On a recent media conference call, ESPN NBA analyst Doc Rivers was asked by a reporter whether returning to broadcasting at ESPN after 19 years would be like riding a bike.
The NBA Champion Head Coach called the 2004 NBA Finals on ABC alongside Al Michaels (see excerpt above). Rivers responded to the reporter’s question below:
“Not riding a bike. Maybe a tricycle, I don’t know. But it’s funny, I did a [preseason] game last week, and it felt natural . . . I’m a big reader, and I prepare. I like stats. I’m an analytical guy in some ways, as well.
“I’m taking this very seriously. I want to be great at it. Everything I do, I want to be great at.”
To read the full transcript, visit ESPN Press Room.
Rivers joins a pair of Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame broadcasters – Mike Breen and Doris Burke – to form ESPN’s new lead NBA broadcast team. Lisa Salters serves as the sideline reporter. The team will make their debut tonight in the mecca – Madison Square Garden – as the New York Knicks host the Boston Celtics at 7 p.m. ET. The game is exclusively on ESPN in the New York market.
The video above is an excerpt from the Game 5 NBA Finals opening on ABC from the Palace at Auburn Hills, June 15, 2004. The host Pistons defeated the Lakers, 100-87, to clinch the best-of-seven-game series, 4-1, for the NBA title.
Ronce Rajan contributed to this post