1. It’s very rare to see Steve Kerr get heated, unless it’s about politics.
The Warriors coach is known as one of the most media-friendly people in sports, so seeing him go out of his way to call a reporter is surprising and noteworthy.
Kerr recently appeared on a podcast and said he enjoyed coaching last year’s Golden State 15-50 team more than the 57-25 team that lost in the NBA Finals the previous year. A local reporter tweeted that quote, citing Kevin Durant as the reason for Kerr’s feelings.
Kerr criticized the reporter Monday at his press conference, saying: “Taking that comment, tweeting it and sending it out into the universe was so irresponsible and damaging and I’m angry.
And I know what will happen. I know this is going to be taking to morning shows and people are going to talk about it and wear what they think is a quote that is actually something completely made up. I am not happy. It is wrong. Once again, I try to be honest. I try to share everything so that our fans know what our team is going through, what I am going through. We like to share our story. It’s a big part of promoting our team. This is concerning to me. Perhaps it is part of the modern media. It’s completely wrong and I’m upset about it. “
Naturally, Durant, who we know spends a lot of time on social media, found out about all of this.
If you listen to Kerr’s podcast and comments in full context, you can understand why he is angry. He cited multiple reasons why last season was more satisfying for him than the season before. He also failed to mention Durant’s name when listing the various reasons the 2018-19 season was so challenging.
It will be interesting to see if this incident makes Kerr less inclined to interact with the media. He’s smart enough to know that clickbait and being taken out of context are regular occurrences that happen to most sports figures. One way to make sure this doesn’t happen to you is to have fewer interviewers.
two. ESPN’s Paul Finebaum once said of Lane Kiffin: “How did someone like Lane Kiffin get these jobs? How did he get the Raiders job? In Tennessee? And SC in particular? People think it’s because of his father Monte, the Great Defensive Wizard. In some ways, Lane Kiffin is the Miley Cyrus of college football. He has very little talent, but we just can’t take our eyes off him. “
On Monday, Kiffin appeared on Finebaum’s ESPN show and reminded him of that shot.
3. A lot of chagrin and a thirst for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament after it was canceled last year has led to a decent audience so far..
4. The Rockets snapped a 20-game losing streak last night, prompting studio hosts Cayleigh Griffin and Calvin Murphy to knock out Kool and the Gang.
5. Phillies slugger Bryce Harper must have been empty over the weekend when he stopped for gas.
6. I recorded the latest Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Sports business journalAustin Karp a few hours before the NFL deals were officially announced. We cover the deals and what could happen with the Sunday Ticket. We also talked about the issue of men’s college basketball grades entering the NCAA tournament, the new NHL / ESPN deal, and the ups and downs of broadcast television.
You can also watch the SI Media Podcast on YouTube.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: It was 20 years ago that another “Imagine if Twitter were around for this” moment took place: Randy Johnson accidentally killed a bird with a toss.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.