crazy? Hey, no way."
We'll be back in
a moment with more tales of hang time. But first, here are some other kinds of
time you might want to consider:
Wheaties may be the breakfast of champions, but Tang gets you up, up and away.
You think Dr. J can rise? Astronauts literally go to the moon. (And there, with
limited gravity, you're talking maximum hang time.)
Pang Time: This
occurs at halftime, when you're so hungry, you jump out of your seat and hang
on the hot dog line.
Kang Time: Named
for Billy (The Kangaroo Kid) Cunningham, the acknowledged alltime white hanger.
Cunningham, who played for Philadelphia in the NBA—he's the 76ers' coach
now—and Carolina in the ABA, invented the double clutch. Before him it was just
an oversized pocketbook.
Clang Time: Named
for guys who can leap but don't shoot well from the outside. Buck Williams,
Dennis Johnson and Kurt Nimphius rate a nod. One of the alltimers was Johnny
Huang Time: You
may not have heard of Huang Deng Xiao, but he averages 43 a game for the South
Beijing Pandas. He's the George Gervin of China. They call him the Rice
Fang Time: Dan
Issel has great fang time. So does Jack Lambert. But nobody has fang time like
hockey players. If Count Dracula walked into an NHL locker room, he'd think he
was at his family reunion.
Sang Time: The
honorific given to those who sing The Star-Spangled Banner before an NBA
All-Star Game. The ultimate Mr. Sang Time? Marvin Gaye, 1983. Hands down.
Sprang Time: What
maximum leapers have. Guys who go so high that you see the soles of their
sneakers as they rise. Anyone named Helicopter has sprang time. (Not to be
confused with Sprang Time for Hitler, a musical based on the 1936 German
Olympic basketball trials.)