Breaking Down the Young LA Lakers | Hoops Talk Nation


In the post Kobe Bryant era, very few people would have predicted that the young upstart LA Lakers led by a 36 year old head coach in Luke Walton would have had the kind of start that they’ve had.  A change from routine, hungry young players eager to get better and vets willing to lead by example can all be pointed to as reasons for the turnaround.  Ryan Ward, Senior writer/editor of Lakers Nation stops by the Hoops Talk Nation podcast to help breakdown what we’ve seen this young season and what we can expect to see moving forward including a possible playoff berth in a tough Western Conference.

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NBA 2K & Tim Parham | Hoops Talk Nation

Professional basketball player, Tim Parham is definitely living the dream since making the transition from the hardwood to joining the NBA2K Team and contributing to their latest installment NBA2K17.
Tim will fill us in on what his role is, how surreal the entire experience has been since becoming a member of the 2K family and what he brings to the table as a professional basketball player to to enhance the game play quality and realism for players.
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YZ, Pioneer of Conscious Hip Hop | Down With The Kings


YZ is a product of the Golden Age of hip hop and is considered by many to be a pioneer in the realm of conscious rap for his socially intelligent lyrics combined with street loyal razor sharp hip hop beats. “Thinking of Master Plan” was released in the early 90’s and fans to this day are anxious to hear what the New Jersey born rapper has on his mind.

YZ stops by “Down With The Kings” and touches on his early days in the hip hop game, his top 5 MC’s and new projects on the horizon.

Down With The Kings cane be heard exclusively every Wednesday night at 11pmEST on Maximum FM Hip Hop.  Log on to to check it out or download the MaximumFM app or listen on TuneIn Radio.

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NBA Talk with Sports Writer, Donnell Suggs | Hoops Talk Nation “The Podcast”

It may be the off season for the NBA in the but there’s no shortage of big stories and definitely lots to talk about!
Donnell Suggs is the Sports Editor for the Lafayette Sun in Alabama and also a contributor to Slamonline,  and he stops by the Hoops Talk Nation podcast.  Topics range from some of the intriguing free agency deals thus far, the bright future ahead for Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons and a look back at the majestic career of Tim Duncan as he retires from the NBA after 19 remarkable seasons.
All that and much more on Hoops Talk Nation “The Podcast”

Tim Duncan Retires from the NBA After 19 Seasons!


Tim Duncan spent almost 20 years as the a solid reliable and oftentimes quiet force down low for the San Antonio Spurs franchise.  With Duncan as the focal point, the Spurs won five championships, made the playoffs in all 19 of his seasons and cemented themselves as one of the most successful sports franchises in history.

And now, the tireless and reluctant superstar is finally calling it a career.

Super Producer Easy Mo Bee | Down With The Kings

Legendary super producer Easy Mo Bee has worked with, is a hip hop/R&B record producer, known for production work for late 80’s artists such as Big Daddy Kane and Miles Davis, as well as his affiliation with Bad Boy Records in its early years and his heavy production involvement in The Notorious B.I.G.’s debut album Ready to Die. He also produced two songs for 2Pac’s album Me Against The World. He talks about all that and more on Down With The Kings…

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Running The Three Man Weave on TSN!


I was recently invited to contribute my thoughts to a weekly basketball column on called “Three Man Weave”. The Weave examines the latest going ons in the hoops world and is ran with precision by a couple of my basketball ball brothers, Will Strickland and Duane Waston, hosts of TSN 1050’s #1On1 with Will & Duane.

With so much going on the world of hoops, the timing of my invite couldn’t have been better.

We touch on the D’Angelo Russell situation, the significance of the Raptors reaching the 50 win plateau and the Final Four selections.

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DJ King Shameek Still Doing It To The Crowd | Down With The Kings


Legendary DJ/producer, King Shameek has been doing it to the crowd for more than two decades. The New Jersey native first came to prominence in 1989 as the DJ for Twin Hype (Do It To The Crowd & For Those Who Like To Groove), and later appeared on records with classic artists such as Naughty By Nature, T La Rock, King Sun, Lisette Melendez among others. The veteran DJ rolls through Down With The Kings to reflect back on his impressive production credits, his time with Twin Hype and the current state of hip hop.

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Kicking it with Kool Kim | Down With The Kings

When The UMC’s hit the scene in 1991, they introduced a lighthearted approach to the hip hop landscape that people either gravitated to or thought was corny.  The New York-based rap duo, comprised of members Hass G and Kool Kim considered their style and music “ahead of their time”.  They released two albums during their brief career, the self-titled debut album was released in 1991 and they followed up with “Unleashed” in 1994.

Kool Kim kicks it on Down With The Kings to share some of the challenges that he and his partner Hass went through back in the day,  give fans an update on what he’s been up to and the current state of The UMC’s.

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Daddy-O Clears Air on Rakim Comments | Down With The Kings

Daddy & Rakim


The internet recently caught fire after Daddy-O of the legendary hip hop group, Stetsasonic made controversial and critical comments against another hip hop legend, Rakim when he appeared as a guest on Sway In The Morning.

Daddy-O said, “Rakim told the biggest lie in Hip-Hop. [On ‘I Know You Got Soul’], he said, ‘It ain’t where you’re from, it’s where you’re at.

Die hard fans of the “God MC” weren’t happy about the attack and immediately went into a fury challenging the ten second sound bite suggesting that Daddy-O was “trying to make a comeback” or “looking for attention” plus a collection of other comments.

Daddy-O stopped by Down With The Kings to talk about the situation.

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