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April 6, 2023 3:10 pm

Connecticut Men’s Basketball Coach Dan Hurley tells Rich what his week has been like after winning UConn’s 5th national championship in school history, recounts Adama Sanogo’s incredible rise from soccer goalie in his native Mali to one of the top players in college basketball, recounts his rollercoaster ride as a player and coach, and says if he thinks UConn can run it back next season. 

Actor Everett Osborne joins Rich in-studio to discuss his starring role in the new ‘Sweetwater’ movie about the first player to break the NBA’s color barrier, questions if Rich’s Staten Island is truly a part of New York, and recounts his hoops journey that took him from California to Texas to Australia including beating a certain Curry brother in a game of 1-on-1.

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We wake up every day saying how can we make this show better than the day before because we're lead pipe wielding professionals. This is the Rich Eisen Show. The MVP race is over.

Live from the Rich Eisen Show studio in Los Angeles. As you know, I'm a Jokic guy. I'm a big Giannis fan, as you know.

I gotta tell you, Joel Embiid deserves to be the MVP of the NBA. Earlier on the show, host of Peacock's Pro Football Talk, Mike Florio. Still to come, from the new film Sweetwater, actor Everett Osborne, UConn head coach Dan Hurley. And now, it's Rich Eisen.

Hour number 3 of the Rich Eisen Show is on the air. 844204 Rich is the number to dial and Dan Hurley of UConn about to call into this program also in this hour. Everett Osborne, the actor in the new film Sweetwater that's going to be available next week based on Sweetwater Clifton. One of the first African Americans to suit it up in the NBA. Formerly of the Harlem Globetrotters as well. Played for the Knicks back in the day. Everett plays Sweetwater and he's coming into our studio in about 15 some odd minutes time.

It'll be a fun conversation with him. Mike Florio joined us in hour number 2 to tell us everything that he knows about Mac Jones being put on the block by the Patriots. No trade was happening.

I guess, Chris, does it make you feel any better that it wasn't, according to Mike, recently happening? That it was before Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo made all their moves? Or did it give you any sense of like you could have swapped out Mac for Jimmy G, swapped out Mac for Derek Carr if that had happened? I was interested in Derek Carr, but... So, I mean, the fact that Bill might have explored that, you got to give it up to him, don't you think?

Makes it seem like he hasn't lost a step if something like that happens, right? Well, as he told me earlier, you just look back to the last 25 years. Oh my word, this guy over there. Let's just focus on championships on the border of New England or in New England. How does that sound? Sure, I'll take that.

Let's do that. Thrilled to have here on the Rich Eisen Show, the head coach of the national champion Yukon men's basketball team. He is none other than Dan Hurley, kind enough to call into the Rich Eisen Show just mere days after it all going down against San Diego State and Houston. How are you, coach?

Rich, I'm good, man. Pleasure to be on the team, man. Thank you.

Right back at you. Sounds like you still need, you know, your throat's still tournament tested. It sounds like your voice, coach, you know, still horse. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Definitely, definitely still horse. But, you know, the boys played at such a high level that, you know, I didn't have to really work that hard. Oh, my gosh, that is fantastic. Where's the net that you cut down right now? Where does that net reside, coach? Where is that?

You know, I don't know. And I the turnaround from Vegas to Houston was so quick that I think I might have mixed up the nets from from the West region and the Matty. So I'm going to have to get like swabs and like DNA tests and try to figure out which one goes where. Be careful doing a DNA test with anything from Las Vegas, coach. But you knew that already. Just be careful.

Just be careful on that front. But so let me ask you this. When was the first time you laid eyes on Adama Sanogo?

What was that? Yes. So I took her. She was an underclassman. You know, he he he reclassified up like like a lot of like some top players are doing. So I went to him as a junior. This was right before Covid, maybe about, you know, just maybe six weeks before. So I got a chance to see him live and in person play in the Philadelphia area.

And I mean, the guy was just a physical specimen. And and then during that, that Covid, he actually, you know, reclassed up, you know, at the end of that school year and was enrolling as a freshman. So his recruitment got set up to just like a 10 days worth of Zooms. He was about to pick another school. We kind of weathered the storm, talked him out of it.

And the rest, as I say, is no doubt history. It just he seems to have an uncanny knack for not just finding the basketball, but creating the opportunity to receive it. He he he is I mean, when he seals, you're not breaking that seal, coach, period.

Yeah, no, he's a he's a that's a strong man. And his guys just like got an unbelievable competitive will and he's got an incredible off the chart work ethic. And, you know, it's just very advanced in terms of how he processes the game being a guy that's only played basketball. You know, he's got that typical, you know, background that that some guy from Mali or Nigeria where he was a soccer goalie had basically been playing basketball for five years up to this final four.

But, you know, he has like that rare ability to, you know, to play offense at a high level just because, you know, the guy has just got an incredible, incredible feel for sports. And when did you get the sense that this could be it? This is the team for you and for the school and for them.

When did that first not turn? Yeah, not during the summer because I thought we were bad in the summer. I was nervous. We would sometimes have, you know, like you get out of a summer practice, you go to the coach's locker room. I think I heard associate head coach Kamani Young talking to the great Luke Murray and asking him if he thought we'd be in Dayton for the play. And I heard them saying that and that didn't do much for my confidence during summer practices. But we got to a close scrimmage with Virginia.

We knew Virginia was going to be really good. Andre Jackson was hurt. He missed the scrimmage and we still played them to like a one possession game. Jordan Hawkins dropped 30.

Sanogo had like 24 and 12. And then once we got Andre back that we were going to have a squat. Dan Hurley here on the Rich Eisen Show. UConn head basketball coach fresh off of beating San Diego State and the rest of the tournament field to win it all. Fifth championship for this school. The fact that this is now being discussed, you know, you're UConn is now on the same numerical conversation. Indiana, the same number of basketball championships is Duke.

What does that mean? Do you think, coach? Yeah, it's, you know, Gino and Coach Calhoun, you know, what they've built here from a basketball standpoint, you know, it's truly they call this place, you know, the basketball capital of the world. You know, and obviously what's what goes on, what's gone on in terms of success, championships and the iconic players, men's and women's. It's created a brand in college basketball that is second to none.

And, you know, that should qualify it for blue blood status. I don't know who decides that. Is there a panel of sports writers? I don't know who came up with that. I don't know who was in charge. But those guys, I mean, they built this incredible brand and the university. When the Whalers left, obviously, you know, the Huskies mean everything through the state of Connecticut, but we're the professional sports franchise in the state.

Let's talk about you a little bit, if you don't mind, Coach Dan Hurley. The fact that your family was there, your dad was there, P.J. Carlissimo was there, it kind of did you look around as you're cutting down a net, seeing your college coach, seeing your brother, your family, your dad. I mean, it had to be like a dream for you, you know? Yeah, it was. It was surreal.

The whole thing was surreal. I always feel like, you know, like at Rhode Island, I had an excellent, I had some excellent teams late in my time there. And, you know, I think in year five, we had a great team that, you know, there was a great Oregon team with Dylan Brooks that were up five with two minutes to go in that game. And, you know, to get to a sweet 16s and, you know, we kind of, you know, we blew it a little bit, you know, and as a player, I had a lot of moments in my career, which I thought, you know, we're going to be truly breakthrough moments.

And as a player, I always seemed to come up a little bit short. It was a surreal feeling to me, just with everything I've experienced in basketball. It really enriched that it was going so well. I was waiting for it to turn to, you know what, at some different points, but I had tremendous people around me on the journey. It was like, you know, to have my brother and obviously my wife, Andrea, my two boys, one that's on the team that got in every game, so that now I'm good at home for a while, you know?

If that don't make her happy, a Jersey girl, a cheap cat, then I don't know what will. P.J., I mean, it was surreal, the whole experience and getting to the top of the mountain with all those, all these important people in my life around. Yeah, I mean, I didn't even bring up the fact that it was your son, Andrew, who dribbled out the clock, too. I mean, come on, you can't make it up.

This cannot be made up. Yeah, and he buried me in a couple of the other games. I didn't think he was very good against Gonzaga. I think he committed a foul, he missed the block out, and then he turned the ball over. And then he turned the ball over versus Miami when I told him to break the count, because the ref was counting. So he picked up back-to-back turnovers in his last two appearances with, I believe, two fouls. So he hurt our analytics. He hurt a lot of our overall numbers as a team. Well, he was just saving his best for the actual, you know, net cutting for the whole tournament, coach, you know?

He was just, he was focused on the task at hand on that one. No question about that. And look, by the way, I'm from Staten Island, so anybody who's coached... Joe and Pat? Joe and Pat. So did you order from Joe and Pat's in the Wagner College film session nights? Is that what you're, up there in Grimes Hill? Yeah, it ate up most of our budget.

That, yeah, not the same resources. The Roadhouse, we had, right at the bottom of Grimes Hill, that was our go-to spot, big closing dinner spot in recruiting. And again, that's PJ's old haunt as well. I mean, would you mind sharing, what conversation did you have with PJ Carlessimo? And was it lost on you or him at all that the head coach of San Diego State was an assistant of Steve Fisher's on the night in 1989, the same night 34 years before, Dan?

Was that lost? Yeah, I mean, we talked about that call in the beginning of the tournament, and then it was brought to my attention. And I didn't say anything to him about it, but I was thinking about it. And, you know, it's like we both had some tears in several of the times we sat down and did the radio interviews, because when I went to play for him, I was a mess, so I should have been better for him. We had, my sophomore year, we had a team that was a two seed in the NCAA tournament. We rolled through the Big East regular season. And in conference tournament, we smoked Syracuse by like 35 in the Big East tournament finals, and we were rolling into the NCAA tournament. And like, I know he needed more for me for us to be like better, like potential Final Four team.

And during that time, so by the end of that tournament, I was like sobbing and apologizing to him for being a mess when I was 20. You mean you did that on Monday night? You told him that?

Is that what you're saying? No, no, Sunday. Sunday? So the day before- We did the media with it, yeah.

Really? In fact, the day before I'm playing for the national championship, I'm apologizing to my old college coach that I didn't live up to what he needed from me. What did he say to that? What did he say to that?

Like most people do, when somebody thinks you're crazy, they just, they hug you and tell you, no, no. Well, you got- That's how I felt. And I wanted to get that off my chest because I think a lot has been, like my career there wasn't what it shouldn't have been. And to a degree, I think a lot of that, even when you're so far removed from it, when you put so much into your career in something, it still haunts you.

When I see, when you relive parts of things where you know you could have been better. And now that I'm a coach, obviously I understand his perspective a lot better. That's about to say, I'd imagine those experiences, you know, I could say forget about your hall of fame high school coach or a father, but I mean these experiences you personally went through player and whatever struggles you had and were going through has to have made you a better coach, I would assume. Yeah.

Right? I think, no doubt, no doubt. The pedigree in the household with, you know, my dad is as great a basketball coach as anyone in his generation at any level and anyone that knows the game truly that has spent any time around my dad on a basketball court will tell you that. And then Bob, you know, everything that Bob did in basketball and I couldn't have had better pedigree. And then you add into that, just dealing with a lot of adversity and being a lot more relatable to all your players. I mean, majority of your roster is going to struggle during the course of the year and is going to struggle in their career.

I mean, there's very few Adama Sanogos or Jordan Hawkins, you know, or Andre Jackson. Actually, you know what, I don't have too many guys on the team. But yeah, but you know, it makes you relatable, I think, and the best coaches, I think, just that they understand the minds and can really help those players that are going through difficult times.

And I guess I mandated in my position to ask you about running it back. You think you're going to get all the kids back or what's your sense as we're sitting here 72 hours after cutting down that coach? Yeah, I think that there's going to be definitely the potential for a couple guys to move on with their career.

I mean, they've climbed to the top of the mountain. It's rare in the relationship between player and coach where you both kind of get what each other wants, right, where the players deliver you the championship, the team thing, and then they put themselves in the best possible position to live their dreams. So it's like, I think, you know, it'll be a thrill to see these guys that end up making the move, you know, make that move. But we will be returning some outstanding young players that will potentially be high picks in next year's draft. We also bring in a recruiting class that is loaded. This is by far the best class that we've brought in, and it's not even close.

And then I'd imagine that we're not going to have to do some help that we need out of the portal. I don't think that we're going to have to beg the same way that we have maybe in past cycles because UConn is back. UConn is back to putting the guys in the NBA draft and hanging banners. Congratulations on that.

Last one for you. Let's drop names. Who'd you hear from? Who'd you get a text from where you're like, oh, okay, that's pretty cool.

Did you get one of those? Well, yeah, I mean, Georgia Scander. I mean, as a kid, I grew up with Jersey City. I had seen him in maybe like 35 years, but then he went to every one of my postseason games. Like, I hadn't seen him since I was in high school. He just grew up in Jersey City in my neighborhood. And I'm like, all right, that's good juju. So I'm going to put I'm going to get him on the ticket list.

So there's some like strange ones like that where I got reconnected with people I haven't seen in years. I don't know. I think Coach K, I still get like, Coach K, I'd say I still get a little even though Coach Bob, I mean, that's like, when you hear from him, you're like, get out of tension.

He's very, you know, he got a persona about him and he's got such grace and dignity, which I can't relate to the way I act. I would say that more. Yeah, I don't know. That's cool. I haven't looked. I got 800 messages. Oh, a lot of them. I got back.

Are you serious? What was the number when you got back to your phone? What did it say on the green dot on the phone? It got to the high nines.

I would never let it crack a thousand. But I think I'm at like 800 messages right now. So I got work to do. I'm from Staten Island, New Jersey City. I feel like we're neighbors. So congratulations.

Yeah, there's what, multiple bridges and tunnels connecting our worlds. Thanks again for the call. Greatly appreciate it. Congratulations.

It was a blast watching it. You be well. Thanks, man. You got it. You got it.

You got same right back at you. That's Dan Hurley right here on The Rich Eisen Show, fresh off of Yukon beating San Diego State. How about that story, Mikey? He goes to P.J. Carlessimo in tears saying, I'm sorry, I wasn't good enough for good for you back in the 90s. He's getting coach. He's about to coach the national championship. P.J. is there calling the game for Westwood one. I love stories like that.

They break your heart. And also, again, Dan Hurley may be a Yukon guy by way of Rhode Island. He coached at Wagner College High School basketball in New Jersey, where he's from. And you just heard I used to say it this way to when I started in my career, the NCAA tournament. You heard him say that word tournament. Also, it had to be tough for him, you know, with Bobby success. You mentioned that on Tuesday when he called in.

That's just you're the younger brother. That's always just such big shoes to fill. And he I mean, no offense, he just wasn't going to be Bobby Hurley. That's part of the reason why Jay referred to the difficult times that he had and why Dan was calling himself, quote unquote, a mess. I mean, I was at Seton Hall when Danny came in. Yeah. Ninety one.

That was my third, second or third year. And I remember because it was like Bobby, Bobby, Bobby, Bobby, Bobby, Danny came in and he wasn't like. You know, he was average and everybody wanted and they're like, oh, where's the Bobby in Danny and the father?

It can't be easy, man. And it was just one of the kind of sad to have one of the many reasons why Serena is the greatest of all time. Yeah, because think about that.

I remember when she showed up when I was on SportsCenter and she showed up, it was like, oh, this is Venus's younger sister. What's she going to do? Yeah. Change the game is what she's going to do. Let's take a look at changing the game. The man who plays Nat Sweetwater Clifton in the new film Sweetwater, Everett Osborn is joining us here. Apparently he was at the celebrity NBA All-Star game. Hooping it up.

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Wherever you listen. Everett Osborne here on the Rich Eisen Show just saw a clip of Sweetwater available in theaters near you about the brilliant Nat Clifton in his story, helping break the color barrier in the NBA way back in the day. I can't believe this movie's this story's never been told in a movie before. You and me both.

You and me both Rich. It's crazy because director, shout out to him and the writer, Martin Gigi. He's had this for over 28 years. To think I was actually two years old when he started doing his research. He grabbed the actual Yellow Pages cold call.

There was no Google. So it's crazy that this story wasn't made at all. But it's the perfect time. It is.

It is the perfect time. It's a great story to be told. And how did you get associated with the project of playing Nat Clifton? A dream.

I can't even strategically tell you how it happened. I just know as the actor, come home, have a regular self-taped script that you have to do. So I print out the paper. I read it. I'm like, wow. It's the story of the first African-American to sign an NBA contract. Yes.

And to change the game. So that's how my process works. So I saw it and initially I just went straight in, did my research and put in a self-tape at home, which is what we usually do. And then a week and a half later, I got a call to go to Warner Brothers and do the audition in person. And also to add to that, they wanted to see me, not just the actor, but the basketball player as well. So me and my uncle went to a gym and I had to record me playing ball, just like Sweetwater back in that time, 1950s. And Chuck Taylors doing all dunks, all shots, 10 in a row was me, no cuts, no edits. So I sent that over and the acting side and the stars just aligned.

Okay. Now I'm going to pick this out of that fascinating story. Was it your choice to put on Chuck Taylors or did they tell you you needed to put on Chuck Taylors to make this recording?

That's a great question. I mean, to be honest, yeah, seriously, because I pretty much had like two and a half weeks to prepare for this role. So no choice, every choice was informed by me for the character and the audition because I had to show up as Sweetwater. And I knew that. I knew that the timeframe was short. So everything I did was informed by me and they loved it.

The director said I walked in as I am, quote unquote, and everybody was on the same accord. And you do have a history of playing, though, yourself, though. Yeah. It's not like your first time like, oh, let me just try and get get up to speed on playing basketball. I do have a history. I mean, I play professional in Australia, play Division one in Texas, grew up here in Los Angeles, California, went to high school here.

So I've been playing ball my whole life. Which high school? Palisades High School. OK, very good. Shout out to Palisades.

Just a little time, El Segundo Eagles, so shout out to them. Well, this is your hometown. Exactly. That's where I'm wearing the gold. Oh, is that right? Yeah, everything is strategic. Yeah, we don't play around here, man. Understood.

It has to be. And where in Texas did you play? Texas Rio Grande Valley.

OK. So it's McAllen, Texas, actually the only school that offered me at the time. And I went with it and it was life changing. I was the president of all student athletes there. It was a crazy experience. I don't want to go down that rabbit hole, but it was a crazy, beautiful experience to show how basketball can change your world and environment.

So I did have history to answer your question, but it's interesting because I didn't have history playing in 1950. I didn't have history playing in the 40s and 30s, so I literally had to put my world aside and absorb a whole new world, whole new style of play, whole new understanding of life in the game to truly take on the Sweetwater role or else I would have been shortchanging the story and him. But for you to play the role of a guy who helped break a barrier to make your entire journey to this role possible.

Not just as an actor, but also to have the realistic look to your acting role. That had to blow your mind a little bit here. Blew my mind a lot.

Blew my mind a lot. It was just crazy. I didn't even know who this guy was. And the beautiful thing about Sweetwater was he wasn't just the first to break the color barrier as a black man. It's what he brought to the game that really set him apart. He was innovative. The creativity, the style, the flair. The game saw nothing like that before.

It was very boxed in. He played for the Harlem Globetrotters before. He brought that game, that freedom that we love watching today, he brought that to the league and it was very disruptive as all change is. So seeing what he did and seeing the grace that came after him, Dr. J's, Elgin Baylor's, Connie Hawkins, Julius Ervin's, Michael Jordan.

Even Michael Jordan said, there's no Michael Jordan without Sweetwater. So to think, like you said, this creativity that we love came from this man, then I have the responsibility to now portray this role and to live in this truth was mind blowing. To answer your question, man, is a complete honor. Everett Osborne here on the Rich Eisen Show playing Sweetwater and you said you hadn't heard the story. And prior to you sitting down, you asked me if I had heard the story and I said, yes, I'm from New York. And you had just heard in the green room, my interviewer, Dan Hurley, bringing up where I'm from in New York. And go ahead, say what you said to me.

Everett, it's OK. We're in a safe space. I believe it. I believe it. All right. Well, you said you're from New York.

And I said, I thought you said Staten Island. I felt a disconnect. Is there a disconnect? My man.

Am I missing something? My man, we just became best friends. I cannot believe my New York City credentials being from Staten Island, the fifth and forgotten borough of Staten Island, is being questioned by somebody who's from the Palisades. OK, OK. I mean, not from the Palisades. Let's get this.

Let's get this together. But you don't like the way I just painted with a broad brush where you're from. You know, right. You didn't like that feeling, did you? In this moment, there's understanding, there's connection, there's truth. Yes. I embrace it. You know what?

Staten Island is New York. Yes, it is. No, no, no. Everett, dig your feet in. In this moment. Take a stand. Well, listen, you have to understand, right? You know, there's multiple truths in this world. You're right. He's right. I understand.

I see both sides. The disrespect coming from the same chair where Method Man once sat. When you said the same thing to him.

I did. Mr. Staten Island himself. Shout out to Method Man. We have met the man. We have Rich Eisen. That's true.

We have greats to lean on. That's right. And I'm grateful. Thank you very much. Thanks, my guy. Greatly appreciate it. Greatly appreciate it.

Everett Osborne here on The Rich Eisen Show. And so let's dive in a little bit to your playing career. You said you played professionally in Australia? In Australia. How did you wind up there?

Started off doing a mission trip in New Zealand. I had no offers. So to be honest, I averaged four points a game in college. So at Division I, you average four points a game.

You're not good enough to go pro. No way. No how.

Right. So I had to just dig, dig, dig. Woke up at 4.30 every morning. Just believed. I just knew that basketball was for me even if there was no proof.

Lo and behold, stars in line. I got offered to go on a mission trip with a team called Athletes in Action. Sure. We went to New Zealand for two weeks. Killed over there.

I mean, I put up 30 points playing against top competition over there. Really? Yeah, yeah. Went on a tear.

Right? So then after that, I heard nothing. And I ended up training for G-League teams. Got put in the draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers G-League team. Didn't get drafted.

Had no agent at the time. And a week later, once I didn't get drafted, a coach from Australia called me and said, Hey, I've been watching you for a year. And during that time in the summer in L.A., right, I was playing in the Drew League.

I just got MVP of one of the games in the Drew League where a lot of NBA players play today. Sure. Of course. We know. So I think the coach was just tracking me, following me for a whole year.

So you never know who's watching you. And I was just stayed prepared, stayed ready, and I got the call. And I was ready. And I went to Australia because that was the only option I had.

Australia wasn't a big league at that time like it is now. I mean, you got the mellow ball that came out of there. So for me during that time, it was just a risk. It was all I had. And I went with it.

And it worked out. And it's kind of interesting because watching that Sweetwater clip, I'm thinking about some similarities how Coach Lapjic comes to him. And he's talking to him about the New York Knicks. And Sweetwater starts telling him, like, I know who's on your team. And that just shows you the preparation, the mind. He was ready for that next level, even if he didn't know there was a possible way. He was still studying his mind. His spirit was still reaching for higher, not just wanting to have a goal, but actually preparing for that mentally.

And he was able to step in that opportunity as well. It is pretty neat. Give me the name of somebody who's the best player you've been on the court with in your, whether it's high school or collegiate league, Australia. I wish I had a twin. I wish I had a twin. I'll say him. Nice.

I like it. But the best player I've been on the court with, I mean, I spent summers training with a lot of greats. I spent summers playing with Phoenix Suns. I've never said this, but I did beat Seth Curry one-on-one. Where was Seth?

And he's a great player. You said Seth, right? Seth, yeah. I beat Seth one-on-one. He's a great guy. He is? And the best player I've been on the court with, though, it's kind of tough to say.

I mean, I've been with a lot of great players from LA. Drop a name. Go ahead. Drop a name.

Go for it. It's okay. Let's see the best. Shout out to Devin Booker. I'll say Devin. He put up 70-plus, so I played pickup with him when I was training with the Phoenix Suns, so I'll say him.

Okay, 70 in the NBA, not against you on that day. No, no, but that's why I'm going to say him. I mean, because whoever I've been on the court with, he's probably put up the most points. I'll say Devin. And he's up and coming.

He's still going. He's still young, so I shout out to Devin Booker. And so when you step on the court for the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, you must have been like, I got this. I mean, come on. DK Metcalf's going to step on my court.

I understand he's an NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver. Yeah. I mean, get out of here, right?

You had to say, you've got the game for this event. You know what's crazy about that is? Look at you, by the way, right there. I like it. Oh, wow. That's beautiful. Actually, I think that one was a...

I don't know. That wasn't the dunk. That wasn't the dunk? That was the one where we flushed it, man, in the second half. That was so beautiful.

Okay. Ran next to Shaq, did the fist with the muscle. Did you really? I shook Jeremy Pittman's hand as if he was Coach Lapchick because he was right on the court. It was a beautiful moment.

He couldn't make it. It was so much magic that happened, man. It was like an epitome of how the film was, just a lot of magic you couldn't make up. Seriously, it was just God moments. But yeah, the All-Star Game was beautiful.

I mean, it ended up breaking the scoring record, 23 points on MJ's birthday, 23 for 23. Oh. So I didn't really expect much but to have fun and play ball, but I knew that it was going to be competitive because... Hey, there's Simulu right there. Shout out to him. That's who you're shooting over? Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Simulu, yeah. He's a great guy. Well, he's a great guy. He needs to close a little better, I think. A little bit. I mean, but he's doing his best.

You see the full arm extension? He's doing his best. He did his best, right? Which I knew was going to happen. I knew there was a lot of great people there and everyone's going to compete. And they said that that was probably the most competitive game All-Star Weekend was that celebrity game. They said they've never seen a celebrity game that competitive ever.

So I take pride in that. The actual All-Star Game wasn't competitive, so that's not a very high bar. No, it wasn't.

It wasn't. So was DK on your team or is he... DK, I played against DK. But he was a great competitor. I mean, All-Star competition, right? And what's crazy is we played at the University of Utah and that's where I played my first game in Texas.

Our first game was at the University of Utah against the Utes, Delon Wright, Kyle Kuzma. And it was a full circle moment for me, man. So it was beautiful. Look at you.

And then you're there and your movie's coming out two months later. Yeah. Can't make it up.

You cannot. Could not make it up, yeah. So did you try to dunk on DK or like you had to? I'm already picking up from you. Here's what I'm picking up, Everett. I'm picking up. You've got a very confident way about yourself and your ability, certainly on a basketball court.

You had to go into this game thinking, if DK is going to try and be outside the circle, I don't care. I'm going to go over him. You had to say that in your head. You're a very smart man. Thank you. I appreciate that. That was a thought. I'm not going to lie.

I thought that. I wanted that, actually. I wanted to catch a body on somebody. But nah, it didn't happen. But we still got a nice dunk, one dribble pass, three-point line, nice flush. It was fun. It was a great environment, great team. It was so beautiful to see the basketball world, the entertainment world combined.

The Sweetwater trailer released that day as well. The NBA has been a huge partner with us with this film. I think it's a testament to what's going on. This is a true, authentic story. Like you said, it's been so long that we haven't heard about this story.

So to have true sponsorship with the NBA and them backing it is a huge testament to, okay, this is a true, real story. And Sweetwater's family is involved as well. So his daughter, Jatonne Robertson, she was on set. She was there. She's been involved. Martine has done a really good job of pretty much tying on both ends, keeping this whole thing pretty much consistent and authentic. That had to be some pressure, the kids on the set.

Yeah. It kind of was, but it wasn't because we were two weeks into filming already, and she shows up, and it was so beautiful seeing her face. She looks just like her.

She's tall, very calm, peaceful, graceful human being. And she looked at me. She's like, wow, you have my dad's spirit. And that was kind of crazy for me to hear during that moment, but it was beautiful because that let us know we were on the right track. That let us know that through all the 28 years of research that the script had, it was supported, it was true, it was raw. Because even from her mouth, she said, this is something my dad would say. This is how he would be. And it was right on track. So it wasn't as much pressure, but it's actually a weight off my shoulders knowing that, okay, if anyone I care about who cares about this performance, it's them, it's their family, and at least she's okay with it.

Well, and no, so is there any pressure? That's Richard Dreyfuss, for crying out loud, sitting, acting in scenes. I mean, it's Richard Dreyfuss. That's it. It's Kevin Pollak.

It's Kari Ewes. It's so many greats, man. Look at them.

It's just, it's so beautiful. But you know what's interesting is living in the world of Sweetwater, he knew during that time those people were important. You know, so I didn't, I never was in Everett world.

It was always Sweetwater world, and how can we make this world, what value does this provide me? I wasn't looking at Richard Dreyfuss, Kari Ewes. I was, okay, this is Mr. Portoloff, right?

This is Ned Irish. So we just live in that world, and the beautiful thing about those legends we just saw, they've been in this game for so long. Oh, yeah. The stage showed up every day like it was their first and last day. I promise you I'm not just saying that.

Like every day, even Richard, he's like still figuring out how to make each scene the best. What can we bring? It's just not stopping as far as reaching that level of excellence and just being present, and just awesome people, awesome servants to this industry, and I'm grateful. Well, I appreciate you letting me into Everett world for a few minutes here, and you come back any time. Thank you, man. You come back any time. Congratulations on this.

I appreciate it. So are you a Laker or a Clipper? What are you?

Well, a Clipper's just one. Oh, yeah. You trying to set me up? No, I'm just...

It's not a set up. No, no. You're from the Palisades, so I figure you're a Laker fan.

To be specific, Robertson Boulevard, Robertson Park's where I grew up since the age of four. To be specific, if we don't know, just let you know. I chapped one more time. Boy, you got sharp elbows in the paint.

Okay, very good. No, no, but I grew up watching the Lakers. The late, great Kobe Bryant, I saw him do three-peat with Shaq. I'm a Laker fan because I saw what Kobe did. I love LeBron as well. But, man, I love how Russell Westbrook plays. He's from L.A. Hard work is my guy. Norman Powell plays for them as well.

Corey Leonard. I mean, Paul George, I've worked out with him at Santa Monica Stairs before, so... I mean, I'm connected to L.A. I'm born and raised in L.A., and it's beautiful just to be here during this time. Basketball's at an all-time high, and I'm happy to be in the middle of it. Well, congrats on being in the middle of it through a terrific film, Sweetwater, about Nat Sweetwater Clifton available in theaters Friday. That's next week, April 14th.

The man who plays Sweetwater, Everett Osborn. Pleasure meeting you. Come back any time you like.

Rich, I will, man. It's been an honor. Thank you. Thank you for saying that.

Greatly appreciate it. That's not Palisades' own, along with Staten Island's own here on the Rich Eisen Show. Everybody check out Everett Osborn out at Everett Osborn on both Twitter and Instagram as well. Back to wrap up the show in a sec. Back here on the Rich Eisen Show, Everett Osborn leaving the set right now.

I love that. You just said goodbye, T.J. Tonight at Passover, we call that a Jewish goodbye. In Staten Island, in New York City.

So we call it. Yes, you were adjacent. You were adjacent. You didn't like it when I'm like, oh, you're from the Palisades. See? New York adjacent.

You know, two can play at that game. New Jersey. Very funny. Sit at the Rich Eisen Show desk, furnished by Grainger with supplies and solutions for every industry. Grainger is the right product for you.

Call or just stop by. Did he say he worked out with Paul George? Yeah. So he helped him manage the load?

Is that what he was doing? Whoa, easy, no. Paul George is injured right now.

Before he got injured. OK. Kick a man when he's down. I'm not kicking him. I'm not kicking him. How am I kicking him? Because you just did.

He was a load managed player. You want to talk about, you know. Should we snap his leg in two? All right.

Sometimes you gotta manage these things. You know what the NBA should do? They should come up with the all NBA load managed team. Kawhi's on it. Who else is on it?

I don't know. Who is the most you can look it up. I'm sure this stuff can be looked up like who did not play back to backs all year long because of injury management. This season? Of an injury that they did not have.

Like I could get it like 20 games. Anthony Davis misses. He hadn't played back to back since November. And last night was his first back to back he played since November. The guy had 20 games he missed with a foot injury. And he even said after the game, I'm all right, but I felt better.

Like I get it. I'm talking about injuries that were suffered. Not this season. Whoever didn't play back to backs, let's get the best player. And I bet you we could fill out a center, two forwards and two guards. For first NBA first team load managed. Kawhi's on it.

Kawhi's on that team. I don't see this stat anywhere yet. It's not a real stat.

It's not a real stat. You know why? Because no one's going to keep it.

No one's going to keep it. And whoever's the best player gets a trophy named after which is a trophy. And whoever's the best player gets a trophy named after whichever health analytics assistant came up with the idea of like, let's start resting people.

By coming up with a plan in August that we're going to stick to all the way through to March and April. Leave players looking like they don't want to play basketball. Who's with me? I think this is just your hill to die on, man. First team all NBA load managed. Let's do it. I can't even find the load management stats, though. And the fans who vote on the players, it's a fan vote. And only fans who paid for tickets and didn't see these players because they were being load managed are allowed to vote. What do you think?

I think it's a great idea. A scarred man. I felt like what? A scarred man.

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I love the birds. Shane Lowry is your leader in the clubhouse at four under from what I can see. Yes. But there's three on the course that have better, that have better, better marks. Correct?

Rich, former champ Adam Scott, eagled. Yeah. Thirteen. He's at five under.

Okay. Xander Shoffley's on fire. He's five under. With Scott Van Pelt's pick. Chasing Victor Hovland.

Victor Hovland. Seven under through sixteen. Jon Rahm just added to the group at five under with a birdie on fifteen. Okay.

As well. Shane Lowry, Brooks Koepka, Sam Burns started birdie eagle. He's four under through four. Look at that. Can you imagine you're playing in the Masters. You walk into the fifth hole and you're already four under.

I couldn't imagine what that would feel like. He won the match play two weeks ago. Keep an eye out for Sam Burns. Chris Kirk, three under. Cam Young, another guy that Van Pelt highlighted.

Started out hot as I said earlier. Birdie's on the first three holes. He's three under through fourteen. The amateur Sam Bennett, okay, also started birdie eagle. In the history of the Masters, no one's ever started the tournament. Birdie eagle, two guys did it. Sam Bennett.

Sam Burns. Nobody's ever strolled to the third tee. Three under. Three under. In the history of the Masters.

It's happened twice today. And one of them's an amateur. One of them's an amateur, Sam Bennett.

He's three under through four. It's tough to call him an amateur. I know they're not getting paid, but there's no name image in likeness deal in golf? He probably has the name image. That's what I'm saying.

So he's an amateur, but we're still going to call him an amateur? He won last year's USAM at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey. Ridgewood? Now it looks like Adam Scott has taken that chocolate chip cookie skillet that he got the other night. He wants another jacket.

Probably let out the jacket, that chocolate chip cookie skillet. I don't think so. Have you seen Adam Scott? I have seen him.

Dude, as you know, I played at the Genesis with him. He played his college golf in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV's finest.

Adam Scott. I can only imagine how he did on the weekend, CJ. I think he made the cut. He made the cut. What are you talking about? If that's what you're referring to. I don't think so. You made the cut? That's what I'm referring to. Nice.

That's not where my head went. Jason Kelsey's going to be, we're going to be saying goodbye to him at this point tomorrow after a full hour in studio. You know what was also on tomorrow's show? Joey Porter Jr. is on tomorrow's program. You know what was also on tomorrow's program?

Russell Crowe. Oh, yeah. That's how we're rolling into the weekend. Yeah.

And us. In the movie, I have no intention of watching. I'm sorry. I can't.

Which is what? The Pope's Exorcist? I saw the trailer. I'm going to have to sit this one. I'm going to have to sit and not have you at hello. Because the Pope does apparently have a real exorcist. This looks scary.

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