Former NBA All-Star Metta Sandifer-Artest (formerly known as Metta World Peace and before that known as Ron Artest) is rarely one to take the easy narrative. The notorious free-thinker joined Southern state adversary Max Kellerman on the eponymous The Max Kellerman Show Tuesday to discuss the recent playoff exit by the Philadelphia 76ers at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks. As is par for the course in recent days, the conversation started around guard Ben Simmons, and what the Sixers should do about their enigmatic former top pick.
“If they’re smart, I wouldn’t move Simmons,” Metta Sandifer-Artest said. “He had a horrible playoffs, we know that, but a lot of people have.”
Horrible may be an understatement as Simmons made less than a third of his free throws in the seven-game series, and took more than seven shots in a game just twice despite averaging over 34 minutes per game. Sixers head coach Doc Rivers and star center Joel Embiid were non-committal about Simmons’ future with the franchise following the Game 7 loss. That has sparked a series of dialogues about whom would take on Simmons’ sizable contract, but also who would be a fit for him on the court.
TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal was one of the staunchest critics of Simmons after the game, saying he may choose violence against his fellow former LSU Tiger if they were in the same locker room. Despite backing his potential, Sandiford-Artest appeared to agree with O’Neal that some tough love may be in order. “You definitely take him in the room and chew his ass out for sure,” he said. “You’ve got to break his ass down.”
Still, Metta Sandifer-Artest believes the future is bright for Simmons, be it in Philadelphia or elsewhere.
“I would never get rid of him” he said. “He’s a superstar and he had a really bad series.”
“He can only go up from here.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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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