The NBA Draft
Combine was held here in Chicago this past Thursday and Friday. Almost every player likely
to get picked in the 2013 NBA Draft
came to the Windy City for workouts in front of NBA
scouts and interviews with the local and national media
During the interview sessions, the draft combine reporter gets up close and personal with every former college basketball star soon to hear their name called on draft night. Each player gets his own table in the conference room and journalists rotate like speed daters to obtain quality face time with everyone. Conversation is much more in-depth here than at post-game press conferences. It's about the big picture here -- no time to waste on the boringly banal queries from newspaper beat writers forming out their pedestrian game recap articles.
On top of the media grilling, the draft combine includes tougher inquisitions from the league's teams. Four years ago, Arizona's Chase Budinger, picked 44th by the Detroit Pistons
, currently balling for the Minnesota Timberwolves,
said he faced a psychological aptitude test from our hometown Bulls
He had to arrange blocks to match a picture they presented. A lot of reporters toss boring, easy softball questions ("if you could have dinner with anyone in history who would it be?" "what's your favorite late night snack?)", but the professionals on NBA payrolls pull no punches.
They're investing major paper, long dough in their selection. That means doing due diligence.
Even players' personal lives are in bounds. At the NBA Draft combine, teams
want to know if players are single, married, have kids, baby mommas, baby momma drama etc. Multiple players said they had to reveal if they had a "friend with benefits."
Are we talking to a league front office? Or is this your prom date's father?
“I don’t disagree with you at all regarding the role of sideline reporters. Most of the time, I find those interviews to be fairly useless,” a nationally relevant sideline reporter
once told me years ago.
The opinion I expressed and she agreed with was “sideline interviews serve no purpose.” In our off-the-record chat, I stated further, “We never needed these practices to begin with.”
And we have the testimony of NFL
Network and Notre Dame
reporter Alex Flanagan.
This exchange between Flanagan and The Sherman Report
says it all.
Sherman: “You know what the critics say about the value of sideline reporters. CBS doesn’t even use them. What’s your response?”
Flanagan: “I’m often asked to defend the job of the sideline reporter
. I think of myself as an accessory. I don’t know if you can appreciate this, but I tell my female friends, ‘When you get dressed up in that great outfit, the one thing that can top it off is a great accessory. Like a necklace or ear rings.’
Are we a necessity for a telecast?
No. But I can see a lot of things that happen on the field that (the announcers) can’t see from up high.”...
(UPDATE 5-7-13 11:50 A.M.: Susannah releases public statement on her own home page)
UPDATE 5-3-13: Susannah is fired by Comcast SportsNet. This link explains why I believe the Blackhawks themselves had more to do with her dismissal than CSN!!!
was hired by Comcast SportsNet Chicago this past September. You know her best from Chicago Blackhawks
broadcasts; but Collins also covers Bulls
, White Sox
for the network. CSN has broadcast partnerships with all four Chicago teams. Susannah Collins
became an internet superstar last week thanks to ’80s icon Mr. T (watch here to see him score a goal)
It was one of the best moments in shoot-the-puck history; right up there with this one.
is both an Illini
and a local. She grew up in the western suburb of Downers Grove, IL and graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 2001. For a full biography go here.
There’s so much going on in April with Chicago sports, and at CSN.
So what better time than now to talk Blackhawks
, Derrick Rose
and more with a famous CSN anchor/reporter? (Yes, that’s a rhetorical question)
And yeah, we discuss Jim Belushi and Mr. T too.
You can follow Susannah Collins
and on Facebook
(She may or may not be on Google+ as well, but I didn’t look because no one cares about Google+)...
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have done a study showing who can complete the puzzle most effectively.
2012 is in the books so it’s time for a lot of grading… no, I don’t mean judging teams or drafted players because it’s too early but there’s one draft-related topic which doesn’t require waiting few years:
Who Had The Best and Worst 2012 Mock Drafts on the Internet?