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NBA Legends Take To ESPN Radio To Call Out Ben Simmons

Simmons finished Game 7 with the worst free throw percentage in NBA Playoff history.



“The Process is dead.”

That’s the prevailing sentiment following the Philadelphia 76ers’ flame out in the second round of the NBA Playoffs to the Atlanta Hawks. The number one seed in the Eastern Conference fell flat on their faces in a 103-96 Game 7 loss. Some apologists blame Joel Embiid’s injury, but the All-NBA player gave it his all on a banged-up knee.

The same cannot be said for Ben Simmons, who was an offensive liability throughout the series. NBA legends Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson appeared on ESPN Radio to try and explain what went wrong with the first pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

“Number one, I feel sad,” Barkley said on Greeny. “You don’t wanna see anybody just meltdown publicly like that. When you play sports, you are naked for the world, and you just felt bad for the kid [Simmons]. He’s a great kid, but clearly, he’s got some mental issues going on when it comes to free throws, shooting the ball things like that.”

Ben Simmons didn’t offer much of anything as a shooter the Sixers. He finished the 2021 Playoffs with the lowest free throw percentage in NBA Playoff history (34.2%) and did not attempt a shot in the fourth quarter of Games 4 through 7.

Barkley went on to say that the Sixers brain trust needs to straight-up ask Ben Simmons if he’s going to work on his game because this version of him isn’t very appealing for them or in a trade. Johnson has already written off the idea of Simmons staying in Philly, saying on KJZ that he “can’t recover from this” in the Sixers locker room.

“It’s time for a change,” Johnson said on the show. “The locker room won’t recover from it. When they went to the Hack-A-Shaq, basically Hack-A-Simmons, that just killed them.”

Johnson continued and drove home the point that the Sixers lost the series after they collapsed up 26 points in Game 5. Whether it was Game 5 or Game 7 as the tipping point, the Sixers are exiting another season with more questions than answers surrounding The Process.

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Keyshawn Johnson Learns About Max Kellerman’s Rap Career On Air

“The topic came up now and then when Kellerman hosted his old radio show in Los Angeles.”



Courtesy: ESPN

Plenty of athletes want to be rappers, and plenty of rappers want to be athletes, but it’s not often you hear about a rapper wanting to be a sportscaster.

That’s the case for ESPN’s Max Kellerman, who had to relive the 90s on ESPN Radio Thursday morning. His co-host Keyshawn Johnson hadn’t heard about Kellerman’s rap career. It came up when Jay Williams asked Kellerman what his rap name was.

“What was his what?” Johnson said with a perplexed look.

“You never knew this?!” Williams answered back. Johnson was surprised to find out that one of his co-hosts laid down enough bars in the mid-90s to ink a record deal.

Kellerman and his late brother Sam rapped together and even appeared in a music video as they took their shot at breaking into the rap game. Sam passed away in 2004 amidst a burgeoning career in NYC public-access TV. The rap duo sang songs like “Rumble Young Man Rumble” and kept their name simple, performing as Max & Sam.

“You didn’t know I had a record deal in ’94? Every couple months it comes up, people play the video and are like, ‘I didn’t know this!’ I’ve been dealing with this for 15 years,” Max Kellerman said on Thursday.

The topic came up now and then when Max Kellerman hosted his old radio show in Los Angeles. The former HBO Boxing analyst even had “The Game” on as a guest, and the rap star critiqued his interviewer.

“In 1994, I sounded ten times better than you,” The Game said. “Don’t quit your day job.”

Johnson got a big kick out of the revelation; maybe the Keyshawn, JWill, and Max crew will rekindle the glory days and spit some tracks with Kellerman. “We’re gonna have to pull that up and put that on the national TV screen for me,” Johnson said about the music video.

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Citi Field Names Spanish Radio Booth After Juan Alicea

”The Mets have been my family for over 50 years. It’s very special to be remembered by them.”



Juan Alicea will forever be remembered at Citi Field. The New York Mets announced that they are naming the Spanish-language radio booth after the team’s longtime Spanish play-by-play voice.

Alicea has a tenure with the Mets dating all the way back to 1969, working as a team scout and helping in community relations before moving to the booth in 1982. He has been there ever since, working with a number of different radio networks for their broadcasts, which can currently be heard on Que Buena 92.7.

”I’m incredibly humbled and honored” said Juan Alicea. ”The Mets have been my family for over 50 years. It’s very special to be remembered by them.”

Mets President Sandy Alderson had nothing but praise for Alicea as he called him ”an innovator and pioneer in the Spanish broadcasting field.”

”He was instrumental in the creation of Hispanic marketing, promotions and community events. Juan has been a tremendously valued member of the Mets family” added Alderson.

“Juan has been a legendary figure on the Spanish Mets broadcasts,” Tim Scheld, the Program Director at the Mets’ English language flagship station, WCBS-AM, added. “We’ve been proud and honored to work alongside someone of such character and kindness and congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”

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Colin Dunlap Wants Predictions For Colleague’s First Pitch

“The Pirates invited Richert to throw out the first pitch in celebration of his 20th anniversary with KDKA.”



KDKA morning man Larry Richert is throwing out the first pitch at PNC Park on Thursday. The struggling Pirates will host the Cincinnati Reds for a matinee at 12:35 pm Eastern.

No matter how bad the home team is, it is an honor when representatives ask you to throw out the first pitch. Colin Dunlap recognizes that. The morning show host at 93.7 The Fan celebrated his Audacy co-worker’s honor on Twitter.

Dunlap’s request for predictions on how the pitch would go was met with plenty of jokes. Many were at the Pirates’ expense. Some were based on Pittsburgh sports clichés. There were plenty of well wishes and congratulations fort Richert too.

Larry Richert has been in morning drive on KDKA since 2001 and has been on the air in Pittsburgh, either in TV or on radio, since the 1980s. Despite the news background, his voice is well-known to sports fans. He is the public address announcer at Heinz Field. He also hosts the pregame show for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and began narrating NFL Films in 1985.

The Pirates invited Richert to throw out the first pitch in celebration of his 20th anniversary with KDKA. The station posted a video last week of Richert getting loose and tossing a practice pitch.

If the pitch on Thursday is anything like the one in the video, Colin Dunlap has nothing to worry about. It doesn’t look like Richert is destined for the same low light reel that includes Baba Booey, 50 Cent, and Carly Rae Jepson.

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