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REShow: Doc Rivers - Hour 2

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November 17, 2022 3:27 pm

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Guest host Suzy Shuster and the guys break down the Nets dysfunction and debate where Brooklyn’s awful chemistry experiment ranks among the NBA’s all-time failures. 

76ers Head Coach Doc Rivers and Suzy discuss Joel Embiid’s growth as a leader this season, says why the Nets could still be a dangerous team in the Eastern Conference, breaks down his beloved Chicago Bears season and his high hopes for QB Justin Fields, and more.

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Uh-oh! This is the Rich Eisen Show with guest host, Suzy Schuster. Let me break it down. College Football Rankings. It's all cheese. Live from the Rich Eisen Show studio in Los Angeles. And they put Ohio State over Michigan. You know, I guess because they see something.

But fine, go for it. Earlier on the show, Commander's Head Coach Ron Rivera. Coming up, 49ers defensive end, Nick Bosa. Host of the Dan Patrick Show, Dan Patrick. Emmy Award winning host, Stephen Colbert. And now, sitting in for Rich, it's Suzy Schuster. Our two of the Rich Eisen Show right here on Roku, Sirius, wherever you get your information on YouTube.

And by the way, for those of you who want to listen to Ron Rivera, go to YouTube. Check out our interview with the Washington Commander's Head Coach that we had earlier on the show, Nick Bosa coming up. Stephen Colbert coming up. Dan Patrick coming up. Doc Rivers supposed to call in. I may have to fly to Philadelphia to pull him out of practice.

But by the way, that could happen. TJ Jefferson, how are you? I'm great. Listen, if Coach says we need extra practice, then leave that man alone, okay? We got to get that extra practice. Well, I think he's still probably recovering from watching that absolute clinic from Deuel MB the other night against the Utah Jazz. I mean, he was a G.A.M., a grown ass man on that night. I mean, we can talk about that for a second, Chris Brockman, because I had so much fun watching the highlight reel. And I thought about whoever the kid was in Bristol who put together the two and a half minute highlight reel of every single shot he took the other night. I love when they do that. But by the way, they were beautiful.

And I watched them with the kids, too, because I said, okay, watch this, now watch this. And it was literally a coterie of every single type of basket you can possibly make in the NBA. Yeah, he's a complete player. It's nice to see him put it together. I wish he played for another team, TJ, in all due respect, like Boston, but I just want him to win, you know what I mean? So I want him to go somewhere else.

I'm just kidding. And Pete is great. I love the guy. He's one of those players. It's such a joy to watch a real big man play basketball because the NBA is kind of a different game now.

It's kind of positionless. You see Crown Vic coming into the league and this guy's like 7'3 and plays like a guard and shoots like Kevin Durant. And he's six inches taller.

And you're like, how is this a real human, you know? And you see a guy like Embiid. And he is a real big man, TJ, in every sense of the word.

And it's kind of cool to see that in today's game. You know, the thing about Embiid is, and I've said this constantly, a few things I wanted to see him stop doing. I remember I said earlier in the season, stop hitting the floor so much. Like that's just not, you know, you're a big man.

Be a big man. Don't flop. Don't hit the ground. You know, put people on the ground.

And so I think he's done a better job of not hitting the ground so much, which I enjoy. Also, he was one of five shooting threes that game. And I'm always a big proponent of, bro, if you want three, take your big body down to that post. Put your shoulders in somebody's chest.

Get yourself an M1. He was 20 to 24 from the free throw line that game on route to 59 points, 11 boards. And he also had eight assists that game. He, quite frankly, couldn't be the most dominant player in the league if he had, and Shaq is always like this. You have to have that mindset.

You have to go out there and say, I'm the man. And if he does have that mindset every night and he cuts down shooting all those threes, I don't know what you do to stop this guy. It's just health.

That's the thing. He's got to stay healthy. He stays healthy. He can't be stopped. Yeah, that's always been the thing with Joel.

It's just the health, whether it's the back, the knees. A finger. I mean, it's just the weirdest. Also, random things happen.

What do you get? He got an elbow in the face or something in the playoffs last year. Yeah, just broke his orbit. So, you know, it's always been that way. And it's nice to see him, like, develop each year and improve each year and add different parts to his game and really be the player that we know he can be. Yeah. And remember, sorry, Susie, he only started playing hoops when he was 16.

So that's an amazing development. I just think if you contrast him as a leader on the court with what's happening in New Jersey. And let's talk about that for a second, because, you know, so much talk about Kevin Durant.

He wants out. Would he have been who he was? I mean, yes, he may have arguably been the best player on the team in Golden State when you played alongside Steph. But he's gone around to different, huh?

He was. And would you know, he's obviously had stops along the way, but a lot of complaining about who's the leader. There's no question that Joel Embiid is the leader in Philadelphia and wants to be the leader. And nobody seems to want to be the leader in New Jersey. And I was just kind of thinking about this on the drive down as I was going at 82 miles per hour with my coffee in hand.

We went up to 82 just now. There's a Brooklyn Nets. Well, yeah, sorry. Brooklyn Nets. Sorry. Listen, I didn't sleep last night.

She's still five minutes worth of research, couldn't sleep her alone. By the way, like the Nets. OK.

I mean, the Brooklyn Nets. All right. Thank you very much.

Thank you very much. So you've got all these guys there who should be leaders. You got no one there leading.

Charles Barkley got a little bit of bark back from some of the guys out there because Charles was saying, like, this is such a waste of basketball. But isn't it crazy to think about a leader, though? Shouldn't Durant be a leader? I mean, there's only two people on this team that could really be considered leader. One is not playing and one is Durant. And Durant is more so. And Chris, you say this all the time, KD wants to wake up, play ball, have breakfast, play ball, eat lunch, play ball, have dinner, play ball, go to sleep.

Once Ross repeat. That's all that guy wants to do. So I don't know if he's necessarily leader. I don't know that that's the position that he's looking to fill. Yeah, really good article that Chris Haynes dropped with KD after they got blown out by Sacramento the other night. You know, and he gets into some of that stuff with some of his quotes, like talking about the Kyrie situation, even going back to last year, but not getting vaccinated Kyrie. And he's like, what? I'm going to tell another grown man what to do. Like, this is about basketball.

I'm here for basketball. You know, he's out there in a 30 point blowout because he wants to play. It's just been kind of dysfunctional from the start when those two guys came in. You know, they didn't like Kenny Atkinson, so they got him fired. And then they bring in Steve Nash.

He was supposedly their guy. But then Kyrie is like, well, we don't really need a head coach. Like, we're all kind of doing this together. And like, KD and I could be the head coach one night. Steve can do that. Like, wait, what?

Steve Nash, two time MVP. What are you talking about? And then, you know, Josiah comes in and says his things, you know, whether he wants to go that route with the anti-Semitic stuff or it's kind of a broader thing of, hey, I'm taking back control of this organization because I don't have it because I kind of gave it up to these guys. And it's really gone south.

So it's just it's kind of troubling just from all aspects in terms of Brooklyn. I don't think they're going anywhere. They're not going to win. This whole Kevin Durant and Kyrie thing is going to be seen 10, 20 years down the road as just a huge failure.

Catastrophic failure. It's so true. And it's too bad because KD is one of the greatest players of all time. Kyrie Irving, all the other crapola aside, like from a basketball standpoint, one of the best playmakers we've ever seen. And it's just too bad.

Like, this is how ultimately they're going to be remembered. Doesn't matter. Doesn't matter how good of a player he is. It doesn't matter anymore because this year is going to stick out for being one of the biggest waste. Yeah, it's just the last two years to even go back to the bubble. Kyrie was kind of the only person to come out and say, like, why are we doing this? We shouldn't be doing this. You know, X, Y, Z. And then pandemic stuff.

And now this stuff this year, it's just a big waste. Suzy Schuster in on the Rich Eisen show, all rich recovers from the Munich trip. Jet lag, Mung, what have you.

He's going to get ready for Sunday. We call it the Mung in our family. And, you know, I know that I am very Laker centric from having lived with them for so long. But it made me think of the J.R. Rider experiment. When you have a player on the team who is a wild card and every day when J.R. was in El Segundo was like, you never knew what you were walking into. Really?

Never. And, you know, there were two leaders, two guys who wanted to lead. So that's this is what makes it so frustrating watching Brooklyn. By the way, poor Rich is already not feeling good. He's like, oh, Suzy, not New Jersey. Anyway, I'm 50. I can say whatever I want. So it's like the old Saturday Night Live. And I'm 50. I'm 50. I kick like Molly.

No, I would throw my back out. I was just thinking, you know, it's so funny when most NBA players of this caliber want to lead. They want to lead.

And I remember what it was like when both Shaq and Kobe were trying to influence J.R. Rider to get him to, you know, the business line, you know, to try to like, you know, keep him on the straight and narrow. And I just wonder if the guys in Brooklyn have just gotten so tired of what we would call it, the Michigas, of everything that's going around with this team. Yeah, I don't know. It remains to be seen. It's not translating into wins, that's for sure. I mean, some of the comments Durant made the other night, it seems like he's a lot happier. You know, he talked about wanting to be pushed harder in practice. I guess maybe Steve Nash wasn't doing that. He wanted to kind of be coached hard, so to speak. You know, you hear that about Tom Brady. He wants to be coached. You know, Kevin Durant is the elite of the elite, T.J.

He wants to be coached hard. And, you know, will it turn around for them this year? We're still pretty early into this NBA season. You know, there's still a chance. You know, Ben Simmons had, I heard a stat, his first double-digit points night in over 500 days.

So, you know, maybe there's signs. Seth Curry, as he gets healthy. Nick Claxton has certainly been kind of a surprise down there for them. And, you know, there's rumors of a Joe Harris trade.

But, you know, Jack Bond seems to be on the same page with Kevin Durant, and I think that's really all he wants. And, you know, we'll see if that leads to wins. I'm not, you know, I'm going to remain skeptical because the East is pretty stacked. Meanwhile, it's not even Thanksgiving. We're already prognosticating about what's going to happen for this NBA season.

I know, right. The season's like a fifth of the way over. The Christmas lights are going up, and we're wondering who's playing in June. I mean, it's, well, we know Boston's going to be there.

Oh, yeah. Cooper's suit last night. Mom, Mom, I gotta check the Celtics numbers. Blowout. Go to sleep, Coopie.

You're fine. Celtics are 12-3. Two of those losses to Cleveland. Like, so they're 12-1 against the rest of the NBA, 0-2 against the Cavs. You can't expect him to go to sleep not knowing what happened.

How can you have a good night's sleep? You gotta at least let him to check that. Hold on, that's a great point. Who is Coop playing in fantasy? Are you up to date on Cooper being in our fantasy league and basically beating all of us every week?

Yeah. Well, I mean, that didn't happen last week. Did you beat him last week? Well, I had to, you know, I had to take the young bull and sit him down and let him know what was what. Did you? Because I beat me in week one. I beat him 10-1, you know, and look, I didn't take any pleasure from it, you know, but it was I hope it's a teachable experience for him is all I'm saying. Let me tell you this right now.

But I blame your husband partially for it, by the way. Coop's playing rich this week. Coop's playing rich this week. Oh, no. Is he really?

Yeah. Oh, honey, you're going down. This is not going to be a good week for you. Just stay in bed. Close the curtains.

Put the dogs on the bed and just pull the blankets off your head because Coop's going to take you down. So here's what happened. Week one, Coop smashed Brockman's team. And Rich came in every day talking trash to Chris about losing to an 11 year old. And then last week when he's not just a regular 11 year old, he's got that weird, beautiful mind. Kind of like one of us when we were kids.

Right. But then last week, you know, I was like, you know, I was putting it on him. And Rich's kiss was, well, you know, he doesn't control his laptop. He was like, I had time.

He missed out on an iPad. So I was like, well, that's your fault. You can't blame me for that. That's either you or his mom, you know? And so you're here now.

So I got to look at you and probably give you a little bit of the L that he took. Give Coop at least five minutes to make sure all his rosters are set. He's got to make moves for the week. He needs this. Yeah. OK, so here's the problem. Can we petition extra iPad time? No, absolutely not.

Why not? When you give Cooper iPad time, you know what he does? He researches cars. Cars? He's a few years away from having the word. Although I did hear that he's the one who found Rich's car.

That's right. He actually found Rich's car, designed it, and I think maybe purchased it without permission. He did a car breakdown for a friend of ours who was looking for a new toy. And he wrote a five-point PowerPoint presentation. And a friend of mine is looking to dump her Tesla right now, and she wants another electric car. He wrote a five-page diatribe last night in a lot of all caps. I'm like, easy on the all caps. But about cars, so what am I supposed to do?

Like, Cooper, focus on your NBA numbers and your prognostications for your fantasy so you can shame your dad. Don't worry about the cars. Is that what you're saying, Chris? I would say, you know what, just take a beat on the cars. They're not going anywhere.

There's only going to be more electric cars here in the next couple of years, so we've got time. Fantasy is here now. Like, the matchup is now.

So you are in a lock battle with your dad. You're losing 6-4. Cooper's actually down 6-4 right now. And we would love for him to get that W. So we need Coop to get that W. Coop is in fourth place right now. His team is nice. He has Kevin Durant. That's why. So Adam is just killing all of us.

He's 3-0 in first place. Nice. Like, what is happening? I'll give Cooper some iPad time. Yeah, just maybe like 10 extra minutes.

Yeah, just like 10 extra minutes. Well, he does his homework. I love what you did there. Like, you gave us a quick no, and then you heard our argument, and then you kind of flipped it a little bit. Because I like to win, TJ. I get it, but in this case you lost, but I appreciate that.

And I win vicariously through my son. I'm just saying. Is this your way of saying you want in on the league next year? No. Oh. No.

As she said before you got here, she likes to sit back and listen and just have one of us on text in case something goes amiss. I mean, we could add you, and we could add Jay Felley, and we could get two more teams if you want. I have no idea how to play fantasy. Okay.

And by the way, I have zero interest in ever spending that much more time in fantasy. Like, I don't get it. I get it, but I don't get it. It's the same thing with pickleball.

Like, I get it, but I don't get it. And by the way, that's a little promo for Stephen Colbert will be coming up in, I think, what, the third hour to talk about pickleball. He'll explain it. He'll explain it.

Yeah, he will explain it all to us. He spoke to Rich yesterday and did a little pre-tape action so that we can talk about pickleball. And by the way, Rich is very good at pickleball. I mean, that's what we've heard.

That's what he says. Yeah, he's actually really good. And I'll tell you something else that he's good at, which is irritating. Because our family, if you can imagine what it's like to live with me, he's good at tennis.

Yeah? He takes lessons, though. That's cheating.

How is that cheating? I mean, Rafael Nadal takes lessons. Right, Serena took lessons at one point.

You said a lot of things that I found questionable. No, she still has a coach. She still... Oh, Doc's here. He just finished practice.

Let me text him back. This is what happens. Hey!

You get to see how the sausage is made from that. How about this? We are just bad-mouthing you on the air. No, don't say that.

No, I would not say that at all. We're hyping up Joel Embiid to be the monster that he is. Hold on, erase, erase. We are. What is happening? It's a joke.

That's going to reflect. You guys are stalling me? I can't jump about my Sixers. What time's our break? Do we have to go to break and come back? Doc just got the bubbles. We're going to go to break. Doc got the bubbles, then the bubbles went away, and now the bubbles are back. We are off the rails here on the Rich Eisen Show. When we come back, Doc Rivers is calling in. Let's go. My Rolodex is working. I've got to play for him to run.

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This is Elizabeth I. Elizabeth I. The Podcast. Wherever you listen. You just have, like, a lot going on, and you just don't feel good. Yeah, Doc Rivers has spent some time in New England. He gets it. Doc, you know what I mean when I say that you feel monkey, right? Yeah, I think it's weak, but yeah.

That's why Rich is out. I don't know. I don't have a lot to say. You know when you read those stories about the women that secretly poison their husbands, like, quietly one by one? Like, I may have made dinner for him on Monday or Tuesday because I was bored and didn't want to go do my day job.

So I was like, someone's got to do my hair and makeup. Rich, here, have this dinner that I made you. And then he's not there. I think you're the type of woman that would actually tell him that you're going to poison him.

True. Listen, I'm from New England. I'm very direct, right? I mean, you know that type of person. How are you, Doc?

I like those people. Long time no see. How are you doing? I'm doing great.

Doing great. You know, getting through the minutiae of the early season. You know, what we have, a lot of injuries, a lot of stuff, but we're hanging in there.

Yeah, but hanging in there. I mean, you got to sit back and watch an absolute clinic from your big guy the other night. What was it like watching Joel Embiid absolutely put on a show, scoring in every way imaginable? What's that like for a head coach to sit back? Do you cross your legs and put your hands behind your head?

I mean, what do you do? Yeah, I wish you could. It was a heck of a game. You know, what's interesting to you is when guys have great games, and I mean great games, like the numbers have never been seen before.

Like, really. And you don't notice it because he does it in the right way, and I don't think you understand what I'm saying. Sometimes a guy can have a great game, but you notice, like, damn, he's shooting a lot. Or, man, this game, he had seven blocks, he had eight assists, he had 11-13 rebounds, and it came in the flow. So, I knew he had a huge game. I didn't know 59 huge until I looked at the stat sheet after the game. And that tells you that you really had a great game.

When you have a game like that and it doesn't necessarily stand out, that means you're having an amazing game. And you know, the thing with Joel is that you see a guy who wants to lead. And I think that's such a leitmotif right now in the NBA as we look around. You've coached so many players. What is it like to know that you have a player who wants to be there?

Because we can look around, obviously, like I just said. There are players who are the best basketball, and they're not willing to take that leadership role. So, what are you seeing in your player, and how would you genuflect on that? Yeah, I think what he's trying to do is learn how to be that. You know, just because you're the best player does not mean that you learn how to be the best leader, the best example setter.

Joel was the best player at 19 when he walked on the team. And so he's had to learn all that stuff. And the thing that I enjoy coaching him, he wants to. Like, he asks questions all the time. He'll do something, you know, and he'll come back to me. He'll walk in my office, should I have done this?

You know, should I have shown up here for another event? Like, just little things that you have to give yourself to the team for the team to be great. And so a lot of guys don't get that, Susie. They don't understand that part of it, and Joel was really learning to do that. What's your opinion, Doc, if you could step back and opine a little bit on what you're seeing in Brooklyn, with all the controversy of having some of the best players in the NBA assembled on one team, and not being quite sure what's coming out of it? Well, the first thing I would say is they've never really been together. You know, in the three years they had James and Katie and Kyrie and someone with injured, someone had COVID, I mean, something. This year was self-inflicted, obviously, by Kyrie.

But I would, you know, it's fun. I still look at those two guys, and if they get back on the floor, they out of the news. And then learn how to be a team. You know, they're still two of the better players in our league. Now, they need other guys to step up and help them.

And so I always say juries out with them. So if they went on a run, would I be surprised? No.

And if they went the other way, would I be surprised? No. I just think the jury's still out. It's so early to prognosticate, isn't it? We were saying that the Christmas lights aren't even up yet here in Los Angeles, and yet we're already wondering who's going to be playing in June. Yeah, I mean, if you look at right now, is anyone brave enough to say Golden State is done?

No. We know they're not. And we know they'll be fine. But right now, they're struggling. And a lot of teams are.

We are. We're 500. We've had a lot of injuries and stuff like that. Atlanta is starting to, you know, everybody has their own issues.

Miami, I think, is under 500 or right at 500. So, yeah, just too early. Hey, Doc, I was just wondering, you know, big Sixer fan here, could you talk a little bit about the development of Tyrese Maxey and what he's meant to you, the team, so far this season?

Yeah, it's been great. I mean, it started last year, really started his rookie year towards the end. But we have a kid that has a chance to be really special. And what makes the teaching of that special is we also have the greatest kid. And, you know, he's just, he doesn't have bad days. And that doesn't mean he doesn't play well every day or he doesn't have a bad game. But it's hard for him not to have a bad day. And he's one of those guys that brings sunshine to your life and to the team every day.

And when you have a guy like that, you know he has a chance. He wants to learn. He's the first in the gym, the last to leave. When he struggles, he puts it on himself. He doesn't deflect and put it on anyone else. He doesn't use an injury. He just wants to get better. And when you have a guy like that, you know the chances of him being great are really good because of that. Doc Rivers here on the Rich Eisen Show.

Susie Schuster in for Rich Eisen. Doc, what was the best piece of coaching advice you ever got? We had Ron Rivera on in the first hour and he talked about Coach McNichol giving him some of his most valuable advice. But what was yours? That's a great question, Susie, because I've had a lot.

I mean, think about it. I've been coached by Larry Brown, Mike Portello, you know, Pop. I worked in the San Antonio organization, Pat Riley, Rick Majerus. I've had great coaching. I think patience is one.

Trust yourself is two. And then the biggest one is from Chuck Bailey, who was known as the great communicator, you know. And in the last couple of years of his life, I remember asking him if he could do his coaching career over, what would he do different? He said, I would communicate more. And I'm thinking, wait a minute, you're already known as the great communicator. And he said, it's never enough. And so I would say that, like, a lot of times we think we've communicated it. We think we're in a good place with your players. And you can never trust that.

You just got to keep communicating. Probably in marriages, too. Comes in handy, doesn't it? Chris? Doc, we know you're a big Bears fan, and while the record might not relate with what's being actually on the field, but you must love what you're seeing out of Justin Fields right now. I really do. I love how he's playing. I like that he's running and passing now.

He plays free. I love what they're doing. You know, I'm disappointed in some ways. I didn't expect them to have a great year this year because they gave away a lot over the summer.

They were almost telling us they were not. But yet they're in every game. And when's the last time Chicago Bears had a great quarterback? The answer is never.

They've had some pretty good ones. And for the first time, we have a chance to have a guy that can turn into a great quarterback, and that should make everybody in Chicago happy. Yeah, would you like to coach him? How would he be as a basketball player, you think, just from what you've seen on the football field? Golly, he would be a fast point guard. You know, what's the guy? Fox in Sacramento. He would be like that.

A guy that can beat you with speed, can get to the basket, and as he comes on, he's starting to really get his shot. That's, you know, that's Fields passing. Yeah, that's where he would be right now. Did you ever play football, Doc? I played one down.

One down? You didn't like getting hit, let me guess. I played, so the true story, I played just for a little bit, and I had a big game, and then the next game I decided to not wear my girdle, because it didn't look good. So I wanted it to look good while I was playing, and I got hit really hard on my hip. I had a little hip bone. And I decided, they're trying to hurt me. I'm going back to basketball.

That was it for me. TJ, what do you got? Hey, Doc, so you know, last year, after James came into the team, you guys had about 24 regular season games to kind of figure out your chemistry and how, you know, all the parts would work together. And now that you've had a little bit more time, I know James has hurt, so two part, is he close to returning, and how has, how have you been able to, you know, kind of work everyone in together into the mix, because you didn't have that much time last year to get the chemistry where you guys wanted it?

Yeah, it was great because we had training camp, you know, and so you could see it slowly and then injury. Joel gets injured. You know, Joel gets sick. Joel comes back from being sick. James gets injured.

So, you know, the difference is now when James comes back, they've already had time together. They already, we already kind of know what worked, what didn't work, what we need to work on. So it's a work in progress, but I think we're way far ahead than we were last year. You know, we forget last year, the pick and roll combination with James and Joel was number one in the league, and we didn't even scratch what we thought we could go. So to me, there's a lot of optimism as far as those two go once we get them all together.

One last question for you, Doc, on the Mercedes-Benz van phone line. This is a crazy question because we've been talking about it all show. I'm sure that you've read or seen some of the Taylor Swift craziness when she broke the Internet the other day, right?

Because people are trying to get tickets to the Taylor Swift concert that's coming out next year, and the Internet broke, and people went crazy, and there's been vitriol and anger everywhere. What concert would you spend an entire day of your life? Any band, any rock group, any rap group, you name it. What would you spend a day in your life and just get so mad and angry to get tickets to watch?

What would it be? Unfortunately, those people are not alive. I'm that old, but I was a huge Michael Jackson guy, and I saw him once in concert, and it was amazing. It was amazing because I got to meet him before, and he looked like this little drawn-up man.

An hour later, you see him on stage, and he looked like he was seven feet, and you realize, man, the only place he's comfortable is on stage, but it was an amazing concert, and if I could see that one more time, I would stand and lie, but that's about it for me. I wrote him a letter. I sent him stickers. I think I was probably like eight or nine, like, dear Michael, my name is Susie Schuster, and I just think you're the greatest. Do you think he got that letter, Doc? Do you think he ever opened it and got those stickers?

I think it probably is still sitting somewhere unopened. Thanks for taking the time and for leaving practice to give us a call. I always appreciate it.

No, no problem. We'll talk to you soon. Take care, Susie.

Tell Rich hi. I will, Doc. Thanks so much. Thanks, Doc. See you, man.

All right, thanks. Go Sixers. I had to throw that in there. There you go. I can't even be biased about that, Susie. Go Sixers.

No, I would not, would you? Honestly, that's why I was like, I texted TJ, remember we were talking at the top of the show, guys on Roku, everyone watching about how, you know, people, you missed this, Chris, because you were out expanding the Rich Eisen Show brand. But we were talking about how, you know, a lot of TV people think, how do they remember that? How do they know all that? And most people are reading prompter.

We're sitting here like BS-ing off the top of our heads. We broke it, Chris, today. We let them know.

We broke the show this morning. Oh, you let everybody know in the secret that everyone's reading teleprompter? We don't have prompters.

We don't have researchers. It's all coming off the top. This is just us people, us and our laptops in front of us.

That's it. So what you're not seeing in between, like when we're in like a picture of Doc or we're rolling something in, I'm like, TJ, do you want to ask a question? And I'm like texting him like, TJ, I know you are obsessed with Doc. You love the Sixers. Do you want to ask a question?

And TJ's over here like. So this is how we communicate on TV. This is how the sausage is made, right? Because at first you asked me, I'm like, no, because at the beginning I didn't have a question because I didn't want to ask something. I had to think of what I wanted to ask. You didn't take too long to think. You just were like, you should have just been like, Doc, I love you.

I think I did that when the first time I met him in the back. Doc Rivers, one of our first in-studio guests when the show started back in 2014. And he was the Clippers coach, I think, at that point.

But obviously he was a Celtics coach for their 2008 championship and Rich just was like, coach is coming in today. How are you feeling? I'm like, pretty excited.

And I got like some nervously dumb looking picture with him afterwards where I'm just like, hey. I know I have to say our good friend Jill Collido, whenever Doc comes out, she's like, oh, my God, my coach, my coach. Yeah, that's got some pull. I mean, I mean, the doc is in. Anyway, so let's go. There's my segue.

Anyway, anyway, the doc is in. Oh, we had an idea for a segment yesterday, Suze, where it was just like and Rich being like, and another thing. And it was like apropos of nothing. We're just back from break. And it's like, and another thing.

I don't like hot dogs or something stupid. Well, you know what the truth is, is that, but people, this is another thing of like throwing back the curtain for like now you just see the little tiny guy behind, you know, for the Wizard of Oz. Is that sometimes my brother will say to me, good show, but it was too long of a question. You got to be quicker to the point. And I'm telling him, I'm tack dancing here. I'm trying to extend. There are people screaming in my ear.

Not you, Mike Hoskins, because you never scream, thank God. But sometimes you're just trying to get from one thing to the next. Well, while you're trying to ask a question, they're like, all right, get this question out. We're going to go to break in like 30. And then I need you to do that.

I need you to do that Mercedes promo read and also tease what's coming up next. And then the third hour we got Dan Patrick's calling in. You're just like, I'm trying to ask a question. Meanwhile, Dan's like, am I really calling in today?

This sounds like a hot mess. New phone. Who did? There's no way Dan wants to call in. No, he doesn't want to call in. He doesn't want to call in.

He's like eating Traeger and having some beer right now on a Thursday. He doesn't want to call in, but I fed his kids for too long. He has to call in.

I told him, I texted him last night. I'm like, Dan, I need you to fill some air time. Dan, I need 15 minutes. Dan, I need 25 minutes. Dan, I need an hour and a half.

Isn't that nice to be able to do that, though? I need someone to call. Oh, Dan Patrick.

Yeah, let me call him up. Well, I mean, I do have a Rolodex. Your Rolodex is unmatched, Suze, I'm saying. Do you think it's unmatched? I mean, it probably is matched. But for our purposes, if anyone comes in here, yeah, it's it's pretty.

It's all right. Like if you and Rich play the most famous person in your phone game. Who wins?

Who wins? Ooh, that's a good one. Rich Eisen.

Oh, that's Suze Eisen's husband. Oh, Charles, you're on my phone. And by the way, that is the gift that keeps on giving. So thank you, Charles.

And next time you're on, you know, next time there's a little bit in studio action, I could use a new drop. That's during the match. Just out of nowhere during the match, he said that. And I remember rewinding it, recording it and texting it to all you guys. Did you guys hear this? I think they popped up one of Rich's tweets during the match. Yeah, that's how it started. But that made my day. And that's a good drop. Well, you know about the guy who came up to him in Germany and said, are you Suzy Schuster's?

That was so weird, right? And then he called yesterday. Well, he knows he did. He watches the show. He does.

Good morning. But he wasn't from Germany. Where was he? He was from Abu Dhabi.

I believe he got nothing for you on that one. I don't know how they say hello. Hi. Hi.

Shaq is in Abu Dhabi for F1 right now. Yes. Oh, I called Cynthia his incredible gatekeeper because you know me. I found out I was doing the show last night about 7 p.m.. Can I make a guess who your first few texts or calls were? Marshall.

I knew Marshall wasn't in town. Shaq. Yep. You definitely you text as a logo. Mr. West. I didn't do I did not text Jerry till today.

Today. OK. Try number two. Number Charles. Charles. Thank you. I am nothing if not reliably. And did you call her at any point? Michael?

Yeah. Do you know I didn't? Because I I knew that he had a couple of days off before coming back. But if you think I'm not going to call him afterwards and say you want to come in early and sit with me tomorrow, you're wrong. It's even in town. Great idea. He comes in town for game day morning. But I thought maybe I would just like playmaker. Maybe he comes in.

He came in Thursday for some reason. Hey, Susie, close mouths. Don't get fed. You'd never, ever know. That's true. And he was my friend first. He said he sat on your side at the wedding. That's right.

I'm just saying. Ten button suit suit. Imagine that Chris, imagine you devoted your entire life to the love of sports, to reporting on sports and talking about sports. And then you meet the woman of your dreams who hit you with the Heisman many times before she finally gave you the Pat.

Let's go pass. And then you get married and you're sitting there. And then one of the greatest wide receivers of all time, unbeknownst to you, shows up at your wedding and sits on your wife's side. Rich must have been like, what the heck is there's actually a really funny picture in our wedding album. And it's my brother and my uncle Steve. And they're laughing hysterically.

And I said to my brother, I love this picture. What were you guys talking about? And Scott was said, oh, we're just reminiscing about the good old days when Uncle Michael was, you know, at the family reunions. Because they were like, what the heck is Michael Ervin doing here?

He would come to your family reunion. It's a joke. That's why they were laughing so hard. Like I'm saying, it wouldn't even surprise me if he did, though. That's the fact. No, but how cool would that have been in the fact that I say this all the time, the fact the fact that Taylor Mattingly Eisen has Michael Ervin as her godfather.

Can you imagine like the Heisman's that's going to happen later on in life? And it's like, by the way, like she's on a date and suddenly Michael shows up and stands in the back like this. Godfather. Yeah, that's bad. That is bad.

That is a bad. See, I thought I always thought White Kutcher had a super cool godfather. But, you know, I got to say, Taylor has her beat in terms of the coolness of God Papa's. Did I ever tell you guys when I was in a restaurant and Mila and Ashton were next to I say Mila and Ashton because we're very close. We had dinner next to each other once. Did I ever tell you guys that when I was sitting there and it turns out my friend, everyone in Roku is fascinated by this conversation.

Roku Joe is. So I'm sitting there and there's a part of me that's like, I'm going to test out how close TJ is to these guys because you always talk about them. I'm like, you know, let me just try this out. And I was sitting with my friend Colleen, who used to work with Ashton. It was kind of very funny, whatever. And I say, hey, my name is Susie Schuster. I'm Rich Eisen's wife. I said, yeah, I love TJ. And they I mean, you would have thought I had said Barack Obama is sitting next to me and you want a drink. They were so excited, so fast and like they would just loved it. They say that they watch the show every day. And by the way, if you do call in.

So you want that to your Rolodex, right? You want to make sure that I wasn't B.S. and there's kind of a little bit of me that was testing the waters. I'm not going to just to see what's going on.

But I'm surprised Mila didn't say no, I don't I don't know him. By the way, Mike Hoskins is like, OK, I've had enough of this. We're going to go to break. We're going to finish up the second hour of The Rich Eisen Show in just a few. Dan Patrick calling in at the top of the hour just to help me tap dance my way to Friday. Much more Rich Eisen Show when we come back.

Just listening to an old JB Smooth interview here on The Rich Eisen Show, you can watch more clips from The Rich Eisen Show on YouTube, as well as Ron Rivera on in the first hour. We just had Doc Rivers on. We've got Dan Patrick coming up in the top of the next hour. And we've been talking all day, guys, and about this concert situation.

Taylor Swift, of course, breaking the Internet, breaking the Internet because her concert went on sale and people spent the entire day waiting to get tickets, only to get just absolutely shafted. Right. I mean, just shut out. I spent about two hours the other day trying to get some just because, you know, I'm a Rams season ticket holder. And so I get the SoFi emails about, hey, so-and-so's coming to town a presale on Wednesday. Presale on Wednesday. Special code. So I entered in my special code and I spent about two hours trying to get tickets because she's doing, I think, five shows in Los Angeles in August next summer.

Ofer. You got the burger. Didn't get a single one. Yeah, you got the burger.

I mean, the vitriol, the way people were talking online about. Yeah. Was it Ticketmaster?

Is that what it is? Ticketmaster. Pearl Jam.

Pearl Jam was right about Ticketmaster 20 years ago. Right. The worst.

The worst. You can listen to the NFL and the NFL app on via Westwood One Station streams, or by asking Alexa to open Westwood One Sports. If it's the NFL, it is on Westwood One.

I love Westwood One. I did not go online to get those tickets. I did not call in. By the way, I can't get you tickets. Everyone's like, hey, can Rich get me tickets?

It's at SoFi. I'm like, what? What are you thinking? No, he can't get you tickets. He can't get me tickets.

That's the most amazing thing, too. When people find out you work in sports, the first question, you get free tickets? That's it.

No, we do not get free tickets to anything. Also, stop asking. Here's the worst. When they don't just stop. Yeah, when they go for the parking. Can you get me parking, too? No, I can't get you parking. I can't get you a hot dog. I can't get myself parking. I can't get you a hot dog.

I mean, I can get you a hot dog, but I don't want to. So what would your concert be, TJ? If you could have any concert, any time, but you had to spend a day of your life going insane, getting hung up on, spending money, being tortured by Ticketmaster, who would it be? Well, I mean, as we've known about me, especially once the pandemic hit, I've got this like, I don't really like being in the middle of crowds anymore. You don't leave your house. I tend not to leave the house.

The world is wild and crazy and I pay too much for rent. So I'd like to stay home. I'm not really a big concert person for as much as I love music. So I can I don't know that there is any artist alive that I would sit and spend hours on to try to get tickets to then go and have to trudge to a concert and stand amongst 50,000 people. It would have to be, you know, like Doc said, it would have to be Michael Jackson. You know, it would have to be Biggie. Those would be like.

Off the top of my dome, probably those two. So you don't want to take Xander to Lizzo tomorrow night at the Forum? I'm going to go ahead and pass on that one. Right. I hope he has a great time. I really do. Oh, he will.

It's bad B o'clock. In a minute. Yeah. By the way, Rich is big on Lizzo. He loves it. Rich loves Lizzo.

Big on Lizzo. But like I said, there's not a whole lot of people that I would spend that much time to see. What is social media Meister, Grand Maester, Grand Maester of the Rich Eisen show, even though you've been apparently thrown off of Twitter? A lot of people are tweeting in what they want.

What do we got? And give them some name recognition for taking the time, by the way. Well, then I'd have to go back and, you know, some of these people have XJ 17 as their Twitter name.

That's not really worth reading. But Oasis had a few votes to Foo Fighters. Bish Led Zeppelin, of course, that would be one Springsteen. I saw a few times Pearl Jam, Outkast, Andre and Big Boy. Actually, if Outkast was having a reunion tour, I would probably do that for Outkast.

Radiohead, Alice in Chains, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Kenny G is the only answer, somebody said. Wow. I saw a kiss.

I saw a kiss. Someone else whose name was CX, Simmons 13 said Herman's Hermits. Wow. That was interesting. So I know waste is kind of like a gamble in the like the two lead singers or brothers and they would fight.

They hated each other. They got canceled. They are one of my favorite bands of all time. I love Oasis. Here's another random story back in, you know, the late 90s when I'm working a footlocker in Pittsburgh. Oasis had a concert at the Civic Arena. Fifth Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh, working a footlocker and the whole band came in, both Gallagher Brothers, the drummer.

There was four of them and they were just walking downtown by themselves and I chopped it out with them. And the one thing I didn't do, Brockman and I regret to this day, I didn't ask for a ticket to the concert. And I probably should have because I think I would have got it because they walked into our store and I was the only person who knew who Oasis was.

Because we had an in-store tape that played all the time and Champagne Supernova was on. And I was like, yo! And they were like completely shocked that I knew who they were. And we talked for like 10 minutes and I sold the drummer a pair of Adidas and they left. And I was like, why did you not ask for a ticket?

Because I think I could have got it because the combo was so good. And I think they were so like impressed at this. You know, this young brother from Pittsburgh knew who Oasis was. To this day, I do regret.

It probably canceled anyway. J. Feli, what about you? You got a minute. I said earlier, Ozzy Osbourne. And mainly because I was at Ozzfest 98 as an 8th grader. Sure you were. My buddy's mom showed up like every time they go. Is that when you got your first tattoo?

No, I was born with two. And it was time to go. And I'm like, wait, Ozzy's coming on now. So we left before Ozzy went on.

So your ride came and you had to do it. What? But I would like to see him, you know, back when he was biting Bats' heads. Biting Bats' heads. Which is before my time. So nasty. So nasty. I remember that as a child and having trauma. Just thinking about the idea of Ozzy Osbourne.

And then now living in L.A. you see him walking around all the time. So it's a little surreal. Dan Patrick will join us at the top of the third hour. Don't go anywhere.

We're going to have a crazy off the rails conversation with DP coming up next. See TJ, I'm with you. I'm not a huge concert person. There are kind of a few.

I want to knock out some of the big ones. I'd like to see the Stones at some point. But like, you didn't see the Steel Wheels tour in Foxborough? I did.

My first ever concert was at the New York State Fair in 1999. You want to know who it was? Who? Oh, I know. It was 98 Degrees and their opener was Britney Spears.

No way. I remember you told me that. That was the first time I ever went to a concert.

I was 19 years old, sophomore in college. And then, you know, I've been to Springs. I've seen Bruce and I've seen Elton John and Billy Joel and like those are pretty great. But I think for me, for this answer, this question, it'd be like early 90s Garth Brooks, like my family, like country music. And he was just such a phenomenon back then. He kind of took the country music scene by storm. He's the best selling artist, I think, of all time album sales. And I just think he put on such a show.

He'd do the specials on NBC and it just looked like such a great, like rowdy, ruckus time. I think that would be fun. I would, you know, I would do that. I'd go Beatles.

That's the only I can't think of a band I would spend a whole day waiting for other than the Beatles. I would say that'd be that'd be about it for me. Yeah. Right.

It makes sense. I saw Paul McCartney at Dodger Stadium and it was amazing. I saw Paul McCartney getting his hair cut once.

Really? And Rich was picking me up and I went and got him. I'm like, come inside. Rich was like, oh my God, Paul McCartney. I saw Paul McCartney at a Clipper game once and I think I told you guys it was amazing. He was sitting not courtside in the middle of the arena, dancing to his own songs, having a great time. It was amazing. Much more Rich Eisen Show when we come back. Third hour live ahead. Nobody tells you how to save, but nobody teaches you how to spend it. Something you should know wherever you listen.
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