Media Rumors

What was it like to initially leave home, go down to the NBA TV and Turner studios in Atlanta to do the new gig then come back here for an event like this? Could you ever have imagined? Tas Melas: Absolutely not. It doesn’t seem real, to be honest. I think until Saturday, Sunday — we’ve been here for several days — it’s still not really registering. Until, I think, the ball tips and we’re in the Air Canada Centre…it feels like we’re back home but it doesn’t feel like All-Star Weekend is here quite yet. No one could ever have imagined it.
Bill Simmons is bringing out the big guns at HBO. The sports and media personality has started filling out the creative team for his upcoming program at the pay cable network, and it includes several impressive Daily Show alums. HBO and Simmons on Thursday announced that The Daily Show’s Stuart Miller will serve as executive producer on the forthcoming talk show, set to bow later this year, while fellow Daily Show alum Jason Ross will serve as head writer and TV vet and essayist Kim Gamble will serve as co-executive producer.
Adrian Wojnarowski was working at 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning, because that’s what he does. He received a tip that the Phoenix Suns just fired coach Jeff Hornacek. The timing couldn’t have been better for his recently launched NBA site on Yahoo Sports, The Vertical with Woj. Wojnarowski woke up Joe Garza, the site’s managing editor. “I apologized to his wife,” Wojnarowski said. Garza quickly rallied the troops. Within a few hours, The Vertical not only posted Wojnarowski’s scoop, but also a package of analysis pieces examining the Suns’ next steps. They included Chris Mannix’s story that former Phoenix great Steve Nash could be an option as the new coach.