Aug 12, 2022
Jeffrey Toobin Out at CNN After 20 Years — And One Notable Controversy
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“Friends, I’ve decided that, after 20 years, I’m leaving @cnn after my vacation,” Toobin wrote on Twitter.
Friends, I’ve decided that, after 20 years, I’m leaving @cnn after my vacation. Was great to spend my last day on air with pals Wolf, Anderson and Don.Love all my former colleagues. Watch for my next book, about the Oklahoma City bombing, coming in 2023 from @simonandschuster
— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) August 12, 2022
In 2020, Toobin was fired by the New Yorker, where he served as a staff writer, after he was caught masturbating during a staff zoom call. After an investigation into the incident, Toobin issued a statement expressing his regret. He was initially suspended from the New Yorker and asked for time off from CNN to deal with personal issues.
That time off turned into an eight-month hiatus from the network, after which he returned to deliver an apology for his actions on air. Following his apology, Toobin was seemingly welcomed back by the network, appearing once again as a regular contributor.
CNN’s then-president Jeff Zucker was reportedly a big fan of Toobin and wanted to give the writer a second chance. Zucker’s successor, Chris Licht, has taken the network in a new direction — a direction Toobin could be a casualty of.
CNN’s chief legal analyst has been missing from the air this week, despite the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence being the top story.
CNN spokesman Matt Dornic told Mediaite, “We are grateful for Jeffrey’s contributions to the network over the years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
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Young Celtics Big Man Drops Truth Bomb After Dominant Debut
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Mfiondu Kabengele was one of the success stories from the Boston Celtics opening pre-season game, impressing with his all-action display at the center position.
From the moment Kabengele entered the game, he brought energy and a sense of urgency to the Celtics – on both ends of the floor, while his eagerness also allowed him to make multiple big plays, including one where he dove onto the floor in pursuit of a loose ball.
Speaking to the media following his official Celtics debut, the 25-year-old center took time to credit Al Horford and Robert Williams for his impressive performance, noting how both of the veteran centers have been integral in his rapid acclimation to the system.Play
Mfiondu Kabengele Recaps Celtics Debut: Rolling and ReboundingMfiondu Kabengele recaps his Celtics debut, scoring 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting and 3 offensive rebounds in an energetic effort. He said his job is simple as he tries to make the Celtics regular season rotation, Joe Mazzulla telling him to focus on rolling and rebounding. He also talked about accidentally dapping up an official…2022-10-02T20:50:37Z
“I can ask him (Horford) any question, smart questions, dumb questions, he’ll answer it – he’s been really helpful since I’ve been here… Most of the questions I ask him are about pick-and-roll coverages, sometimes I have a hard time gauging where I should be at, playing cat-and-mouse with the ball-handler, and figuring out how I should guard it. Al gives me good tips on how I should angle it (his coverage) properly, especially with different personnel and stuff.
Rob’s been good because he’s been out because he watches practises while he does his rehab, he might give me a little comment here and there on what I can work on. So, Rob and Al have both been really helpful,” Kabengele said.
Kabengele might only have played for 10 minutes on October 3, but his hustle and heart certainly made a lasting impression, and that will go much further than the 10 points, three rebounds, and two assists that he registered in the box score.Blake Griffin Still Waiting For Debut
News about Blake Griffin’s acquisition might have broken on September 30, but it would seem that we’re still waiting for the deal to become official, and as such, the veteran big was unable to participate in Boston’s 134-93 pre-season victory.
Still, Griffin’s addition has certainly got people excited, as the veteran is a high-level passer, smart screener, and capable floor spacer – even if his above-the-rim game isn’t his calling card anymore. Speaking to Adam Hibbelsbach of the Boston Globe in an exclusive interview, starting guard Marcus Smart shared his excitement at the team’s latest addition.
Marcus Smart on Blake Griffin:
"Love it…He’s not above the rim anymore, but he still does great things…Last year he led the league in charges taken. For a guy that doesn’t play as much, that speaks volumes…It’s a great vet for some of these young guys to listen to."
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) October 1, 2022
“He’s not above the rim anymore, but he still does great things…He’s a great professional. Last year he led the league in charges taken. For a guy that doesn’t play as much, that speaks volumes of what he does. He can affect the game not just with his offense but defensively. So it’ll be a great pickup for us. It’s a great vet for some of these young guys to listen to and what he has to offer,” Smart said.
Last season, Griffin was playing for the Brooklyn Nets, and over his 56 regular-season games, the big man averaged 6.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists while shooting 42.5% from the field and 26.2% from deep.Joe Mazzulla Impresses in Coaching Debut
The Celtics had numerous players making their debut in their pre-season win over the Charlotte Hornets, but it’s worth remembering that interim head coach, Joe Mazzulla, was also making his debut – as he officially took control of his first NBA game.
Shortly after the victory over Charlotte, veteran guard Malcolm Brogdon heaped praise on how Mazzulla has handled the transition from assistant to head coach, noting how his poise and communication skills have stood out.
Malcolm Brogdon on Joe Mazzulla's performance during his first game as an NBA head coach: "He was excellent. I thought he was composed. I thought he had some excellent out-of-timeout plays."
— Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) October 2, 2022
“I thought he was excellent. I thought he was composed [and] I thought he had some great out-of-timeout plays,” Brogdon said on Mazzulla, “He’s not a yeller. He’s not a screamer. He’s very deliberate. He’s very direct. He’s not a guy that’s going to over-talk you and tell you too much because he wants you to go out and have a clear mind. He’s going to be very direct and very honest with what he expects from you, which I think is everything an NBA player wants in a coach.”
Hopefully, Boston’s impressive start under Mazzulla continues to develop, and the team can make good on their target of reaching the NBA Finals again this season, hopefully going one step further to win the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy.