Brian McIntyre Rumors
Marvin Gaye, a linchpin of swagger, walked to center court at The Forum in a deep blue suit — jacket buttoned — wearing dark shades courtesy of an NBA gift package that had been distributed to all media and VIP guests. But there was something wrong with the shades. “[The sunglasses] had ‘L.A. All-Star’ imprinted on the lenses,” said Brian McIntyre, the NBA’s public relations director in 1983. “Trouble was, whoever printed them printed it backwards.” Gaye either didn’t know, didn’t show or didn’t care. He also didn’t know he was the second choice — Lionel Richie, sitting on the huge success of his solo debut, had turned the NBA down for the anthem honors. Players and coaches lined up on opposite free throw lines. The honor guard of nearby Edwards Air Force Base was behind Gaye with the American and California flags raised. Seventeen thousand people in the arena were on their feet for the national anthem — there was little reason to expect a diversion from the way “The Star-Spangled Banner” had been performed their entire lives.
Palace Sports & Entertainment put the eight days between Pistons home games to good use. The corporation dedicated the Matt Dobek Press Room before Sunday’s game against the Boston Celtics to honor the late Pistons vice president of public relations. More than 10 members of Dobek’s family were on hand to watch the ceremony featuring comments from Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars, Palace president Dennis Mannion and longtime NBA public relations executive Brian McIntyre. Pistons play-by-play announcer George Blaha presided.
Phoenix’ Steve Nash was the top vote getter for The Magic Johnson Award — the players’ equivalent of the Tomjanovich Award. The Milwaukee Bucks media relations staff was given the Brian McIntyre Award as the league’s most enterprising PR staff.
Happy for one of the true good guys in our profession, Brian McIntyre, who is getting the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame. It’s the Hall’s top award short of enshrinement, and he’ll receive it next fall with the Class of 2011 HOF inductees. Brian’s three decades in the NBA office, most of which were spent herding the cat-like print and broadcast media to their seats, making sure they had what they needed from the Commish, conducting media availabilities great and small and a million other things he had the decency to never mention, are a tribute to what a true professional does with a tiresome, often thankless job that has to be done exactly right every day. Couldn’t happen to a better, and nicer, fellow. Cheers.