Posts in category "NBA"

Kendall Gill "The Return" Full NBA Summer League Coverage Team Announced

Kendall Gill "The Return" Full NBA Summer League Coverage Team Announced
We never did get Derrick Rose “The Return” this past Chicago Bulls season. And for obvious reasons, we never saw Kendall Gill “The Return” to Comcast SportsNet Chicago. However NBA Summer League starts up in a matter of days and you can see Kendall Gill “The Return” on NBA TV. It’s hard to remain employed somewhere when you’ve punched another media member. As much as Illini fans everywhere would love to see Kendall Gill return to Chicago airwaves, you just can’t physically assault another media member and still keep your job. Especially if you commit that assault at a time when you are publicly representing your tv station’s brand...

Chicago Bulls, NBA Draft, Stanley Cup Final: Media Notebook 6-23-13

Chicago Bulls, NBA Draft, Stanley Cup Final: Media Notebook 6-23-13
Happy NBA Draft week! Happy NHL Stanley Cup Final! This week we have enough Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks material to keep you from acknowledging local baseball. With the Bulls we have the NBA Draft on Thursday, and Blackhawks game 6 is tomorrow, game 7 on Wednesday if required. Then comes Chicago baseball apathy, which is at record setting levels. Remember that always red or orange but never any other color homeland security warning system? You don’t? That’s fine because it was a stupid, meaningless system which was ripped off from the old Defcon system and re-installed for supposed terrorist threats by former Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. If you applied the five color-coded system to Chicago Baseball levels of “dooooooooooonnnnnn’ttttt caaaaaaarrrrrreeee,” we hit red during the crosstown series after Memorial Day. Right now, we’re OFF THE CHARTS...

NBA Draft Combine hits Chicago: recap, synopsis, news and notes

NBA Draft Combine hits Chicago: recap, synopsis, news and notes
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?
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Time to Abolish Sideline Reporters

Time to Abolish Sideline Reporters
“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.”...

Susannah Collins talks Blackhawks, Mr. T, Belushi and more (exclusive)

Susannah Collins talks Blackhawks, Mr. T, Belushi and more (exclusive)
(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!!! Susannah Collins was hired by Comcast SportsNet Chicago this past September. You know her best from Chicago Blackhawks broadcasts; but Collins also covers Bulls, White Sox and Cubs 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. Susannah Collins 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, Bulls, Derrick Rose, hockey 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 on Twitter and on Facebook (She may or may not be on Google+ as well, but I didn’t look because no one cares about Google+)...

NBA on TNT Steve Kerr's insightful Bulls Analysis

NBA on TNT Steve Kerr's insightful Bulls Analysis
Remember Steve Kerr? The little white sharpshooter and hero in the 1997 NBA Finals? Kerr had a small but important role with the Chicago Bulls during the dynasty years, and left the NBA holding some three-point shooting records. He's now an analyst for the NBA on TNT. Last night following the Bulls' 12 point home win over the L.A. Lakers, he had a lot of interesting things to say when analyzing the Bulls season...
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Media Notebook 12-5-12: Julie Alexandria, Samantha Steele engaged, Jon Gruden

Media Notebook 12-5-12: Julie Alexandria, Samantha Steele engaged, Jon Gruden
-Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is scoring both on and off the field. The second-year signal-caller from FSU is engaged to ESPN reporter Samantha Steele. Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch confirmed it on Twitter “Spoke to ESPN’s @Samantha_Steele today. She confirms she is engaged to @VikingsFootball quarterback Christian Ponder,” Deitch tweeted. Steele is a ridiculous hottie,... Read more »

No chance for ugly women to get on TV, says Charles Barkley

No chance for ugly women to get on TV, says Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley’s SI interview with Richard Deitsch continues to get around the interwebs. This time, Chuckles speaks of physical discrimination in sideline reporting (and the overall value of the job as well) and says “If you are an ugly woman, you have no chance of getting a TV job.”  Here’s the full exchange…(and Charissa Thompson pictured above, is the polar opposite of ugly)...

L.A. Lakers make NBA television history with Spanish broadcast

L.A. Lakers make NBA television history with Spanish broadcast
Time Warner Cable Deportes launched on October 1 as the first Spanish-language regional sports network in the country and the first ever, to broadcast the Los Angeles Lakers in Spanish.  This is also the first time in the history of the NBA that a team will be followed this closely by an American-based sports network... Read more »
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Who had the most accurate 2012 NBA Mock Draft?

Who had the most accurate 2012 NBA Mock Draft?
Everyone had Chicagoan (Perspectives Charter) Anthony Davis going #1 overall. However, a mock draft is exactly like a sports nerd crossword puzzle- you have to work hard to make things fit logically. And our friends at Weakside Awareness have done a study showing who can complete the puzzle most effectively. From WA: NBA Draft 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?...