Former NBA head coach P.J. Carlesimo will join ESPN as an NBA studio analyst for the remainder of the NBA postseason. Carlesimo will debut Thursday, May 23, during the 9 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter and contribute to additional studio programming, including NBA Tonight. Carlesimo will also contribute to on-site SportsCenter coverage at the NBA Finals, beginning June 6.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to contribute to ESPN’s NBA postseason coverage,” said Carlesimo. “I look forward to sharing a coach’s perspective, along with insights from nine playoff appearances, with ESPN viewers and NBA fans.”
Carlesimo has 39 years of basketball coaching experience, most recently as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, who he led to the 2013 NBA Playoffs. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the 1992 U.S. Men’s Basketball team (assistant coach). He has previously worked as an analyst for ESPN, ESPN Radio, NBC Sports, Turner Sports and Spurs Television.
*** Enjoy the comedy stylings of Ian Darke and Steven “Macca” McManaman as ESPN wishes BPL’s new home the best in its upcoming coverage:
“Who were those two lunatics?!” – Macca
Much respect to the folks from both @espnuk and @foxsoccer for their #BPL coverage over the years. @nbcsn, the ship is yours.
Fans of ESPN’s NBA programming, including Coast to Coast and NBA Tonight, might have noticed some unique twists on the standard theme music throughout the season. Those versions were developed for ESPN by popular recording artists across a variety of different music genres.
Among them are three Grammy-winning artists: Ozomatli, a Latin rock band that fuses many different music genres; Humble Monsta/Mr. Bink, a Jay-Z producer; and the blues-inspired Robert Cray Band. Other participants include the California indie rock band The Mowgli’s, jazz artist John Pizzarelli and The Sweet Tea Project, a group led by Ed Roland of Collective Soul. Two British artists — electro-pop sensation Jacob Plant and rock band The Heavy — also joined the diverse lineup.
Beginning today and continuing through Friday, Feb. 8, fans can vote for their favorite version on the SportsNation section of ESPN.com. The winning version will be featured on ESPN’s telecast of the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday, Feb. 15.
Front Row caught up with ESPN music director Kevin Wilson to learn a little more about the contest.
How did you select the artists?
Basically, we decided the types of genres that we wanted to feature and then we just started identifying artists that fit into those genres. We came up with a list of really talented, unique artists and started to make our requests.
ESPN NBA analyst Kurt Rambis Tweets from the handle @KRambis
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.
Former “Showtime” Laker and NBA head coach Kurt Rambis is embracing his role as ESPN NBA studio analyst, but there’s still a lot to learn.
Like this Twitter thing.
Kurt recently joined Twitter and is having a blast interacting with his followers and expressing his unique insights in 140 characters or less.
Front Row had the chance to catch up with Rambis and he shares his thoughts on being part of the Twitterverse.
ESPN airs tonight’s Los Angeles Lakers-Denver Nuggets showdown at 10:30 p.m. ET, following two more games from the Big East/SEC Challenge at 6:30 (Tennessee/Georgetown) and 8:30 (Syracuse/Arkansas).
Twitter handle:@KRambis Followers: 7,753 Following: 93 (as of 11/30/2012)
*As of 11/30/12
In what ways has Twitter affected your job as an ESPN NBA analyst?
I’m always mindful that whatever I’m analyzing on ESPN, I need to figure out how to convey it to my Twitter followers in 140 characters. I love reading fan tweets about what’s on their minds because it really allows me to discuss topics and add perspective to subjects fans want to hear about.
What has been your most memorable exchange with a fan, colleague or athlete on Twitter?continue reading…