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Ahmad Rashad Relives Broadcasting Journey With Mike Greenberg

“When Greeny asked about Rashad’s time covering the NBA, the former football star noted that it was the league’s commissioner that took a vested interest in him.”

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This past summer, ESPN’s documentary series The Last Dance ended up dominating the sports talk radio world. One of the prominent names that you saw often speaking about Michael Jordan was former NBC and ABC Sports broadcaster Ahmad Rashad. 

This week, Mike Greenberg had Rashad as his guest on the I’m Interested podcast to talk about his broadcasting career. Most remember Rashad for hosting NBA Inside Stuff and working on the game of the week for NBC among many other things. However, he was also the 4th pick in the 1972 NFL Draft by the then St. Louis Cardinals. 

For Rashad, he told Greenberg not many people know that he was a football player, unless they were from the state of Minnesota and that was a goal for him as a sportscaster.

“When I finished playing football, my goal was to do television so well that you would forget that I was a football player. That was over with and I was trying to move forward.”

During this podcast, Rashad mentioned that he knew broadcasting was what he wanted to do when he was in college. That is why he began working on his craft and doing as many shows as he could well before his playing days were over. 

“My last 5 years in Minnesota, I had a radio show I did every day, I had a television show I did Monday night, and on the Thursday night shows (local television), they let me do a story on any sport, so I covered the state high school basketball or hockey tournament,” he said.” By the time I finished playing and I was getting these offers from these different networks, I was not unnatural. I had 5 years where everyday after practice, I went to work.”

When Greeny asked about Rashad’s time covering the NBA, the former football star noted that it was the league’s commissioner that took a vested interest in him. Stern wanted to make sure that Rashad had credibility with the fan base. That is why he was picked to be a sideline reporter during NBC’s Sunday NBA broadcasts as well as the host of NBA Inside Stuff on Saturday mornings.

Greeny also asked about Rashad’s relationship with Michael Jordan. Rashad said it began at a charity event Magic Johnson hosted called Midsummer Night’s Magic. In the star studded field, the first person Rashad was introduced to was Michael Jordan.

“We met that night and we sort of hit it off, so we exchanged numbers, and now we have talked everyday for how many years. It was fortunate for me because I had that in. It was always access. It was fun and a lot of fun to be on the inside of that. I sort of had free reign.”

There were many great stories from Rashad in this interview about Rashad meeting David Stern, Michael Jackson, and Howard Cosell at one point in his life. While you get those fun stories, you get an inside look at how Rashad made a great career in TV and he shared a piece of advice he got on interviewing from his mentor, Ed Bradley, about conducting interviews.

“Any interview is not a question and answer,” Rashad remembers Bradley saying. “It’s a conversation. When you make it a conversation, it is easy between the two of you and your audience are flies on the wall. If you ever think of anything I have done, they have always been nice, easy, and fun. The person I am interviewing is very comfortable and that is the thing I brought to television.”

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Draymond Green, JJ Redick Sell Out Live Podcast Show

The show will collaborate for the first time and it will mark an interesting time in the thrusting of new media onto the public consciousness.

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The two new and most visible faces of the new media influx have teamed up for a live show that will take place in New York City. Draymond Green and JJ Redick are bringing their respective podcasts to the stage for a live experience.

On Monday (June 27), Draymond Green’s The Draymond Green Show and JJ Redick’s The Old Man and the Three will seek to entertain an already sold out audience at The City Winery in New York City.

The show will collaborate for the first time and it will mark an interesting time in the thrusting of new media onto the public consciousness. JJ Redick has earned universal praise for how he has handled his career post-retirement from the NBA, including appear often opposite Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take as well as the network’s myriad of other programming.

Draymond Green has been very public with his podcast that has very publicly recorded episodes minutes after Warriors games. He has recently invoked his mantra that he isn’t a part of the media (despite signing a contract with Turner Sports and Colin Cowherd’s The Volume). Instead he insists he is a part of the aforementioned new media.

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Scott Van Pelt Not Hurt By Draymond Green’s “New Media” Comment

“He’s the one that said it. Isn’t he the one who said he’s new media? I was just trying to give him credit in saying, ‘Look, you now have control of your narrative and you can go do your podcast now.’”

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We have heard an awful lot in the fast month about “new media” with a large section of that discussion coming in regards to athletes in or formerly in the NBA. One such interaction was between a member of that new media and Scott Van Pelt.

After Game 5 of the NBA Finals, a victorious Draymond Green was interviewed on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt. In the interview, Van Pelt asked Green about dealing with the outside “noise” around the Finals. After Green gave a to-be-expected type answer, Van Pelt followed-up with the initial comment that start a wave.

Van Pelt: You’re part of the media now and you get to control the conversation from your perspective and I know you’ll-

Green: New media.

He then corrected Van Pelt’s assertion that Green had stated Stephen A. Smith was new media by saying:

Green: And by the way go watch The Draymond Green Show. I said Stephen A. sometimes acts like the new media. Sometimes he doesn’t. That’s on you, but nonetheless, don’t just lump me in with media, baby. It’s the new media.

Scott Van Pelt appeared on the SI Media Podcast and was asked about this exchange.

“I didn’t get that,” Van Pelt said of Green’s resistance in being associated with the word “media.”

“He’s the one that said it. Isn’t he the one who said he’s new media? I was just trying to give him credit in saying, ‘Look, you now have control of your narrative and you can go do your podcast now.’”

Van Pelt went on about Green’s categorizing of Smith and other media as a separate column of media.

“I guess what Draymond actually said was sometimes he’s new media. I don’t give a shit who’s what…I think now as it relates to media, there’s no new and old because people that are in the old media are doing the new media and people that are in new media are cutting through in ways that people in old media didn’t think they ever would many years ago. I guess all I’m saying is whatever Stephen A. is, he exists in both lanes and Draymond, clearly his content cuts through on his podcast or with me.

I wasn’t hurt by it. I didn’t take it like he was mad at me. I was just correcting the semantics. It didn’t trouble me. Whatever. However Draymond frames what Stephen A. Smith is or what any of us are, it doesn’t feel important. I think it’s important he has that place where he wants to do his thing. And I think people are interested in hearing from the guy that was just out there not long after saying what he has to say.”

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Big Cat Asks For Listeners’ Help Booking Kevin Durant on Pardon My Take

“On a recent edition of the podcast, Big Cat talked about how the Brooklyn Nets star has continued to snub requests to come on the show.”

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Barstool’s Big Cat has been trying to book NBA star Kevin Durant on Pardon My Take for five years, but the former MVP just won’t say yes.

On a recent edition of the podcast, Big Cat talked about how the Brooklyn Nets star has continued to snub requests to come on the show.

“We want Kevin Durant on this show, and he has just alpha-ed me so hard at this point,” Big Cat said. “I need people to start replying to his tweets saying just go on Pardon My Take.”

It’s not like KD has given Big Cat the cold shoulder. Big Cat said Durant has responded to his DMs on Twitter before, even wishing him Happy Thanksgiving one year. But so far all attempts to get Durant on PMT have been futile.

“Maybe if we start getting some rings, then he’ll be like, ‘Yeah they’re an elite team, and I want to join up with them. And maybe I can help them win something,'” PFT Commenter said, referencing the fact that PMT is yet to be recognized with any podcasting awards.

Durant did more or less tell the podcast on Twitter he wasn’t interested on Wednesday.

Durant’s response probably still won’t deter Big Cat from trying to get Durant on the show, but at least they know where KD stands.

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