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It’s “MRI Thursday” for NBA superstars Kevin Duran and Luka Doncic. KD slipped and sprained his left ankle in pregame warmups and did not play in the Suns’ Wednesday night win over the Thunder.

Doncic exited the Mavs’ loss to the Pelicans in the third quarter when a lingering left thigh strain flared up.  Luka’s self-diagnosis?  “It’s not good.” Doncic says he’s been dealing with the strain since the second game after the All-Star break.

There will be no criminal charges filed against the Grizzlies’ Ja Morant, who was seen in Instagram video wielding what appears to be a handgun at a nightclub in Colorado. Police say there is not enough evidence to charge anyone with a crime.” There is, however, plenty of recent evidence that Morant is not in a good way. The Grizzlies say only that Morant will sit out at least four more games.

Y’all forgive me if I don’t wax poetic about Jim Boeheim, who will not return for his 48th year as head basketball coach at Syracuse. Yes, lostsa wins, five Final Fours and a national title in 2003. But also multiple NCAA violations, along with boorish, bullying, whiney, dishonest behavior. Bye. I don’t like that boy. I don’t say things like that very often.

And adios to now fired Texas Tech men’s hoops coach Mark Adams, who thought it was a good idea to counsel a Black player to submit to authority, much as a slave does to a master.

Now there are reports that dismissed and disgraced former Longhorn coach Chris Beard is the frontrunner to land the head coaching job at Ole Miss?

Patrick Ewing will soon be the former head coach at his alma mater. Georgetown finished up the season 7-25. The Hoyas were bad last season, too.

Former NBA star Shawn Kemp faces charges in Tacoma. Seems he was involved in a drive-by shooting Wednesday. Felony charges.

The Arizona Cardinals have a new g.m. and a new head coach and are officially (and wisely) now in full-blown rebuilding mode. The Cards have released veteran wide receiver Chosen Robbie Anderson. Yes, he recently changed his first name to Chosen. As in “Chosen for relocation.” After getting traded to Arizona from Carolina at midseason, Chosen caught exactly seven passes for 76 yards and no TDs. In ten games.

I don’t know who will win the NFC South in 2023. I do know the Buccaneers will finish dead last.

Looks to me, as well as to eyewitnesses, that Michael Irvin is innocent of engaging in improper behavior with a woman during a brief encounter at a Phoenix hotel lobby during Super Bowl week. I hope The Playmaker wins his defamation suit against the woman and Marriott, Inc., and is immediately re-instated to his job with the NFL Network.

Any NFL player who employs himself as his agent has a fool for a client. See “Jackson, Lamar.”

You can’t say the Jets aren’t trying their best to land Aaron Rodgers. Owner Woody Johnson, g.m. Joe Douglas, head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett (a longtime bud of A-Rod) flew to California Wednesday to court the four-time MVP QB.  And All-Pro cornerback Sauce Gardner tweeted that if Rodgers comes to the Jets, he promises not to pick him off in practice.  Yeah, I think this trade is going to happen, and it will be ON in the AFC East in 2023.

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I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.