They sure did! You can’t accuse the 49ers of not thinking outside the box, though. Since retiring as a player in 2008, Lynch joined the broadcasting booth, serving as a color commentator for FOX until scoring his new gig this year. It was a surprising move, given that Lynch had no front-office experience up until now.
The obvious comparison is John Elway, also a former player now calling the shots in Denver. The difference is that Elway actually had years of experience working in a front office, even owning an AFL team at one point. His promotion to the Broncos’ GM role felt like a natural progression. Lynch is more being thrown into the fire, though at least he’ll be working closely with Shanahan.
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During a rant on ESPN’s First Take centered around Knicks president Phil Jackson earlier this week, Smith criticized Jackson’s decision to add Odom to the team’s roster late in the 2013-14 season.
His first move as the executive of the New York Knicks was to sign Lamar Odom, who was on crack! Smith said.
Smith later responded to Odom’s complaint and clarified that his tirade was intended for Jackson.
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Lamar Odom is simply one of the nicest athletes any of us have encountered, and has always been a gentlemen to everyone in NBA circles — including me — which is something I’ve repeated throughout the years, Smith said, via Deadspin.
That’s why it’s worth repeating: Lamar Odom was not the focus of my ire. My comments were entirely, totally, meant for Phil Jackson. Anyone who loves the NY Knicks, who’ve witnessed what has been transpiring over the last three years, know exactly who I was directing my comments to.
Odom underwent rehab after a three-day binge at a Nevada brothel in late 2015 ended with him being discovered nonresponsive. He was in a coma and spent several days on life support before recovering.