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Analysts to call NBA game on TNT
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 9, 2013 @ 5:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Reid Cherner, USA TODAY Sports
When TNT carries the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Golden State Warriors on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET), the network is hoping that subtraction will end up being a plus.
Calling the game that night: Steve Kerr, Chris Webber and Reggie Miller. Not a play-by-play man among the former NBA stars.
Kerr says he won’t be trying “to be Marv Albert or Kevin Harlan” but will act as “point man leading us to breaks. Maybe a little bit of a traffic cop if the game calls for it. It is more like three former players having a round table (discussion) almost during the game.”
So has Kerr informed the other former NBA All-Stars that the offense will be running through him Thursday night?
“In no uncertain terms,” Kerr says with a laugh. “Well put.”
Kerr, who called the NCAA men’s basketball title game Monday on CBS with Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg, believes that taking the announcing crew out of its comfort zone will enhance the coverage.
“One of the reasons I enjoyed doing the NCAA Tournament is that even though it’s still an analyst’s role, it’s still different,” Kerr said. “Different game. Different production. It gets the juices flowing. The butterflies kick in.
“I think Thursday will be the same thing. It will be a different challenge, force me to do some things differently. I think it’s just good to keep yourself moving forward. Hopefully, it will be very entertaining for the listeners.”
Chemistry is always an X-factor on any new venture, but Kerr believes the extensive work he has done with Miller and Webber will help make for a smoother transition.
“We all know each other, like each other genuinely. That is always a good start,” he said. “What will be interesting is that each guy will be looking at the game a little differently. Chris was a superstar big man. Reggie obviously was an All-Star himself. I was more of a reserve. We all came at the game from different angles.
“I always thought that big men and guards look at at the game a lot differently. I think it will be good to get … [For more on Analysts, no play-by-play man, to call NBA game on TNT, click here.]
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