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Steve Kerr, Jemele Hill Compare Being Called Out By Trump

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Steve Kerr is the guest on the latest episode of Spotify’s Jemele Hill is Unbothered podcast. The conversation covers a lot of ground including the NBA Playoffs, players speaking out for social justice causes, and what his team will do with the number 2 pick in the NBA Draft.

One thing that Hill and the Golden State Warriors coach have in common is that both of them have been vocally critical of Donald Trump since the former reality TV star became president. And Trump has noticed and called out both of them on social media.

“It felt so, kind of slimy, you know, it’s like really, like we got – you don’t have anything bigger on the agenda today?” Kerr said before noting that the President’s response to his comments regarding the NBA’s relationship with China weren’t entirely incorrect.

“I was also kind of ashamed because his comments came on the heels of the discussion about China after Daryl Morey comments. And it was probably the one time in my career where I was very unsure about what I should say. And I felt, I didn’t feel pressured by anybody, but I felt sort of cornered, um, by my own circumstances in terms of how I should respond and my response was terrible. And so in some ways I deserve the criticism that I got, but not really from the President. There was especially on the China issue – because we can go into all kinds of detail about his relationship with the Chinese government and the trade agreement. We could talk about all of that. There’s plenty to discuss on that front if he wanted to go in that direction.”

Kerr noted that some of the President’s supporters have not stopped at the issue of China. They have continued to harass the Warriors coach on Twitter. He used an example of the reaction to a local organization he supports in Oakland called Live Free.

A recent goal of Live Free was to get police officers off of the campuses of Oakland public schools and create a more welcoming environment for students and families. Kerr said that his support of the organization was painted by many of his conservative critics on social media as part of a radical, leftist agenda.

“I’ve never made a comment about defunding the police. And in fact, I think it’s a terribly misleading phrase to say defund the police. Uh, I was referring to schools, right, and the Oakland city school in particular, after listening to parents and teachers. But this is the kind of nuance and complexity that gets lost in today’s world. So I’m taking all kinds of shit right now for being the guy who wants to defund the police. I happen to think the police should be reimagined, not defunded.”

Hill wanted to get Kerr’s take on the broadcasting world. Before making the move into coaching, Kerr was a game analyst for TNT. His forward Draymond Green took his first steps into the media space during the NBA restart. Hill asked if Kerr saw a future in broadcasting for Green.

“He’s a natural – he will be whenever he wants – he’ll be a network analyst and he’ll do it for as long as he wants. He’s just really good. He knows the game. He’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever been around and he can talk. So it’s a pretty good combination.”

Kerr would go on to say he sees Green following a similar path as Charles Barkley. He noted that while Barkley is recognized as one of the great basketball players ever, he might be better as a broadcaster. Kerr says he wouldn’t be surprised if we talk the same way about Draymond Green when his playing days are done.

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Draymond Green, JJ Redick Sell Out Live Podcast Show

The show will collaborate for the first time and it will mark an interesting time in the thrusting of new media onto the public consciousness.

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The two new and most visible faces of the new media influx have teamed up for a live show that will take place in New York City. Draymond Green and JJ Redick are bringing their respective podcasts to the stage for a live experience.

On Monday (June 27), Draymond Green’s The Draymond Green Show and JJ Redick’s The Old Man and the Three will seek to entertain an already sold out audience at The City Winery in New York City.

The show will collaborate for the first time and it will mark an interesting time in the thrusting of new media onto the public consciousness. JJ Redick has earned universal praise for how he has handled his career post-retirement from the NBA, including appear often opposite Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take as well as the network’s myriad of other programming.

Draymond Green has been very public with his podcast that has very publicly recorded episodes minutes after Warriors games. He has recently invoked his mantra that he isn’t a part of the media (despite signing a contract with Turner Sports and Colin Cowherd’s The Volume). Instead he insists he is a part of the aforementioned new media.

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Scott Van Pelt Not Hurt By Draymond Green’s “New Media” Comment

“He’s the one that said it. Isn’t he the one who said he’s new media? I was just trying to give him credit in saying, ‘Look, you now have control of your narrative and you can go do your podcast now.’”

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We have heard an awful lot in the fast month about “new media” with a large section of that discussion coming in regards to athletes in or formerly in the NBA. One such interaction was between a member of that new media and Scott Van Pelt.

After Game 5 of the NBA Finals, a victorious Draymond Green was interviewed on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt. In the interview, Van Pelt asked Green about dealing with the outside “noise” around the Finals. After Green gave a to-be-expected type answer, Van Pelt followed-up with the initial comment that start a wave.

Van Pelt: You’re part of the media now and you get to control the conversation from your perspective and I know you’ll-

Green: New media.

He then corrected Van Pelt’s assertion that Green had stated Stephen A. Smith was new media by saying:

Green: And by the way go watch The Draymond Green Show. I said Stephen A. sometimes acts like the new media. Sometimes he doesn’t. That’s on you, but nonetheless, don’t just lump me in with media, baby. It’s the new media.

Scott Van Pelt appeared on the SI Media Podcast and was asked about this exchange.

“I didn’t get that,” Van Pelt said of Green’s resistance in being associated with the word “media.”

“He’s the one that said it. Isn’t he the one who said he’s new media? I was just trying to give him credit in saying, ‘Look, you now have control of your narrative and you can go do your podcast now.’”

Van Pelt went on about Green’s categorizing of Smith and other media as a separate column of media.

“I guess what Draymond actually said was sometimes he’s new media. I don’t give a shit who’s what…I think now as it relates to media, there’s no new and old because people that are in the old media are doing the new media and people that are in new media are cutting through in ways that people in old media didn’t think they ever would many years ago. I guess all I’m saying is whatever Stephen A. is, he exists in both lanes and Draymond, clearly his content cuts through on his podcast or with me.

I wasn’t hurt by it. I didn’t take it like he was mad at me. I was just correcting the semantics. It didn’t trouble me. Whatever. However Draymond frames what Stephen A. Smith is or what any of us are, it doesn’t feel important. I think it’s important he has that place where he wants to do his thing. And I think people are interested in hearing from the guy that was just out there not long after saying what he has to say.”

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Big Cat Asks For Listeners’ Help Booking Kevin Durant on Pardon My Take

“On a recent edition of the podcast, Big Cat talked about how the Brooklyn Nets star has continued to snub requests to come on the show.”

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Barstool’s Big Cat has been trying to book NBA star Kevin Durant on Pardon My Take for five years, but the former MVP just won’t say yes.

On a recent edition of the podcast, Big Cat talked about how the Brooklyn Nets star has continued to snub requests to come on the show.

“We want Kevin Durant on this show, and he has just alpha-ed me so hard at this point,” Big Cat said. “I need people to start replying to his tweets saying just go on Pardon My Take.”

It’s not like KD has given Big Cat the cold shoulder. Big Cat said Durant has responded to his DMs on Twitter before, even wishing him Happy Thanksgiving one year. But so far all attempts to get Durant on PMT have been futile.

“Maybe if we start getting some rings, then he’ll be like, ‘Yeah they’re an elite team, and I want to join up with them. And maybe I can help them win something,'” PFT Commenter said, referencing the fact that PMT is yet to be recognized with any podcasting awards.

Durant did more or less tell the podcast on Twitter he wasn’t interested on Wednesday.

Durant’s response probably still won’t deter Big Cat from trying to get Durant on the show, but at least they know where KD stands.

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