Lucille O’Neal learned the hard way that partying ’round the clock is a sure road to ruin.
Interviewed on Healthtopia Radio, Shaquille O’Neal‘s mother recalls her days as a lush, which began in 1992, after her son—who’d go on to win four NBA championships—was drafted by the Orlando Magic.
"I was so empty," Lucille (above) tells us of her inebriated years. "I had to cry out to the Lord."
“I’d been drinking for years. At first I started social drinking. I’d drink during the week and I’d be ready to go to work on Monday morning after being drunk for the weekend,” Lucille, whose new memoir is titled Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go: From Mental Welfare to Mental Wealth, tells host Bonnie Michelle.
“But when my son went into the league and we were having a little bit of extra money, we were able to buy all the best alcohol—E&J, vodka, gin and juice, Courvoisier. It was such a variety out there.
“I could have done something else. But when you’re able to do and you have excessive money, you Continue reading →
Penny Hardaway wants to make one thing perfectly clear: He’s ready, willing and able to return to the NBA—and is jonesing to play side-by-side with LeBron James.
During his monthly “Penny for Your Thoughts” segment on The Bottom Line Sports Show, the all-star BlogTalkRadio contributor announced he’s throwing his hat in the ring for a place on the Miami Heat, where, in 2007, he played his final NBA season before retiring with knee injuries.
"I love basketball and I didn't get a chance to finish my career the way I wanted," Penny (above) said.
“Mentally I was retired and physically I was retired. I was playing recreational ball,” the shooting and point guard—who began his career with the Orlando Magic, before joining the Phoenix Suns and New York Kicks—told host Gerald Brown.
“But when the decision happened with Chris Bosh and LeBron, I felt like I could really be good in that system,” Penny added, referring to LeBron’s recent move from the Cleveland Cavs to the Heat.
Upon hearing LeBron’s Big Decision last week, Penny sent text messages to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and former teammate Alonzo Mourning expressing his interest in competing for a Continue reading →
Though Scott Patterson never got to play in the House that Ruth Built, he still acknowledges the Powerhouse Franchise that The Boss Built.
Interviewed on Olivia Wilder Times, the Gilmore Girls star—who spent four years pitching for the N.Y. Yankees’ farm team in the ‘80s—recalls team owner George “The Boss” Steinbrenner, who passed away Tuesday at age 80.
"I didn't really get the shot that I felt I deserved," Scott (above) tells us of not getting put in the Yanks' MLB lineup.
“I liked George and he liked me, and I didn’t really have a ghost of a chance of making that team because [Yankees coach] Billy [Martin] brought in so many pitchers from Oakland with him,” Scott tells host Olivia Wilder.
“George liked how I pitched, he put me in the program that they sell at Yankee Stadium, so I had something going on. We had a couple of talks.
“There was a lot of frustration in that organization and only when [George] stepped back a little bit and let the baseball people do their thing, like Gene Michael—who’s a baseball genius—did Continue reading →
Much as it pains him, Fat Joe says New Yorkers won’t be getting NBA superstar LeBron James any time soon.
Interviewed on H2GRadio, the rap star—who owns a street basketball team called the Terror Squad that plays in Harlem—weighs in on the chances of the New York Knicks snagging the Cleveland Cavaliers forward when his $60 million contract expires at the end the current NBA season, making him a free agent.
"I want somebody to be really, really disgusting in the paint," Fat Joe (above) tells us. "I want a rebounder and I want a dunker!"
“My opinion, as just a fan, I don’t think we getting’ LeBron,” the Get It Poppin’ singer tells host Edgar Burgos.
But in the same breath, he offers alternate picks.
“I would roll up [Phoenix Suns forward] Amare Stoudemire so bad! See, the Knicks ain’t had a guy dunk and break that rim in such a long time, man.
“Who was the best Knick pound for pound in recent teams? Allan Houston had the best gun, but he was like that clean-cut basic player.
Diehard Fantasy Sports fans already know that The Fantasy Sports Channel has more LIVE fantasy sports radio than anywhere on the planet — and now you can add “award winning” to that description.
The Fantasy Sports Channel won its first industry award this week, taking home the 2010 Best Podcasting Award at the Fantasy Sports Trade Association’s Winter Conference in Las Vegas. Scott Engel of RotoExperts.com, accepted the award on behalf of FSC.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, The Fantasy Sports Channel also won the Best New Site or Site Update Award from the FSTA on Tuesday for the launch of new site update at www.fsc.fm. All this, from a site that’s been on-air for about a year and a half. It speaks volumes about the great work contributed by all of FSC when FSC is nominated for the same awards as big contenders, such as ESPN.
Marc Ronick, managing editor and creator of the FSC, said, “FSC has been really well received and its an honor to have our industry recognize it this way. Thanks to everyone for helping to make the FSC such a success.” Ronick pointed out that FSC’s pride also lies with its affiliated shows, such as the Footballguys.com and RotoExperts.com, which nominations for FTSA awards this year inspire FSC to maintain its excellence and keep stepping up to the plate. So to speak.
The accolades keep pouring in for this site. We’ve always thought great things about FSC, and now we’ve got awards to back it up. Congratulations and nice work, FSC.
Even world-heavyweight wrestling champions get spooked in the ring.
Just ask Ivan “The Russian Bear” Koloff, who snagged the WWWF title in 1971.
"He was a good man," Ivan (above) tells us of André. "And in the end, he turned out to be a good friend."
Unfortunately, that was also the era when André the Giant —who’d go on to win the WWF title in 1988 and, five years later, become the first wrestler to be inducted into the WWF’s Hall of Fame—was coming into his own.
Interviewed on Lord Elevation, Ivan recalls doing battle with the man known as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
“André—seven feet tall, 550 pounds, size 26 shoe. I mean, the guy was intimidating. I was Continue reading →
Perhaps better than anyone in cyberspace, Audley Stephenson knows that basketball isn’t just a game, it’s a way of life. And each week on The NBA Breakdown, he and co-host Dave Mendonca, who broadcast from their hometown of Toronto, prove it by not only covering the latest news of the season, but how pro hoops impacts everything from entertainment to fashion to humor to politics. Recent guests have included former NBA all-stars like John Starks and Elvin Hayes, and current sportscasters like ESPN’s Dick Vitale and The Best Damn Sports Show‘s Chris Rose. But there’s also been Kid-N-Play’s Chris Reid and R&B chart-topper Montell Jordan, who’ve shared their recollections of hanging with the pros. There there’s Kevin Johnson, the onetime NBA point guard who went on to become the first African-American mayor of Sacramento, Calif. While we’d love to tell you more, the 24-second clock will be kicking in any moment now, so it’s time to pass the ball to Audley…
Audley: Consistently slam-dunks from north of the border.
Give us a 15-second pitch for your show—why should listeners tune in?
The NBA Breakdown is a fun, high-energy basketball talk show. Dave and I interview big guests while delivering even bigger laughs. That’s because we disagree most of the time, so our opposing viewpoints often lead to good-natured verbal brawls. But for mild and hardcore fans alike, this is hoops talk the way it should be.
Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?
(1) I got a job as an usher at the Air Canada Centre-home of the Toronto Raptors-just Continue reading →