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$245 million over the next bunch of years? Yeah, put him to work. So what do you brought him in there for? This isn't Drew Locke trying to win the damn game. At the same time, I filled you in that TJ Watt is not going to need surgery on his torn pec and that Dak Prescott. Jerry Jones says, I'm not putting him on injured reserve. That Dak Prescott, he might be able to return in four weeks. Well, he can return in four weeks. I still think he's in four weeks. I still think the Dallas Cowboys, they're going to return to the basement.
I have zero expectations for them to do a damn thing this year. Sorry, what else is new? We talked about how funny Jerry Jones sounds.
We talked about Mike Tomlin. And in my free time, when I can find some, I'm going to figure out and think about a way to put some of these hilarious voices into one cartoon. I'm going to try my best.
Stay tuned to see if I can do it. I got to tell you as well, later on this hour, we're going to be joined by an NBA. Well, he's not in NBA. He is the reigning defensive player of the year. His name is Marcus Smart.
He is the first man to win defensive player of the year at the guard position since some guy named Gary Payton, the glove did it more than 20 years ago. And so Marcus Smart is going to join us in about, I don't know, about 40 minutes, we'll have Marcus Smart on and you're going to blink. The NFL season came back rather quickly. NBA teams will be back in training camp in a couple of weeks. The season is going to start in about a month's time. And so I'm going to ask Marcus about the Celtics, some of their some of their new additions, Malcolm Brogdon is on the squad. And then he's also working on something amazing for the community. And so Marcus Smart is going to join us later on in the show.
And that should be fun. Unfortunately, that's not the only news in the NBA that has come down the pipe that I have to share with you. It was a little bit of a shock or a surprise today. Well, maybe not so much to learn that the NBA is punishing another owner, the last owner to get a major punishment in the NBA. You don't have to look any further than Donald Sterling in 2014. Adam Silver just became the commissioner, he just took over for David Stern. And he had a crisis on his hands right in front of him. Donald Sterling, who formerly owned the Clippers.
Hey, Shep, what would I call Donald? Was that his mistress? That was his mistress, right? Yes, she wasn't in it for love. Yes, she wasn't in it for love. She found an old guy in his 80s.
And she must have been in her 20s. And what was she looking for Shep? She wanted a hug. She just wanted a hug. Yeah, let's go with that. Yeah, she just wanted a hug.
I'm hoping he would pass. No. Well, that's my guess. Well, he was married.
I understand that, but... He's still married, I believe. Well, anyway, Donald Sterling was hanging out with a young woman, who wasn't his wife.
I'll allow you to draw conclusions. Well, she happened to record him. And some of the things he said, well, not some of the things, a lot of the things he said were racist about his own players and his positions and how he put them into spots. And it, it basically got him a lifetime ban from the NBA in 2014. He was forced to sell the team to their new owner, Steve Ballmer of Microsoft fame.
And we see Steve Ballmer sitting behind the basket, losing his mind. I don't know at what, because none of his stars ever play, but Steve Ballmer owns the team and Donald Sterling got a lifetime ban. And I guess it's not too bad when you get the boot and you make $2 billion as a result.
That's a hell of a punishment, right? Not too bad for Mr. Donald Sterling, who, by the way, is currently 88 years old. And so Donald Sterling was the last guy to get a punishment, a major one, until today. The NBA, we found out, has fined son's owner, Robert Sarver, $10 million because he violated workplace standards. And I know that is a very blanket statement.
And if you allow me a few seconds, I will detail to you what that means. Not only was he fined $10 million for violating workplace standards, he's also been banned from his own team for an entire year. Yes, we know the Phoenix Suns, not this past season, but the year prior last year, this was a squad that was in the NBA finals. And they didn't necessarily live up to expectations this past season due to injuries, but this isn't some bottom dwelling franchise. There's still an expectation that they'll come back with an older Chris Paul and a more established Devin Booker and Aiten getting paid and still bridges their Booker, et cetera, that they're going to compete in the Western Conference.
But Robert Sarver will not be able to participate and stick around. And if you want to know what violating workplace standards are, yes, there are many areas where he was pretty much a complete jackass. Here's the deal. ESPN published a story back in November of last year, and it pretty much detailed allegations of Robert Sarver just helping to foster an environment of misogyny and racism and bullying in the organization, where he, as the owner, was pretty much the ringleader. And some of these accusations, which were levied on him, they were investigated by the NBA for the past year. The NBA hired a law firm to go ahead and investigate these claims, and they pretty much check a lot, a lot of boxes. What did Robert Sarver do?
How about we start here? This man had no problem and no issue with repeating the N-word. He wanted to tell stories, and he wanted to say, and there were multiple instances where he said this and admitted it.
How about one instance? Robert Sarver was in the recruitment stage with a free agent, and he was recalling a story with a black player. They're trying to recruit a black player, and he used the N-word. Everybody kind of told him, hey man, you can't say that. There was another instance where Robert Sarver was mad. He was upset that a player on the Warriors didn't get a technical foul for using the N-word. And so Robert Sarver, he went on a fit following a game using that. And they told him, hey man, you can't say that.
Stop it. There was another instance where the family of a player was on the team playing, and he repeated that, where they're like, hey, you can't say that. And so not only did he say that word, there were also instances where he would talk about the appearance of women in the workplace. There was one point in time where at his business, he encouraged the women to have all women meetings so all of the women could pretty much just try to understand his expectations of him, or of them, I should say. They said he bullied, he insulted, he made crass and crude jokes of a sexual nature. He said one of the female employees would no longer be able to do her job competently because A, she was a woman and she was pregnant. So he sounds like a caveman jackass to me.
Is there a combination of the two where you can, you know, just combine them? The answer is yes. And so after a full investigation, after hundreds of interviews, after going through messages and emails, the law firm that the NBA hired pretty much said that, yeah, this man fostered an environment unbecoming of A, a professional and environment, but be anything. Like it's not okay to say these things and do these things.
It doesn't matter if it's 2022, no matter if we go back into 1950. And so Robert Sarver, he's been fined $10 million. He has to go through counseling and classes, et cetera. The organization is going to be watched by the NBA for the foreseeable future here. The money, the $10 million fine is going to go to organizations that help battle misogyny, battle racism. And there are a lot of folks who say, and folks who were interviewed and also fired, no longer part of the organization. They can't believe that Robert Sarver is being allowed to keep the team. But what's the difference between this and Donald Sterling? Well, Donald Sterling was much more direct in how he wanted to refer to his own players. Robert Sarver, that doesn't appear to be evidence of him being direct or being directly insulting to his players or anyone in general, he's just being a jackass. He's being ignorant. He's being an ass.
And I can tack on some other words there, but I think you get my, I think you get what I'm saying. And if you want to know what type of person he is, there's no better indicator of this than the additional report that he was not in favor. And he was not happy with the fact that he was being fined $10 million. He was not happy with the fact that he will be suspended from his own franchise. He can't go to and attend team meetings. He can't attend league meetings. He can't go into the building. He can't go to the practice facility. He's gone.
Now, is that going to be accurate? Is he not going to, I don't know, hit up James Jones and ask him what's going on with his team? Is he not going to participate in the game?
Is he not going to participate in any way, shape or form in the organization? Come on. There's always workarounds. This is similar to the NBA trying to fine guys for tampering.
There's no way around it. You can't make Robert Sarver just disappear off the face of the earth. And when it comes down to billionaires and people who have this much money, what's the real punishment? If Robert Sarver was forced to sell the sons, what is he supposed to do, sell them and walk away with how much? Two, three billion dollars?
That's a hell of a punishment now, is it? Robert Sarver bought the sons in 2004 from the Colangelo's. He paid, at that time, $400 million. The Phoenix Suns right now are worth multitudes of that, billions of dollars. And Robert Sarver, he knows about money.
No surprise here. His dad was a banker. He was a hotel developer. Robert Sarver got into banking.
Got into banking. Then he got into real estate. It'd be a hell of a punishment if he was forced to sell the team now, wouldn't it? And of course, we got a billionaire crying about being fined $10 million and being told to go away for a year. Must be a terrible life to have billions of dollars. And hey, just, just go away.
You can't babysit your toy for a year. What a harsh punishment. I'd take his billions of dollars and be told to take a hike. Sign me up. I don't need to watch a season of Chris Paul taking $40 million from me and then falling apart at the end of the season because he's old and broken.
No, thank you. That's besides the point. I take no issue with the punishment that Robert Sarver received. Because in reality, you make that much money, it ain't that big of a punishment. Ask Donald Sterling. He's about 90 years old at this point. He's a billionaire.
What was the punishment? That he doesn't have a plaything? He doesn't have a play toy with the Clippers? I think he's doing just fine in his old age, all things considered. Here's the difference. Robert Sarver is guilty of being an ass, a jerk, being bold, being a bully, utilizing his money and his position to beat up on folks. Sounds like someone like Daniel Snyder, who in a different space just has kind of ignored every single detail of his life. Has kind of ignored every single detail or situation having a deal with just being a quality human being.
You know, not objectifying women, actually being considerate to the people who pay tickets to see you. But this is nothing new. People have been utilizing their money and their influence and their power to do these things forever. And if you think Robert Sarver is the first person to be a bully, if you think Robert Sarver is the first or last person to, you know, use the N-word in front of people or not in front of folks, then man, you must be living in utopia. If the NBA found any reason that he was a full-blown racist and not just a jackass, he would have been gone. And so is he going to learn a lesson?
Probably not, but this is what it boils down to in sports. He is not ruining the money enough to give him the boot. This is a slap on the wrist for a billionaire who happens to be a petulant child and ultimately a bully.
Maybe if he had to work a day in his life, he'd view life a little bit differently. And so I take no issue with the punishment handed down by Adam Silver. But I'll tell you this, Adam Silver, he's still the best commissioner in sports.
Ain't nobody going to bat 1,000. And the punishment handed down to Robert Sarver, it's a warning shot. It really is. And can we really be surprised? We can go through the Sarvers of the world.
We can go look at the Stirlings. We can look at other owners behaving badly. Hi, Robert Kraft.
And we can look at what billions of dollars, what they do for you, especially when you're part of the club. Other owners are typically not going to punish other owners because we got a lot of owners who are doing dirt and they don't want things exposed. Robert Sarver, he got caught. It's the Jarrah sport re-show here with you on CBS Sports Radio 8 5 5 2 1 2 4 CBS. That's 8 5 5 2 1 2 4 CBS. We talk about punishments coming all the time for players and not being on par with owners. Well, Anthony Antman Edwards, he got into some trouble himself over the weekend.
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It's 2022. Marcus Smart, your Navy Federal Credit player of the week. He's gonna join us in about 15 minutes from now. Right before we went to break, I told you about Robert Sarver who happens to be the owner of the Phoenix Suns. He was fined 10 million dollars. He's been suspended. He's gonna be forced to stay away from his own team in every capacity for the next year because of just a litany of workplace issues. Anything that you could think of that a boss would be awful at at work, he did it. Mistreatment of women, making people uncomfortable, bullying, crass and crude jokes. He had no problem and no issue with utilizing language that most would find to be inappropriate or repeating the n-word when multiple staffers and players have told him, hey man, you need to stop, you need to chill, you need to relax and he did these things anyway. And now he's being punished and reports say that he wasn't happy and didn't agree with his 10 million dollar fine and being banned for a year.
Well, just some rich kid is gonna find anything wrong with everything. Poor me. Woe is me. Let's see if he actually comes back a year from now and happens to be contrite or maybe even better. Let's see if he comes back and is a better man. Will, he's calling from Boston. He's on CBS Sports Radio. Hey, JR, thanks for having me.
I listen to your monologue and, you know, it just brought a lot of light to just the good versus bad people and, you know, sovereigns grew up in a bubble exactly like you were talking about. He's never had to been against it like the rest of us out here having a hostile day today and he became very ignorant. Has nothing to do with the color of his skin, has everything to do with his personal ignorance and I appreciate you being honest and rabid. My guy is about to come on here and he's done nothing but hustle from forever.
He wears number 36 just like Danny Moore down in South Boston, just hustling forever, throwing out of middle school. I don't mean to digress, but good people are good people and bad people need to lose their job. Yeah, well it's a it's a tough thing to do when you got billions of dollars. Is there losing of a job when you are the when you're the boss? Is there is there a losing of the job?
Like what are you going to do? The most you and this would happen to this would have to be a change in the bylaws of all of these organizations, whether it be the NFL or Major League Baseball, the NFL, NBA, NHL, etc, etc. Like if you behave badly that you can you can lose your investment. It should change, it really should, but there's really going to have to be a change. It's unfortunate.
Bad things have to happen for real change to take place. That is the worst thing and it shouldn't be that way. It really shouldn't, but why should someone behaving badly, quote unquote, be punished and only get a slap on the wrist? Like come on now, I don't care how old Donald Sterling was, he's 88 now, eight years, he was 80 years old when he had to sell his team for two billion dollars.
What did that hurt beside his ego and his pride? I mean I think most of us here, oh I'd be thrilled to be punished and make make two billion dollars. And oh yeah, by the way, he sued the NBA and they came to an agreement with a settlement like like Donald Sterling needed more money. That's just how one portion of the world, one small portion of the world operates. But things do need to change. If you're going to be a Robert Sarver or you're going to be a Donald Sterling or I can go on down the line, if you're going to be a Daniel Snyder, if you behave in this type of way, you should be able to keep your franchise.
Yeah this is a this is a different era now. Now you got to pay billions to buy a team. These guys bought teams. Sarver bought the Suns in 2004. Snyder has had his team for about 20 years now.
We can go on down the line. Sterling owned the Clippers for the better part of 30 years. Like they bought these teams for hundreds of millions of dollars and now here 20 and 30 years later they're able to flip them for billions. It shouldn't be the case.
If you're going to be this awful of a human being, if you're going to be this awful of a jerk, you're going to be this trash. It's real simple. You should lose your investment. You should get the boot and you should lose your money. I think that is definitely going to change the approach of most owners. They're no different than players. The players make millions of dollars and if they screw up, they can lose it all.
They can be fined but they don't have no golden parachute to the amount of billions of dollars. It doesn't work that way. Here over the weekend we had Anthony Edwards. This man is a star in the NBA. He might be on his way to superstardom and for whatever reason still at 21 years old, he's still learning that maybe you shouldn't put everything on social media. This man put a video up on his Instagram story.
He saw a bunch of men happen to be standing around without their shirts on. He said, oh man it's so sad we got a bunch of fill in the blank and he called them a derogatory term and he's just, he put it online. He insinuated that these guys were gay but he decided to use a slur and he wanted to put it online. He thought it was a joke and of course he got eviscerated for it and then he apologized. I was immature, hurtful, disrespectful and incredibly sorry. It's unacceptable for me or anyone to use that language in such a hurtful way. There's no excuse for it at all.
I was raised better than that. The Wolves agreed and he's probably going to be fined $50,000 or so, maybe a little bit more. It's a wild world but we get punished.
Billionaires, can they get punished? It's a tough one. It's the JR Sport Brief Show here with you on CBS Sports Radio. We're going to take a break and when we come back we're going to have a conversation with the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Boston Celtics Marcus Smart. You're listening to the JR Sport Brief on CBS Sports Radio. You're listening to the JR Sport Brief on CBS Sports Radio. It's the JR Sport Brief Show right here with you on CBS Sports Radio. Yeah, the NFL season is underway but we are going to blink and we will be right back to NBA Basketball. Plenty still going on in the world right now and we are being joined by right now, this minute, this second, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.
He's a former Oklahoma State Cowboy. He is a Boston South against my main man, Marcus Smart. Marcus, how you doing bro? Good man. Thanks for having me. Thanks for having me.
No doubt about it. I know you were a different type of cowboy in college man and I know you're a fan of the Cowboys coming out the Metroplex. First question, can you play quarterback because I think Jerry might need one man. Oh man, don't give me story but yeah man, I played football before I ever played basketball so that was my, that was my niche at first.
I played quarterback a little bit but Warren Seba was my, my main position for me. Well Jerry needs one of those two. What do you think, what do you think those Cowboys are going to look like for the rest of the year man? Not looking too good. Listen, unfortunately for us man, the Cowboys have been the Cowboys for, since I've been, I'm 28 so for my 28 years ain't nothing changed. They do real good and then it's time where it really matters and unfortunately we, we at home watching everybody else again so we'll see.
My, my expectations aren't high so whatever they do over those expectations is a punishment. Marcus Smart is here with us. Man, we know we're getting ready for a new season in the NBA. We saw what the Celtics did.
You won defensive player of the year. Y'all went to the NBA finals. We're coming into a new season.
It seems like we snapped our fingers and boom, we're already here. What is that experience? What can you and the rest of the squad take from that experience last year into this coming season? I think we can take from that is mentally draining, how mentally draining it is. You know what I'm saying?
Especially when you've never been there and that's your first time. You know the Warriors, they've been there multiple times so they, they understood what mentally it was going to take physically and everything and they were prepared a little more experienced than us. So first we definitely were able to take that mentally, that mentality that you know the farther you go, mentally the things that get harder just as much as they do physically and you have to learn to, to be able to play through that mental fatigue and you know we had a lot of young guys and we were learning that and I think that's something that it's definitely going to help us with next season. Well Malcolm, you talk about the even the change last season. You talked about more of the team ball starting in November.
We saw how your started off in New Year all the way into the finals. Now you add someone like Malcolm Brogdon who was very complimentary of you, your IQ and how you play. What do you have to say to an addition like him and what he can bring to the team?
Man, I've been telling everybody who's asked me that question, I can't tell you how I should actually run like. I know we didn't really get to see as much of Malcolm because he was hurt last recently so but before he was hurt, we understand you know he was an all-star dude doing his thing and you know we know his game and it fits very well and I think it just complements not only me, the team and the brand of basketball that we want to play here at Boston and the Celtics because he has a great IQ. He understands how, how to not only get himself going but his teammates going and he's a good defender so you know what I'm saying. So to add that along with a great defense team that we already have and another bigger body and another guy whose IQ is just as high as mine and other guys on the team, it generally makes us more dangerous. Marcus Smart is here with us, reigning defensive player of the year in the NBA.
Man, I know you even stopped a workout earlier so we can go ahead and have this chat. What are you adding to your game? You're not the same player as when you came in.
What have you been working on this summer? What have you seen from any of the other players on the team as well? Definitely, you know each and every year you know you got to get better. You know for me that I took a big leap last year in that point guard role you know demanding the team and running my team but you know just even more crisper for me you know for me really being able to to just shoot the ball like I know I can and my teammates need me to to help you know guys like Jalen and Jason and just really continue to to hone up on my skills of being that leader on the court and you know really just becoming more of a threat for my teammates and I think we all been doing that. You know we know Jason is a great scorer but he's also been working on you know facilitating taking his time and finding spots where to score and also you know working on getting everybody else involved as well so we've all been working on things that we think we should work on but things that we are great and just continue to hone those things and bring it all together, mesh it all up and see what we get. Marcus you talk about being a more polished point guard when you won defensive player of the year one of my favorite folks and a real nice guy he's a funny guy too he would rip the hell out of you GP Gary Payton man he connected you with with that award. A, were you shocked that you received it we're used to seeing big men get the defensive player of the year award and what was the first thing GP told you?
Oh man yeah I was I'm not gonna lie I didn't think it happened you know I'm saying uh rightfully so bigs you know they do a lot um but and also it's just it's we didn't really have as guards a way of uh showing our contributions and how much we contribute to that end there was no stats to really determine that force you know you got blocks or rebounds well bigs do most of that but people don't realize as a guard in order for the big to get the shot you gotta make you the guy who's shooting the miss and that's on us as guards you know we gotta chase Steph off the screen to make sure you miss a three and then chase him down and funnel into our bigs so it's like we do a lot that doesn't get uh talked about nor does it get um um fairly I guess assessed to be able to give us the war so I was very surprised um with that and like I said so bigs do so much and then not only that to have GP the man himself the glove the legend the last guard to do it hand me the war himself was in itself just I couldn't I couldn't even ponder it you know I've been knowing PG for a while uh GP for a while you know just talking to him when I used to talk to him growing up when he see me and when he gave me that award he was just like you finally did it like finally you finally up here with me you finally got one um keep going so you know that meant a lot especially when you tip your hat and that's where you put your hat is on that defensive end to get that recognition Marcus smartens here with us the JR sport re-show CBS sports radio yeah man uh GP is the best the last dude to win it this is almost 20 plus years ago as a guard just never talk to GP about those Niners the conversation is never gonna go positive don't do it don't do it deal got it you know that and Marcus we talk about GP one of the greatest point guards ever just your style of play your tenacity and this is something amazing that you're doing right now one of the key reasons that you play ball the way that you do is because of your family and you're working on a great cause to spread awareness right now with be the match and also for Affleck explain to the folks why you play ball so hard and what your connection would be the matches explain after the people listening right now well definitely so I'm the youngest of four boys so if you got siblings you know and especially if you're the youngest you know what that means you know you got to fight you got to scratch and you got to claw your way for whatever you want in the house well I got three of them so I'm fighting not one but two three four at a time so when I come on the court you know what I'm saying for me is if I can fight my brothers who 20 years to 30 years older than me every day on this court off the court then there's nobody on the court that steps in front of me that I can't fake and so that's how I go about it my mom and as she's the most strongest of it all to have four boys and still demand that respect and you know I'm saying as a mother that's that right there that takes more than anything so you know I'm saying it wasn't like I was getting baby from her because she couldn't do that she had three other boys she didn't know what baby it was so it was all tough love so when you get on the court you're saying that comes out you know everything you you work for your family and then on top of that I've also you know dealing with I lost my mom four years ago to cancer bone marrow to be exact and I lost my brother a while back about 14 to 15 years ago to lung cancer and so being able to partner with Aflac and be the match to be able to help bring awareness to cancer and sickle cell and other obviously blood related diseases is something that has hit home for me personally and it's I think something that it goes hand in hand with me and the way that Aflac continues to you know to keep that that I'm sorry I'm blanking out but to really you know close the gap I'm sorry that is to really close that gap you know in the fight the fight of you know helping find the cure and the way that they continue to go and not give up is exactly how I play on the court no matter what the odds are against me I'm going to continue to fight and I'll continue to find a solution. Marcus Smart is here with us the JR sport re-show CBS sports radio I encourage everyone to go ahead and check out be the match and we know when it comes down to sickle cell and even blood disorders and diseases and cancers unfortunately these these things disproportionately affect African Americans I think it's a matter of one and 365 of Black Americans will be affected by it by such man talk about the importance of just some of the health inequities that we see we know we used to toughen it out and it's just like hey this is a little bit of pain or this is just a minor thing and you keep going until you find out it's something larger talk about the importance of just getting checked out man. Yeah it's huge with the technology we have now we can catch a lot of things earlier than we used to which obviously you know helps the eyes but definitely the odds are very slim when it comes to the funding so you know and when people don't really know and understand you know very educated about something such as sickle cells then it makes it less more informal for them to know and to want to help or to want to go say you know what what can I do to change and help the change come such as being able to go and be a donor and join up and swab your cheek and join the registry to be able to have options for you know kids and people who are dealing with this disorder to have donors and to be able to find a match and so it's it's tough but I definitely would have to say there's no need for us to fight for us to fight it out anymore there's no need for us to tough it out you know what I'm saying do your research if you don't know ask ask questions go get checked up find out how you can go get checked up because you never know by you doing that you're saving a life and you don't know how many lives you possibly could save. Absolutely Marcus Smart joining us the Gerald Sport Reshow CBS Sports Radio as we wrap things up that's for our own health I think it's also important for health care providers to doctors and nurses to also be open-minded that people come from different backgrounds they're from different places we got a lot of people who listen working in the hospitals working in the field sending the patients what message would you share to health care providers about being open-minded and also listening to people from different backgrounds regardless of where they're from.
I just have to say that everybody deserves to have a chance to to have a cure you know and I think that that right there enough that everybody has deserves a chance to be able to have a chance to find a cure no matter what color you are no matter where you come from financially no matter what part of the country you come from everybody deserves to be able to have an opportunity to have a cure and to have a fighting change. I appreciate that Marcus talk to the Celtic fans out here everybody with that green and with that white are we expecting another run to the finals I mean it's going to be tough in the east man what you got to say to the folks? It's definitely going to be tough in the east but you know what I'm saying we're the boss of substance green runs deep that's what we do we definitely expecting another run but we ain't expecting it to be easy we know what we're up against but we're ready for. I can dig it Marcus I encourage everyone one more time to check out Be The Match where can they keep up with you mr defensive player of the year? Oh man you can keep up with me on instagram young game changer twitter everything just if you see me out because I'm out in the city I do a lot in the city so if you see me out say what's up show love find me at the garden you already know I'm there just everywhere man you can find me wherever really so if you see me you want to hit me young game changer on instagram hit me up. Props to Marcus Smart for everything that he's doing on the basketball court and also in the community making sure that you know you can use your profile to help other people and make their lives a little bit easier it's the JR Sport Reshow here with you on CBS Sports Radio we are going to take a break and when we come back we're going to get to some more basketball
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