Doc Rivers, Doris Burke to join ESPN’s top broadcast team

ESPN is closing in on promoting Doris Burke to the NBA Finals, hiring Doc Rivers to join her and jettisoning Mark Jackson to the “B” team or off the network, The Post has learned. In the wake of Jeff Van Gundy’s firing in late June, ESPN set their eyes on making Burke the first woman TV analyst on the NBA Finals and hiring Rivers to join Hall of Fame play-by-player, Mike Breen.
Source: Andrew Marchand @ New York Post

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Doc Rivers had the Celtics give up $10,000 in Staples Center
“In order for us to come back and get this money, we have to meet [the Lakers] in the finals.” —@KendrickPerkins PM

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Van Gundy was a victim of ESPN’s talent layoffs. While Van Gundy was one of the best game analysts in sports, top ESPN executives were wary of his desire to coach again. Van Gundy was also critical of the NBA and its officiating, which the NBA has expressed disappointment at over the years and even this season, according to sources. However, there is no evidence of an edict from the NBA to make a change. -via New York Post / July 31, 2023
J.J. Redick has zoomed to the top of the contenders’ list to join ESPN’s top NBA game broadcast team, sources tell Front Office Sports. Redick, fellow ESPN analyst Doris Burke and Richard Jefferson, and four-time NBA head coach Doc Rivers are all in play to possibly succeed the laid-off Jeff Van Gundy, said sources. They would join the returning No. 1 game team of analyst Mark Jackson and play-by-play announcer Mike Breen. -via Front Office Sports / July 18, 2023


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