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J.J. Redick Responds to ‘Worst Take in Sports History’ Criticism

“I’ll vehemently disagree. One of the problems with aggregate media is a quote everybody uses out of context.”

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J.J. Redick defended himself from criticism from Rob Parker, among others, who claimed his recent opinion on the Lakers was “the worst take in sports history”.

During his latest episode of The Old Man & The Three podcast, Redick said the problem wasn’t his opinion on the subject, it was the way it was reported by aggregate media sites.

“The last thing I want to talk about is the worst take ever in sports history, which apparently I had last week,” Redick said. “I’ll vehemently disagree. One of the problems with aggregate media is a quote everybody uses out of context. A quote out of context that people read as a headline and in this case it was our old friends at ClutchPoints, which is the worst website, aggregate sports media — I don’t know what to call them. Are they a site? They’re certainly not creators but they’re the worst sports media aggregators in the world. So they took this clip I had from First Take. (Michael) Wilbon, Stephen A. (Smith) and I started off talking about expectations for the Lakers.”

He then played a clip of his First Take appearance saying the Lakers winning a first round playoff series would be considered a “win” for the team.

“If you took the time to watch the 12 or 13 minutes we talked about the Lakers, it was actually a nuanced, intelligent discussion that we gave. We talked about why this roster’s not good. Obviously, it’s the shooting and the spacing. Not a lot of high-level big wing defenders. Not a lot of depth. We talked about the fact that when Anthony Davis, Russell Westrbook, and LeBron James are all in the lineup together — small sample size — but as of last week, they’re 11-11. It’s worse now, they’re under .500 since this team was formed.

‘Talked about — for five minutes — about whether or not the trade for Myles Turner and Buddy Hield would actually move the needle for the Lakers. So we had this great conversation about it. We provided a bunch of data points and a bunch of analysis, and it was a really thoughtful — I thought — 12 or 13 minutes. “

Redick then said the reason he talked about the positives about the Lakers and LeBron James was because nothing had changed from the previous season.

“As sort of a — not a dig — at the producers at ESPN, but look, we spent all of last year talking about what ills the Lakers. Why are the Lakers so bad? It’s the same f—ing reason! It’s the same f—ing reason this year, and I don’t want to spend the entire season talking about it! So I noted — if you’re a Laker fan or a producer of the show — let’s not spend the entire season talking about the same f—ing thing over and over! Here’s an idea, here’s a silver lining for your Lakers fans out there: Lebron’s going to be in a Lakers uniform when he breaks Kareem (Abdul-Jabaar)’s record. And all the sudden that turned into ‘the worst take in sports history’? How lazy are you?”

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Bomani Jones: I’m Better At Talking About Political, Social Issues Than Most In Sports Media

“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry. Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James found himself in a few headlines last week when he questioned reporters for not asking him about the recent Washington Post story and photo surrounding Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and ESPN commentator Bomani Jones took the opportunity to discuss the revelation.

Jones was pictured as a 14 year old among a crowd during an early stage of integration of public schools in Arkansas during the civil rights movement.

LeBron pointed out that he would field questions when there’s a controversy surrounding a Black person and spoke about the situation with former Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving, but he found it curious that no one had asked his opinion on the Jerry Jones story. LeBron had long considered himself a Cowboys fan, but in recent years he’s stopped supporting the team over Jones’ mandate that Dallas players stand for the National Anthem.

On his ESPN podcast The Right Time, host Bomani Jones talked about LeBron and circled it around to how he and other ESPN personalities caught a ton of flack for speaking about political or societal issues that often don’t fall within the confines of sports.

Jones said that being able to talk about political and societal issues comes easier to him than it does to most members of the sports media.

“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry,” Jones said. “Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”

Jones said it comes down to the fact that there’s a bias at play. Are people going to take offense to what you’re saying because they disagree, or are they going to like what you’re going to say because they agree?

“They’re reinforcing the fact that you’re reinforcing what it is that you want to hear,” Jones said. “But the truth is that most people are not qualified to talk about these things before the world, because talking about these things before the world is very, very difficult.”

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John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism

“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.

During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.

“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.

“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.

“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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