In the mid-1970’s, Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld were two of the biggest names in college basketball. Known as “The Bernie and Ernie Show,” the University of Tennessee’s dynamic duo averaged 50 points a game on their way to the cover of Sports Illustrated. But behind closed doors, their experiences were vastly different.
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Bernie and Ernie, directed by Jason Hehir (The Fab Five) and narrated by Public Enemy rapper Chuck D, tells the story behind one of basketball’s most unforgettable tandems, and an unbreakable bond that remains to this day. Bernie and Ernie premieres tonight (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) and will be the final documentary of the fall slate of 30 for 30 films. Hehir tells Front Row why he was moved to make this film.
You also directed the popular documentary The Fab Five for ESPN Films. Did you notice any similarities between their friendships and the bond between King and Grunfeld?continue reading…
“… and coach of the Miami Heat, former ESPN Content Associate,Gavin Cote.”
While you might never hear that introduction at an NBA arena, consider that Erik Spoelstra’s path to becoming Heat coach included four years as a video coordinator for the team, something Cote’s been doing since December — albeit while coordinating Heat video highlights for SportsCenter.
“I don’t think they’ll be calling,” Cote said. “Spoelstra’s doing a good job.”
So is Cote, who joined ESPN full-time a year ago this month after a summer production internship in 2011 prior to his senior year at Ithaca (N.Y.) College where he majored in Sport Media. Already responsible for Oklahoma City highlights, Cote got word this winter he was being re-assigned to Miami by Coordinating Producer Judson Burch. (Note: The Thunder, Lakers and Heat have designated production assistants while other NBA teams and game assignments rotate among the ESPN Production Assistants). continue reading…
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…
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Hannah Storm (@HannahStormESPN) spent 30 minutes on Twitter answering fan questions regarding the fifth installment of Face to Face with Hannah Storm, which includes in-depth interviews with elite NBA point guards. Using the hashtag #HannahFacetoFace, the SportsCenter anchor interacted with fans about her interviews with Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul and Steve Nash. continue reading…
ESPN play by play announcers Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke. (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images)
NEW ORLEANS — Last night’s NCAA Women’s National Title game victory by UConn signified the end of the college basketball season. But for members of ESPN’s broadcast team, that end is a beginning — starting tonight.
Play-by-play announcer Dave O’Brien is on the call for the Red Sox radio network as Boston hosts Baltimore; Doris Burke goes from color analyst last night to NBA sideline reporter for tonight’s Brooklyn-Boston game (8 p.m., ESPN); and director Michael Schwab helms the second half of ESPN’s NBA doubleheader as Denver hosts San Antonio, with Dave Pasch and Hubie Brown on the call. continue reading…
ESPN covered all the angles concerning the controversies surrounding Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o and disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong.
Friday evening, Te’o told ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap that he was a victim and “never” part of an elaborate hoax.
Armstrong confessed — in an interview with Orpah Winfrey televised Thursday — that he used performance-enhancing drugs when he won seven straight Tour de France crowns. Friday, former teammate Tyler Hamilton reacted to Armstrong’s statements in an interview with Outside The Lines host Bob Ley. The video above is a portion of the interview.
ICYMI: Highlights from the past week on Front Row
• Go inside ESPN Digital Media’s third annual Hackathon, where more than 85 ESPN developers, designers and engineers were given 48 hours to submit working prototypes of what could be ESPN’s next top-ranked digital product.
• A This is SportsCenter spot featuring Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and his larger-than-life hands launched this week. SportsCenter’sJohn Anderson shared a behind-the-scenes look at the shoot.
• Jim Boeheim’s Car Wash visit to ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters on Monday provided a chance for a timely reunion with ESPN Communications publicist Keri Potts, who worked for Boeheim while attending Syracuse University.
• Columnist and commentator Jemele Hill was a panelist for ESPN’s third annual Content of Character special. Front Rowspoke to Hill about the roundtable discussion and the importance of social media.
It is a well-known fact that Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has huge hands — “the largest hands the Celtics’ current training staff has ever measured,” according to Peter F. Stringer in an article for Celtics.com.
How large, you might ask?
Nine-and-a-half inches long and 10 inches wide, says ESPN’s Emmy-winning Sport Science, which also notes that Rondo’s larger-than-life hands make his wingspan 11 percent longer than Leonardo Da Vinci’s study of human proportions would predict.
Both factors help to explain why Rondo accumulates so many steals and assists each year, including an NBA-best 11.2 average assists per game this season.
Rondo’s huge hands inspired ESPN Marketing’s latest This is SportsCenter spot, which launched today on television and online.
In the spot, SportsCenter’sSteve Levy advises fellow anchor John Anderson not to look directly at Rondo’s hands. Anderson ignores the advice and quickly realizes just how small his own are in comparison.