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Doug Collins gets ‘reunited’ with Mike & Mike and his prep pays off

Last week, former NBA All-Star and head coach Doug Collins spent the morning after Game 3 of the NBA Finals in ESPN’s Bristol studio cohosting Mike & Mike with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic. At the conclusion of his four-hour on-air stint, the 1972 U.S. Olympian took a few minutes to speak with Front Row about his experience on the set and a variety of other topics.

Collins, the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers this season, has years of broadcasting experience on television and radio. In the video above, he mentions a broadcasting tie he has with one of the show’s hosts that predates Mike & Mike. Even that experience did not prevent Collins from doing his homework for the co-hosting assignment.

“I’m big on preparing. I put about four hours of prep work into today so I’d know a little bit about what was going on,” Collins said.

Among other things, Collins also reflected on participating in ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary short Silver Reunion. The film, published on Grantland.com, reunited members of the 1972 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team more than 40 years after the squad’s controversial loss to the then-Soviet Union in the gold medal game.

Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat kicks off tonight with KIA NBA Countdown (8:30 p.m. ET) and the game is at 9 p.m. on ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3 and WatchESPN.

Video produced by Ariel Bond

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