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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 

MLB: Exhibition: NY Mets at Boston, 1:05 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Exhibition: Philadelphia at NY Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB)
NBA: Boston at Toronto, 8 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: San Antonio at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Edmonton at Washington, 7 p.m. (NHL)
College Hockey: Notre Dame at Boston University, 6 p.m. (NESN)
College Hockey: UMass-Lowell at Boston College, 8:30 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Central Michigan at Toledo, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oakland at Green Bay, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Siena at Monmouth, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Akron at Buffalo, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Dayton at Davidson, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball:Manhattan at Iona, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oregon State at California, 10 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Caitlyn Jenner spoke out against Donald Trump’s transgender bathroom rollback Thursday night, tweeting a video response in which she calls the policy “a disaster.”

She begins by addressing the transgender people in this country, to whom she said, “You’re winning.”

“I know it doesn’t feel like it today or every day, but you’re winning,” she said. “Very soon we will win full freedom nationwide and it’s going to be with bipartisan support.”

She also spoke to bullies of transgender people, calling them “sick.”

“Apparently, even becoming the attorney general isn’t enough to cure some people of their insecurities,” she said as a jab at United States attorney general Jeff Sessions.

Jenner concluded the video with a strong message to Trump: “From one Republican to another, this is a disaster. And you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.”

— Charles Oakley attended his first Knicks game since he was ejected from Madison Square Garden earlier this month, but this time as a guest of the opposing team.

Oakley sat next to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and watched his former team take on the Cavaliers in his native Cleveland. He was not rooting for one team in particular, but said he was rooting for the better team.

“I’m just taking it easy. I’m not worried about relationships,” he said. “I’m just taking it a day at a time.”

When asked when he might return to Madison Square Garden, he said, “I don’t know. I don’t know right now.”

“Things happen, and it’s over,” Oakley said. “As far as right now, just trying to just go forward.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I didn’t mean to do that to y’all,” — Isaiah Thomas, on the frenzy of confusion following his emoji tweets

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Mike Lowell (43), Bronson Arroyo (40)

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
The Lakers hired Magic Johnson this week to be their president of basketball operations. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Lakers hired Magic Johnson this week to be their president of basketball operations. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

ESPN host Dan Le Batard has flippantly accused others of racism throughout his career. Now the shoe is on the other foot, and it’s glorious.

On his radio show Thursday, Le Batard lambasted the Lakers for naming Magic Johnson president of basketball operations. In his opinion, Johnson doesn’t have the credentials for the job.

“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, because Magic Johnson is charming,” Le Batard said. “But Magic Johnson was given a late-night television show because he’s famous and charming. Failed in 11 shows. Magic Johnson was given a head coaching job of the Lakers because he’s famous and charming. Failed in 16 games. Magic Johnson, not interesting as a broadcaster, given broadcasting opportunity after broadcasting opportunity, because he’s famous and charming.

“And now, he gets to run the entire Lakers organization because he’s famous and charming. But he wasn’t good at any of those jobs I just mentioned, and he got all of those jobs, bypassing a whole lot of people who are more qualified, because he’s famous and charming.”

That’s a reasonable position for Le Batard to hold, considering Johnson doesn’t have any significant basketball front office experience. He’s a part of the Dodgers’ ownership group in MLB, but doesn’t appear to be involved in the day-to-day operations of the club.

Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, however, has a different view. He defended the Lakers’ decision to hire Magic Johnson, and condemned Le Batard for disparaging the NBA great.

“I can’t tolerate this dude! I can’t tolerate him saying these things about Magic Johnson because his facts are completely wrong!” he said. “He got a talk show coming out of the NBA because they were trying a late-night talk show with African-Americans, and he’s a guy in the city of LA who everyone liked. The talk show business is hard! How many people fail at it?”

Later in the segment, Keyshawn Johnson suggested Le Batard’s comments were racially motivated.

“I’m going to read between the lines, I’m going to read between the lines on this one,” he said. “To me, he saying because he’s a black dude, that’s the way I look at it.”

Keyshawn Johnson’s co-host, Jorge Sedano, who’s worked with Le Batard in Miami, tried to defend the ex-newspaper scribe. But then one of Magic Johnson’s former teammates, Mychal Thompson, called in and pushed back against Sedano.

“Sedano, you’re pissing me off. You gotta stop defending this Le Batard,” the ex-Lakers center said. “How dare he question Magic’s credentials and qualifications, when this man is a basketball genius. What does he want? … That ticked me off when I heard that, I’m with you, Key, that was some kind of veiled racist comment there.”

Le Batard didn’t only take a beating on Keyshawn Johnson’s radio show. “Pardon the Interruption” co-host Michael Wilbon sent out a series of tweets Thursday, accusing Le Batard of misrepresenting Magic Johnson’s post-career resume.

Since officially retiring from the NBA in 1996, Magic Johnson has taken part in a number of business ventures. His entertainment company, Magic Johnson Enterprises, has a net worth of $700 million. Magic Johnson did coach the Lakers at the end of the 1993-94 season, finishing with a 5-11 record.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Pete and Jerry are both huge Tom Brady fans, and Pete had the daylights scared out of him when he saw TB12's latest Instagram video where he goes off a ski jump and takes a tumble on the landing.

[0:00:04] ... that stuff but I'd just fire and I heard about the Brady ski jump I just saw it. What how is he thinking and I I would just a federal law embargo all except more or something June oh inducted into your doctor on board. But I don't think docked along board went overwrought what an eight foot jump in the middle of whatever he's Ortiz in probably Montana where did an interview I don't crazy. I just wanna take a second to thank my old employer the Commonwealth of Massachusetts the teaching me CPR. And oh by the way and the method we you don't have to go a mile the mile because I was able to revive the aft election led video. You you'll like you elect Alec Guinness in Star Wars one look at the weather and people and he put his descent of the bomb and and indexed rate ...
[0:04:09] ... you know stop happens but he seriously hurt himself. Over a stupid ski jump. Where he clearly took a bad fall and again it it's yeah he's kind of laughing about it makes fun of himself ...




Pete and Jerry Thornton are talking about the Celtics and decision to hold pat at the NBA trade deadline, with Danny Ainge saying they weren't really close to a deal in any of the talks they had leading up to the deadline.
Pete and Keefe are talking about the Celtics lack of moves at the NBA trade deadline, with Danny Ainge electing to keep the Brooklyn pick and players they currently have as opposed to making a move to push for a championship sooner rather than later.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the C's lack of moves at the NBA trade deadline and try and figure out why, and what is the next best opportunity for the Celts to make a move?
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the C's lack of moves at the NBA trade deadline and try and figure out why, and what is the next best opportunity for the Celts to make a move?
Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss the comments made by Dave Dombrowski on K&C this morning concerning John Farrell and his in-game management.

[0:06:44] ... around. Didn't think his interest in even if you if you hate John Farrell as a manager and you like you name your of your favorite guy. I don't know how this happens in baseball we just. We picked certain guys. We're good when you considered a good manager based on never lose. And when it Mike Scioscia never never lieutenant Goodman on I ten years but you know I think you can lose it I I think what happened ...
[0:09:08] ... it I guess that's different. But he was criticized. For making the World Series move in which they won the World Series so. I I I do as much as I jump on them. That is a drop the might moment for him to try cry I wanna World Series so he kind of you don't do what I did with the rob Chapman we want it. And they would want in ...
[0:10:10] ... oh so that was a mistake. And they wound up winning the World Series despite that mistake right and in both cases people so bringing up Joseph Maddon. He addressed it in the policies and heritage but people be doing the award to a people are saying yeah line a wide range right now. When I think of doing this for a long tirade after having. And and the closer to home example of that is Terry Francona. I mean we literally took phone calls from people saying the Red Sox won the World Series. Despite Terry Francona were about what the world saw what the World Series and preference that is why I won the World Series World Series with the old Foreman. I think about it all four of balls of all seasons yes say you you break that drought ...





Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss the comments made by Dave Dombrowski on K&C this morning concerning John Farrell and his in-game management.

[0:06:44] ... around. Didn't think his interest in even if you if you hate John Farrell as a manager and you like you name your of your favorite guy. I don't know how this happens in baseball we just. We picked certain guys. We're good when you considered a good manager based on never lose. And when it Mike Scioscia never never lieutenant Goodman on I ten years but you know I think you can lose it I I think what happened ...
[0:09:08] ... it I guess that's different. But he was criticized. For making the World Series move in which they won the World Series so. I I I do as much as I jump on them. That is a drop the might moment for him to try cry I wanna World Series so he kind of you don't do what I did with the rob Chapman we want it. And they would want in ...
[0:10:10] ... oh so that was a mistake. And they wound up winning the World Series despite that mistake right and in both cases people so bringing up Joseph Maddon. He addressed it in the policies and heritage but people be doing the award to a people are saying yeah line a wide range right now. When I think of doing this for a long tirade after having. And and the closer to home example of that is Terry Francona. I mean we literally took phone calls from people saying the Red Sox won the World Series. Despite Terry Francona were about what the world saw what the World Series and preference that is why I won the World Series World Series with the old Foreman. I think about it all four of balls of all seasons yes say you you break that drought ...





We close out the show with the best sound bites of the day.

[0:05:18] ... his first six years of head coaching. Yet five losing seasons before Tom Brady fell out of does that act as well and by the way in that year 2000 don't want. With Bill Belichick is the head coach you've fallen to all would to an idol series is on his staff were ready to put their house on the market. Because they all thought they were going to get fired up debate on five and eleven the preview I hear out of Paul Brown. Can you give me a code that actually warned in Cleveland. I don't care about that I don't care would you feel if he's an all time great coaching would've been better than he was in Cleveland. He's would've been better you know hey Tom Brady saved his job and turned around his career Baird and co Q. That all time great. And they called multiple plates. Okay ...
[0:06:26] ... I wanna give any answers about that a full round when Cleveland. Marty Schottenheimer got I thought OK well I days that we'll come on OK and then we'll longer the I was an event. Site ...
[0:11:32] ... show answering that. Answering a question. About having sex with her boyfriend. Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander. And beyond that message or hate. Okay. It which is your fiance prefer to get his head in the game. That before ...