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Mark Schlereth Expected Back On 104.3 The Fan Next Week

“Schlereth recently underwent heart surgery and has been in recovery, which is why he has been absent from the show since Wednesday.”

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For sports fans in Denver, the current state of affairs is about as good as it can get, with legitimate championship runs occurring in both hockey and basketball, and the announcement of impactful new additions to help rebuild underperforming teams.

All of this good news resulted in a jaunty, enthusiastic open to Friday’s edition of Schlereth and Evans on 104.3 The Fan, with co-host Mike Evans beginning his dialogue with the backing track of Culture Club’s 1983 hit single “Karma Chameleon.”

“Oh yeah!,” said Evans. “Oh, it’s baseball opening day. Sorry, there’s a few other things going on that kind of made me forget – happy Friday everybody!”

The apparent celebration that took place today was undoubtedly for more than solely acknowledging the satisfying state of sports in The Mile High City though. Shortly after the completion of the show’s introduction, Evans was able to share with listeners an update on the condition of his co-host and three-time Super Bowl Champion Mark Schlereth.

Schlereth recently underwent heart surgery and has been in recovery, which is why he has been absent from the show since Wednesday. Chad Andrus has been co-hosting the show with Evans over the last three days. The plan is for Schlereth to return to the airwaves at the start of next week.

“Mark shared with all of you yesterday on social media why he’s been out the last couple of days,” said Evans. “He had to have a heart procedure…. He’s doing well, and he got back home yesterday and [is] resting…. I think the expectation still is that he’s going to be back on Monday, but we shall see.”

Evans himself underwent open heart surgery in 2018 to replace a valve in his aorta after being told he had a heart murmur at a routine physical examination. After that surgery, Evans called in to the show and reminded listeners to be proactive about monitoring their health and maintaining healthy habits.

“Go get your heart listened to,” Evans implored listeners in 2018. “Go get your heart checked, and just make sure you’re okay because a lot of that stuff that ends up happening down the road can be prevented if you jump on things right now.”

With the good news surrounding both Denver sports and Schlereth, Evans and Andrus quickly transitioned to talking about Jokić and the Nuggets, along with the Rockies’ season opener. Trying to enjoy the moments of jubilance, after all, is a factor of sports radio that generates engaging content and higher ratings, and with the impending return of Schlereth to the airwaves, the show is positioning itself to have a strong spring. On an opening day that baseball fans were not even sure would happen after 99 days of contentious debate between Major League Baseball and its players, the time is now to enjoy the return of “America’s Pastime,” along with the imminent playoff appearances of both the Nuggets and Avalanche.

“There will be plenty of time – plenty of time – to get down on the Rockies and dismiss [them] and grumble grumble grumble about [them],” said Evans, “but you know what? Today is Opening Day!”

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Tom Crean Added to SiriusXM NBA Draft Coverage

The former Marquette, Indiana, and Georgia men’s basketball coach will co-host SiriusXM’s NBA Draft Preview Show, alongside Eddie Johnson and Justin Termine.

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The 78th edition of the NBA Draft will be the first to be held over two days. The first round will take place on Wednesday June 26 and will be followed by the second round on Thursday June 27. The draft will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. SiriusXM will provide full coverage on SiriusXM NBA Radio channel 86, and they have announced Tom Crean will take part in a preview show prior to each round.

The former Marquette, Indiana, and Georgia men’s basketball coach will co-host SiriusXM’s NBA Draft Preview Show, alongside Eddie Johnson and Justin Termine, on Tuesday, June 25 on Wednesday, June 26 prior to Round 1 at 4 p.m. ET, and on Thursday, June 27, prior to Round 2 at 2 p.m. ET.

Crean returned to ESPN as a college basketball analyst in December 2022 after having worked for them previously during the 2017-2018 season. Crean was fired after four seasons at Georgia, prior to his ESPN return.

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Dan Woike: ‘I Can’t Imagine’ JJ Redick and LeBron James Podcast Will Continue

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Following the conclusion of the 2024 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks, JJ Redick has reportedly agreed to a contract to serve as the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Redick, who recently broadcast the best-of-seven series for ESPN on ABC with play-by-play announcer Mike Breen, analyst Doris Burke and reporter Lisa Salters, is reportedly in the process of compiling his coaching staff for his first season leading the Lakers. Although Redick does not have any NBA coaching experience, he played 15 seasons in the league with six teams and has been an analyst for ESPN over parts of the last four years. Outside of his work with ESPN, Redick also built his ThreeFourTwo Productions company and co-hosted The Old Man and the Three podcast.

This past March, Redick launched a new podcast with Lakers forward and four-time NBA champion LeBron James titled Mind the Game. Episodes of the show contained nuanced basketball discussions that some people feel gave Redick an inherent edge in the head coaching search. Dan Patrick recently had Dan Woike, Lakers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times, on his program, the Dan Patrick Show, and asked about the future of the podcast with James.

“I can’t imagine it’s going to continue,” Woike said. “Sad, right? We might get a season finale episode…. Who knows what’s going to happen here.”

Woike spoke about Redick’s eclectic interests that include basketball, broadcasting, golf, wine and fancy suits. Part of this transition that Woike will be watching is how Redick makes the adjustments and focuses the energy that he has. The organization, he stated, is not hiring a podcaster and believes that Redick has an aptitude and shrewdness towards basketball and is serious about the endeavor. While Redick and James have a good relationship with strong rapport, it is relatively new and something Woike perceives as critical to everything going on. Nonetheless, he does not think they can continue the show because it would be an “unnecessary distraction” to the team.

“They’re paying him to coach, they’re not paying him to podcast,” Woike said. “His divestment from his podcast empire is sort of an interesting media side-note to this to see kind of how much he steps back and kind of what happens to it because it’s been really successful for him.”

Rather than asking him another question, Patrick presented Woike with a sentence and asked him to complete it. The statement was, “If he doesn’t have the podcast with LeBron…,” and Woike proceeded to outline that the Lakers would then have more questions about his ability to coach James. Patrick then immediately followed up by asking if he still would have landed the Lakers’ head coaching job if he did not have the podcast, to which Woike replied that he believed it would still be possible. Former Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski was reportedly advising the organization throughout its head coaching search, and Redick previously played for him at the university.

Woike referenced a specific clip from the podcast in which Redick and James were discussing analytics and three-point shooting. At one point, James pushed back against the analytics by asking what would happen if a team missed 27 straight three-point shots, as the Houston Rockets did in Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Redick quickly replied by asking if it had happened since, leading James to admit that he was right.

“Now how that plays in the locker room at halftime when you’re down 17 to the Charlotte Hornets and everybody’s tired, who knows,” Woike said. “That is a huge question, but I think, to be quite fair, there was going to be elements of question with that with Dan Hurley too.”

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ESPN LA 710 Announces New Fall Lineup

This follows announcements made earlier in the week which saw play-by-play partnerships added with USC and the LA Kings and a new contract for afternoon show co-host Scott Kaplan.

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ESPN LA 710 announced more news today, introducing a new lineup which will start on Monday, September 9. This follows announcements made earlier in the week which saw play-by-play partnerships added with USC and the LA Kings and a new contract for afternoon show co-host Scott Kaplan.

The new lineup will see morning drive start with Mike Greenberg’s Greeny , followed by Travis Rodgers and Allen Sliwa moving back an hour to start at 9a PT. Steve Mason and John Ireland will then air from 12p to 3p PT followed by the afternoon team of Jorge Sedano and Scott Kaplan moving to 3p-6p PT.

In addition to USC and the Kings, the station has play-by-play agreements with the Lakers, the Rams, the Angels and LAFC.

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