Jim Gray Learns Not To Assume Guy Named "Maldonado" Can't Speak English

Tonight's SHObox undercard featured Amir Imam claiming a TKO win over Fidel Maldonado Jr. in a 140-pound bout. Afterward, ubiquitous microphone toady Jim Gray went to interview the losing fighter, a lifelong Albuquerque resident. Except he extended the mic to Maldonado's trainer, assuming the young man didn't speak…

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Greatest Inbounder, Dumbest Guy, And Other Unsung Heroes Of Showtime

My interview with Jeff Pearlman, author of Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, which was recently excerpted on Deadspin. We spoke about Pearlman's complicated portrait of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the "historically dumb" Mark Landsberger, why Kurt Rambis was the greatest…