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George Karl Fires Back At Mark Jackson Over Carmelo Comments

“There seems to be bad blood between Karl and Jackson going back to 2013 and Andre Igoudala leaving Denver for Jackson’s Warriors team.”

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Carmelo Anthony has had a career resurgence in Portland. The ten-time All-Star’s playing days seemed to be over after playing just ten games for the Houston Rockets last season. This season though, he has a renewed sense of energy and is starting and averaging over 32 minutes per game for the Trail Blazers.

During Game 2 of Portland’s first round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers, ESPN analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson discussed not just what Melo has become, but what he was in the heyday of his career. The two agreed that this is the first season in a long time Melo seems to be making an effort on defense.

Van Gundy said it is clearly a change in attitude by Carmelo Anthony. He said that Melo was “putting more into the defense. Maybe before he didn’t play as hard defensively.”

Jackson didn’t think the explanation was that simple.

“Okay, then I’ll tell you this. Then it’s a shared responsibility for whoever allowed that defense to be played, because for some reason, he has bought into this culture and he’s committed to it.”

The analyst didn’t single out anyone, but Jackson seemed to be implying that former coaches and players made it easy for Carmelo Anthony to get away with less than his best effort on the defensive side of the ball.

One of Melo’s former coaches took exception to the implication and came out guns blazing on Twitter. George Karl didn’t defend his reputation or his work with Carmelo Anthony. He instead took shots at Mark Jackson’s tenure as coach of the Golden State Warriors.

There seems to be bad blood between Karl and Jackson going back to 2013 and Andre Igoudala leaving Denver for Jackson’s Warriors team.

After learning of Karl’s comments on social media, Jackson responded, making it clear that his criticism was aimed elsewhere. He did throw a jab back at the former coach though for calling out his track record.

Karl was Carmelo Anthony’s coach for six-and-a-half seasons in Denver, beginning one year after the Nuggets made Melo the 3rd overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft. With that much influence that early in Anthony’s career, maybe it explains why Karl would take Jackson’s words so personally, but no one else that coached Anthony took to social media with such an extreme reaction.

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Meadowlark Media Partnering With Skydance Sports On Documentaries

Up first will be a documentary series titled Good Neighbors, which chronicles the soccer rivalry between the United States and Mexican men’s national teams.

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Since launching Meadowlark Media with Dan Le Batard, former ESPN president John Skipper has said that he wants the start-up sports media company to make a big push with video content, citing an opportunity in the sports documentary space.

On Thursday, Meadowlark announced a new partnership with Skydance Sports, a division of Skydance Media, to produce unscripted sports content. The production companies will collaborate on two upcoming projects.

Up first will be a documentary series titled Good Neighbors, which chronicles the soccer rivalry between the United States and Mexican men’s national teams. The series is currently in production and plans to debut before the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The second project from Meadowlark and Skydance will be a documentary on women’s basketball star Diana Taurisi, billed as “the definitive and authorized chronicle of [her] remarkable life and career.”

Last November, Meadowlark hired Deirdre Fenton as the company’s executive director of unscripted content. Fenton previously produced documentaries at ESPN and DAZN, with O.J.: Made in America and The Last Dance among her credits.

Skipper and Fenton will work alongside Skydance Sports executives Jon Weinbach and Jesse Sisgold in producing the upcoming documentary projects.

“Deirdre and I are excited for the tremendous opportunity to work with Jesse and Jon, who share our vision of using sports storytelling to explore and explicate larger cultural and societal issues,” Skipper said in the official announcement. “Our two first documentaries are a wonderful way to launch this partnership.”

It isn’t yet known with which streaming outlets or networks these projects will land. Meadowlark has a first-look deal with Apple TV+, but that is likely an exclusive agreement unrelated to the new partnership with Skydance Sports.

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HBO Releases ‘Terry Bradshaw: Going Deep’ Trailer: “It’s Been An Amazing Life”

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HBO has released a trailer and poster image for its Terry Bradshaw: Going Deep documentary, just over one week after the project was announced.

In collaboration with NFL Films, Going Deep is a combination of footage from a stage show that Bradshaw performed in Branson, Missouri (with singing, music, stories, and monologues), archival clips from the quarterback’s football career, and a new interview with the Fox NFL studio analyst.

Check out the trailer below:

Bradshaw taking the stage to tell personal stories and singing country-style music, with a band playing behind him, should help this HBO Sports special stand apart from a more conventional documentary with football-related interviews and clips. For example, Bradshaw’s A Football Life episode for NFL Network in 2019 or the 2003 installment of ESPN’s SportsCentury series.

Directed by longtime NFL Films documentarian Keith Cossrow, Going Deep appears to be Bradshaw telling his own life story and sharing personal anecedotes, rather than a filmmaker cutting together footage to tell his or her own version of the story. Though longtime NFL Films documentarian Keith Cossrow directed this film, not Bradshaw himself.

“As you can imagine, God knows I’ve had a lot of therapy,” Bradshaw jokes with the Branson audience, as shown in the trailer.

Terry Bradshaw: Going Deep premieres Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and will be available for streaming on HBO Max.

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Lindsey Vonn To Be NBC Primetime Correspondent For Winter Olympics

“My first memories of Olympics were from NBC broadcasts, so I am very excited to be working with a team that has been there for so many amazing Olympic moments.”

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Lindsey Vonn will be the newest former Olympian to join NBC to cover the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics.

Vonn is one of the most well-known names in winter sports and one of the most accomplished. She has won 82 World Cup races, four overall World Cup championships, is one of six women to have won World Cup races in all five disciplines, and she took part in four Olympics, winning three medals. 

Vonn has worked for NBC before, once during the 2014 Sochi Olympics as a correspondent while she recovered from injury. This role, however, provides Vonn the opportunity as a “primetime correspondent” in Beijing. It seems that by title alone, this position carries a little more weight.

Executive Producer and President, Molly Solomon, had this to say about the addition of Vonn:

“As one of the greatest Olympic skiers of all time and a superstar who has transcended her sport, we’re thrilled to have Lindsey join our team,” said Molly Solomon, Executive Producer & President, NBC Olympics Production. “Lindsey will provide a perspective unique to an athlete known for excellence, intensity and determination on the world’s biggest and most competitive stage.”

Vonn seems grateful and enthusiastic about the opportunity.

“I am excited to share my perspective along with my insight on what athletes might be feeling during high pressure moments,” Vonn said. “My first memories of Olympics were from NBC broadcasts, so I am very excited to be working with a team that has been there for so many amazing Olympic moments.”

Since she retired, Vonn has made the move into sports media a priority. Other than her correspondent work, she is also a co-director and executive producer of the upcoming Peacock documentary Picabo, on revolutionary American downhill racer Picabo Street which will premiere Friday.

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