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Dan Patrick Tells Allen Iverson He Was Not Origin Of David Stern’s Dress Code

“When I grew up, I never went to the park with a suit on to play basketball.”

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Allen Iverson was an iconic player who changed the entire NBA due to his eccentric style both on and off the court. The Hall of Famer would show up to games dressed up in durags, baggy clothing, and chains and had a plethora of tattoos to go along with the look.

The league’s late commissioner David Stern took issue with the image Iverson was portraying to viewers and decided to implement a dress code for the entire league.

Iverson made an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday and was asked about his unique style that preceded a lot of what we see players in the NBA wear today.

“I was just dressing like the guys from my neighborhood that I grew up with so it was natural for me,” Iverson told DP. “I always wanted [tattoos] but I just couldn’t afford them. Once I could afford them, that’s when I went overboard with it. With the hair I was going on the road and guys would mess my hair up when I would go to the barbershop so I’m like man, if I could just get my hair corn-rolled, then I don’t have to worry about guys messing my hair up on the road. “

Iverson, 46, then directly talked about the dress code, expressing how he was hurt by it at the time. He told Patrick that both the league and the media acted like he was doing something wrong, saying he got “beat up” for it.

Now loves seeing players like Kyle Kuzma, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and many other unique dressers in the NBA get the chance to express themselves in the way they want to and not be judged like he was for it.

“I know it had a lot to do with me getting the dress code changed, but it’s a good feeling that guys get to express themselves the way they want to because when you look at the game, not everyone plays the same so why would everybody look the same. Got all these guys in suits. When I grew up, I never went to the park with a suit on to play basketball.”

Patrick then told Iverson about an interesting conversation he had with the late commissioner, claiming that Stern said while everyone thinks the rule was implemented due to Iverson’s fashion sense, it was really the Steve Nash he had a problem with.

“You learn something new every day,” Iverson said. “Me and [Stern] became so close especially after my career was over. The later part of my career and towards the end. I had a great relationship with him and I’m glad it ended up being that way before he passed, may he rest in peace.”

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Barry Jackson, a veteran journalist with the Miami Herald, reports that 790 The Ticket morning hosts Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard will move to that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WQAM slot during the week of Oct. 3.

In more station movement, Joe Rose’s WQAM morning show with Zach Krantz now will be simulcast on The Ticket, replacing the Tobin/Hoard program. Audacy, which owns both WQAM and The Ticket, also simulcast Marc Hochman’s and Channing Crowder’s afternoon show.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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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.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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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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