A handful of ESPN personalities bared their claws Thursday in response to radio host Dan Le Batard’s Magic Johnson takedown, which at least one of his colleagues believed to be racially motivated. Debating Johnson’s recent promotion to the Lakers’ president of basketball operations with co-host Jon “Stugotz” Weiner on his ESPN radio show Thursday morning, Le Batard sounded dumbfounded by the Lakers’ faith in their former star who, according to the talking head, hasn’t proven himself in any of his careers outside of basketball. “What you’ve got here though, is a testament to the power of fame. And a testament to the power of a modicum of charm,” Le Batard said. “Because Magic Johnson is charming.
There are downsides to dating a professional athlete — according to Kate Upton, at least. The 24-year-old supermodel swung by Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Wednesday, where she was asked by a caller whether her finacé — Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander — prefers sex before or after games. “I’m really excited, he asked me right before season started so we’ve been keeping it on the down low for quite a while,” she told E! News of her engagement to the Detroit Tigers pitcher.
Kevin Garnett was one of the best to do this, which is why you hear stories of players outright hating him on the court. Draymond Green may not be at The Big Ticket’s level yet, but his comments directed at Paul Pierce on Thursday may get him there soon. Green then took it to the next step by bringing up Kobe Bryant, Pierce’s adversary when he was a member of the Boston Celtics.