Fred Katz: Some news: I will be leaving The Transcript at the end of the month to cover the Celtics for MassLive.
Former ESPN President John Skipper will serve as executive chairman of Perform Group, the United Kingdom-based sports media company announced this morning. Skipper will “oversee all of Perform Group’s operations and strategy” from New York, according to the press release.
Malika Andrews: After a fantastic year at the NYT, I’m joining the @chicagotribune to cover the Bulls and NBA alongside @KCJHoop May 14th. To my incredibly talented @nytimes colleagues: Thank you. I cherish everything I have learned and am proud of the stories I was entrusted with telling.
Chris Sheridan: ANNOUNCEMENT: I now cover the most exciting team in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia #Sixers, for @njdotcom. Good to be back on the #NBA beat. Thanks to @kevinmanahan for hiring me. First column:
FloSports the innovator in live digital sports and original content, today announced the hiring of David Thorpe as NBA editor-at-large on FloHoops.com. The hiring of Thorpe, renowned analyst who is widely credited as the first person in America to be a full-time player development specialist, adds to FloHoops’ comprehensive live and on-demand basketball coverage across high school and college.
Marking FloSports’ entry into the NBA, Thorpe will lead the development of in-depth written content, which challenges the way fans see the sport. He will provide premium NBA content for the remainder of the 2018 season and postseason. Thorpe joins FloHoops with 30 years of experience in basketball as an esteemed and widely recognized NBA analyst and published author. Starting his career as an inner-city high school coach in the late 1980s, Thorpe progressed to training more than 75 NBA players, including All-Stars, lottery picks, and record setters, as well as more than 100 professional players in Europe.
Lindsay Whalen will be a part of eight Timberwolves broadcasts on Fox Sports North this season. The Lynx All-Star Guard will join as an analyst for games on Dec. 12, Jan. 1, Jan. 14, Feb. 7, Feb. 23, March 2 and April 5.
Jon Krawczynski: I have joined The Athletic after 16 tremendous years at The Associated Press. This introductory piece is not going to be about me, but about you. Namely, what kind of coverage you can expect now that I have joined the incomparable Michael Russo on the staff here in Minnesota. I am the Senior Writer focusing primarily on the Timberwolves/NBA and Vikings. Those familiar with my work understand how passionate I am about covering the NBA in general and the Timberwolves in particular, and that will only increase as I move to my new home here at The Athletic. One of the things I am most looking forward to is teaming with Britt Robson to provide top-shelf coverage of a team that seems poised for a breakthrough season.
NBCS Warriors News: Introducing Kerith Burke, NBC Sports Bay Area's newest Warriors sideline reporter http://dlvr.it/PtvNC3
The Warriors announced with NBC Sports Bay Area that Kerith Burke has been hired as the sideline reporter for the team’s regional telecasts. Burke replaces Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, who joined Turner Sports for TNT’s national telecasts.
After failed turnaround efforts and a lengthy sales process, Yahoo announced it had sold to Verizon in July 2016 (the deal didn’t close until this past summer). With three years left on his deal, it’s believed that Wojnarowski had a clause in his contract that afforded him the opportunity to exit his deal if Yahoo’s ownership situation were to change. With the continued uncertainty about Yahoo’s direction going forward and the less than perfect launch of The Vertical, Wojnarowski opted to explore an exit from Yahoo and targeted ESPN as the only landing spot worth engaging with.
Turner had held a preliminary meeting with Woj back in 2014, but their online property Bleacher Report was not perceived as a good fit. Thus, Woj’s camp believed ESPN was the sole destination worth engaging with during the contractual opening he had to explore a possible exit from Yahoo.
Uniformly, everyone I spoke to with knowledge of the courtship between ESPN and Woj denied any requests regarding NBA staffing, nor was Woj informed about ESPN’s NBA staffing plans. A source close the situation firmly stated “It’s simply not true” in regards to the conjecture that Woj was directly involved in any layoffs on the NBA side. ESPN PR declined to comment which is somewhat consistent on the matter as they’ve generally refrained from commenting on anything specific pertaining to the layoff round.
Five months after being laid off as part of ESPN’s infamous April purge, Marc Stein is close to joining the New York Times, a source close to Stein told Awful Announcing.
Ken Berger: Some news I'm excited to share: I've joined the great team @BleacherReport and @BR_NBA as an NBA Columnist. Can't wait to get started.
Luke Winn: Some news I’m excited about: After 15 years at @SINow, I’ve left to join the Toronto Raptors’ front office as Director of Prospect Strategy.
MSG Networks plans to announce Thursday that Ed Cohen will be the new Knicks play-by-play man on ESPN New York Radio, succeeding Mike Crispino, who was not re-signed after last season.
Derek Bodner: Excited to announce that I will be joining @SheilKapadia in bringing The Athletic to Philadelphia @TheAthleticPHI
Alex Raskin: Confirming @Adrian Wojnarowski report: I've accepted the Sports News Editor position at the @DailyMail. I'll begin working at their NYC offices on 8/30
Alex Raskin: Very excited about joining the @DailyMail, and I'm extremely thankful for the opportunities given to me by @WSJSports & @VICESports. twitter.com/alexraskinNYC/…
Madison Square Garden Network is expected to announce soon that 34-year-old Ed Cohen will be named the Knicks’ radio play-by-play man, replacing Mike Crispino, who recently was let go after a long run with the network.
Anthony Slater: Employment news: Excited to join @TheAthleticSF venture to cover all things Warriors. You can subscribe here https://theathletic.com/plans/?c=27&pc=baylaunch2&plan=nt …
Chad Finn: Another quality asset for @GregABedard's Boston Sports Journal: @BrianTRobb is signing on to cover the @celtics.
Marcus Thompson: I have accepted a position as columnist with Bay Area installment of The Athletic, joining the staff of @Tim Kawakami
Tim Kawakami: Bob Myers sees this. I had a conversation with Bob about this kind of randomly and he sees this. Don’t want to throw his name out there, but it’s safe to say that he would be fine with that. Sees what the future is. Sees what this is. And some newspaper reporters I’ve talked to, just a few, don’t see it. Think they’re going to be protected forever; this is the way they’ve made a living and they always will. I don’t come to the same conclusion. People on internet sites who’ve made the jump absolutely see this. It’s not like this is a guarantee. It’s not a guarantee. But newspapers are far from a guarantee right now.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Thank you to @The Vertical crew, the Yahoo guys, Johnny Ludden for ride of a lifetime the past decade. That place changed my life. Thank you.
Emiliano Carchia: OFFICIAL: Adrian Wojnarowski joins ESPN as NBA insider Bobby Marks also joining ESPN as NBA Front Office Insider Both from July 1 pic.twitter.com/aed9QNXehn
SI has learned that the NBA’s leading news-breaker—Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports—will join ESPN on July 1, which coincides the date NBA free agents can begin reaching verbal agreements with teams.
Some of Wojnarowski's staff at The Vertical will join him, though those details are still being worked out.
Chauncey Billups has signed a new multiyear deal with ESPN, continuing his expanded role as an NBA analyst, the network announced Friday. Billups, a Denver native and the 2004 NBA Finals MVP, has worked as analyst at ESPN since the 2014-15 season, when he was used primarily to provide analysis on “SportsCenter” and other programs throughout the network. He joined “NBA Countdown” for Wednesday night broadcasts during the 2015-16, and this season he became a full-time “NBA Countdown” analyst, working on the network’s lead team alongside host Michelle Beadle and fellow analyst Jalen Rose.
Chauncey Billups has signed a new multi-year deal with ESPN, continuing his expanded role as an NBA analyst, the network announced Friday.
The Phoenix Suns have hired local veteran broadcaster Kevin Ray to serve as the television play-by-play announcer for Suns broadcasts on FOX Sports Arizona starting with the 2017-18 season. Ray has been part of Suns telecasts for the past 15 years, serving as the team’s sideline reporter the last five seasons, and prior to that as host of the Suns pre- and postgame shows.
Wojnarowski will arrive at ESPN sometime in the next few months. ESPNers have been told that Wojnarowski will be a reporter, not an editor, and that ESPN has learned from the mistakes it made in granting power to Bill Simmons and Jason Whitlock. ESPN sources were, though, divided on whether or not they believed that Wojnarowski would be simply a reporter.
Whatever his eventual role, it might just be semantics. Those within ESPN—and multiple reporters outside of ESPN—expect that Wojnarowski will bring most The Vertical staffers along with him. ESPN may even be buying The Vertical outright. (Yahoo and ESPN declined to comment.) Wojnarowski might be just a reporter, but his presence looms large behind the decisions ESPN is making, and some ESPNers believe Yahoo editor Johnny Ludden will take Abbott’s role in running ESPN.com’s NBA coverage.
Mark Jackson has signed a multiyear deal with ESPN to continue calling NBA games, including the NBA Finals. Jackson and partners Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy will work the finals in June for the eighth time, extending their own record for a TV team.
Rachel Nichols: We got some nice news at #TheJump: the show is expanding. We'll now be on year-round, on ESPN1. Big ❤️ to everyone involved More fun to come
Last week, ESPN cut some of its reporters and on-air personnel. But the sports programmer is also hiring: It has finalized a deal to hire Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo’s star NBA reporter. Sources familiar with ESPN’s plan say Wojnarowski will begin working for ESPN in time to cover the June 22 NBA draft. I’m told the network also intends to bring aboard some of the staff of The Vertical, the NBA site Wojnarowski launched for Yahoo 2016.
Michael Pina: I'm thrilled to announce that I've accepted a full-time position as a staff writer for @VICESports. I'm covering the NBA and moving to NYC. Many thanks to @BleacherReport, @SportsonEarth, @RealGM, and the million other places I've written for. I could not be more appreciative.
October 25, 2021 | 4:00 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: The Sixers have stopped fining Ben Simmons for missed games and practices given that he is now out for personal reasons, one source close to the situation says, confirming a report this afternoon from @Ramona Shelburne on the NBA Today. More from me: marcstein.substack.com
I had the Hawks at No. 6 in my Power Rankings heading into training camp, which I think was higher than most preseason prognostications. Then I got some grief from a reader saying that I should have had you guys lower because the new rules designed to cut down on free throws awarded to players who initiate contact would affect your game greatly. How are you adjusting so far to the way games are being called?
Trae Young: I think it’s a more an adjustment on both sides, but also just me playing my game. I’ve been in a lot of meetings with [NBA head of referee training and development] Monty [McCutchen], trying to make sure of what’s a foul and what’s not. A lot of the [contract I draw] is a foul. Me going in front and stopping on a dime and defenders continuing to run into me, that’s still a foul. The league is good at that — being open to communicating about anything. Especially if a guy has questions. It’s not just me. I’m sure a lot of other guys have called and just tried to get more clarification on what’s a foul and what’s not.
So you’re not worried about a different sort of whistle this season affecting your game? Trae Young: Nah. I’m not, to be honest with you, even thinking about the refs and the foul calls. I can score without the free throws. But I’m a smaller guy, so a lot of guys like to be physical with me. I like using their aggression to my advantage. That’s really what it is.