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Draymond Green On What Podcasting Has Taught Him About Interviewing

“The one comparison I came up with is just because you are a good interview doesn’t mean you will be a great interviewer.”

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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green recently made news when by signing on as an analyst with Turner Sports while he is still an active player in the NBA. The 10-year veteran is currently rehabbing from a back injury but when he isn’t on the court, he hosts his own podcast, The Draymond Green Show, for The Volume.

Green was recently a guest on The Old Man and the Three with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter podcast. During the conversation, Green mentioned that one of the toughest challenges in hosting a weekly podcast has been scheduling.

“Scheduling I found is the toughest thing because our schedule is strenuous and you become accustomed to the way things work,” said Green. “We have the crazy schedule and everyone works around that to make things work outside of that. Now, you are the one making it work outside of that.”

While Green enjoys doing TV, he feels that podcasting allows him to get his point across much easier because he doesn’t have to worry about condensing his answers into a specific time frame.

“One of the things I have learned in doing TV is it is so different from podcasting,” explaied Green. “Podcasting, you can go on-and-on with your answer and there’s no time limit and it’s fine. On TV, the producer says you got 20 seconds left, you got 10 seconds left. As much as I love and enjoy that side of things, I am very long-winded.”

As both a player and podcast host, Green has learned that as he prepares to interview a guest, he has to look at such conversations from a different perspective. Just because he can be a great interview for the media, it doesn’t necessarily make him a great interviewer:

“I’m a very curious person. I’ll ask you a million questions,” Green said. “You will probably get sick of me, but I’m going to ask the question until I get the answer. One thing that I have done is watch a bunch of different interviews and not watch it from my perspective, which is the guy doing the interview as a player. I have to watch the interview from the perspective of the person who is conducting the interview.

“The one comparison I came up with is just because you are a good interview doesn’t mean you will be a great interviewer. It’s very similar to just because you are a great basketball player doesn’t mean you are going to be a great coach. That right there alone made me dive deeper into it and want to get good at that because I realize I’m not that good at hosting an interview and I’m trying to get good at it.”

Green is one of the most entertaining players in the NBA for his personality and has done great work with Turner Sports whenever he has been a guest analyst. It can’t be easy to balance a playing career with being in the media, as well. However, with his injury rehab, it allows him to work his best while also continuing to improve on what should be a good second career for him when his playing days are over. 

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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