Michael Rapaport called in to chat about sports and his new book, “THIS BOOK HAS BALLS: Sports Rants from the MVP of Talking Trash.” We discussed 23 reasons why LeBron will never be like Mike, the 90s Bulls-Knicks rivalry, and growing up in the 70s and 80s being all-consumed by sports. A fun interview with slams of John Starks and Phil Jackson included at no extra charge.
Curt Menefee called in to talk Bears football, Fox NFL Sunday, and his new book “Losing Isn’t Everything,” where he writes about the other side of triumphant sports moments. We discussed Craig Ehlo, Calvin Schiraldi and more.
Dominique Wilkins is an NBA legend and member of the 2016 class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. We had a fun conversation sharing memories of a classic Hawks-Bulls game from 1987, as well as talking about his diabetes diagnosis and his efforts to further diabetes awareness and education as part of the diabetes dream team.
Kenny Smith from “Inside the NBA” called in to talk about his partnership with the National Urban League and Full Court reFRESH to renovate basketball courts in underserved neighborhoods in Chicago and other cities. We also tried to make sense of a very disappointing Bulls season.
The last time Ken Jeong called in to our show, we got sidetracked talking about the triangle offense of the ’90s Chicago Bulls, so this time I wanted to make sure we talked about a new episode of “Dr. Ken,” which Ken says is the best episode of the series yet. We also discussed a potential crossover episode with “Shark Tank,” and why he insists on a level of authenticity for his show.
Kristine Leahy is the co-host and sideline reporter for “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC. We talked about how she approaches her role on the show, our shared history as fans of the ’90s dynasty Bulls teams, and why she and Matt Iseman appear to have standard answers for why they haven’t attempted the obstacles this season.
A special all-military edition of American Ninja Warrior (filmed in front of the USS Iowa) airs tonight at 8/7C on NBC.
Ben Lyons joined us for his monthly Digital Entertainment News segment to highlight some of the new Spring TV & movie releases on DVD. As usual, we got a little sidetracked talking Bulls/Knicks and making a “One Shining Moment” highlight reel of Jay Cutler’s 2014 season.
Ben Lyons is a special correspondent on “Extra” TV and the host of “The Sidebar” on Yahoo! Ben was calling in to talk about good movies to watch on Valentine’s Day, but somehow we wound up talking about the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Phil Jackson, and Chicago Sting Indoor Soccer in the 1980’s!