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Chris Broussard: LeBron Wants Respect From More Than Just Media

“According to Broussard, those things made for great stories and online debates. Ultimately though, they mattered more to fans than to Bron himself.”

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Lebron James has never been shy about admitting he holds grudges. Chris Broussard joined FS1’s First Things First this morning and said that James, a player legitimately discussed as one of the best to ever play in the NBA, is known to make lists of those that have wronged him or doubted his greatness. That is why it shouldn’t be surprising that James told Rachel Nichols “I want my damn respect” on Sunday night when claiming his fourth NBA Championship with his third different team.

Broussard said the message was likely largely driven by media narratives. James was second in this year’s NBA MVP voting. He was nowhere near winner Giannis Antetokunmpo, who scored 84% of the first place votes.

James ire may also have been driven by recent comments from three high profile NBA analysts and former players Broussard speculated. In recent weeks ESPN’s Paul Pierce and Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith of TNT’s Inside the NBA all said they would not consider James amongst the five best NBA players in history.

It’s easy to point the finger at the media when an athlete talks about not getting enough respect, but Chris Broussard, who admits to being part of the 84% that favorited Giannis’s performance in the regular season, says that James’s message was likely aimed at his peers.

“I think that LeBron was taking a subtle, gentle shot at the haters. Look, just a week ago, Kyrie Irving, who LeBron helped win or led to a championship, said ‘I didn’t trust him to take the last shot at the end of a game.'”

Certainly LeBron didn’t take kindly to a former teammate saying such a thing, but that wasn’t the ultimate source of LeBron’s ire according to Broussard. He speculated that LeBron might have been verbally subtweeting Kawhi Leonard, who not only turned down the opportunity to team with LeBron as part of the Lakers, but then built his own super team with the Clippers in the same building LeBron plays in.

“I know when LeBron talked to Anthony Davis, he told Anthony Davis ‘Look, if you come to the Lakers, we’re gonna win a championship and your NBA platform and legacy will change and grow forever.’ And I know he told Kawhii the same thing, and Kawhii not only defied him, but actually challenged him. Went to the little brother down the hall and then mad commercials saying ‘I’m the king of LA!'”.

The media loves to pick apart LeBron James. This NBA season, Lebron James seemed to be under an even more intense microscope as blogs like Barstool and Outkick routinely took shots at him for the NBA’s business relationship with China. The premier of The Last Dance in April on ESPN reignited the LeBron vs. Jordan debate with critics claiming that the documentary proved James could never be on Jordan’s level.

According to Broussard, those things made for great stories and online debates. Ultimately though, they mattered more to fans than to Bron himself.

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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo: I Don’t Do As Much Prep As You Think

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you.”

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo would much rather go with the flow for his radio show than try and put everything together ahead of time and hope it comes out well.

Russo was the featured guest on the Golf Digest podcast The Loop, and hosts Christopher Powers, Alex Myers and Steve Hennessey first congratulated Mad Dog on his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame last year. Russo mentioned how he had written a short speech but decided against that after seeing the other inductees run long with their speeches.

Mad Dog was asked about preparing for his SiriusXM sports talk show every day, and he said he really doesn’t put a ton of work into putting a show together.

“On certain days a little more, because on Mondays I do that NFL recap so that takes a little while to put that together at 5 o’clock – probably a couple of hours,” Russo said. “Outside of that not as much as you’d think. I mean obviously I’m gonna follow what’s going on.”

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you,” he added. “This segment do this, this segment do that. Sometimes when you sort of ad lib it, and you figure it out as you’re moving the program into the second hour and the third hour, it’s a better show.”

Mad Dog talked about how he likes that his radio show is the reverse of when he does First Take on ESPN or High Heat on MLB Network. He likes not having a rundown packed to the gills for his radio show.

“The radio is more of a host’s medium,” he said. “So it’s up to me what we’re going to do.”

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Stetson Bennett IV Fires Back at Steak Shapiro Over Parade Criticism

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro.”

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Georgia walloped TCU last week to win their second straight national championship, and the Bulldog community came together toward the end of the week to celebrate with a parade.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV took part in the parade, but 92.9 The Game host Steak Shapiro wasn’t thrilled with how Bennett acted during the celebration.

Shapiro on Tuesday took a shot at Bennett, who appeared to spend some time fiddling with a cell phone during the parade.

Tuesday night, Bennett responded first with a quote tweet.

Bennett followed that up with a longer statement he posted under his quote tweet explaining the situation.

“I appreciate your concern with my image/intentions/loyalties/obligations (as well as your willingness to reach out to me to confirm them),” Bennett wrote. “You obviously thought quite deeply about some motives I might’ve had.”

Bennett said ultimately he was trying to soak up the moment with his teammates, and he was just trying to make sure the celebratory mood was set with the right music on his phone.

“So to finish it off nice and neat: I was controlling the aux and playing bangers so sed and Chris and I could have a blast on our last ride into Sanford,” he said. “That’s pretty much the gist of it.”

Bennett finished with a little dig of his own at Shapiro.

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro,” he said. “But to be fair, I’m not a fan of your work either.”

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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