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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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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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