episode 234 of The Hang Time Podcast.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 233) Featuring Marvin Williams  

Times couldn't be better for Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams. His Hornets are in the midst of a second-half playoff push and his North Carolina Tar Heels are back in the Final Four chasing another championship. It brings back great memories for Williams, who helped the Tar Heels to a title in his freshman (and only) season in Chapel Hill. He joins us on Episode 233 of The Hang Time Podcast to reflect on his past, present and basketball future.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 232) Featuring Jerry Stackhouse  

While the Cleveland Cavaliers are busy trying to figure out who and what LeBron James wants them to be, the Toronto Raptors are giving chase for that No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Raptors assistant coach and 18-year NBA veteran Jerry Stackhouse joins us to talk Raptors and so much more on Episode 232 of The Hang Time Podcast.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 231) Featuring D’Angelo Russell  

D'Angelo Russell's LA story is in the infant stages, the ink is barely dry on the first page. If things go according to his plan, few people will remember his humbling start. And that's exactly the way Russell wants it, now that he's spread his rookie wings and gotten more comfortable living and working in the shadow of Hollywood (and Kobe Bryant, in his 20th and final NBA season). We dig deep with the Lakers' prized rookie on Episode 231 of The Hang Time Podcast.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 230) Featuring J.J. Redick  

The Los Angeles Clippers remain, at least in our view, the most intriguing team in the NBA that doesn't reside in Oakland. They have all the makings of a true contender. They have an elite coach in Doc Rivers. A top-five point guard in Chris Paul. Another superstar in Blake Griffin (yes, he will return this season). An elite rim protector in DeAndre Jordan. One of the league's most dangerous shooters in J.J. Redick. And a super sixth-man in Jamal Crawford. So what's missing? Why haven't the Clippers moved higher up in the pecking order than they have? It might have something to do with the reigning champion Golden State Warriors, the San Antonio Spurs and that two-headed superstar monster in Oklahoma City. We dig deep on what's holding the Clippers back with Redick on Episode 230 of The Hang Time Podcast.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 229) Featuring Draymond Green  

Stephen Curry is the leader of the pack in more ways than we can count these days. He's the frontrunner for the KIA MVP, which would make it his second straight, leading the Golden State Warriors on an historic chase for 73 (or more) wins and revolutionizing the game in the process. But the vocal and emotional leader of the Golden State Warriors is Draymond Green. The All-Star forward makes the Warriors go, what with his versatility and skill, not to mention his fire and brimstone routine as the team's mouthpiece. We talk all things Warriors with Green (from our visit in Toronto during All-Star Weekend) on Episode 229 of The Hang Time Podcast.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 228) Featuring Klay Thompson and Arash Markazi  

Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors are not intimidated by history. They know full well what lies ahead of them during the stretch run of this NBA regular season. If they continue on their current, torrid pace, they could supplant the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls as the team with the best regular season record in NBA history. A 73-9 finish would put them in truly rarified air. And if they do finish the deal, where would you rank them among the greatest teams of all time, alongside the likes of the Showtime Lakers, the Big 3 Celtics (the original crew), the Shaq-Kobe Lakers and of course, the Michael Jordan-led Bulls? We discuss all that and more on Episode 228 of The Hang Time Podcast featuring Klay Thompson and Arash Markazi of

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 227) Featuring Tyronn Lue and Fred McLeod  

With a stellar All-Star Weekend behind us and the NBA trade deadline upon us, it's time to look forward to the stretch run of the season. And in the Eastern Conference, all eyes are on the Cleveland Cavaliers (and new coach Tyronn Lue) as they try to get back to The Finals and figure out if they have what it takes to bring the trophy back to Northeast Ohio. We talk to Coach Lue and Cleveland play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod on Episode 227 of the Hang Time Podcast.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 226) Back Together Again  

It's been a while since we assembled the entire group, all three members of The Hang Time Podcast crew. But with All-Star 2016 in Toronto right around the corner, it seems a most appropriate time to make sure Rick Fox came back to the nest so we can set the stage for the next two weeks and what we'll see and experience in his native Toronto. We crank it up on Kobe Bryant, the changes in Phoenix, the Super Bowl eve matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder and so much more on Episode 226 of The Hang Time Podcast.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 225) Featuring Marc J. Spears  

Can we give it up already? Haven't you seen enough? The Golden State Warriors have slayed all comers this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and surprisingly the San Antonio Spurs in their most recent 30-point demolition of another so-called contender for their crown. Stephen Curry and the rest of the run-you-ragged Warriors are on another level from the rest of the league right now and it's not even close. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports helps us break down the Warriors, the end of the David Blatt era in Cleveland and much more on Episode 225 of The Hang Time Podcast.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 224) Green or Griffin?  

Who would you take to start your team? The perennial All-Star, the four-time All-NBA pick and the commercial superstar that is Blake Griffin or the NBA champion, soon-to-be All-Star and human jack-knife that is Draymond Green? Fair question and one without an easy answer, for most of us. Mostly because there are so many different factors at work when comparing these two, or any two NBA stars at the same position capable of playing at this level. Some would go with Griffin, the proven star with a track record of being a 20-plus point, 8-rebound a night machine. Others would opt for Green, the NBA's leader in triple doubles this season and a player who just might be the most versatile and valuable player on a team with the NBA's reigning KIA MVP. We debate Green or Griffin, discuss the Warriors' road demolition of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and who should fill out the All-Star rosters on Episode 224 of The Hang Time Podcast.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 223) Featuring Dominique Wilkins  

It's tough to compare players from different eras with anything other than a discerning but extremely subjective eye. It's even tougher to do that when you are possibly involved in the comparisons, which Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins often is when the conversation turns to comparisons between NBA greats (teams and players) of the past and present. But the Atlanta Hawks' living legend does his best to assist us in that endeavor on Episode 223 of The Hang Time Podcast, where we dissect Larry Bird's comparison of his vaunted 1986 Celtics against the reigning champion Golden State Warriors. We talk all that and more with the Birthday 'Nique, who recently celebrated his 56th.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 222) Featuring Greg Anthony  

Kobe Bryant belongs in Toronto for All-Star 2016, and not just as a symbolic gesture. His farewell tour should not only make a stop at the league's annual midseason showcase, it -- and really Kobe -- should be one of the main attractions. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver thinks so and so do we. You don't spend two decades as one of the league's true superstars, one of the all-time greats, and go out any other way. We discuss Kobe, Robert Sarver and his millennials problem in Phoenix, the state of affairs as we kick off the 2016 portion of this season and much more with NBA TV's Greg Anthony on Episode 222 of The Hang Time Podcast.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 221) Featuring John Schuhmann  

Now that the Golden State Warriors are done chasing history and that NBA record 33-game win streak, we can all get back to normal. We can all turn our critical eyes to the rest of the league and what has inspired some teams and what ails others. Is Dwight Howard still a franchise anchor? Can he co-exist much longer with James Harden in Houston? Can anyone catch Stephen Curry in the MVP race? We crunch the numbers and scrutinize the results on Episode 221 of The Hang Time Podcast with numbers guru John Schuhmann.

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