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Basketball Player Mo Creek Escaped Ukraine: ‘We Were Just Terrified’

“Coach Terry… picked me up to go to his apartment building which has a bomb shelter in it and that’s when I started the bomb shelter experience.”

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The crisis in Ukraine has captured the world’s attention, and we’re hearing more and more stories of people escaping the chaos ensuing throughout the country.

Former Indiana University basketball standout Mo Creek talked to Fran Fraschilla for the SiriusXM podcast World of Basketball and talked about how he was one of many who had to flee the nation. Creek had been playing basketball in the Ukranian Basketball SuperLeague for MBC Mykolaiv.

It was a difficult situation for Creek to be in, who told Fraschilla he had nothing but love for the people of Ukraine.

“It’s always been love, even if they couldn’t speak my language and I definitely can’t speak theirs, we found a way to communicate with each other, and that just made it so special,” Creek said. “The people are always going to be good in Ukraine.”

Creek shared his experience from living in the country currently being sieged by the Russian military, having to hunker down for several hours at a time in a bomb shelter.

“We were just terrified and when we heard that the siren went off and you know when that siren goes off that means a war has started,” he said. He was living at the time in a city along the Black Sea in southern Ukraine. “Coach Terry… picked me up to go to his apartment building which has a bomb shelter in it and that’s when I started the bomb shelter experience.”

Creek said once he knew he had to get to the shelter, he texted his family members in case something happened.

“You really learn a lot about yourself when you go in a type of situation like that because, one, I did not know if I was going to survive so the first thing I did before I got in the bomb shelter was I texted my mother, ‘I love you. Tell my family I love them,'” he explained. “Because if something does happen that’s the worst thing that could possibly happen to you, you don’t want to not say nothing. At least they have a memory of your last message to them before you pass.”

Creek had to go through a whole process to get out of his basketball contract so he could leave the country. He was a short distance from the Ukraine/Moldova border. Once he did get out of his contract, his primary focus was getting on an airplane in Romania so he could get back to the U.S.

He said leaving Odessa provided a view of what had been going on in the city.

“You had to see the soldiers with guns. You had to see the tanks,” he said. “See everybody going in the same direction as you so now there’s traffic. So I was scared to death about that because something may have happened. I didn’t want the car to stop moving because I felt like if the car stops we’re stopping our progress, that gives them the opportunity to do whatever they need to do.”

It took several hours of standing in line before he eventually crossed in to Moldova. His first stop back in the States was JFK Airport.

“I got on that U.S. soil, and it felt like a weight was off my shoulders,” Creek said.

It wasn’t until he touched down at Dulles Airport and saw his mom that it really hit him.

“That hug was everything,” he said. “That’s when I knew I was home.”

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John Skipper: Media Has Not Treated Adam Silver Like He’s Teflon

“I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

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Dan Le Batard hosted an interesting conversation on his Thursday show examining the performance of NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference in which he announced the suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver. David Samson and John Skipper joined Le Batard in the discussion.

Samson, former president of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, said of Silver “it’s amazing the level of Teflon he’s had, and I don’t know that it’s deserved in any way.” He added that the NBA commissioner’s performance was “not very well workshopped” when addressing the media.

John Skipper, co-founder of Meadowlark Media, acknowledged that the performance was not strong. He said that it was clear that Adam Silver was frustrated by the limitations his job put on what he could do about someone behaving in a way that he did not think was appropriate for the NBA. He did pushback on the idea that Silver had been immune from criticism.

“I’m not sure that I accept that he’s Teflon-like,” Skipper said. “He’s actually made most of the right decisions and done most of the right things and he’s gotten credit for that. I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

Samson smiled during the answer, which Skipper addressed by acknowledging that Samson knows that Skipper is friends with Adam Silver. The Meadowlark boss called himself an “apologist” for Silver, but added

“I mostly think he’s done a fabulous job. If you want to hold up what commissioner has done most of the right things in the last seven or eight years, he’s not Teflon-coated, but he has a tremendous track record, which I think deserves our support.”

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Chris Long Tells Jim Rome He’s Gambled on Games to Keep Him Interested For His Podcast

“So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested…”

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Placing bets on NFL games adds a whole other layer to the NFL viewing experience, and Super Bowl champion Chris Long understands that.

Long, who is not that far removed from his playing days in the league, was a guest on The Jim Rome Podcast, and said he initially considered gambling on football as something to compete at after retiring.

But now that he’s had some time to better learn the ins and outs of wagering, he’s become wiser and better informed. It’s helped him when talking about gambling on his own podcast, Green Light with Chris Long.

“I want to be responsible and give out good picks,” Long said. “I don’t want to just throw stuff out there because I’m getting paid by a casino. I’m really interested in the artform of gambling if that makes any sense.”

Long added that having that wagering itch definitely keeps him enthralled in watching football all day like a lot of other NFL fans, even those games people generally think won’t be that good competitively ahead of time.

He said it’s definitely helped with his show.

“I’m not even gonna lie, dude, sometimes you get burned out by football, right? I played it for a long time, now I’m covering it. So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested and I can do my job more effectively because I’m gonna be glued to the TV. So like in a weird way it’s held me a little bit more accountable when it comes to staying on my game.”

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Shams Charania Signs New Contracts to Remain with Stadium and The Athletic

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

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After speculation over his future, NBA insider Shams Charania is not going somewhere new.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Wednesday night that Charania has signed new contracts to remain at Stadium/Bally Sports and The Athletic.

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

Shams has been an integral piece in the growth and evolution of Stadium, elevating our content across both digital media and television experiences,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “He is one of the finest professionals and people in our industry, and we are truly excited to continue building upon our longstanding and trusted relationship.”

Charania, 28, is an integral part of Stadium/Bally Sports NBA coverage. He makes regular appearances on the Sinclair-owned networks on shows like Inside the Association and The Rally.

Shams has not yet addressed the news on his Twitter account, which has 1.8 million followers.

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