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Rap legend Chuck D reacted to the Atlanta Hawks replacing longtime game announcer Ryan Cameron with radio jock Big Tigger.

The Hawks announced it was replacing Cameron after 20 years with the team and 17 years as game announcer at State Farm Arena.

Ryan Cameron was the highest paid game announcer in the league. NBA insiders whisper that the new announcer signed on the dotted line for mere pennies.

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Tigger, whose real name is Darian Morgan (pictured left with Ryan), worked as DJ for several years for the Hawks.
 
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Fans were surprised and disappointed with the decision. Cameron was responsible for helping the Hawks rank No. 1 among all NBA teams in an NBA Game Experience Survey.

Outraged Cameron fans swarmed the Hawks' social media pages demanding answers.

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Rap legend Chuck D, of Public Enemy, called out the Hawks for the terrible PR move.

"See ATL FANS? This is what keeps the @ATLHawks raggedy. After the BEST season EVER in the City of Mass Distraction -Hawks drop @ryancameron as on-court announcer. The @nyknicks brass fumbled with Marv & Ewing. Yo fix that bulsht [sic]."

Cameron, who is host of Ryan Cameron Uncensored at Majic 107.5/97.5 radio, joined the Hawks in 2001. Much of his early 30 radio career was spent with the Hawks.

In 2004, he took over the mic as announcer. He missed only 2 games in more than 700 home games, including playoff runs.

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NBA insiders say the decision was made by Steve Koonin, CEO of the Hawks, to replace Cameron with Tigger who has zero experience as an in-game announcer.

Koonin said in an interview Tuesday that the decision was spurred by a staffing clash with Audacy, the company that airs the Hawks games on 92.9/The Game and also owns V-103 where Tigger is morning host.

Cameron no longer works for Audacy since Majic 107.5/97.5 is owned by Radio One.

"Ryan is fantastic," Koonin said. "We love him. But this is 21st century media, and we need to be vertically integrated. That means using on-air talent with the Game and V-103."
 

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The Atlanta Hawks have replaced announcer Ryan Cameron with Big Tigger. The Hawks also hired Tenitra Batiste as in-game sports analyst.

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As the news spread on social media on Wednesday, Cameron's fans voiced their outrage.

One Twitter user wrote: "I love Big Tigg but what's up with Ryan Cameron? No one announces the for 3s like he does."

Cameron, father to daughters Ryan Megan and Kai and son Cayden, has not responded to the report.

Cameron is the host of Ryan Cameron Uncensored from 2p-6p on Majic 107.5 FM in Atlanta.

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The Atlanta Hawks eliminated the Philadelphia 76ers 103-96 in Game 7 on Sunday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Atlanta is headed to its first Eastern Conference finals since 2015.

Hawks star guard Trae Young scored 21 points despite dismal 5-of-23 shooting from the field.

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Joel Embiid scored 31 points in a losing effort for the No. 1 seed Philadelphia.

This marks the first time since 1973 that both No. 1 seeds will not make the East conference finals. The No. 4 seed Los Angeles Clippers defeated No. 1 seed Utah Jazz 131-119 at Vivint Arena in Game 7 on Friday, June 18.

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Atlanta takes on No. 3 seed Milwaukee Bucks in the conference finals. The Bucks eliminated No. 2 Brooklyn Nets 115-111 in overtime in Game 7 at Barclays Center on Saturday.

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Trade rumors ran rampant on Twitter.com after star point guard Ben Simmons phoned in another dreadful game on Sunday.

Philly had coach Doc Rivers seemed to second guess his star's skills during the post-game conference. Rivers has lost nine Game 7s in his career.

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Philadelphia blew a 26-point lead as the Atlanta Hawks defeated the 76ers 109-106 to take an improbable 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Philadelphia collapsed in the 4th quarter, as Atlanta - led by scrappy guard Trae Young (pictured), began their incredible comeback.

The Hawks trailed by 22 points at halftime of Game 5 at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday. The 76ers led by 26 points three minutes into the third quarter.

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The Hawks outscored the 76ers 40-19 in the 4th quarter. Young scored 25 of his 39 points in the 4th to give the Hawks a 3-2 series lead.

Young scored 13 of his fourth-quarter points in the final 4:30 to silence the crowd for good. Young hit five free throws in the final seconds to seal the win and hand Philly its worst playoffs choke in team history.

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Philadelphia's star power forward Joel Embiid was hobbled by a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. But Philly head coach Doc Rivers wasn't concerned about Embiid's knee prior to Game 5.

"I have no more [concern]," Rivers said on Tuesday. "I really don't. Obviously, he's not going to be exactly what it was all the time with the injury, but I'll take what we have. So I have no concern."

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NBA expert Jack Maloney praised Hawks veteran Lou Williams (#6) who came off the bench to score 13 points in just over four minutes.

"Williams did what he's been doing his whole career, and got hot in a hurry," Maloney wrote, "there's no way the Hawks win this game without him. This was a big time performance from the veteran."

"Nobody was hanging their heads. Nobody was pouting on the bench," Williams said. "You couldn't tell from the body language that we were down big throughout the majority of this game."

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NBA legend Allen Iverson watched as his beloved 76ers let Game 5 slip away on the 76ers home court.

"These guys just don't give up. They continue to fight," head coach Nate McMillan said in the post-game press conference.

Atlanta can close out the series in Game 6 at home on Friday, June 18, at Philips Arena (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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NY Knicks fans mocked Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young by chanting "Trae is balding" during game 2 of the NBA playoffs Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

The taunting was enough to throw the 22-year-old superstar off his game as the Knicks coasted to a 101-92 win to tie the series at 1-1.

Wednesday's playoffs win was the first for the Knicks since 2013.

Trae's unruly hair has been the subject of discussion since he entered the league as a first round draft pick in 2018.

One sports blogger noted his flyaway hair looked like "the stuff that get caught in the shower drain."

In a post titled, "It's time to talk about Trae Young's hair," the blogger noted Trae's receding hairline and his balding dome.

Even before the game 2 started at Madison Square Garden, Knicks fans received handouts urging them to chant "Trae is balding!"

Twitter user @jaklap wrote, the "entire garden has been handed these."

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The woman who was kicked out of an Atlanta Hawks vs LA Lakers game for cussing out LeBron James now regrets her mistake.

Juliana Carlos, who sat courtside with her elderly husband, was ejected from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, along with her husband, after she heckled and cursed at the Lakers star.

"Don't talk to my husband like that!" Juliana told Lebron during a break in the game on Feb. 1. LeBron reportedly called her a b*tch and told her to sit down.

He then asked officials to kick her out of the arena. "Courtside Karen was MAD MAD!!" LeBron wrote on Twitter after the game, which the Lakers won.

In a lengthy statement on Instagram on Tuesday, Juliana said she could have handled the situation better and she takes full responsibility for her behavior -- after the arena threatened to revoke her wealthy husband's season tickets.

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