Nerlens Noel turned 19 years old in April. To our knowledge, ESPN’s cameras were not present at his birthday party. But ESPN has chronicled many milestone moments in the former University of Kentucky basketball star’s development.
In April 2012, ESPN aired his head-turning commitment to the Wildcats; in October, ESPN captured his first collegiate practices; in February 2013, the 6-foot, 10-inch shot blocker suffered a season-ending injury in a game airing on ESPN’s platforms. The next significant step in Noel’s career happens tonight on ESPN when the NBA conducts the 2013 Draft Lottery (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on KIA NBA Countdown) before Game 2 of the San Antonio Spurs-Memphis Grizzlies Western Conference Finals duel. continue reading…
ESPN’s Chris Mullin (L) and Bruce Bowen (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
ESPN’s NBA Playoffs coverage continues tonight (10:30 p.m. ET) with Game 6 of the San Antonio Spurs-Golden State Warriors Western Conference Semifinals series. With the Spurs up 3-2 in the series, the host Warriors must win tonight to force Game 7. ESPN analyst, Basketball Hall of Famer and Warriors legend Chris Mullin will be courtside to provide commentary for ESPN Radio. As a player, Mullin led the Warriors to five playoff appearances between 1987 and 1994.
This week, he joined colleague and ESPN NBA analyst Bruce Bowen, whose extraordinary defense helped lead the Spurs to three championships between 2003 and 2007, to preview the Game 6 showdown in Oakland, Calif. Despite the storied history that both men have with their respective teams, Mullin and Bowen said they have no trouble remaining impartial as analysts. continue reading…
ESPN’s Andy Katz is the Swiss Army knife of reporters. He contributes daily to ESPN.com, has his own college basketball show on ESPNU and co-hosts a podcast with analyst Seth Greenberg that also airs on ESPN Radio. Katz is hardly one to let his skill-set sit around collecting rust, so while college basketball takes a seat on the bench, he continues reporting from the NBA Draft beat.
ESPNU’s coverage of the NBA Draft Combine begins today at 10 a.m. ET. The exclusive live telecast will include interviews as well as an inside look at how the expected top draft picks fair in several skills challenges. Front Row sat down with the newly re-signed Katz to discuss this year’s Combine:
ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy (L) and Mike Breen. (Scott Clarke/ESPN Images)
Editor’s Note: Mike Breen will be joined by analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Heather Cox this weekend to call Games 3 and 4 of the Knicks-Celtics series from Boston. Game 3 is tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and Game 4 is Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC.
Perhaps nobody knows the Knicks better than Breen, who began calling Knicks games on radio in 1991. He currently calls Knicks games for the MSG TV Network alongside Walt “Clyde” Frazier. continue reading…
ESPN and pop music superstar will.i.am have teamed up to deliver “#thatPOWER” for the NBA Playoffs.
During All-Star Weekend in Houston in February, ESPN producers, will.i.am and a virtual who’s who of NBA superstars congregated in a Hilton Hotel ballroom. There, they shot ESPN’s new NBA Playoffs telecast open to the tune of will.i.am’s single, “#thatPOWER.” continue reading…
Editor’s note: I Follow is all about ESPN employees on Twitter: what they tweet, whom they follow and how you can interact socially with anyone and everyone.
Since joining Twitter in 2009, NFL business analyst Andrew Brandt has used his feed to take followers behind the veiled curtains for a 140-character glimpse at what happens in negotiations between agents and team execs.
In addition to his ESPN role, the former Green Bay Packers vice president serves as director of sports law for the Moorad Center at Villanova Law School and he’s a lecturer at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. On Friday, March 15, Brandt will moderate the 2013 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium on the “Concussion Conundrum.”
Front Row caught up with Brandt, who shares his thoughts about Twitter.
Twitter handle:@adbrandt Followers: 90,711 Following: 499
(as of 03/13/2013)
How much does Twitter affect your dual roles as a business analyst and college professor?
It gives me an outlet to share nuggets of information gleaned over 25 years as an agent, team executive, columnist, broadcaster and educator. It has been nice to be able to give back that knowledge in various ways, including in bite-size bits on Twitter. My Twitter entries blend in with everything else I am doing.
As a former NFL team executive, do you think Twitter would have been an asset or obstacle in your job?
Twitter is a common tool among team executives to see what the media, agents and players are saying. I hear from many front office people who follow me and many others; they use Twitter handles that are anonymous so people do not know it is them.
With the 2013 NFL free agency now underway, what should your followers expect from your Twitter feed?continue reading…
Not only did he participate in the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game during All-Star Weekend, but he regularly shares his NBA insights on SportsCenter and a variety of ESPN studio shows. This year, he also added a popular new podcast called NBA Lockdown, which he hosts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with ESPN.com writer Israel Gutierrez.
Bowen and Gutierrez spent a few minutes chatting with Front Row about what listeners can expect on NBA Lockdown.
What makes your podcast unique? B.B.: Honestly, I think it’s the take from two different worlds. We have two different people with strong opinions: a journalist and a champion insider. I’m not one to toot my own horn, but it’s not often that you are going to get the depth and detail from a champion who has been around great coaches and players. Plus, I’ve always respected Israel for his craft. He has strong opinions about what he feels and I do, too. I think that allows us to have the chemistry we have and the respect we have for one another.
I.G.: Bruce and I go back to the 2000-01 NBA season, which was my first year covering an NBA basketball team, the Miami Heat. We got along great then, we’ve kept in touch over the years, and we get along great now. That means we’re not afraid to attack each other — respectfully, of course. Bruce made a career of being an elite defender, and I happen to love offense. He’s a Spur for life, I’m supposedly a Spurs “hater.” It’s classic Odd Couple stuff, and it makes for some interesting exchanges.