Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
When people discuss the musical chairs on the set of ESPN’s “NBA Countdown,’’ they often frame the matter in terms of the show's so-far futile quest to match the success of TNT’s “Inside the NBA.’’
But Charles Barkley, the star of “Inside the NBA,’’ does not see it that way.
“I don’t look at us as in competition with those guys,’’ the TNT analyst said Monday during a luncheon to preview...Read more »
TNT tips off its NBA coverage Tuesday when the stars of its popular studio show appear live event at Flatiron Plaza in New York, which should be fun, especially when Charles Barkley says something negative about the Knicks.
ESPN, meanwhile, continues its search in the TV wilderness for a formula that can challenge its friends at Turner.
The network’s latest move was adding Sage Steele...Read more »
Someday I will retire, as will my successor. But rest assured: Newsday is committed to hiring qualified sports media writers to document the tinkering on “NBA Countdown’’ as long as it takes ESPN to match TNT’s NBA studio success.
The latest shuffle involves Michael Wilbon and Magic Johnson leaving and Doug Collins and Doris Burke (on a limited basis) arriving.
Johnson’s surprising announcement...Read more »
Having the Knicks reach the Eastern Conference finals against the Heat would be all sorts of fun, one reason being this: TNT would carry the series, giving Charles Barkley regular opportunities to annoy Knicks fans – and, even better, give me writing material.
Barkley, the most prominent Knicks skeptic working in media, was at it again Thursday, saying that the Nets would beat the Knicks in...Read more »
Jack Curran already was a New York coaching fixture by the time I covered his Archbishop Molloy teams during the Kenny Anderson era in the late 1980s, but he went on for another quarter century before dying Thursday at 82.
Along the way he touched multiple generations at the Queens school, some of whom went on to success as pros in basketball or baseball, many more of whom did so in other...Read more »
Marv Albert’s call of the Knicks’ victory in Boston on TNT Thursday had a neat historical undertone: It came four days before the 50th anniversary of his first-ever Knicks call – also in Boston.
As noted by sports media historian David Halberstam for Bleacher Report, Albert made his Knicks radio debut on Jan. 27, 1963, as a 21-year-old fill-in for his mentor, Marty Glickman, who was delayed...Read more »
TNT’s Charles Barkley has gotten me through many a column and blog post with his colorfully skeptical views of the Knicks, so it’s only fair to note when he says something nice about one of New York’s own. Even better, two!
Here is Barkley on the Knicks’ center not getting a starting nod for the East All-Stars: “Tyson Chandler should’ve been there [as a starter]. I love Kevin Garnett but Tyson...Read more »