Hubie Brown Rumors
As part of the new NBA rights package, ESPN is upping its broadcasts from about 90 games last year to 100 this upcoming season, and they are in the process of firming up their announcing teams. Two things we have learned from a source with knowledge of the discussions are that Doug Collins’ primary responsibility will switch from studio analysis to color commentary (he did some of the latter last year, but this year will have about 25-30 games), and that Hubie Brown has signed a new multi-year deal with the network. The source requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Crawford: Hubie Brown one night. We were in Cleveland. And I throw him on the way to the locker room. He was annihilating me. I said, “Hubie, stay in the locker room, you’re done! You’re done! Stay in there.” We had a guy who used to take care of our locker room. And the poor guy, he knocks on the door. He said, “Hubie’s out here; he wants to fight you.” And I went, “I’m not coming out!” Because he could have kicked my ass. Hubie and I laugh about that to this day when we see one another.
Garfinkel, who was referred to as “Garf” by friends, relished kibitzing about coaching and all things round ball with a bravado born a block off of Broadway. He often held court with noted raconteurs like Hubie Brown and Rick Pitino past 4 a.m. at the Carnegie Deli, a short walk from his midtown apartment on West 55th St. He shuffled his way in and out of high school games with an ambling gait. Friends remembered a shtick that only Garfinkel, bespectacled with thick-frame glasses, could employ as he introduced clinicians at a no-frills camp that focused on defense and fundamentals. It came to be known for a format that matched stationmasters and top prospects.
Sager’s job requires remaining cool and composed in pressure or uncomfortable situations. There was no situation more uncomfortable than when he conducted a walkoff interview with mercurial forward Larry Johnson. “I always try to play off what [play-by-play man] Marv [Albert] and the guys are saying,” Sager said. “We had Hubie Brown analyzing the game and Larry Johnson was doing it all. Hubie was going, ‘That’s the way Larry Johnson should play, he should get back to the way he used to play. That’s great to see.’ And halftime we walk off the court and he was with the Knicks and I say, ‘Larry, Hubie Brown was just commenting about how well you were playing.’ [Johnson said], ‘You can tell Hubie to go [expletive] himself. He’s not my coach.’ I go, ‘uh, OK.’ ”
Extrapolate the decline in isolations during the past decade and it’s possible that they, like Bryant’s career, could be in their final days. As with post-ups, however, observers don’t anticipate isolations dying out completely. There will always be a value to putting your best scorer in a situation that makes it difficult for opponents to bring help. “All offenses since the beginning of team ultimately get guys in one-on-one situations,” ESPN analyst Hubie Brown noted.