It was recently reported that Leslie Alexander sold the Houston Rockets to Tilman Fertitta for $2.2 billion. Putting aside the I-45 rivalry, do you think he made a good investment? What advice would you give a brand new NBA owner? Mark Cuban: [Fertitta] got a bargain. The streaming world is going to make destination live content even more valuable. It’s much harder to draw an audience over the top with unlimited choices verus TV where we are one of 200 channels. And my advice is to trust yourself. Be yourself and have fun.
In a career that has seen its share of trailblazing assignments, Doris Burke is about to add another first to her resume. This week ESPN will announce that Burke will become a regular ESPN NBA game analyst. She will serve as an analyst for ESPN regular-season NBA telecasts as well as the NBA playoffs, making her the first woman at the national level to be assigned a regular rotation of games as an NBA game analyst.
“When Doug Collins made the decision to leave the network and join the Chicago Bulls’ organization, it opened up an opportunity to be more involved in our coverage as a game analyst,” Burke said Monday. “To have an opportunity to be more involved with one of the most important properties at ESPN is an honor.”
Coach Gregg Popovich heaped praise on Spurs great Tim Duncan for stepping out of his comfort zone to publically spearhead relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands after they were devastated by Hurricane Irma. To date, Duncan has raised $3 million and distributed 20,000-plus pounds of food.
“I was very, very proud of him,” Popovich said Monday at the team’s Media Day. “Because for somebody who really does dislike being the front man or in front of the camera, he took the lead solely for the good of other people and was willing to quote unquote eat it and do what he needed to do to help a large group of people. He did a fine job. And he is still at it.”