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Hang Time Road Trip — Day 1

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VIDEO: Sekou tries to get the Hang Time Road Trip rolling

CHICAGO — And so it begins. Hopefully you’ve read about the Hang Time Road Trip over the last few days. We’ve been writing and tweeting (#hangtime) about it, and it won’t stop.

This morning we kicked it off bright and early in downtown Cleveland, where Sekou Smith, Rick Fox and I met our bus, our home for the next week. You can see bus in the video above. I mean, it’s really our home, and it’s tight quarters — the three of us, our producer, a camera man, an audio guy, two editors and two drivers. All in one bus for seven days. Last night we stayed in a Cleveland hotel. Tonight we will sleep on this bus. It’s a really nice bus though, as you can see in a video here.

Anyway, first thing this morning we drove around Cleveland for a bit before ending up over at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We discovered a photo shoot for a car magazine underway. So of course we put our best face forward and had Rick join the photo shoot …

The Rock Hall was terrific. We were given a tour and saw everything from James Brown‘s suit to Beyonce‘s tour outfits to Jimi Hendrix‘s guitar to Alex Van Halen‘s drum kit. Also, a video outfit from one of my favorite groups of all-time …

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We spent about an hour wandering around the place and checking it out, and could have easily spent another hour or so there. If you’re in Cleveland, it’s a must-see. Here’s a video of our experiences there …


VIDEO: The Hang Time crew visits the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (more…)

The Hang Time Road Trip

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By Lang Whitaker

For the last few years, about once a week I’ve hopped on Skype with my NBA Digital colleagues Sekou Smith and Rick Fox to record a new version of the Hang Time Podcast. We’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together… no wait, we haven’t done any crying, unless it was from laughing. Basically, we’ve had a lot of fun, and done a lot of chatting, and we’ve learned a lot about each other and the NBA. Oh and we got honored by the Webby Awards, which was pretty cool.

The past few months, we’ve been trying to spread our wings a bit. During the Finals, whenever we were all in the same place — normally I’m in New York, Sekou’s in Atlanta, and Rick’s somewhere in the ether — we recorded a couple of video podcasts. (We also had a pig roast in Miami thanks to friend of the podcast Genesis Rodriguez.) This summer at the Las Vegas Summer League, we actually called a few games together.

And on Sunday, we’re embarking on our biggest adventure yet: Can you say Road Trip?

NBA training camps have convened around the country, as franchises put last season behind them and focus on the future. Anticipation abounds, as franchises see where all the wheeling and dealing over the last few months has left them and fans buy into that as-yet untested and unproven vision for the future.

How do we best explore that lovely feeling of hope, the unanimous excitement that comes around once a year? How do we capture how much fun this time of year is? How do we check in with players and coaches to see how their summers went, to find out what their expectations are, and most importantly, to discover which teams really are ready for the new season to begin?

That picture up above? That huge bus? That’s how we’re doing this.

And, just so you hush that fuss, here’s the back of the bus!

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So yeah, the bus is our home for the next week-plus. Starting on Saturday in Cleveland, Sekou, Rick and I will be zig-zagging around the country to take the pulse of players, teams and fans. We’ll sleep on the bus, drive on the bus, and interview players and coaches on the bus.

We’re starting in Cleveland and heading East, at least on this initial trip — saving the West for next time — and we’ll be recording and posting a couple of video podcasts each day. We’ll attend NBA preseason games each night, then power on overnight to the next city. We’ll stop at roadside attractions and truck stops at midnight and cool restaurants and pull pranks on each other and try to have as much fun as we usually do. And when the whole thing is done, we’ll edit together a best-of show that will air on NBA TV.

Our first game will be Sunday night in Cleveland, where the Cavs take on Maccabi Tel Aviv in an exhibition, and then we’ll go from there. We’ve got a schedule tentatively mapped out, but we’re keeping it fluid, so the best way to keep up with us will be to follow us on Twitter or Instagram, where all three of us will be posting real-time updates (using the hashtag #HANGTIME):

Rick Fox (twitter | instagram)
Sekou Smith (twitter | instagram)
Lang Whitaker (twitter | instagram)

I’ll also be posting regular updates here on the All Ball Blog. If you see us out on the road or in your city, please come say hello! Interacting with you folks is what makes this so much fun, and we probably have questions for you about how you’re feeling about your team.

I think that’s everything. Saddle up, everyone. See ya on the road…

Lang and the NBA Rookies: Inside the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just like last year, at the recent NBA Rookie photo shoot I showed up with a camera crew and a burning desire to get to know these guys as well as I could, courtesy of some non-traditional questions.

Here is part nine: Ernie, Kenny, Charles or Shaq?


VIDEO: NBA Rookies: Inside Inside

Lang and the NBA Rookies: Movie time

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just like last year, at the recent NBA Rookie photo shoot I showed up with a camera crew and a burning desire to get to know these guys as well as I could, courtesy of some non-traditional questions.

Here is part eight: Who would play you (and your love interest) in the movie of your life?


VIDEO: NBA Rookies: Movie casting

Lang and the NBA Rookies: Karaoke

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just like last year, at the recent NBA Rookie photo shoot I showed up with a camera crew and a burning desire to get to know these guys as well as I could, courtesy of some non-traditional questions.

Here is part seven: What is your go-to karaoke song?


VIDEO: NBA Rookies: Karaoke

Lang and the NBA Rookies: Dunk Contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just like last year, at the recent NBA Rookie photo shoot I showed up with a camera crew and a burning desire to get to know these guys as well as I could, courtesy of some non-traditional questions.

Here is part six: What NBA player would you most like to dunk on?


VIDEO: NBA Rookies: Dunk contest

Lang and the NBA Rookies: Pet Name

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just like last year, at the recent NBA Rookie photo shoot I showed up with a camera crew and a burning desire to get to know these guys as well as I could, courtesy of some non-traditional questions.

Here is part five: What was the name of your first pet?


VIDEO: NBA Rookies: Pet name

Lang and the NBA Rookies: Spell Check

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just like last year, at the recent NBA Rookie photo shoot I showed up with a camera crew and a burning desire to get to know these guys as well as I could, courtesy of some non-traditional questions.

Here is part four: In honor of Thanasis and Giannis, can you spell Antetokounmpo?


VIDEO: NBA Rookies: Spell check

Lang and the NBA Rookies: Tear Jerkers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just like last year, at the recent NBA Rookie photo shoot I showed up with a camera crew and a burning desire to get to know these guys as well as I could, courtesy of some non-traditional questions.

Here is part three: What was the last movie that made you cry?


VIDEO: NBA Rookies: Tear jerkers

Lang and the NBA Rookies: Guilty pleasure junk food

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just like last year, at the recent NBA Rookie photo shoot I showed up with a camera crew and a burning desire to get to know these guys as well as I could, courtesy of some non-traditional questions.

Here is part two: What is your go-to guilty pleasure junk food?


VIDEO: NBA Rookies: Junk food