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NBA Legends Take To ESPN Radio To Call Out Ben Simmons

Simmons finished Game 7 with the worst free throw percentage in NBA Playoff history.

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“The Process is dead.”

That’s the prevailing sentiment following the Philadelphia 76ers’ flame out in the second round of the NBA Playoffs to the Atlanta Hawks. The number one seed in the Eastern Conference fell flat on their faces in a 103-96 Game 7 loss. Some apologists blame Joel Embiid’s injury, but the All-NBA player gave it his all on a banged-up knee.

The same cannot be said for Ben Simmons, who was an offensive liability throughout the series. NBA legends Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson appeared on ESPN Radio to try and explain what went wrong with the first pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

“Number one, I feel sad,” Barkley said on Greeny. “You don’t wanna see anybody just meltdown publicly like that. When you play sports, you are naked for the world, and you just felt bad for the kid [Simmons]. He’s a great kid, but clearly, he’s got some mental issues going on when it comes to free throws, shooting the ball things like that.”

Ben Simmons didn’t offer much of anything as a shooter the Sixers. He finished the 2021 Playoffs with the lowest free throw percentage in NBA Playoff history (34.2%) and did not attempt a shot in the fourth quarter of Games 4 through 7.

Barkley went on to say that the Sixers brain trust needs to straight-up ask Ben Simmons if he’s going to work on his game because this version of him isn’t very appealing for them or in a trade. Johnson has already written off the idea of Simmons staying in Philly, saying on KJZ that he “can’t recover from this” in the Sixers locker room.

“It’s time for a change,” Johnson said on the show. “The locker room won’t recover from it. When they went to the Hack-A-Shaq, basically Hack-A-Simmons, that just killed them.”

Johnson continued and drove home the point that the Sixers lost the series after they collapsed up 26 points in Game 5. Whether it was Game 5 or Game 7 as the tipping point, the Sixers are exiting another season with more questions than answers surrounding The Process.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson, co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, announced that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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Boomer Esiason: Michael Kay ‘Swooping In’ On Stephen Nelson ‘Just Not Right’

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

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Much has been made about the potential of New York Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay announcing Friday Night Baseball on AppleTV+ while slugger Aaron Judge chases the franchise and American League record for home runs in a single season. During Boomer & Gio Friday morning, Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti disagreed on whether Kay should have taken the gig from usual AppleTV+ announcer Stephen Nelson.

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

“I bet he put that out there to see what the reaction would be,” Giannotti said of Kay’s comments that he would be “big-footing” Nelson by taking the assignment. “And the reaction was like that, and was like ‘You know, I’m kinda uncomfortable doing this. Maybe I shouldn’t do it’. And no one wanted to see it anyway.”

“They shouldn’t do it,” said Esiason of AppleTV+ allowing Kay to step in for Nelson.

“If the shoe was on the other foot, and let’s say it was Pete Alonso chasing this record and there was AppleTV for potentially 61 or 62, you’re telling me that you’d want a fella named (Stephen) Nelson over Gary Cohen? There’s no way in hell!”, Giannotti countered.

“I want what’s right,” Esiason said.

“AppleTV’s not right to begin with,” Giannotti replied.

“But Michael Kay swooping in on some kid named Nelson, that’s not right. That’s just not right. You just can’t do that!”, argued Esiason.

“Yeah, but the fact that it’s on AppleTV to begin with is annoying,” Giannotti concluded. “It’s just annoying.”

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