LISTEN: Craig Carton, Greg Anthony Get Into Heated Debate Over State Of NBA
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NEW YORK (WFAN) — WFAN co-hosts Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason welcomed CBS Sports studio analyst and former NBA player Greg Anthony onto their morning show on Wednesday.
The first 14 minutes or so of the interview focused on the state of the Knicks, but the interview took a turn after that.
Carton brought up Thursday’s Nets-Hawks game in London, and what followed was a heated exchange.
Below is a brief transcript of what the two said:
Carton: I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask you about the Brooklyn Nets — obviously in London in a game that nobody in London gives a rat’s a– about, cause they’re playing the Atlanta Hawks. That couldn’t be dumber scheduling on the NBA’s part.
Anthony: Well, first of all … hold on, hold on, Carton. They’ve gotten tremendous interest over there.
Carton: No they don’t.
Anthony: It’s no different than when the NFL went over.
Carton: Oh, it’s so different. Stop. Now you’re embarrassing yourself.
Anthony: I’ve been following what’s going on … That will be a sold-out arena. They have a lot of interest in basketball.
Carton: Trust me — it ain’t even close to the NFL. You’re teasing yourself!
Anthony: First of all, Carton, I didn’t say it was close. I said everything’s relative. Our game’s pretty popular around the world, buddy. You trashing it ain’t helping your case. It’s a popular game, it’s the second-most popular game in the world.
Carton: That’s a lie.
Anthony: No, it ain’t a lie.
Carton: Yes it is.
Anthony: You need to do a little research, buddy.
Carton: Soccer, soccer!
Anthony: Soccer is the most popular.
Carton: You think the NBA is the second-most popular sport?
Anthony: Carton, what’s second?
Anthony: In the world?
Anthony: OK. You know what? We’ve had enough of this conversation.
Carton: Auto racing’s third!
Anthony: Boomer, have a great—
Carton: Ohhhh! It doesn’t go Gregor’s way and he says goodbye? I couldn’t be a bigger basketball fan, but let’s not pretend that people in London care about this game.
Anthony: You’re being a bit of a pr— right now. You’re being a bit of a pr— right now. Seriously.
Later in the interview, Carton proceeded to call Anthony a shill.
And plenty more was said…
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