Bob Ortegel, who has been connected to Mavericks basketball on television and radio since 1988, told Fox Sports Southwest on Thursday he has worked his final studio show. He’s retiring. Ortegel, 74, has been a regular on the cable network’s Mavericks live studio shows since December, 2011. He joined Mavericks game broadcasts as a TV analyst in 1988. He was removed by Mark Cuban in February 2011.
He hasn’t ruled out coaching in the future, but said his real dream is in management. Rose said he’d like to wind up in an NBA front office some day. “Seeing the way R.C. Buford and the Spurs management works, it’s impressive and inspiring,” Rose said. “I’ve always had a dream of building my own championship team.”
Malik Rose swears he’s happy in retirement. He’s the color commentator for the Philadelphia 76ers, hosts a Sirius XM show and has time to be a dad and husband. When he saw the offseason moves the Spurs made though, Rose admits that he wishes he could make a comeback and reunite with one of his best friends, Tim Duncan. “I still feel like I can get out there and play, but I know I can’t,” Rose said. “I see guys out there that I played with still going strong, and I live through them. Especially Tim.”
Joy Swoyer Kosisky was part of our Turner family, taken from us all too soon at 43 on July 15, a week after being in a car accident in Georgia. She was going to join us the next day in Las Vegas to cover the Summer League. She was aptly named — always smiling and pleasant, an award-winning technical director who’d been with CNN and Turner since 2005, one of the dozens of people who come in early and stay late to make sure that the game broadcasts go off without a hitch, that the shots are right, that the graphics are accurate. She worked all of Turner’s big events, and in a business where people are often quick to cut you down, no one had a bad word to say about her.
Watching your favorite basketball team’s games from another city no longer requires an expensive, season-long subscription package. Beginning next season, the NBA will offer individual, out-of-market games for $6.99. That price gets you streaming rights on smartphones, tablets, and PCs, but it also lets you tune in from any cable / satellite provider that currently offers NBA’s League Pass. That list probably includes whoever you’re paying for cable now: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Dish, Verizon, AT&T, and others already participate in League Pass. So this goes beyond mere streaming and takes on a pay-per-view feel. There is one caveat, though; nationally televised games can’t be purchased this way — since anyone can just watch on ESPN or whatever network they’re on.