Tom Rinaldi is a reporter for ESPN and ABC based in New York. He has contributed to ESPN's golf coverage, SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, College GameDay and Sunday NFL Countdown, he did features for the horse racing telecasts. In 2017, Rinaldi served as a sideline reporter for the NBA playoffs on ESPN. Rinaldi joined ESPN in May 2003 following a four-year stint as a reporter for CNN/SI from 1998-2002, he has worked as a reporter for KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon from 1996 to 1998 and for WNDU-TV in South Bend, Indiana from 1993 to 1996. Prior to his career in journalism, Rinaldi was a high school English and English as a Second Language teacher in addition to being a handball coach at Morris High School in the Bronx, New York. Rinaldi has won three Regional Emmy Awards, three Associated Press Awards and a USA Today Feature-of-the-Year Award. After transferring from Fordham University, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania before going on to receive his graduate degree at Columbia University.
Rinaldi grew up in New Jersey and lives in nearby Tenafly. In 2016, he wrote a book called The Man in the Red Bandanna, about Welles Crowther, who saved many people before he was killed when the World Trade Center collapsed after the September 11 attacks. Since 2006, Rinaldi has been the lead interviewer and feature reporter for ESPN and ABC's coverage of golf. In this capacity, he has been praised for many of his essays those following the conclusion of major events. Rinaldi conducted the first interview of Tiger Woods after the incident on November 27, 2009 which led to Woods' public disclosure of his extra-marital affairs, he was the first person to interview Manti Te'o after he had been catfished. Rinaldi's bio at ESPN.com
NBA on ESPN
The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association games on the ESPN family of networks. The ESPN cable network first televised NBA games from 1983 to 1984, has been airing games since the 2002–03 NBA season. ESPN2 began airing a limited schedule of NBA games in 2002. ESPN on ABC began televising NBA games in 2006. On October 6, 2014, ESPN and the NBA renewed their agreement through 2025. ESPN on ABC is the broadcast home of the NBA. ABC airs games on Christmas Day and under the title of NBA Saturday Primetime, airs on Saturday nights, NBA Sunday Showcase, airs on Sunday afternoons from January through the end of the season, continuing to air games throughout the early rounds of the NBA Playoffs, culminating with exclusive coverage of the NBA Finals. ESPN airs NBA games on Wednesdays and Sundays. Most NBA games on the ESPN cable network air on Fridays at 8:00 p.m ET and 7:30 p.m PT as part of "Coast to Coast" doubleheaders. Games on Wednesdays are single games, televised at 9:00 p.m ET.
In addition to games on ABC, several Sundays throughout the season feature ESPN televised games during the evening, though on most nights ESPN defers to NBA TV for Sunday night national broadcasts. ESPN's presentation of games is referred to as NBA; the telecast was known as ESPNBA. ESPN used to brand a few other games under the NBA Special Edition brand, but dropped the name in favor of the NBA format in the 2013–14 season and beyond. Unless specified, ESPN's NBA broadcasts are not exclusive, in which local sports networks may still air the game in their home market; the first round playoff coverage is not exclusive. As part of the NBA's cable-heavy TV deal, ESPN airs one Conference final per year. Most conference final games are televised on ESPN itself, with Game 4 and Game 7 set aside for ABC. Outside of the Conference Finals, ESPN airs playoff games only on Thursdays and Saturdays. ESPN airs the NBA Draft each season, as well as the NBA Draft Lottery; the game between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat on December 17, 2010, was the first NBA game aired on 3D, courtesy of ESPN 3D.
The network aired 14 NBA regular season games, as well as select playoff games, in 3D that season. Starting with 2006–07 NBA season, ESPN used ABC's theme music from two years prior, making it the second time the network had used its corporate sibling's NBA theme. Since ABC had undergone the transition from the former ABC Sports to merge with ESPN, forming ESPN on ABC, ESPN's music and overall presentation have been used for all of their telecasts on the network. Following the branding merge, ESPN began to use variations of the graphics used on ESPN Monday Night Football for their NBA broadcasts. With an updated graphics package debuting on Monday Night Football during the 2008–09 season, the same graphics were introduced in the April 8, 2009 telecast of NBA on ESPN. On March 14, 2010, the graphics were refreshed and used in the NBA on ABC "Sunday Showcase". ESPN used the refreshed graphics for their NBA telecasts the following day. Starting with the 2010–11 season, timeout indicators were added to the score banner, adopting the feature from ESPN's college football broadcasts.
Beginning with the 2011 NBA Playoffs, an updated composition of ESPN's theme "Fast Break" was introduced for the postseason, along with new in-game presentations. The score banner and other graphics retained their design, the original composition of "Fast Break" remained as the theme song for the regular season. During the 2013 Western Conference Finals, a new graphics package debuted for ESPN's NBA telecasts; the graphics featured 3-dimensional renderings of the team logos, along with the use of specific themes and backgrounds to accompany each of them. During the 2015 NBA Finals, the graphics were updated to reflect the new design used in ESPN's NBA Countdown broadcasts. However, during 2015-16 NBA season, the graphics were reverted to the previous package used since 2013. On May 17, 2016, the graphics, which were first seen during the previous year's championship, were used again for the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals and NBA Finals. For the 2016–17 NBA season, ESPN introduced a revamped on-air presentation and branding for its NBA coverage, developed with the creative agency Big Block, as well as a new logo.
The new design was inspired by "premium" consumer brands, places a heavier focus on team logos and colors as the basis of its design, as opposed to visual environments and settings. When introduced during the pre-season, the new package used a noticeably large scorebar, although it has since been reduced in size. Greg Gumbel and John Andariese were some of the voices of the original telecasts of The NBA on ESPN, which lasted only two seasons. Tom Mees was among the studio hosts. During a commercial break of a game at Madison Square Garden, the announcers danced to the song "Little Darling", played on the public address system of the arena; that blooper reel is still played when ESPN celebrates a milestone. Other announcers during this period included: Irv Brown (g
Stephen Jesse Jackson is an American retired professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the New Jersey Nets, Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Bobcats, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers. Jackson won an NBA championship with the Spurs in 2003. Jackson was born in Port Arthur and spent his childhood there. Growing up, Jackson was raised by Judyette, a single parent who worked two jobs; as a teenager, Jackson worked in his grandfather's soul food restaurant in Port Arthur, where he would wash dishes and bus tables. At the age of 16, Jackson's half-brother Donald Buckner died at 25 years old from head injuries after being jumped. Following the violent tragedy, Jackson said that he wished he could have been there to assist and protect a member of his family. "You can't tell me seeing his brother die that way hasn't had an effect," recalls Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh. "To me, it's why he is always coming to the help of his teammates."Jackson led Lincoln High School to a state championship in his junior year before transferring to Oak Hill Academy, where he earned All-America honors in 1996.
He was the leading scorer in the 1996 McDonald's All-American game, on a team that included Kobe Bryant, Jermaine O'Neal and Tim Thomas. Following a commitment to join the University of Arizona, Jackson was ruled academically ineligible, he attended Butler County Community College of El Dorado, Kansas for one semester but did not play basketball there. Jackson was selected 42nd overall in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, yet did not receive an opportunity to perform, as he was waived by the team on October 30. Following this development, Jackson saw action in six games with the La Crosse Bobcats over two on-and-off seasons in the Continental Basketball Association, in which he averaged 2.7 points in 12.7 minutes per game. Additionally, Jackson played four games in 1998 with the Sydney Kings in Australia's National Basketball League. Continuing his basketball journey, Jackson played professionally in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Throughout the spring and summer of 2000, Jackson played in those Latin American countries, with the Dominican Republic teams San Carlos and Pueblo Nuevo and Venezuelan Marinos.
Jackson did not play an NBA game until the 2000–01 season with the New Jersey Nets deemed his rookie season. He appeared in 77 games, in which he averaged 8.2 points per game, established a close friendship with star point guard Stephon Marbury. Jackson was selected to play in the Schick Rookie Game at the 2001 All-Star Weekend, in which he tallied 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in the contest. Before the 2001–2002 NBA season, he was signed by the San Antonio Spurs. Following a somewhat successful rookie campaign, Jackson was hampered by injuries and team expectations in 2001, missing a total of 45 games. Former assistant coach Mike Brown stated: "The first year we had him in San Antonio, he was on the most of the year. At first, he didn't understand why because he was the most talented player we had on that team, but he needed to mature a little bit so we stuck him there to see how he would respond, he was the best teammate on our team that first year. He was juiced at practice ready to play and compete and make the starters better, it carried over into his second year when he got his opportunity to get out onto the floor and prove he could be a vital part of the organization."
His season averages were 3.9 points and 1.1 rebounds, logging 9.9 minutes per game. During the 2002–2003 NBA season, Jackson became a key member of the Spurs. Appearing in 80 games, his season averages were 11.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 28.2 minutes per game. During the team's run in the 2003 NBA Playoffs, Jackson proved to be a vital asset and helped the Spurs win their second NBA title, averaging 12.8 points per game during the playoffs –- the team's 3rd leading scorer. Jackson's first foray into the playoffs produced variable results in terms of individual performances. Through the course of the postseason, Jackson vacillated between fourth quarter heroics and clutch shooting and uneven, mistake-prone play. In 2003, Jackson became a free agent during the offseason and expected to parlay his success with the Spurs into a long-term contract. After rejecting an initial offer by the Spurs, he and his agent were criticized by sports media for miscalculating the market. Jackson agreed to a 2-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
Registering his best professional season to date, Jackson established season averages of 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in 80 total games. On March 12, against the Washington Wizards, Jackson scored a career-best 42 points. In the 29 games following the All-Star Break, Jackson averaged 24.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.2 steals per game. During this stretch, he was the NBA's 6th leading scorer. Following the 2003–04 NBA season, he was traded to the Indiana Pacers for power forward Al Harrington, after signing a 6-year, $38.3 million contract. During his first season as a member of the Indiana Pacers in the 2004–05 NBA season, Jackson tallied averages of 18.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists per game. On November 19, 2004, Jackson was involved in one of the most controversial incidents in NBA history known as Malice at the Palace, where he was involved in a brawl with fans in the stands at The Palace of Auburn Hills. In the aftermat
Jon Alan Barry is an American former basketball player and current television analyst for ABC and ESPN. Barry is the son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry and Pam Connolly, has three brothers: Scooter and Drew, all of whom are basketball players. Jon played his high school basketball at De La Salle High School in California, he played one year each at University of the Pacific and Paris Junior College, before receiving a basketball scholarship to attend Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. Out of Georgia Tech, he was selected in the first round of the 1992 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, but refused to sign a contract and sat out the season; the Celtics traded their rights to mid season, to the Milwaukee Bucks for Alaa Abdelnaby. Barry joined the Milwaukee Bucks, who finished last, tied for last, 2nd to last in their division Barry's first three years in the NBA. Off to a slow start of a career as a backup player, Barry did get chances to contribute to playoff runs of some good teams and scored 326 career playoff points in 63 NBA playoff games over 14 seasons.
He had 2 games with 5 3-point shots and had 6 games with 5 steals, has 5,041 season and playoff points total. In addition to the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons, Jon played for the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets and most the Houston Rockets. Barry had 12 first-half points in a 3-minute span in the deciding game 5 of the first round of the 2002 NBA Playoffs in the Detroit Pistons' series against the Toronto Raptors. Barry left the Pistons after the 2002-03 season, was released from the Rockets on March 1, 2006, which marked the end of his NBA playing career, he has a son, named Tyler. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com Jon Barry ESPN Bio
Hubert Jude Brown is an American retired basketball coach and player and a current television analyst. Brown is a two-time NBA Coach of the honors being separated by 26 years. Brown was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005; when asked in 1988 how long he will remain involved with the game of basketball, Hubie responded "I will stay involved in some capacity until the day Verne Lundquist dies." Born in Hazleton, Brown moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey at age three and was raised there, living in a small apartment building without a telephone. Brown, an only child, has said that his father, who worked at the shipyards, was a "demanding man."He graduated from St. Mary of the Assumption High School in 1951. While in high school, St. Mary won state championships in football and baseball. Hubie Brown played college basketball and baseball at Niagara University, graduating in 1955 with a degree in education. While at Niagara, Brown was a teammate of former Utah Jazz coach Frank Layden, as well as Larry Costello and Charlie Hoxie, who would go on to star for the Harlem Globetrotters.
After leaving Niagara, Brown joined the U. S. Army where he joined the Army's basketball team. After being honorably discharged in 1958, Brown played for the Rochester Colonels of the Eastern Professional Basketball League before they folded after just eight games, he averaged 13.8 points per game in his brief stint as a pro and was an excellent defender as a player. He returned to Niagara to earn a master's degree in education. Brown's defensive mentality would carry on into his coaching career, which began in 1955 at St. Mary Academy in Little Falls, New York where he coached both basketball and baseball, he spent nine years at the high school level, including Cranford High School in Cranford, New Jersey and Fair Lawn High School in Fair Lawn, New Jersey before becoming an assistant coach for one season at the College of William and Mary in 1968. The following season, Brown joined Duke University as an assistant coach. Brown coached at Duke until 1972, when he joined the NBA as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks under Larry Costello.
Milwaukee made the NBA Finals in 1974 with future Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson, but fell in seven games to the Boston Celtics, who were led by their own superstars: Dave Cowens, John Havlicek, Jo Jo White and future Bucks coach Don Nelson. After two seasons in the NBA, Brown was given his first professional-level head coaching opportunity – the head coach position with the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association. Brown led the Colonels to the 1975 ABA Championship. Brown continued as the Colonels' coach until the ABA-NBA merger in 1976 when the Colonels franchise folded, one of two ABA teams that did not join the NBA. Brown rejoined the NBA as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, going 31-51 in his first season with the Hawks, but by the 1977-78 season, the Hawks had rebounded into a.500 team, finishing 41-41 and earning Coach of the Year honors for Brown. Two years in 1979-80, they won only their second division title since moving to Atlanta. However, after they tumbled to a 31-win season in 1980-81, Brown was fired with just three games remaining in the season.
Brown continued to coach the Hawks, leading them to a Central Division Title in the 1979-80 season, before joining the New York Knicks in 1982, succeeding long-time coach Red Holzman. He stayed with the Knicks until he was fired in 1986 after starting the season 4-12. After reaching the playoffs in each of Brown's first two seasons, the Knicks plummeted to 24-58 in 1984-85 and 23-59 in 1985-86, but there were circumstances. Star forward Bernard King suffered a devastating knee injury in March 1985 in a game against the Kansas City Kings, not recovering for two seasons, while Patrick Ewing, the top overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft, missed 32 games in an injury-plagued rookie season. Brown left the Knicks at the beginning of the 1986-87 season, succeeded by Bob Hill. Sixteen years removed from his previous NBA coaching job, Brown was again tapped to be a head coach in the NBA 2002-03 season by Jerry West of the Memphis Grizzlies, who fired coach Sidney Lowe after an 0-8 start; the Grizzlies' choice of Brown was quite controversial at the time.
Brown finished the season with a 28-46 record with the team, at the time the team's record for wins. However, the team underwent a complete turnaround for the 2003-04 season, finishing 50-32 and making the playoffs for the first time in team history. Brown was again named the NBA's Coach of the Year. However, by the 2004-05 season, there were again concerns about Brown's age. Brown was given medical clearance to start the season, but was forced to delegate much work to his assistant coaches, including his son, Brendan Brown; this led to an incident between Brendan Brown and Jason Williams when Williams snapped at Brown during the fourth quarter of a game early on in the season. Williams apologized, but the Grizzlies were beginning to struggle during the season, starting 5-7. Brown unexpectedly resigned from the Grizzlies on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2004. In a statement, he cited "unexpected health-related issues... nonexistent at the beginning of the season." Details of the specific "health-related issues" were not announced.
Shortly afterward Mike Fratello was announced as the new Grizzlies coach, marking the second time in his career that he had succeeded Brown at an NBA head coaching position. Soon after Brown's unexpec
2003 NBA draft
The 2003 NBA draft was held on June 26, 2003, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The NBA announced that 41 college and high school players and a record 31 international players had filed as early-entry candidates for the 2003 NBA draft; the Cleveland Cavaliers, who had a 22.50 percent probability of obtaining the first selection, won the NBA draft lottery on May 22, Cleveland chairman Gordon Gund said afterward his team would select LeBron James. The Detroit Pistons and the Denver Nuggets were third respectively; the 2003 draft is known for having one of the most talented draft pools in draft history. The draft contained fifteen players. Four of the top five picks are NBA All-Stars and "Redeem Team" Olympic Gold Medalists: Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James. Many players have been in the starting line-ups of their respective teams. Boris Diaw won the Most Improved Player Award in 2006, Jason Kapono won the three point shootout back-to-back years in 2007 and 2008, James Jones won the three point shootout in 2011, Leandro Barbosa won the Sixth Man Award in 2007, Kyle Korver set the NBA record for three point shooting percentage in 2010, in the 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 seasons LeBron James won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, the NBA Finals MVP in 2012, 2013 and 2016.
Carmelo Anthony won the 2013 NBA Scoring Title and is the only player in NBA history to win at least three Olympic gold medals. Zaza Pachulia and David West won NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and 2018. Matt Bonner won NBA championships with the San Antonio Spurs in 2007 and 2014. Dahntay Jones and Mo Williams won the NBA championship in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Luke Walton won three NBA championships, two as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010 and one as an assistant coach with the Warriors in 2015. Chris Bosh left Toronto in 2010 as its all-time leader in points, blocks, double doubles, free throws made and attempted, minutes played; the 2003 draft class has drawn comparisons to the 1984 and 1996 NBA draft classes, but is known for the Detroit Pistons having made the selection of Darko Miličić with the second pick over other prospects. Out of the entire draft, only Nick Collison has played his entire career for the team that drafted him. ^ a: Chris Kaman was born in the United States, but has German citizenship through his great-grandparents and competes internationally for Germany.
These players were not selected in the 2003 NBA draft, but have played at least one game in the NBA. Incomplete "NBA.com Draft 2003". NBA. Archived from the original on April 19, 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2007. "Player profiles with their career transaction information". NBA. Archived from the original on April 19, 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2007. ESPN.com Draft 2003 databaseBasketball.com Draft 2003 "How LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and the 2003 draft class transformed the NBA". SC Featured. ESPN. June 25, 2018 – via YouTube
Jackie "Mac" MacMullan Boyle is an American freelance newspaper sportswriter and NBA columnist for the sports website ESPN.com. She attended Westwood High School in Massachusetts, is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she played Division I basketball for the Wildcats, MacMullan was a columnist and associate editor of the Boston Globe until she took a buyout from the paper in March 2008, she began writing for the Globe in 1982. From 1995 to 2000 she covered the NBA as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. In 1999, MacMullan collaborated with Larry Bird on his autobiography Bird Watching: on Playing and Coaching the Game I Love, she released Geno: In Pursuit of Perfection with Geno Auriemma in 2006, wrote the New York Times best seller "When the Game Was Ours" with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird in 2009. In 2011 MacMullan collaborated with NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal to write his autobiography titled Shaq Uncut: My Story. MacMullan has been a correspondent for several cable television networks including ESPN, CNNSI, NESN, as well as WHDH-TV in Boston.
She is a regular panelist on the ESPN program Around the Horn. She has co-hosted episodes of the network's Pardon the Interruption. In response to MacMullan's departure from the Globe, she had this to say in an email to the blog site Boston Sports Media Watch: On May 12, 2010, Jackie MacMullan and longtime Cleveland Cavaliers radio play-by-play announcer Joe Tait received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame; the awards are presented annually to members of the print and electronic media who made a significant contribution to the game of basketball. MacMullan was the first woman to receive the honor in its 21-year history. On May 4, 2013, in an article for ESPN, MacMullan took a controversial stance among members of the Boston media when she suggested that the Boston Celtics should part ways with team captain Paul Pierce. In February 2019 MacMullan was awarded the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing. Archive of MacMullan's column at the Boston Globe