Did Anyone Seriously Criticize LeBron James for Cramping Up in the NBA Finals?

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June 9 2014 5:10 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Boring Plus Time Equals Consistency Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NBA Finals, California Chrome’s Triple Crown bid, and Delonte West.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the media’s reactions to LeBron James’s cramps and the Spurs’ place in the NBA’s narrative. They look at California Chrome’s failed attempt to win the Triple Crown and his owner’s claim that the horse was defeated by cheaters and cowards. Finally, they talk to Slate’s David Haglund about his recent profile of Delonte West and whether the sports world’s stigma against mental illness is keeping him out of the NBA.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Eddie Mabos:

Mike’s Eddie Mabo: A vexillological analysis of the World Cup groups.

Stefan’s Eddie Mabo: Remembering Bob Millar, coach of the 1930 U.S World Cup team, the Shot-Putters.

Josh’s Eddie Mabo: What do Mike Tyson and the NFL have to do with one of the biggest upsets in tennis history?

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Novak Djokovic–Rafael Nadal rivalry, clay courts, and the dearth of female coaches in sports. Slate Plus members get an ad-free version of this podcast with bonus segments. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Chris Laskowski.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and a panelist on Hang Up and Listen

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

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