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Doug Gottlieb: ‘Why Isn’t Reggie Miller Questioning Zion Williamson’s Fire?’

“He said it was absolutely fair to say that Ben Simmons has no equity with fans. He isn’t even well-liked in his home country of Australia. Still, he is taking criticism other players missing playoff games aren’t.”

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You won’t find many people that follow the NBA that want to rush to stick up for Ben Simmons. The Brooklyn Nets guard missed the entire NBA season and despite initially teasing a potential return in Game 4 of the team’s first round series against the Celtics, he is now saying he has a bad back.

Doug Gottlieb isn’t ready to absolve Simmons of all criticism, but he thinks some of it is unfair. He points specifically to TNT’s Reggie Miller, who tweeted on Monday that Simmons lacks “competitive fire.”

Gottlieb pointed out that Miller wasn’t nearly as hard on Zion Williamson. He was the analyst for a game that featured the New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns. Williamson was listed as out, but still managed to pull off a 360 dunk during warm ups.

“The competitive fire thing, where is that about Zion?” Doug Gottlieb said on his FOX Sports Radio show Monday.

He said it was absolutely fair to say that Ben Simmons has no equity with fans. He isn’t even well-liked in his home country of Australia. Still, he is taking criticism other players missing playoff games aren’t.

“We all like Zion Williamson. Everybody wants to see Zion Williamson play. Don’t we? And maybe it’s because Ben Simmons didn’t shoot last year in the playoffs. Maybe it was because of what he was wearing I guess. I don’t know. But have you noticed that I haven’t seen these tweets about Zion Williamson.”

Doug Gottlieb also said that it feels like a waste of time and effort to be mad at Simmons for missing Game 4 of a playoff series when he hasn’t played all season. He said that there is no way Reggie Miller believes that Ben Simmons is the difference between the Nets getting swept and staying alive.

While it isn’t fair to be critical of a player not willing to play through injury, Gottlieb says Simmons does deserve to be called out for how he handled the offseason. He didn’t work on his shot. He didn’t play for Australia at the Olympics. It is, in Gottlieb’s eyes, part of a trend with Simmons.

“Ben Simmons is as talented a player as I have ever seen in the college game. The game was easy to him, but he just didn’t work! I watched him shoot, and he didn’t work. That’s a fair critique. I do not believe it’s a fair critique to go, ‘Hey, guy’s not playing because of competitive fire. Guy’s not playing essentially because he’s faking it. He’s pouting.’”

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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.

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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