Watching Jay Williams address the completely enrapt New Hampton Prep basketball team late Sunday night at the Hoophall Classic, it was clear he was firmly in his element. Basketball has obviously always been a big part of Williams’ life, but you could make a case he’s never been quite as immersed as he is now.
As an ESPN college basketball analyst, Williams splits his time between calling games and working on studio shows, while also commentating for the network’s rapidly expanding interest in high school ball. The latter assignment gives him the opportunity to take part in one of his favorite pastimes: mentoring young athletes. There isn’t a player on any level that doesn’t have the utmost respect for the former No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, and he commonly takes time to pull players aside and offer a few words of wisdom. Read More »
I think this text from my boy says it all: “31 years in existence and we FINALLY got an indoor court. So nice to have somewhere to hoop.” Look for an ESPN vs. Dime showdown coming to a court near you. Read More »
Former NBA assist machine and current ESPN NBA analyst Mark Jackson has been named the new head coach of the Golden State Warriors.
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Jackson’s deal is a guaranteed three-year contract worth upwards of $6 million. We will have more info and analysis on Jackson’s hiring in tomorrow’s SMACK.
Yesterday at ESPN, a few production assistants were attempting some trick shots outside during their lunch break. Little did they know, future Hall of Famer Chris Mullin was going to walk by and show ‘em how it’s done. Off the wall, one bounce, nothing but net.
In case you haven’t seen it yet, ESPN and ABC have produced this opening for their NBA Playoffs TV broadcasts. In the spot, the Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger and Jason Bonham (son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham) cover Zeppelin’s classic “Black Dog.” At the very least, it’s an opportunity to look at Nicole.
ESPN’s This is SportsCenter commercials are some of my favorite things the network produces. This time, they catch up with Dwight Howard, who just happens to swoop in to save the day for Hannah Storm. Hilarious.
While I haven’t been able to get my hands on “The Book of Basketball,” the new book by ESPN’s Bill Simmons, this was too funny not to post. Because of the book’s girth (700 pages), the crew from SportsNation wondered if it could literally stop a bullet. While Simmons was a guest on the show, their curiosity was satisfied when my boy Kevin Wildes, SportsNation co-creator, took the book to the local firing range. Enjoy!