Jan. 23, 2010
Q: What memories do you still have of your time playing college basketball at Ohio State?
A: It was a special time. Being a Cleveland kid who had grown up being part of the Buckeye Nation, I didn’t realize how big and vast it was at the time. I had great teammates there at Ohio State. I had a tremendous time growing as a player and as a person. At the time, you don’t realize how much you are growing until 10, 12, 15 or 20 years go by. I enjoyed the competition so much. The Big Ten was considered one of the top conferences in the country, if not the top, at that time (late 70s and early 80s). To have a chance to play in a league like that was a real privilege.
Q: How did you make the transition between your career as a player in the NBA into your broadcasting career?
A: Because my playing career was cut so short because of knee trouble, I got a really good early start on moving into the broadcasting arena. I was 26 years old at the time and started doing radio for the Indiana Pacers, a team I played for in the NBA. I then started doing some local and regional college games on television. I had a really good opportunity to grow as a broadcaster and had some unbelievable partners as I was going through the early stages of my development.
Q: Do you remember your first broadcasting assignments, both on radio and television?
A: I did Indiana Pacers games on the radio. My first college game on television featured Cleveland State University. I grew up in Cleveland and a local station was carrying their games. I don’t remember their opponent for that first game, but it was back in the winter of 1987. I was a little rough around the edges, but I showed some potential and some promise. And obviously, I was going to work as hard as I could to get better. One thing led to another and before I knew it, I was on ESPN and I’ve been at CBS since the mid-90s.
Q: Being promoted to the lead college basketball analyst at CBS prior to last season, you had the assignment of calling your first Final Four. What was that experience like for you?
Q: Where does your passion for broadcasting and for the game of basketball come from?
A: It was a culmination of a wonderful journey that has taken on another chapter now, in terms of being in that position. It was special, really special. To work with Jim Nantz and to be at Ford Field with the new configuration of the Final Four in a football stadium was special. It was a tremendous privilege, and I’m looking forward to the next one.
A: It has been there a long time. It goes back to when I first started playing the game, when I was eight or nine years old. I decided that I wanted to be an NBA player, if I was good enough at some point. I loved the game from that point on. I had a chance to play at the highest level and when that was over, I was still involved in the game and could still learn about the game. When you get a chance to spend time with all of these coaches and see these players and interact with the broadcasters who have been around as long as they have, it is a continual learning process. And that makes it fun. To me, the game of basketball is the most entertaining and athletic game out there.