Media Rumors

When Atlanta Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk found out who other teams were planning on drafting and that he’d be able to select Kevin Huerter with the 19th overall pick, there was no need to trade up to get the Maryland guard. Schlenk told 95.7 The Game in San Francisco on Friday that he had a deal in place to acquire the No. 17 pick from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for a draft pick, but he never had to make that deal because the media were projecting picks prior to them being announced.
11 hours ago via ESPN
PFTCommenter: I was mad at Rachel Nichols for being 15 mins late to call in but it turns out she had a very good explanation for being late – Bill Walton was robbing her blind.

“There have been dynasties forever in this league. There’s an old Sports Illustrated cover you guys should look up from 1997 and there’s a picture of Michael Jordan on the cover and it’s saying, ‘are the Bulls bad for the NBA?’ It’s kind of the same storyline right now. ... “I don’t remember the same conversation back then. I think because you didn’t have the Kevin Durant factor. That sort of bugs people a little bit, because a team that was already a championship team gained Kevin Durant. There wasn’t quite the equivalent with the Chicago Bulls. From a system standpoint, I’ll take that as an issue for the league because we always through collective bargaining can be sitting down with our players association figuring out what’s the best way to design competition throughout this league,” he said.
2 days ago via ESPN
NBC Sports Philadelphia confirmed that longtime play-by-play announcer Marc Zumoff and analyst Alaa Abdelnaby will return to call Sixers games next season. It’s unclear whether the network will replace Sullivan, though it would be unusual to have an NBA broadcast without a sideline reporter. “We thank Molly for her work as our Sixers sideline reporter, and wish her the best in her next chapter,” the network said in a statement.
Storyline: Media Layoffs
NBA spokesman Mike Bass issued the following statement to Awful Announcing: “We spoke with our media partners about our preference that ESPN’s exclusive broadcast rights be honored, but each organization will make its own editorial decisions.” Additionally, a source told Awful Announcing that other NBA partners, including Turner Sports and Yahoo (which is newly owned by Verizon), will also not tip picks during the draft.]