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November 20, 2014 Updates
November 19, 2014 Updates

Most guys would be wary of making fun of nationally televised bumbles, fumbles, missed shots and botched plays made by massively tall men with tattooed arms and scowling faces. However, Mike Goldfarb, a 2003 Hudson High School graduate, is not like most guys. Goldfarb, 29, is creator, writer and producer of "Shaqtin' a Fool," hosted by former NBA superstar, rapper, media sensation and actor Shaquille O'Neal. The show airs as a weekly Thursday night segment during the Emmy Award winning "Inside the NBA," on Turner Network Television and as its own show on NBA TV. Hudson Hub-Times

And former Cavalier O'Neal credits the former Hudsonite with the show's success. "Mike is a great leader. He's flexible and his sense of humor is off the charts," O'Neal said. "He is the Kobe Bryant of [producers] -- in other words I could not have won multiple championships without him." Goldfarb has not been approached by any angry players -- yet. "It's funny, you would think they would get mad about us showing them committing bone-headed plays. But, the players love it," according to Goldfarb. Hudson Hub-Times

ESPN analyst and veteran NBA executive Tom Penn has agreed to a multi-year extension with ESPN. Penn regularly contributes front office and basketball operations expertise to SportsCenter, NBA Coast to Coast, NBA Tonight and additional studio programming. He also provides extensive analysis during ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the NBA Draft. “Tom brings a unique perspective that you can’t get anywhere else,” said Tim Corrigan, ESPN senior coordinating producer. “We look forward to finding more opportunities which utilize his talents.” ESPN.com

November 18, 2014 Updates

ESPN Films today announced a new 30 for 30 film that will debut in 2015 as part of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed documentary series. “I Hate Christian Laettner,” directed by Rory Karpf (“The Book of Manning,” “Tim Richmond: To The Limit”), will premiere Sunday, March 15, at 9 p.m. ET after Bracketology on ESPN. Through interviews with former teammates and rivals as well as Laettner himself, the film explores why the polarizing basketball player was—and still is—so disliked. ESPN.com

November 17, 2014 Updates

Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace told Yahoo Sports he expects the NBA will validate his franchise's protested victory over the Sacramento Kings, "regardless of the media campaign being waged." In the aftermath of the Grizzlies' 111-110 victory on Thursday night, Sacramento filed a protest with the league office insisting Courtney Lee's buzzer-beating shot should've been disallowed. The Kings maintain an inbounds pass to Lee had been tipped and the game clock should've run out before Lee could've caught and scored the basket. Yahoo! Sports

When specifically asked if had seen or heard Smith's comments, Carter-Williams said, "I came across it because people told me about them. I have seen things on Twitter, but again, none of that fazes me too much." The reason Carter-Williams wrote the article in the first place was to express himself in a way he doesn't feel he can when he answers questions from the media. "I just felt I had something that I needed to say," Carter-Williams said. "I can't really say it too much in the media. It is hard for me to form my words when I don't have the time to think about it and really express myself." CSNPhilly.com

Mike Wise, a Washington Post sports columnist for more than a decade, is leaving the paper to help ESPN launch a new site focused on the intersection of sports, culture and race. The Post announced the news in a staff memo Monday evening. The new site — the brainchild of Jason Whitlock, who will be its editor-in-chief — has been commonly referred to as “Black Grantland” in recent months. Wise, it’s worth noting, is bald, middle-aged, and also white. Washington Post

Michael Carter-Williams: The media creates this narrative and repeats it over and over. That’s how Stephen A. Smith ends up in our locker room with a big smile on his face. I’m not picking on him. I know he’s playing a character. He knows he’s playing a character. But what happens when we break the streak by going out and beating Detroit that night? Now it’s another story. After the game, a lot of the reporters didn’t even stick around. The ones that did weren’t prepared. They didn’t ask us about the specifics of the game. They made up questions on the spot, like, “Uh, hey, you guys won … so how do you feel?” The Players' Tribune

November 14, 2014 Updates
November 13, 2014 Updates

Q: How are you enjoying TV work compared to coaching? Avery Johnson: At the moment, I love what I’m doing coaching millions of people with the opportunity to work with ESPN on all of our shows. So it’s great. I had a chance to cover the University of Kentucky’s open practice, I’m calling a high school game on Dec. 8, the high school my son attended. He’s now at Texas A&M. I love the opportunity to coach the audience and entertain. Obviously, if a coaching opportunity presents itself then I’ll address that at that time. But I love what I’m doing right now, and that’s what I see myself doing as time wears on. San Antonio Express-News

Michael Carter-Williams: You can question my shooting. You can question my ceiling. Just don’t question if I’m giving my all every single night. Don’t talk to me about tanking. The media creates this narrative and repeats it over and over. That’s how Stephen A. Smith ends up in our locker room with a big smile on his face. I’m not picking on him. I know he’s playing a character. He knows he’s playing a character. But what happens when we break the streak by going out and beating Detroit that night? Now it’s another story. After the game, a lot of the reporters didn’t even stick around. The ones that did weren’t prepared. They didn’t ask us about the specifics of the game. They made up questions on the spot, like, “Uh, hey, you guys won … so how do you feel?” The Players' Tribune

Michael Carter-Williams: In the middle of the playoff race, a race we were decidedly not in, it seemed like the entire media spotlight was on us. And trust me, I get it. We had lost 26 games in a row. Of course, our roster had lost a combined 200-plus games to injury and we had used more than 20 different players in the lineup since opening night. That didn’t seem to be a part of the conversation. All anybody was talking about was “tanking.” We knew it was going to be a circus when ESPN flew in Stephen A. Smith to Philadelphia for the 27th game against Detroit. In the locker room before shootaround, we got swarmed by reporters. You could barely move around the room. Somebody actually asked, “So how does it feel to be a part of the most losing team in NBA history?” Which was really funny because we hadn’t even played the game yet. Everybody just expected us to lose and set the record. The Players' Tribune

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