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February 20, 2014 Updates

You’re doing some announcing work, TNT, NBA TV, bringing back “Inside Stuff” – which, as a child of the 90s, I’m very excited about. Do you see yourself as an announcing “lifer”? There’s a lot of talk you could work at a front office, you could get into coaching, maybe even politics. There’s so many paths you could choose. Do you have an idea what you’ll be doing five years from now? Grant Hill: You know, I don’t have an idea. I’m doing the broadcasting. I’m enjoying that. I’m doing “Inside Stuff,” do some work on NBA TV. I do TNT “Inside the NBA” from time to time. So, I enjoy that. I get a chance to stay around the game, get a chance to talk about the great talent and bring my perspective and analyzing and breaking down what’s happening on the court. I also, in a whole other world, I’m a partner in a mezzanine private equity fund. And so, I’m kind of doing the world of finance and the world of broadcasting. But, that’s been quite enjoyable – we have a great team, great partners, great analysts. I’m busy running around and worrying, but also working in that world. So, I have a lot of interests, a lot of things that I enjoy. And, I’ve been fortunate to be very busy since I retired this past summer. Lost Lettermen

February 18, 2014 Updates

The Thunder is well on its way to a second straight TV ratings championship. According to Sports Business Journal, the Thunder leads the NBA with an 8.80 average on Fox Sports Oklahoma, a 5 percent increase from last season. San Antonio is second, averaging a 7.33 rating on Fox Sports Southwest, up 22 percent from last season. When Spurs games on over-the-air stations are included, the team's average is 8.1. The 11 games on KENS have averaged 10.6, and two games on KMYS averaged 8.0. Oklahoman

Michael Malone: "Contrary to the Sacramento Bee, there's no philosophical differences here. Pete D'Alessandro and myself communicate everyday. Right now is very quiet on the trade front but anything can happen obviously in this business. But I love the group that we have. I really do." news10.net

NBA All-Star weekend has come and gone. Everyone who ever released an album played the festivities, including Pharrell whose song “Happy” has kind of become the unofficial jam of people all around the world who consider bobbing their heads from side to side while walking to be dancing. The NBA took their phantom camera and shot players, fans, cheerleaders, mascots and everyone singing along to the infectious tune. The result included Craig Sager dancing. The Big Lead

February 17, 2014 Updates

TNT’s coverage of the contest from New Orleans -- the East, led by Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, who took home MVP honors, with an assist from New York’s Carmelo Anthony who set an All-Star Game mark with eight, three-pointers, ended the West’s three-game winning streak, 163-155 -- averaged a 4.3 U.S. household rating (5.1 cable rating) and 7.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen fast nationals data. The delivery, playing against NBC’s curated primetime presentation of the Sochi Olympics and a new episode of AMC’s zombie hit, The Walking Dead, was down 4% in households and a 6% in audience from the 4.4 and 8 million viewers from the 2013 All-Star Game. Multichannel.com

Last September Durant made news by saying Houston Rockets guard James Harden belonged on SI.com's list of top 10 players. Durant said Harden should have been ahead of the Heat's Dwyane Wade. And Harden agreed when asked about the subject. "It is what it is," Harden said. "[Durant] knows what he's talking about." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

February 15, 2014 Updates

Even after knowing he’d received the honor for a few days, longtime Knicks broadcaster John Andariese still had a hard time accepting he’d been named the Curt Gowdy Award winner for electronic media Friday, the same day the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which gives out the Gowdy Award, announced the first five members of its 2014 induction class. “It was a surprise during this past week, and it was a very nice thing to go into,” Andariese told The Post by phone. “I almost thought, ‘My gosh. How can this happen?’ I guess I’m a little older here now or something, though I have the feelings of someone more youthful, believe it or not. “It’s just a thrill. It’s still inside of me right now that [feeling of], ‘Is this really happening?’ It’s been a long time.” New York Post

Barkley, now an “NBA on TNT” analyst, ripped Drummond’s Pistons during a break in action. “He’s a terrific player who’s playing with those other idiots up in Detroit. And they’re not going to win,” Barkley said. When the rest of the “NBA on TNT” panel, including Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith, questioned that statement, Barkley continued: “They’ve got some idiots on that team. They’ve got some talented players who are not going to ever get it.” Detroit Free Press

February 14, 2014 Updates

Comcast SportsNet New England confirmed the scoop Mike Gorman dropped during an interview on The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich” this week. ESPN’s Bill Simmons will join him as the color analyst when the Celtics visit the Lakers next Friday. Simmons, whose many roles at ESPN include serving as an analyst on its NBA studio programming, has done in-game commentary on occasion on certain college and NBA broadcasts in the past. Boston Globe

February 13, 2014 Updates

Kevin Calabro, the former voice of the Sonics and local sports radio talk-show host, signed a three-year deal with ESPN Radio to serve as the lead NBA play-by-play announcer. “I’m really happy to stay involved in the NBA,” he said. “Radio obviously is a medium that I know quite well. I broke in doing a lot of radio. I’ve been doing more television lately with the Pac-12, but I’ve always done ESPN radio games whether it be a handful of games, the conference finals or as I did last year doing the entire season. “It’s nice to get back to radio as a medium and I’m hoping to do some other things for ESPN as well, as the relationship evolves.” Seattle Times

February 11, 2014 Updates

Ethan J. Skolnick: Eddie House is doing pregame and postgame TV work for Suns. Famous for his "middle fingers to the haters" line in 2010. Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

Jackson blamed the media for making it seem like he took a shot at Bogut. "I understand how you can make it much more appealing and go for the home run," he said. "But in three years, in the 23-win season, I didn't throw anybody under the bus. And you can wait and wait and wait. And it won't happen here until somebody else is sitting here. That's not my M.O., and contrary to the choir, it won't be my M.O. I believe in every one of my guys, and I'm proud of what we've been able to do, and I'll go down being me. I can't be anybody else." Oakland Tribune

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