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Michael Wilbon Believes Charles Barkley Is Serious About Retirement

“I believe he believes it now. He’s said, ‘I’m not gonna spend my whole life doing this. I got a little life left in me; I’m not gonna do it.'”

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Turner NBA analyst Charles Barkley caused a stir going into the league’s All-Star break when he repeated his assertion that he would retire from broadcasting once his contract expires in after the 2024 season.

Barkley has talked about retirement before, how he prefers not to work into his 60s and wants to enjoy his later years. But maybe most observers are taking those declarations more seriously now because the Hall of Famer is getting closer to the end of his contract.

Someone who was skeptical of Barkley’s retirement talk was ESPN’s Michael Wilbon. Wilbon knows Barkley well, having worked with him on two books and both living in Scottsdale, Arizona.

On Monday’s The Tony Kornheiser Show, Kornheiser asked Wilbon if he believed Barkley was serious about retirement.

“I believe he believes it now,” Wilbon said. “He’s said, ‘I’m not gonna spend my whole life doing this. I got a little life left in me; I’m not gonna do it.'”

Wilbon went on to explain that Barkley came over to his house for dinner recently. And he told Barkley to stop talking publicly about retirement if he wasn’t being serious. But Barkley insisted that he is serious and based on his demeanor, Wilbon believed he meant it.

Both Wilbon and Kornheiser expressed disbelief that Barkley would walk away from television when he’s still considered one of the best in his profession, makes more money than he did playing in the NBA, and is still enormously popular among fans and critics.

Yet Barkley sure seems to be eyeing the end of his broadcasting career. And if he’s come to terms with that, it’s arguably better to step aside than hang on too long while people point out that he’s not as good as he once was. Just because someone sees Barkley as living the kind of life most of us would dream of doesn’t mean that he’s not ready for a change, as much as all of us would like him to continue entertaining us.

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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