TAG: ESPN

Latest News / Oct 23, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Video: Sneak Peek Of The LeBron James Special “Becoming”

LeBron James

A special about LeBron James entitled “Becoming,” offers up seldom seen footage of the four-time MVP in his earliest days playing sports, specifically the sport he would go on to dominate at the highest level in the world. With video from his time playing for his AAU and high school teams, the special is set to air this weekend in an additional slot. Come check out the sneak peek of “Becoming.” Read More »

Smack / Oct 17, 2014 / 9:00 am

Kobe On No. 40 ESPN Ranking, “They’re A Bunch Of Idiots”

Kobe Bryant

Welp, this was bound to happen following Kobe Bryant‘s torn Achilles tendon at the end of the 2012-13 regular season and his broken leg only six games into the 2013-14 season. ESPN’s argument machine #NBARank dropped Mamba 15 spots this year to No. 40. You can imagine his response. Read More »

Smack, Twitter / Oct 8, 2014 / 11:15 am

Nick Young Offended By ESPN NBA Player Ranking

Nick Young

While he’s currently convalescing after fracturing his finger trying to swipe the ball from Kobe Bryant in practice, Nick Young will be rearing to go once the 2014-15 officially tips off at the end of the month. He’s even got some extra motivation after ESPN unveiled their 2014 NBA Player rankings. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 6, 2014 / 11:00 am

NBA Announces 9-Year, $24 Billion TV Deal With Turner (TNT) & Disney (ESPN/ABC)

Kawhi Leonard, Adam Silver

An announcement was expected today, but no one saw this figure coming. In a move that surprised prognosticators who envisioned a jump in the NBA’s TV-rights deal, but not this large an increase, the NBA will be paid $24 billion over the nine years of their contract with Turner (TNT) and Walt Disney (ESPN/ABC). Read More »

Smack / Sep 29, 2014 / 1:00 pm

ESPN is Hypocritical for Suspending Bill Simmons Over Goodell Comments

DeMarcus Cousins, Bill Simmons

“Don’t get fired.”

That’s the mantra over at Grantland when Jalen Rose and David Jacoby weigh in on a controversial topic during one of their wide-ranging and always-entertaining podcasts.

More than just pithy words of wisdom, the saying eventually began to feel like a thin blue line someone would inevitably cross if they got on the air and talked long enough about various hot-button issues. Nobody thought that someone would be Grantland Editor-in-Chief himself Bill Simmons. But that’s precisely what happened Monday during his podcast, The B.S. Report, when he went on a profanity-laced tirade about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the recent Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, during which a surveillance video of Rice brutally punching his then-fiancée and knocking her unconscious in a hotel elevator surfaced and subsequently went viral. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, NBA / Aug 8, 2014 / 10:00 am

ESPN Suspends Le Batard Over LeBron Billboards

Le Batard LeBron Billboards

After ESPN radio host and Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard put up an array of tongue-in-cheek billboards reading, “You’re Welcome, LeBron. Love, Miami.” his ESPN higher-ups apparently didn’t find his brand of humor quite as funny and suspended him until Monday. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, Smack / Jul 11, 2014 / 12:00 pm

ESPN Removes Anonymous GM Quote About LeBron & Cavs After Complaints

LeBron James, Tristan Thompson

We relayed Chris Broussard’s story for ESPN about LeBron James‘ still-irate attitude towards Cavs owner Dan Gilbert following Gilbert’s incendiary letter calling James a “coward” in 2010, earlier today. Now Chris Sheridan — the same reporter who broke the LeBron-to-Cleveland story that just came to fruition, complained Broussard had broken journalistic ethics when ESPN cited an unnamed GM for an opinion quote. ESPN has since removed the quote. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Apr 29, 2014 / 10:40 pm

ESPN Broadcaster Says “His Owner” In Reference To Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers sat down for a pre-game press conference before tonight’s Game 5 at Staples Center. It came after the historic lifetime ban Adam Silver handed down on Clippers owner Donald Sterling. While reporting on the event, an ESPN broadcaster used an unfortunate bit of phrasing in lieu of recent events. Read More »

NBA, Smack, Twitter / Mar 27, 2014 / 11:45 am

ESPN’s LeBron James Tweet Pisses Off Cavs Fans

Dion Waiters, Bennett Salvatore

It was a pretty joyous moment for Cavs fans after Dion Waiters hit a buzzer-beating game-winner last night in Detroit. It was their first buzzer-beater since 2010, and moved them to within 3.5 games of Atlanta for a playoff spot. So of course ESPN Stats and Info sent a tweet out about the “first career buzzer-beater of LeBron James’ former team.” Read More »

NBA, Smack / Oct 30, 2013 / 7:30 pm

Steph Curry Talks Getting ID’ed For The Club & R-Rated Movies

Stephen Curry

ESPN radio host Dan Le Batard had an interesting Q & A with Warriors guard Stephen Curry yesterday. He asked a series of fill-in-the-blank questions ranging from Curry’s famous father (Dell Curry) to his time at Davidson after being overlooked by the major NCAA schools. It was Curry’s admission he gets ID’ed “like 95 percent of the time,” before entering the club, though, that struck our interest. Read More »