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THEY'VE GOT THE HANG OF IT
Tony Kornheiser
October 29, 1984
As Dr. J proved in the 1980 NBA finals, leaping is something lots of guys can do, but hang time is the stuff of dreams
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October 29, 1984

They've Got The Hang Of It

As Dr. J proved in the 1980 NBA finals, leaping is something lots of guys can do, but hang time is the stuff of dreams

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"Are you 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:

Tang Time: 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 Green.

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 Man.

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.)

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