MSL’s Playing Hurt Podcast: Memphis Grizzlies Season Preview Edition

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Join MSL and HardBashin producer CJ Hurt and Sports 56 producer and WUMR Sports Desk host Drew Barrett as they take you on a sports odyssey full of twists, turns, and a good time during MSL‘s Playing Hurt Podcast.

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MSL Podcast: Grizzlies 2014-15 Season Preview Show

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1)  Marcus Hunter joins Kevin Cerrito live from the best football state in the world- Mississippi. The two recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2) It’s KeVinsanity when The Memphis Flyer’s  Kevin Lipe stops by in studio to preview the 2014-15 Grizzlies season.
(Segment 3) Cerrito and Lipe discuss concerns about Vince Carter’s age and health.

 

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  HOUR 2:
(Segment 1)  Hang Up & Listen with the winner getting a $50 Standby Card to the 17th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival Plus, Cerrito and Lipe make their 2014-15 Grizzlies season predications.
(Segment 2/3) Executive director of Indie Memphis Erik Jambor joins film expert Greg Akers and Kevin Cerrito in studio to preview the 2014 festival and to help cast new Grizzlies star Vince Carter in a movie.

 VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE & BUY TIX TO INDIE MEMPHIS:  www.indiememphis.com

 

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MemphiSport Live

Kevin Cerrito hosts MemphiSport Live (MSL) with Marcus Hunter on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll. 

MSL Podcast: 10.18.14

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1)  Marcus Hunter joins Kevin Cerrito live from the best football state in the world- Mississippi. The two recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2) University of Memphis Deputy Athletic Director Wren Baker join Cerrito to talk about the decision to have controversial hip-hop artist Rick Ross perform at Memphis Madness.
(Segment 3) It’s KeVinsanity when The Memphis Flyer’s  Kevin Lipe calls in for his weekly segment to talk everything Grizzlies including preseason games Lebron James sitting out in Memphis, and more.

 

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HOUR 2:
(Segment 1)  Former WWE superstar Hurricane Helms joins Kevin Cerrito and Dustin Starr to talk about his upcoming match in Memphis and more. (Segment 2) Hang Up & Listen with the winner getting a pair of tix to Wild Fire Wrestling‘s Halloween Spooktacular “Bumps in the Night” on October 23rd at Minglewood Hall and a surprise call from WMC weatherman Tim Van Horn.
(Segment 3) Woohoos and Boos

 

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Kevin Cerrito hosts MemphiSport Live (MSL) with Marcus Hunter on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll. 

MSL Podcast: 10.11.14

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1)  Marcus Hunter joins Kevin Cerrito live from the football capital of the world- Mississippi. The two recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5 and discuss Kevin’s outrage over Rick Ross performing at Memphis Madness. 
(Segment 2) It’s KeVinsanity when The Memphis Flyer’s  Kevin Lipe calls in for his weekly segment to talk everything Grizzlies including Michael Beasley, Elliot Perry, preseason games and more.

 

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HOUR 2:

(Segment 1) Hang Up & Listen with the winner getting a pair of tix to The Fantasticks at Playhouse on the Square and conversation about Rick Ross performing at Memphis Madness..
(Segment 2)  “I Love Memphis” blogger and Kevin’s podcast co-host Holly Whitfield joins the guys in studio to talk about Halloween fun in Memphis.
(Segment 3) Woohoos and Boos

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MemphiSport Live

Kevin Cerrito hosts MemphiSport Live (MSL) with Marcus Hunter on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll. 

Kevin Durant on criticism in bolting Team USA: ‘I’ve put in work for my country’

DALLAS — Kevin Durant insists he hasn’t lost any sleep.

Even after the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar and reigning NBA Most Valuable Player was criticized for withdrawing from Team USA before the FIBA World Cup in August, Durant on Friday said he wasn’t fazed by the backlash.

“To be honest, I really don’t care,” Durant told reporters after Friday’s shootaround in American Airlines Center. “I slept the same right after I made that decision.”
An eight-year NBA veteran, Durant withdrew from Team USA, citing “mental and physical fatigue.”

KEEP IT MOVING --- Despite being criticized for withdrawing from Team USA before the FIBA World Cup in August, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar and reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant on Friday said he wasn’t fazed by the backlash. (Photo by Jim Cowert/AP)

KEEP IT MOVING — Despite being criticized for withdrawing from Team USA before the FIBA World Cup in August, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar and reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant on Friday said he wasn’t fazed by the backlash. (Photo by Jim Cowert/AP)

Durant’s decision to leave the team came days after Paul George sustained an open tibia-fibula fracture. The Indiana Pacers star landed awkwardly at the base of a basket stanchion after fouling James Harden during a Las Vegas scrimmage and is expected to miss the entire 2014-15 season.

Durant’s departure followed previous withdrawals by All-Stars Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

Consequently, various media pundits questioned Durant’s timing in leaving the team, going as far as to label the 2010 FIBA World Championship MVP a “quitter.”

“If you attended camp in Las Vegas, and if you called coach (Team USA coach) Mike Krzyzewski to ask for advice on how to be a “leader” when camp resumed in Chicago, and then you blindside Coach K and every other member of the national team, you have “quit,” longtime NBA writer Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com wrote in an August 15 column.

Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks on Friday refuted the criticism surrounding his star player, saying Durant’s decision to leave Team USA had “nothing to do with quitting.”

“Well, I haven’t heard anybody call him a quitter,” Brooks said. “Quitting is when you’re not playing, when you fall down and don’t get back up again. And that’s the last thing on Kevin’s mind. Kevin’s going to go down as one of the best players to ever play the game. And he’s obviously very talented and his work ethic is definitely at a high, high level. He goes into every offseason looking to add to his game on both ends (of the floor). “This year is no different. He’s gained some strength through all of the work he’s put in with our group. He’s come back. His attitude has always been great. His leadership skills have improved every year. I think he’s in a good position right now to lead us where we want to get to.”

Still, Durant, who scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting in 17 minutes in OKC’s 118-109 preseason win at Dallas Friday night, said he understood why he was criticized for bolting Team USA.

Many, in fact, sensed the five-time All-Star left the team, largely because he was affected by George’s gruesome injury.

 

While addressing the media on Friday, Durant said he understood why he was criticized for bolting Team USA in August. Many speculated the five-time All-Star left the team, largely because he was affected by Paul George’s season-ending leg injury during a scrimmage.

While addressing the media on Friday, Durant said he understood why he was criticized for bolting Team USA in August. Many speculated the five-time All-Star left the team, largely because he was affected by Paul George’s season-ending leg injury during a Las Vegas scrimmage. (Photo by C. L. Guy)

“I made the decision based on me, but it makes people uncomfortable,” Durant said. “So I understood and it comes with the whole territory when you do something like that. So I understand that. I try not to let it affect me and I’ll keep pushing. It’s one of those things where if you keep throwing rocks, it’s not going to penetrate because I know what I really do. I’ve put in work for my country.”

Since George’s injury, Durant said he often reaches out to the two-time All-Star, who appears to be recouping comfortably and haven’t ruled out a comeback this year.

During an interview last week, the 24-year-old George told Pacers.com’s Mark Montieth, “It’s very possible that I can play this season.”

“I talk to him all the time,” Durant said of George. “I call in and check on him. He looks like he’s doing extremely well. I saw him the other day walking with the boot. So that’s good to see that his recovery is coming along pretty well.”

As for the criticism that ensued amid a withdrawal from Team USA that “blindsided everyone,” according to Krzyzewski, Durant said that didn’t affect his offseason routine of doing the necessary things to ensure OKC remains a serious contender to compete for a championship.

Last year, the Thunder lost to eventual NBA champion San Antonio in six games in the Western Conference Finals.

“(The offseason) was fun,” Durant, the reigning NBA scoring champion, said. “I worked hard. I enjoyed my summer. That’s really it. I had a lot of off-the-court stuff to do. But what it really boiled down to was the court. I always make time to get out on the court.”

DreColumnAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send an email to andre@memphisport.net. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

MSL Podcast: Kevin Lipe and Greg Akers Guest Co-Host

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(Segment 1)  Kevin Lipe and Greg Akers recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5. 
(Segment 2) It’s KeVinsanity with a twist when the regular host of MSL Kevin Cerrito calls in to discuss weddings during the college football season, his disdain for the musical act performing at Memphis Madness, and cast Hugh Freeze in a movie.
(Segment 3) Football Gossip with Maria Garay.

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(Segment 1) Hang Up & Listen with the winner getting a $25 gift certificate to Elfo’s.
(Segment 2) Shenanigans.

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Kevin Cerrito hosts MemphiSport Live (MSL) with Marcus Hunter on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll. 

 

MSL Podcast: Memphis vs. Ole Miss Weekend 2014

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1)  Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5. Plus, the guys discuss CJ’s introduction at Best Memphis Burger Fest. (Click here to WATCH his intro).
(Segment 2) It’s KeVinsanity when The Memphis Flyer’s  Kevin Lipe calls in for his weekly segment to talk everything Grizzlies including Michael Beasley and the Grizzlies 2013-14 promotional schedule.
(Segment 3) Football Gossip with Maria Garay.

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HOUR 2:

(Segment 1) Hang Up & Listen with the winner getting a pair of tix to One Man, Two Guvnors at Playhouse on the Square.
(Segment 2) University of Memphis men’s basketball head coach
Josh Pastner joined Kevin Cerrito on MSL to celebrate his birthday weekend and talk about his new iPhone, his new Twitter account (@5050ballswinsand the Tigers’ big football game in Oxford.
(Segment 3) Woohoos and Boos

 

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Kevin Cerrito hosts MemphiSport Live (MSL) with Marcus Hunter on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll. 

 

MSL Podcast: Last Saturday Before College Football 2014

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1) Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2) It’s KeVinsanity when The Memphis Flyer’s  Kevin Lipe calls in for his weekly segment to talk everything Grizzlies.
(Segment 3) Preston McClellan from the Sporting News talks about NFL stadium improvements for the 2014 season. 

 

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HOUR 2:
(Segment 1) Hang Up & Listen with the winner getting a pair of tix to Playhouse on the Square and Maria Garay in studio.
(Segment 2) Legendary wrestling manager Jim Cornette joins Cerrito & Dustin Starr to talk about Memphis, Yokozuna, manager props and more.(Segment 3) Woohoos and Boos

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MemphiSport Live

Kevin Cerrito hosts MemphiSport Live (MSL) with Marcus Hunter on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll. 

MSL Podcast: 8.16.14

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1) Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2) Memphis Flyer writer Kevin Lipe calls in for his weekly segment to talk everything Grizzlies including the newly released 2014-15 schedule.
(Segment 3) Dustin Starr stops by in studio and announces the upcoming Memphis Wildfire Wrestling shows.


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HOUR 2:

(Segment 1)  “The Voice of Memphis Wrestling” Lance Russell joins Kevin Cerrito and  Dustin Starr to talk about his relationship with Dave Brown, his time in WCW, Jerry Lawler’s heart attack and more.
(Segment 2 & 3) More with Lance Russell as he takes listener’s phone calls and gives his thoughts on the “Banana Nose’ nickname, the future of the Mid-South Coliseum, a wrestling Hall of Fame, and more.

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MemphiSport Live

Kevin Cerrito hosts MemphiSport Live (MSL) with Marcus Hunter on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll. 

MSL Podcast: 8.9.14

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HOUR 1:

(Segment 1) CJ Hurt gets ready for Red Bull’s King of the RockMarcus Hunter is in studio and helps Kevin Cerrito recap the week’s biggest stories during the Starting 5.
(Segment 2) Memphis Flyer writer Kevin Lipe stops by studio for his weekly segment to talk everything Grizzlies including how the preseason schedule and  Kevin Love.
(Segment 3) More with Lipe.


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HOUR 2:

(Segment 1)  Hang Up & Listen with the winner getting a Smoothie King Collierville party for 20.
(Segment 2) “I Love Memphis” blogger and podcaster Holly Whitfield joins the guys live to talk about ways to celebrate your birthday in Memphis.
(Segment 3) Woohoos and Boos.


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MemphiSport Live

Kevin Cerrito hosts MemphiSport Live (MSL) with Marcus Hunter on Sports 56 & 87.7 FM every Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. MSL was voted 3rd Best Sports Radio Show in the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis poll.