“The definition of superstar, if you go to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, which has been around since the early 1800’s – a superstar is a star who is considered extremely talented, has great public appeal, and can usually command a high salary. I’d give him 2 out of 3; Kawhi Leonard does not have great public appeal.”
Ben Maller took exception to an ‘Inside the NBA’ segment Monday night that saw Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal laud All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard as the NBA’s second-best player behind LeBron James.
Maller agreed that the reigning Defensive Player of the Year averaging career highs in scoring is quite the uber talent, but doesn’t think he falls under the classification of ‘Superstar’ since he plays on the NBA’s most successful franchise of the century and because of his introverted disposition.
“NBA commentators are trying to one up each other with praise and admiration for Kawhi Leonard,” Maller said of the First Team All-NBA performer and former Finals MVP. “If you drop Kawhi Leonard on the Sacramento Kings, not a man, woman, or child would ever pay attention to him.”
When the moon comes out, Ben Maller emerges with the most compelling overnights in sports talk radio. One of the original sports bloggers, Maller brings his token sarcasm, informative insight and stimulating opinions to sports fans each evening, while taking calls from listeners nationwide.
About The Host
Ben Maller is host of FOX Sports Radio's Ben Maller Show. Launched nationally in January 2014, the overnight program broadcasts weekdays from 2 - 6 a.m. ET/11 p.m. - 3 a.m. PT, live from the network's studios in Los Angeles, Calif. One of the original sports bloggers, Maller brings his token trademark sarcasm, informative insight and stimulating opinions to sports fans each evening.
Nicknamed "Big Ben," Maller joined FOX Sports Radio a month after the network's debut in 2000, and served as an update anchor and weekend talk show host for the network until the launch of his overnight show in 2014.
Prior to FOX Sports Radio, Maller worked at KXTA "XTRA Sports 1150" in Los Angeles, Calif., where he hosted the popular midday program Ben & Dave Show, in addition to anchoring the post-game "Dodger Talk" with former longtime voice of the Dodgers, Ross Porter.
Maller has served as an International Correspondent for New Zealand's Premier Sports Station, "Radio Sport," since 2009, and previously worked as a television sports pundit at NBC Sports Network in Stamford, Conn., in addition to guest-hosting a number of local sports radio shows in Boston, Mass., Denver, Colo. and Anaheim, Calif. He began his career as a radio reporter for "XTRA Sports 690," the 77,000-watt all-Sports blowtorch signal in San Diego, Calif. (XETRA).
Aside from his radio and television assignments, Maller enjoyed a successful career as a provocative sports blogger, launching sports news and gossip website BenMaller.com before writing nationally for FoxSports.com and Yahoo Sports (Postgame.com).
Outside of work, Maller has inspired many with his ongoing, successful battle against obesity, losing more than 200 pounds naturally by changing his diet and fitness routine.