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Stephen A Smith Calls Load Management ‘BS’

“This is that stuff that I’m talking about and then you all wonder why I be calling cats out! I mean damn. Damn! How many days off do you need?!”

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Before the NBA tipped off the 2020-21 season, the league instituted a new load management policy, penalizing teams $100,000 for resting their stars during nationally televised games. 

Either the memo never made it to the Nets, or they’re just OK racking up fines, but whatever the reasoning, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is fed up with how few games Brooklyn’s stars are on the court. 

Wednesday night against the 76ers should have been a battle of the elite, two teams fighting for the No. 1 seed. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid were there for the Sixers, but one night after looking healthy in a 30-point scoring effort, Kevin Durant was out for the Nets. Kyrie Irving, who has missed his fair share of games this season was the lone star in the lineup for Brooklyn. James Harden, Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, none of them were on the court and it aggravated Smith who stopped just short of calling for fans to boycott. 

“So much for looking forward to tonight’s game,” Smith said in a Twitter video. “Win, lose or draw, half of Brooklyn ain’t there. What sense does it make, what difference does it make, this is the BS that I’m talking about right here, right now. This is that stuff that I’m talking about and then you all wonder why I be calling cats out! I mean damn. Damn! How many days off do you need?!”

Smith said he’s not going to call for fans to boycott regular season games, but did say, “sometimes I wish we would react like that,” reminding players that it can’t be all about the playoffs, they get paid for the full year.  

Declining TV ratings was a major story for the NBA last summer and load management does nothing for the league as they’ve tried to rebound this season to placate their TV partners. 

Two months ago, LeBron James came out strongly against the idea of load management. “I don’t believe in it,” LeBron said. “We all need more rest, shit. But I’m here to work, to punch my clock in and be available to my teammates.” Unfortunately, James sustained a right ankle sprain a few weeks later. But at 36 years old, with a lot of mileage on his body, James shows up to play when he’s healthy. Other stars, especially ones who play for the Brooklyn Nets can’t say the same. 

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Draymond Green, JJ Redick Sell Out Live Podcast Show

The show will collaborate for the first time and it will mark an interesting time in the thrusting of new media onto the public consciousness.

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The two new and most visible faces of the new media influx have teamed up for a live show that will take place in New York City. Draymond Green and JJ Redick are bringing their respective podcasts to the stage for a live experience.

On Monday (June 27), Draymond Green’s The Draymond Green Show and JJ Redick’s The Old Man and the Three will seek to entertain an already sold out audience at The City Winery in New York City.

The show will collaborate for the first time and it will mark an interesting time in the thrusting of new media onto the public consciousness. JJ Redick has earned universal praise for how he has handled his career post-retirement from the NBA, including appear often opposite Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take as well as the network’s myriad of other programming.

Draymond Green has been very public with his podcast that has very publicly recorded episodes minutes after Warriors games. He has recently invoked his mantra that he isn’t a part of the media (despite signing a contract with Turner Sports and Colin Cowherd’s The Volume). Instead he insists he is a part of the aforementioned new media.

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Scott Van Pelt Not Hurt By Draymond Green’s “New Media” Comment

“He’s the one that said it. Isn’t he the one who said he’s new media? I was just trying to give him credit in saying, ‘Look, you now have control of your narrative and you can go do your podcast now.’”

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We have heard an awful lot in the fast month about “new media” with a large section of that discussion coming in regards to athletes in or formerly in the NBA. One such interaction was between a member of that new media and Scott Van Pelt.

After Game 5 of the NBA Finals, a victorious Draymond Green was interviewed on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt. In the interview, Van Pelt asked Green about dealing with the outside “noise” around the Finals. After Green gave a to-be-expected type answer, Van Pelt followed-up with the initial comment that start a wave.

Van Pelt: You’re part of the media now and you get to control the conversation from your perspective and I know you’ll-

Green: New media.

He then corrected Van Pelt’s assertion that Green had stated Stephen A. Smith was new media by saying:

Green: And by the way go watch The Draymond Green Show. I said Stephen A. sometimes acts like the new media. Sometimes he doesn’t. That’s on you, but nonetheless, don’t just lump me in with media, baby. It’s the new media.

Scott Van Pelt appeared on the SI Media Podcast and was asked about this exchange.

“I didn’t get that,” Van Pelt said of Green’s resistance in being associated with the word “media.”

“He’s the one that said it. Isn’t he the one who said he’s new media? I was just trying to give him credit in saying, ‘Look, you now have control of your narrative and you can go do your podcast now.’”

Van Pelt went on about Green’s categorizing of Smith and other media as a separate column of media.

“I guess what Draymond actually said was sometimes he’s new media. I don’t give a shit who’s what…I think now as it relates to media, there’s no new and old because people that are in the old media are doing the new media and people that are in new media are cutting through in ways that people in old media didn’t think they ever would many years ago. I guess all I’m saying is whatever Stephen A. is, he exists in both lanes and Draymond, clearly his content cuts through on his podcast or with me.

I wasn’t hurt by it. I didn’t take it like he was mad at me. I was just correcting the semantics. It didn’t trouble me. Whatever. However Draymond frames what Stephen A. Smith is or what any of us are, it doesn’t feel important. I think it’s important he has that place where he wants to do his thing. And I think people are interested in hearing from the guy that was just out there not long after saying what he has to say.”

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Big Cat Asks For Listeners’ Help Booking Kevin Durant on Pardon My Take

“On a recent edition of the podcast, Big Cat talked about how the Brooklyn Nets star has continued to snub requests to come on the show.”

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Barstool’s Big Cat has been trying to book NBA star Kevin Durant on Pardon My Take for five years, but the former MVP just won’t say yes.

On a recent edition of the podcast, Big Cat talked about how the Brooklyn Nets star has continued to snub requests to come on the show.

“We want Kevin Durant on this show, and he has just alpha-ed me so hard at this point,” Big Cat said. “I need people to start replying to his tweets saying just go on Pardon My Take.”

It’s not like KD has given Big Cat the cold shoulder. Big Cat said Durant has responded to his DMs on Twitter before, even wishing him Happy Thanksgiving one year. But so far all attempts to get Durant on PMT have been futile.

“Maybe if we start getting some rings, then he’ll be like, ‘Yeah they’re an elite team, and I want to join up with them. And maybe I can help them win something,'” PFT Commenter said, referencing the fact that PMT is yet to be recognized with any podcasting awards.

Durant did more or less tell the podcast on Twitter he wasn’t interested on Wednesday.

Durant’s response probably still won’t deter Big Cat from trying to get Durant on the show, but at least they know where KD stands.

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