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November 2, 2022 1:59 am

11.1.22 - JR SportBrief Hour 4

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November 2, 2022 1:59 am

JR explains why Ime Udoka makes sense for the Nets as their next Head Coach. JR also has some very special guests to end the show!

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It's been a busy night. We've done a lot of talking about people who are on the up and up, and then you got people who are on the down. NFL trade deadline. Some teams are good, some teams are bad. We got the Brooklyn Nets. I guess they thought that they would go up by getting rid of Steve Nash. It's only one game, but they lose to the Bulls tonight.

Ime Udoka expected to take over as head coach for the Brooklyn Nets. We'll talk about that momentarily. The World Series.

How about this? The Phillies. They hit five home runs tonight.

They eviscerate. The Houston Astros, the final score, seven to nothing. Bryce Harper got things going in the first two-run bomb. This is what that sounded like, courtesy of the Phillies Radio Network. The pitch swung on, hit the right field, and the Phillies are going to lead it.

Yeah, they are. Bryce Harper has put the Phillies on top with a two-run home run over the out-of-town scoreboard. Simply amazing. Harper here at home has hovered on back-to-back swings. Bryce Harper right now playing out of his mind. They have a chance on Wednesday night to go up 3-1 in the World Series against these Astros. And we know Bryce Harper, he has a lot to prove.

The Nationals win the World Series when he leaves, and he's trying to pick one up himself right now, playing out of his mind. He talked after the game to Fox Sports, and he said this is what makes Phillies so special. It's our fan base.

I mean, plain and simple. I mean, they keep us going, keep us fired up. You know, when we were able to come out in the field today, they were all here ready to go, and they believe in us, and we believe in them, so it's been great. Bryce, 20 batters came to the plate against Lance McCullers Jr., five hit home runs. Did this team as a group see something in Lance McCullers to take advantage of his pitches? I just thought we had a great approach, you know, we talked about it before the game, just trying to get on him early, trying to get on him often, and, you know, he's really good. He's a really good postseason pitcher as well, and that's a really good team over there, so we had to jump on him early, and, you know, we got to keep it going the next two days and do our job and hopefully end it here at home.

Listen, Lance McCullers, this man gave up five home runs. He got smacked. He got beat up. I know I said Steve Nash is probably somewhere having a drink right now, and he should.

Lance McCullers is probably having one himself. He talked after that beat down, and he says, yeah, I got beat down. I got beat up. I got beat sideways.

This is what he said. I got beat, man, you know. They had a lot of solid pitches, I thought, but, you know, at the end of the day, you know, we got beat pretty bad, and I got beat up pretty bad. Obviously, I wanted to pitch well and pitch much better than I did, but at the end of the day, you know, all I can do at this point is get ready to go for a potential games ever. Nothing expected from these Phillies. Nothing.

They were down in the dumps. They got rid of Joe Girardi, who seemingly just drives everybody nuts. Rob Thompson, former bench coach with him, with the Yankees as well, he gets the job.

He now also has an extension, and, yes, the series is not done. They can go up 3-1 tomorrow, but there's still a chance that Houston comes back and they tie things up, but the fans in Philadelphia have been going nuts, and they will be ready. They hope that they go up 3-1 tomorrow.

New manager, newly extended manager Rob Thompson. This is what he had to say about the Philly fans. What did you think of the atmosphere tonight from the fans? They're like the Eagles.

They get better every game. It was really something. Yeah, it was really good. Well, that's some nice... Hey, Chef, that's some nice pandering, right? Yes. You might as well.

Go ahead and pander. 8-5-5, 2-1-2, 4 CBS. That's 8-5-5, 2-1-2, 4 CBS.

Congratulations. Somebody's going to win the World Series, and, yes, things have been pushed back a day due to the rain yesterday in Philadelphia, but the Phillies win tonight 7-0, hitting 5 home runs. They're currently in the lead to win the World Series.

Let's see if they can hold on and do it. A team that had high expectations to also win a championship is the Brooklyn Nets, and they look like a dumpster fire on the corner of a flatbush in Atlantic, and that's the intersection. That is the street where the Barclays Center lays. That's the home of the Brooklyn Nets, and so we know they got rid of Steve Nash.

He's gone. We know that the coaches is the one, or typically, they are the ones who go first, and this has just been a sad, sad story and situation. In Brooklyn, this was supposed to be an easy job for Steve Nash. Coming on two years ago to coach Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, and it ain't work out that way. Kyrie Irving with his many issues, Durant with his injuries, Kyrie with his injury in the playoffs, Durant foot on a three-point line, keeping them out of potentially the East Finals, maybe the NBA Finals. Kyrie not wanting to get the shot. Kyrie going on vacation, Harden being traded, and then him quitting because of Kyrie, and Ben Simmons comes in. He's hurt. This is why, and I can go on and on.

It doesn't even get into last weekend, which I'm sure was the last straw. I'm sure the last thing Steve Nash wanted to do as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets was talk about Kyrie Irving and his social media comments. Good for him.

I hope he's having a drink somewhere right now. Sean Marks, general manager of the Brooklyn Nets. This is what he had to say about firing. Steve Nash, if you want to call it a firing, and what he's looking for in a new head coach.

I don't know that it fixes everything. You know, I have no idea. I mean, I think what you're looking for is a leader. We're looking for that for our group. We're looking for somebody to have poise, charisma, accountability. We're not playing.

Up to our expectations of where we should be. So you hope this new coach can come in here and put this group in the best possible place to succeed. Did he just describe Ime Udoka? He also said that we haven't finalized a coach that we're still looking.

It's been reported that it will be Ime Udoka, that they're finalizing his deal, and that the Boston Celtics are basically going to say, all right, bye, we had you up in the cobwebs anyway, go do what you want. Yeah, this is the same Ime Udoka who earlier on in the off season, we found out that he was suspended for having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. And so I guess going to a new team, he doesn't have the same type of people to sleep around with. I guess he has a new field.

And I got to be honest, doesn't bother me. He's been punished, he's been suspended, he's been put on the bench, and it's not a surprise. He was on the bench with Steve Nash as an assistant with the Brooklyn Nets.

He's familiar with these guys. He was also on the bench in Philadelphia when Ben Simmons was there. And sure, when Ime Udoka played for the Spurs, he didn't get a lot of burn, he didn't get a lot of playing time, but he was also there at the same time as Sean Marks, when Sean Marks also played.

And so there are a lot of relationships that currently exist already with Udoka. This is just a hell of a way to go from one situation where he looks banished into basketball purgatory, and now he has a chance to coach the Brooklyn Nets. Is it going to make a difference? I think it would. On basketball terms, I think it would. I think he's going to be a pain in the ass as a coach. I think he's going to demand that his guys play defense. But we know the Brooklyn Nets, a lot of their issues, don't just take place on the basketball court.

We can look at their lack of defense. We can look at trying to fit Ben Simmons into the fold who, by the way, did not play in their loss tonight against the Chicago Bulls because of his sore knee. I guess everything will be sore for the next million years.

His head, his brain, his back, his knees. When is Ben Simmons going to play ball? Is Kyrie Irving going to stay healthy? Kevin Durant is... So there are enough questions when you think about the Brooklyn Nets. I have no issue with them bringing in Eme Udoka.

He's been dragged through the mud. I think after a while, people will forget about it unless he sucks. And I think the Brooklyn Nets, what's more likely to happen? Them go on a championship run?

Or them have another disaster coming up? And so bringing in Eme Udoka is kind of a last-ditch effort to try to maximize the talent and the opportunity that the Nets have. Kyrie Irving is a talented basketball player. He's a pain in the ass.

He comes with tons of baggage. But when he plays, except for tonight where he's stunk, we know he's good. Kevin Durant is automatic. You don't know what you have in Ben Simmons.

You want to continue to develop that. Who the hell else would the Brooklyn Nets be able to bring on? This might be kind of the end of the rope. Steve Nash is gone.

Eme Udoka is likely to come in. What happens next? Does the ship get righted? Or does Durant eventually say, please, try again, get me out of here? Does Kyrie Irving open up his phone again and just tweet, God knows what?

Or does he decide to just willingly go on vacation? And Ben Simmons, that man is nothing but a question mark in and of himself. I like this move for the Brooklyn Nets to bring in Eme Udoka. Is it going to make a difference? I'm not sure. The question marks still exist for reasons that have nothing, nothing to do with basketball. How about this reason? This is what the team thought of itself. This is probably what they still think.

Maybe not. This was two years ago when Steve Nash was hired with Kyrie and Durant on the Etc podcast. We don't need somebody to come in and put their coaching philosophy on everything that we're doing and change up the wheel. And, yo, you guys need to start doing this. And we start running on the first day of practice. It's just like, no, I don't really see us having a head coach.

You know what I mean? Like, I, KD could be a head coach. I could be a head coach. Jacques Vaughn could do it one day. It could be, it can be, it's a collaborative effort, I think, on our part. Now, they tried to clean that up almost days after that aired two years ago.

I'm sure that their position changed, right? Right? It's the JR Sport Reshow here with you on CBS Sports Radio. Phone lines are open. That's 855-212-4CBS.

That's 855-212-4CBS. It's not official yet. But Ime Udoka is expected to be the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Is this a good move? Is this going to move the Brooklyn Nets in a positive direction now that Steve Nash is gone? I'm going to take your calls on the other side. It's the JR Sport Reshow on CBS Sports Radio.

I don't know that it fixes everything. You know, I have no idea. You're listening to the JR Sport Brief on CBS Sports Radio. You're listening to the JR Sport Brief on CBS Sports Radio. Best sports show in the country, my friend JR. Always a pleasure to talk to you, brother. Call in now at 855-212-4CBS. That's right. It's the JR Sport Brief show here with you on CBS Sports Radio.

855-212-4CBS. We know Steve Nash is no longer the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Didn't make too much of a difference tonight as they lose to the Chicago Bulls as Jock Vaughn, former point guard in the NBA, he holds down the fort. Zach Levine went out there and dropped like 20 points in the fourth quarter and defense is still an issue. Levine reported that Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics still, even though he's suspended, that he's going to be the next head coach as soon as maybe Wednesday announcement might come that he takes over for the Brooklyn Nets.

And there's a relationship there. He was on the staff of Steve Nash. There was a point in time where he was also on the Sixers staff when Ben Simmons was there. He was a former player for the San Antonio Spurs when Sean Marks, the current GM of the Nets, was also on the Spurs. So it makes sense. I think this is the best move for the Brooklyn Nets if they are going to move forward.

It's a last ditch effort. I think he can get something out of the Brooklyn Nets based on what we saw with the Celtics. I just think the Nets are still too much of a head case. We don't need somebody to come in and put their coaching philosophy on everything that we're doing.

Yeah, two years ago. And if you're kind of re-irving, does it sound like any of his positions have changed? I think they've got too much going on outside of basketball.

If you ask me, hey, Brooklyn Nets championship or Brooklyn Nets meltdown with Eme Udoka, I think they'll improve, but I think ultimately a meltdown is still coming. What say you? 855-2124CBS. Robert is here from Charlotte. Go ahead, Robert. You're on the JR Sport Reef Show. What's going on, JR?

What's up? Well, you know, they need to be coached. I mean, clearly they need somebody to rein them in because right now it's just a dump to the fire. And I thought it was funny when they said that they were going to hire them and they said, well, the Nets have done their due diligence. I mean, is there any more diligence to be done on this guy?

I mean, really? Obviously he can coach. I mean, his personal life is a dump to the fire, but he can coach.

And I'm sure they're hoping that he can come in and do the same thing for them as they did for Tatum or Brown, which I think they can. I mean, the Nets are just a rudderless ship, don't you think? Well, yeah, I just told you I'm waiting for the next disaster to take place. And if we're honest, there are a lot of people whose personal lives are dumpster fires.

There are a lot of people who don't let their personal lives have an effect on what they do professionally. Tom Brady, obviously, right now in the spotlight, having to deal with his own divorce and announcing it and playing for a team that's not good right now at this moment. Emei Udoka coming on to join the Brooklyn Nets. I don't think anybody's going to care. I saw a tweet. I actually saw a message. It was a joke. But it pretty much stated, hey, Brooklyn Nets executives are just like, hey, he didn't sleep with my wife. That's the approach.

What happened in Boston happened in Boston, and they would hope that he doesn't bring it to Brooklyn. 855-212-4CBS. Dave is calling from Georgia. Dave, I'm good.

Dave, you're live. I think you've got it right in Emei Udoka's probably the best hire. I've got two problems, though, with the hire. Number one, the general manager stating that he doesn't have a clue on whether this is going to solve the problem or not, the guy gets paid millions of dollars to put this team together and to have a proper person coach it, and he doesn't have an idea that this is going to fix anything. That's number one. Yeah, we mentioned that earlier on the show.

What else? And number two, we seem to be giving Emei Udoka a little bit of a pass for all these guys in the NFL that do certain things and stuff. I think Emei Udoka should sit out a year. I think the league should step in and stop this. Well, I think that's been put to bed or been put to rest already. I mean, this is now months in the process that the Boston Celtics have told him, hey, take a hike. They've put him in cobwebs. It hasn't been fully announced what his financial punishment is.

I think it's been reported that it's been sliced in half, if not less than that, and he's gone. And so if the league hasn't stepped in as to now, there certainly isn't going to be anything that takes place. It just seems in modern sports that people, when somebody does make a mistake like this, and I don't know the circumstances, nobody knows the complete circumstances of the situation. But obviously, he broke the rules of the organization, and he was the person that was elevated versus an employee. So in modern business, there's a lot of punishment and things like this.

He did lose his job. He did have some financial thing, but usually the league step in and this stuff, they get into it. I don't think there's a precedent for the league stepping in on a situation like this. I think we also have to keep in mind that the NBA is not just a quote-unquote regular business.

It's an entertainment property. The NBA, as of right now, hasn't stepped in on anything going on with Kyrie Irving. And you might think that they have reason to.

I believe they do. Charles Barkley, he actually mentioned that earlier today on the NBA on TNT, and thinking about Kyrie Irving, he said that Adam Silver should have given him the boot. Listen to this. I think the NBA dropped the ball. In what way? I think he should have been suspended. I think Adam should have suspended him. First of all, Adam's Jewish. You can't take my $40 million and insult my religion. You're going to insult me.

You have the right, but I have the right to say, no, you're not going to take my $40 million and insult my religion. And Charles Barkley didn't stop there. He had more comments.

Listen to this. I think the NBA, they made a mistake. We have suspended people and fined people who have made homophobic slurs.

And that was the right thing to do. I think if you insult the black community, you should be suspended or fined heavily, depending... I saw they did the same thing to the kid in Minnesota this year when he made the gay slur. I think you should get suspended or fined. When you're somebody as great as basketball like him, people are going to listen to you what you say. And there are some French people out there, but like I say, I blame the NBA. He should have been suspended. Yeah, he was referring to the Minnesota kid.

That was Anthony Edwards. And yeah, it should be real simple. Don't offend anybody. And naturally, people will be offended.

Just don't say hateful things. You know, someone called up and said that Kyrie Irving is articulate and he's smart, he is, but he doesn't know how to properly express himself. If he wants to be a fire starter, if he wants to push buttons, he can certainly do that.

But to actually have constructive conversation about anything, he hasn't proven to be able to do so. 855-212-4CBS. Josh is calling from Atlanta. You're on the JR Sport Brief Show. Hey, JR. I was a big fan. I listen every night.

I drive a truck. I just wanted to comment on the Kyrie Irving topic. I don't feel he should be suspended. And I really don't feel like she did anything wrong because the thing he had, I guess people say, promoted, doesn't really dash or talk down on the news. It's more so enlightening people on the history of African Americans and basically their culture and stuff like that.

Well, this is the thing. When it comes to most aspects of religion, a lot of it is up for individual interpretation. And so you might have one opinion about what Kyrie Irving shared. Someone might have another opinion, and there are a lot of people who find what he shared to be ultimately offensive. And who is one person to tell someone else what is or is not offensive? And so when I talk about Kyrie Irving being able to share his opinions and his thoughts, hey, it's America. He's well within his right.

We got a lot of people who do share thoughts and opinions, and they do it with the intention to hurt others. Do I think that that was Kyrie's intention? No. I do not.

Do I think he cares? Obviously not, because his response pretty much shows you as much. And so I think it's a very simple concept.

Not that difficult. Be cognizant of what you do, what you say, what you share. And in his case, he knows he has a platform. He's just constantly contradicting himself.

And so bringing in Yime Udoka, who's coming off of his own problems, now here having Kyrie Irving, who has his own issues and problems, you have Kevin Durant, who basically wanted out of the entire situation a few months ago, just like James Harden. What the hell is this? This is like walking into somebody's house and then looking at a, I don't know, looking at a vase or a vase, however the hell you want to pronounce it, and saying, oh, that sucker been dropped on the floor a lot. They done taped it up. They done patched it up. They done put it together. How many times did that fall?

A lot. The Brooklyn Nets are just a broken shell. And they're trying to stitch it together. Now they're expecting Yime Udoka to come in and fix it. Maybe. Maybe it'll look good for a little while. Maybe they turn things around. Maybe he gets the most out of Ben Simmons. I don't have the same optimism for the Brooklyn Nets that I had.

Just a couple of years ago. For a variety of reasons. Everything that we've gone through. Kevin Durant is just even maddening even himself. You know, he spoke tonight after the loss. He addressed the Steve Nash situation.

He didn't want to address his trade request from months ago, but tonight he actually sat in front of the media and said, I enjoy playing for Steve. I like working with Steve. I like working with the coaching staff. It was a roller coaster the last few years, but the core of it, basketball, is something that we all love to do. So regardless of who to coach, regardless of the circumstances, still got to come to work. So I enjoy coming to work with Steve.

Oh my goodness. What is he doing? Shep, do you know what he's doing?

Taylor, my question, first of all, the answer is no. Nobody knows what Kevin Durant's doing. Although, to be honest with you, the even more mystery box is Kyrie Irving.

And then even more than him, it's Ben Simmons in terms of staying healthy or unhealthy on the court. But J.R., my question for you is this. You and I both very well know there is no way the Nets make this move without the unequivocal, 100% on board co-signing of Kevin Durant. Is that fair? Yeah, I think so. And I don't think there's a reason for Kevin Durant to go, oh man, I don't want him here.

Yeah, I would agree with that, yes. Okay, so Kevin Durant is partially responsible. If nothing else, what he triggered and what he, I would say, got the ball rolling in terms of his dissatisfaction this summer when it came to Markson, specifically Steve Nash, even though that was his boy two years ago, despite what we heard on this podcast. Do you believe, behind closed doors, this was Kevin Durant and Rich Kleinman saying, look, we said what we said this summer, we took it back, but this is what we're getting. Because the timing of this JR, what I don't understand about this, if you look at an effort standpoint, you look at defensively what the Nets did against the Pacers, it was their most complete game of the season, and then you decide to fire Steve Nash. Like, this wasn't, like, they had the losing streak, we know that, but the win they had against the Pacers, to me, was their most complete game, considering, defensively, Ben Simmons is still the best defensive player. They didn't have him on the floor when they beat the Pacers, so why right now? I think it's a culmination of, I need to get the hell out of here, with Steve Nash. I don't think it has so much to do with one individual game. It's been a culmination of everything that's taken place over the past year, year plus. So why come back then, JR?

Why come back for this season? Well, I think it's real simple. After seven games at Steve Nash Coach, where he went two and five, to see what took place with Ben Simmons, to expect that Kyrie Irving, who is just all over the place in his own regard, would come out, and this is it.

This is a simple answer. Did Steve Nash go into this season, thinking that he would have to address questions about Kyrie Irving and being, I'm not calling him an anti-Semite, because I don't think he is, I think he's stupid, but do you think Steve Nash woke up and goes, man, this is what I want to do? These are things that are unimaginable. Putting Ben Simmons in a space where, can he succeed, can we grow with him? Okay, yeah, fine. Am I going to get over the hump with Durant?

Okay, yeah, yeah, sure, fine. Is Kyrie Irving going to be available to play? Is he going to say something nuts? Is he going to show up?

Is he going to go on vacation? Yeah, sure, fine. But Steve Nash, if you listen to him over the weekend, answer some of these questions, like upstairs, I don't got nothing to do with it, upstairs. I think that was the straw. And we can just tick boxes about all the terrible things that have happened. And I think that's why.

I don't think it has anything to do with wins currently or losses or one performance. This was just a culmination. And Steve Nash didn't deserve this. And I do believe to a certain degree it was a mutual, all right, it's time to bounce. And now he's gone. Now, let's see what happens with Eme Udoka.

And let's see if they go ahead and announce that over the next 24 hours. It's the JR Sport Reshow here with you on CBS Sports Radio, 855-212-4CBS. You know, speaking of, you know, being careful and cognizant about what you say and what you do and how you treat people, Tuesday I was at the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. I had an excellent chance and opportunity to learn more about inclusive health and sports and how to not be a jackass.

It's very, very simple. I want to share that conversation with you and some of the students and an amazing athlete. We got a lot to do on the other side of the break. The phone lines are open as well. You're listening to the JR Sport Brief on CBS Sports Radio.

MUSIC You're listening to the JR Sport Brief on CBS Sports Radio. When I'm going to get off the radio, I'm just going to let you know, I commend you for what you're doing, JR. That's great what you're up there doing, speaking engagements and talking to these college students and stuff. We need more of that.

Call in now at 855-212-4CBS. Yeah, we need a lot of that. We need people to actually act. We need a lot.

Thank you, though. It's the JR Sport Brief show here with you on CBS Sports Radio, Tuesday, a full day. I was in Baltimore, Maryland. The Media for the Movement Tour continues on. Everything that I've been able to do and try to raise awareness with Special Olympics, a very simple message of inclusivity. I'm a sports broadcaster. I talk about sports.

The fact is, we can use sports for so many amazing and positive things. You know, last break, we talked about Kyrie Irving. We talked about Ime Udoka.

I'm sure people are human beings, people come with different perspectives, different opinions, but in its simplest form, treat people how you want to be treated, right? And so I've been going all over the country. This dates back to last year, and right now, again, today, University of Maryland in Baltimore, School of Dentistry. As we talked about inclusive sports, we talked about inclusive health, and I had an amazing opportunity to meet some great students, a great athlete being my main man, my new friend, Adam Hayes, and some great instructors, Cheryl Simms, Sydney Chavis, Tamarin Ward, student. And they basically talked about, even in the world of health, which is directly tied into sports, is that people don't always get an equal shot and equal opportunity, even for something as simple as dentistry.

You know, that an experience for someone who might have an intellectual disability or have a different ability, that their experience just going to the doctor might not be the same. And so I asked Cheryl Simms, who's the associate professor for the School of Dentistry, she also is the clinical director for Special Smiles. This is a program that helps out Special Olympics athletes get the dentistry, care, and information, and free screenings that they need. You know, I asked her what she gets out of Special Olympics with her involvement. I feel like I do get a lot back in terms of my involvement. It's not just volunteering, but it's as much as I love teaching. I feel the athletes teach me, and I learn, and it helps me in my everyday practice in dentistry and dental hygiene. Yeah, it's not just charity, you're not just showing up doing something for someone else.

You get something in return, a lot of it in return. Tamarron Ward, he's a dental hygiene student, working on his master's and his bachelor's. That's big time. Hey, Chef, how fast do you think it'll take me to get a master's and a bachelor's? Can I get one of those in dentistry in like a day?

Not a day, but it wouldn't take you too long. Okay, I think I'll pass. I'll leave it to Tamarron. He's doing an amazing job. He had a presentation with my main man Adam Hayes today where they just talked about how you can be more inclusive and be more thoughtful as you move forward with just health care. And I asked him specifically, you know, why are you involved in this and your work as a future dental hygienist, why is this important to you?

This is what Tamarron told me. I wanted my capstone project to be based around special needs. I have an older brother with autism, and I've always wanted to become more involved with, you know, patients with special needs. And Ms. Simmitt offered me this opportunity to work with Adam and Kayla and people at Special Smiles to develop this presentation to improve interactions with people with IDD. Let me tell you something. The presentation that he did with Adam was crazy.

And when I say crazy, I mean good. And I had a chance to talk to Adam. He makes me, Shep, we talked about this early on in the show. I feel like a couch potato talking to Adam. First of all, he does social media for Special Olympics in Maryland.

So that's one gig that he has. But then his athletic prowess, he was telling me that he's out here on his bike 20 miles. I finished chatting with him. He's like, I'm going to ride my bike for 20 miles.

I do this three, four times a week. Listen to what else Adam Hayes does. I compete in cycling, soccer, basketball, alpine skiing, swimming, and tennis. He's like, hey, yeah, JR. By the time we get to January, February, I'm going to be ready to be on the slopes. He showed me the photo. I'm like, wow, we talked about tennis.

He swims. He does everything. Hell of an athlete. I shared this on social media.

Feel free to look it up at JR Sport Brief. There's a great photo that Adam and I have. He also shared that he has had more than 30 plus major brain surgeries. And he's still able to go out and do this. What excuse does anybody have when Adam is out here just getting the job done? I asked him, what does Special Olympics mean to you in your life?

Having Special Olympics in my life has helped me become more vocal and seeing that there's so many others that want to help me succeed in life, not just through sport, but through all the different activities that I may face obstacles in. And thanks to Special Olympics, I'm constantly jumping over those barriers. Oh, man, he's not just jumping over the obstacles or the barriers. He's knocking them over. He's moving them out the way. I mean, if you think about what Adam has done, they don't exist.

Well, they do, but, man, he moves them out the way. I'm inspired by Adam and what he's doing and what he's done. That's a cool dude, man. I asked Sydney Chavis. She's the assistant professor at the School of Dentistry.

She's the co-clinical director with Cheryl, who you heard from. And I think she put an excellent bow on the conversation that we had at the University of Maryland Baltimore campus today. I asked her about her experience with Special Olympics, and this was personal for her as well. I have a sister who has special needs, and growing up with her, she's the oldest of the four of us, was always such a gift because we saw what people could do and not what they couldn't do.

But I was very confused as to why not everybody had a sister like Randy and didn't understand when people would stare at her or ask questions about her, indicating that she was different. And I think my role here is just trying to pass that on to other people that people are people, right? Everybody can do things well. Everybody does things poorly. And it's just a spectrum of what you do well and what you don't do as well. And that's just being human. Just being human.

Something that is oh so simple, but for whatever reason, we tend to forget or omit in so many times. So I want to thank Cheryl Tamarin, Adam, Super Athlete, Sydney for allowing me to just join the class and share my perspective as well as how we can utilize sports for positive change. And even know that they are particular in the health field at the School of Dentistry, Deon Sanders said it the best, you look good, you feel good, you play good. And so I think everybody should have an opportunity to go out there, look good, feel good, and play good regardless of what you are doing, what you want to work on, you know, what your trade is in life.

And so hey, if you want to get something good out of things, I just implore you, take an action. Just go look at the website and see how you can be involved. A big shout out and thank you to everybody at the University of Maryland, the Baltimore campus. Of course, thank you to Special Olympics. Thank you personally to myself for Experian who also believes in inclusion, equality, giving people an equal chance. So whether it is financial health with Experian, whether or not it is just equal healthcare, inclusive healthcare, whether it is using sports to make life easier for other people, we can all do a little bit.

Not just for others, but help ourselves in the process. Go ahead and check out I look forward next week.

University of Rochester. Yes, I am going to be up in New York, hanging out with the students there, and we have so many more stops to make over the next several weeks that will take me all over the country. You can follow me everywhere at JR Sport Brief, including seeing just some of the cool photos that I was able to take with Adam, who is just a super athlete. Hey, Chef, man, you got some catching up to do.

I know you're about to run this marathon in New York City on Sunday, but you got some catching up to do, man. I'd be lucky to hang out with Adam any day of the week. The man sounds fascinating, inspiring, and good for him for overcoming 30 brain surgeries.

That's incredible. No, he is incredible. I heard that and I said, what excuse do I have? You know, what excuse do I have? I'm like, damn, I'm a lazy bum here. Adam is cool. You're anything but lazy, but I mean, Adam just work ethic in what he's overcome in terms of obstacles in his life and how positive he still sounds. I mean, it really is remarkable to hear you talk with Adam, man. Good for him. Seriously.

No, absolutely. We talked about tennis. I told him I quit tennis 20 years ago. He's like, hey, yeah, I just started to try it, and he already won medals in tennis, and in a couple of months he'll be skiing, and he's already bike riding.

I can't ride two miles without my left knee clicking. I'm like, okay, I'm done. I'm finished. And so, I mean, we talk about sports and we can talk about the Kyrie's of the world and, you know, his comments, and, you know, everything doesn't always have to be so divisive. You know, we can always look at the platforms that we have and think about how we can bring people together.

It's rather simple. This is JR Sport Reshow here with you on CBS Sports Radio. Thank you again, everybody, at the University of Maryland, the Baltimore campus. I'll be back with you tomorrow.

Which shot? 10 p.m. Eastern time, 7 p.m. Pacific. As I do every single Wednesday night, I'm going to bring you a new top six list. We're about halfway through the NFL season, and so I think it's appropriate. Tomorrow, we're going to give you a top six list.

These are the best teams, currently, in the NFL. Obviously, we'll keep you up to date with the World Series as the Phillies look to take a 3-1 lead. We'll see what happens in the NBA.

Maybe Ime Udoka is officially named the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. There's a lot going on. Thank you so much to Shep. Thank you to Special Olympics. And, Experian, the Media for the Movement Tour continues, and I'll be back with you tomorrow here on CBS Sports Radio.

But don't move. Amy Lawrence, she's coming up next.
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