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Draymond Green On What Podcasting Has Taught Him About Interviewing

“The one comparison I came up with is just because you are a good interview doesn’t mean you will be a great interviewer.”

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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green recently made news when by signing on as an analyst with Turner Sports while he is still an active player in the NBA. The 10-year veteran is currently rehabbing from a back injury but when he isn’t on the court, he hosts his own podcast, The Draymond Green Show, for The Volume.

Green was recently a guest on The Old Man and the Three with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter podcast. During the conversation, Green mentioned that one of the toughest challenges in hosting a weekly podcast has been scheduling.

“Scheduling I found is the toughest thing because our schedule is strenuous and you become accustomed to the way things work,” said Green. “We have the crazy schedule and everyone works around that to make things work outside of that. Now, you are the one making it work outside of that.”

While Green enjoys doing TV, he feels that podcasting allows him to get his point across much easier because he doesn’t have to worry about condensing his answers into a specific time frame.

“One of the things I have learned in doing TV is it is so different from podcasting,” explaied Green. “Podcasting, you can go on-and-on with your answer and there’s no time limit and it’s fine. On TV, the producer says you got 20 seconds left, you got 10 seconds left. As much as I love and enjoy that side of things, I am very long-winded.”

As both a player and podcast host, Green has learned that as he prepares to interview a guest, he has to look at such conversations from a different perspective. Just because he can be a great interview for the media, it doesn’t necessarily make him a great interviewer:

“I’m a very curious person. I’ll ask you a million questions,” Green said. “You will probably get sick of me, but I’m going to ask the question until I get the answer. One thing that I have done is watch a bunch of different interviews and not watch it from my perspective, which is the guy doing the interview as a player. I have to watch the interview from the perspective of the person who is conducting the interview.

“The one comparison I came up with is just because you are a good interview doesn’t mean you will be a great interviewer. It’s very similar to just because you are a great basketball player doesn’t mean you are going to be a great coach. That right there alone made me dive deeper into it and want to get good at that because I realize I’m not that good at hosting an interview and I’m trying to get good at it.”

Green is one of the most entertaining players in the NBA for his personality and has done great work with Turner Sports whenever he has been a guest analyst. It can’t be easy to balance a playing career with being in the media, as well. However, with his injury rehab, it allows him to work his best while also continuing to improve on what should be a good second career for him when his playing days are over. 

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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