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Kevin Garnett Tells Dan Patrick His Grandmother Pulled A Gun On Recruiter

Garnett famously made the jump from high school straight to the NBA in 1995. That doesn’t mean that college basketball programs didn’t try to change his mind before it was too late.

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Kevin Garnett is making the media rounds these days. He is promoting his new memoir KG: A to Z: An Uncensored Encyclopedia of Life, Basketball, and Everything in Between.

Garnett famously made the jump from high school straight to the NBA in 1995. That doesn’t mean that college basketball programs didn’t try to change his mind before it was too late. He writes about the recruiting process in the book and shared some of the illicit benefits he was offered at that time with Dan Patrick on Friday on FOX Sports Radio.

Patrick asked point blank what Garnett was offered by various recruiters.

“A lot of cash, for my mother and my family to have better opportunities, to meet some of the most powerful people in the world, whatever that meant,” Kevin Garnett answered.

He then shared a story that certainly one recruiter will never forget. Garnett’s mother sent him to live with his grandmother during his senior year of high school. She was worried both herself and her son were being overwhelmed by the attention of college recruiters. Garnett’s grandmother didn’t believe all attention and offers were good things.

“I had a certain recruiter come see me and he offered me some cash in front of my grandma,” Garnett told Patrick. “She went and got a shotgun. She told me to always set the tone with people that you can never be bought, because if you can be bought once, you can be bought always.”

He tried to gloss over the story like it was no big deal. Dan Patrick wouldn’t let that fly. He asked Garnett how the recruiter reacted to the shotgun.

“I had to tell him to get his bag and get the hell up outta here, or else him and his bag were never gonna make it outta here,” Garnett answered.

No names were used. Kevin Garnett said that the recruiter is still active in college basketball. They even cross paths occasionally and Garnett says he always offers a wink when they do.

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Michael Irvin: ‘Shan & RJ Start National Conversations’

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

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Michael Irvin makes regular appearances on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. He is one of the many stars associated with the Dallas Cowboys that make time to talk to the hosts on the team’s flagship station. On Thursday morning, The Playmaker joined Shan & RJ and told them to be careful with the words they choose.

Irvin came on following a discussion of Mike McCarthy’s final conversation with the media for the season. During the segment, one of the host’s said it was the Cowboys’ coach’s “final conversation.” Irvin said that statement needed some clarity.

“You should have added ‘of this year’,” he said. “Because the national guys, they’ll pick it up and run with that.”

It isn’t just a matter of what was said. Michael Irvin says that the national media will pay attention to who said it was McCarthy’s final conversation with the media and jump to conclusions.

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

The hosts laughed as Irvin made the declaration. Maybe they enjoyed the characterization. Maybe they knew he was telling the truth.

Plenty of national headlines have been generated by appearances from Jerry and Stephen Jones on the station. Although, to be fair to Shan & RJ, K&C Masterpiece has been at the center of plenty of those conversations too.

That didn’t stop Michael Irvin distilling Shan & RJ’s role in the national media conversation about the Cowboys to a simple sentence: “Y’all starting mess out here.”

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Jeff Rickard Out At WEEI

“In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.”

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Jeff Rickard’s tenure in Boston did not last long. Chad Finn of the Boston Globe tweeted yesterday that the WEEI brand manager has left Audacy and intends to return to Indianapolis.

Rickard was announced as the new brand manager of the legendary Boston sports talker in August. He left his role as morning show host and PD at The Fan in Indianapolis at that time.

In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.

In the meantime, Ken Laird has been promoted to operations manager for the station. Laird announced yesterday that this means he is leaving the Greg Hill Show, which will be on the lookout for a new producer.

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David Ortiz On WEEI: Everyone Knows Dan Shaughnessy’s An A-Hole

“He didn’t seem to take the slight personally. He also didn’t seem to think it mattered.”

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You don’t have to guess how David Ortíz feels about Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy. He is more than happy to tell you if you ask.

On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame candidate was a guest on WEEI and afternoon host Lou Merloni asked. He wanted to know how Ortíz felt about Shaughnessy saying he would never vote for the Red Sox slugger to be enshrined in Cooperstown.

“You know that Dan Shaughnessy has been an asshole to everybody,” Big Papí responded.

He didn’t seem to take the slight personally. He also didn’t seem to think it mattered.

“What can I do? Dan’s not gonna stop anything. He’s just one guy that didn’t vote for you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. But I mean, this is a guy who likes giving a hard time to everyone, so you’ve got to love him that way.”

For the record, according to BBHOFTracker.com, Ortíz has received more votes than anyone else on the ballots of the writers that have made their votes public. Time will tell if that holds up and he meets the 75% threshold for induction.

Dan Shaughnessy released his Hall of Fame ballot last week along with the rest of the Boston Globe staff. He only voted for Jeff Kent. He was the only one not to vote for Big Papí

David Ortíz will find out next week if he is in. He is one of four players with the numbers that make one think it makes sense for him to be in the Hall of Fame, but a cloud of doubt over him because of his past use of performance enhancing drugs.

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