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Denver Post's Saunders: Barkley Missing From Finals

The NBA Finals was such a riveting combination of on-the-court action and behind-the-scenes story lines, most having to do with LeBron James and The Decision, that nothing seemed to be wanting as the games unfolded. In retrospect, however, it would have been nice to hear more from Heat fan needler Charles Barkley during the series, says Dusty Saunders of The Denver Post.

It’s not that the ABC-ESPN quartet (Stuart Scott , Michael Wilbon , Jon Barry and Magic Johnson ) were lacking.

They produced solid food for thought, pointing out the pluses and minuses of the two teams.

It’s just that the Barkley Bite would have added even more drama to the telecasts because of his season-long anti-Miami attitude.

You may recall that Barkley’s derisive comments about the Heat produced so much heat from Miami fans that when TNT was covering a game in Miami in the playoffs, the network’s outside studio show was moved inside because fans were yelling at Barkley.

Barkley in many ways did become the media vessel for fans’ overwhelming resentment of the Heat. He poked fun at bandwagon Miami fans who materialized after the Heatles came together last summer. And he called the players themselves a “whiny bunch” whom he wouldn’t even pick to beat the Washington Generals. In those regards Barkley would have lent a subjective voice to an ostensibly objective presentation. On the other hand, did we really need a commentator holding the whammy bar on our own inner voices?

 

 

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Wolff and Durham Given Curt Gowdy Media Awards

Alexander Wolff of Sports Illustrated, who has covered professional and college basketball since the early 1980s, and Jim Durham, the former voice of the Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls, are the 2011 recipients of the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Sports Illustrated is reporting.

The award is named in honor of the late sports broadcaster and former president of the Hall of Fame board, and is given to both print and electronic media members.

“In his decades of covering college basketball for SI, the depth and breadth of Alex Wolff’s work has been inimitable,” said editor of Time Inc.’s Sports Group, Terry McDonell. “He has written with a lyrical and literary grace in stories on Final Fours and NCAA tournaments, in profiles of the game’s most influential figures, in investigative pieces that protected the very integrity of the game while the vision of his work pushed basketball to become truly international. There is no journalist who better embodies what Curt Gowdy meant to the game.” 

Durham’s most memorable call might be of Michael Jordan’s shot over Craig Ehlo of the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the first round of the 1989 NBA playoffs, among several sports replays that send Cleveland fans to the knife drawer.

Wolff and Durham will be honored during the Hall’s enshrinement ceremony on Aug. 11 in Springfield, Mass.

Prep Those DVRs: 'The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants' To Get Previewed April 13

Showtime and MLB Productions have revealed a little more information about the docu-series following the World Champion San Francisco Giants. The show, now called “The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants,” will get a sneak preview Wednesday April 13, two weeks after Opening Day. The series premiere is slated for Wednesday, July 13.

The companies also released a great trailer, which unfortunately is not embeddable. Check out the trailer here.

As we reported in January, the show will follow the team through the entire 2011 season, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what happens when the players aren’t on the field.

If the trailer is any indication, look for star pitcher Tim Lincecum and closer Brian Wilson to be the stars of the show (though it certainly isn’t a surprise in the outspoken Wilson’s case).

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Columnist Says Jay Bilas Doesn't Know What He's Talking About

You can add Michael Bradley of Philadelphia Magazine to the list of people that won’t be receiving a holiday card from the Bilas family this December.

Bradley called out ESPN analyst Jay Bilas following his comments on Selection Sunday that VCU wasn’t worthy of making the NCAA Tournament.

“What Bilas and his kind don’t understand – - or don’t want to admit – - is that college basketball is no longer the top-flight sport it was even 10 years ago. It may still provide some thrilling moments in March, but the overall quality of play has dropped considerably. A variety of reasons can be cited, including the yearly exodus of top underclassmen to the NBA, a continued decaying of fundamentals at the high school level (thanks, AAU ball!) that forces coaches to use strategies that feature athleticism, rather than skill, and a moving away from team-first attitudes among better players aching to be playing professionally. Read more

Katie Couric pens first book — with a little help from her friends

NYT’s Bill Carter talks with CBS’ Katie Couric about her first book — a compilation of essays and commentary from everyone from her former “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer, to comedian Chelsea Handler, to the New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez.

“I don’t really consider this my book,” Couric tells Carter. “It’s a collection, and I’m sort of the overseer.”

At the same time she continued to express passion for her work on “The CBS Evening News,” which has been a subject of considerable speculation in the news media because her current contract with the network ends so soon, on June 4.

Ms. Couric said that she was aware of the short timetable, and that “obviously I’m going to have to figure out what’s ahead.” But for the moment, she said, she is continuing to “focus on doing the best job I can on the ‘Evening News,’ ” adding, “There is nothing to tell right now” about any future moves.

All profits from the book, “The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives” which comes out April 12, will be donated to the Scholarship America charity.

FoxSports.com And NESN Enter Digital Partnership

FoxSports.com on MSN and NESN announced on Thursday a new digital content sharing partnership that makes NESN.com the exclusive provider of New England and Boston sports news on FoxSports.com.

As part of the agreement, FoxSports.com will have the right to both publish and directly link to NESN’s spots news content and provide for cross promotional opportunities between the two sites.

“The FOX Sports Local websites are the fastest-growing regional sports websites in the country,” said Mike Hall, NESN’s Director of New Media. “We are proud to join the FOX Sports family of local websites to help extend their reach in the northeast while helping NESN to continue to grow our site as the premier destination for fans of New England sports.”

Couric: “It’s A Little Retro To Strictly Talk About Ratings”

couric_2-20c.jpgIn a wide-ranging interview on The Daily Beast, Lloyd Grove talks to Katie Couric about Gov. Sarah Palin, Alex Rodriguez and more.

She describes how the evening news race has changed. “It’s a little retro to strictly talk about ratings, and I think you also have to talk about getting your product out there to the way people are watching, and that’s what I think about,” she said. “I think about, what about that person who isn’t in front of their television at 6:30 at night watching an evening newscast? How can we get some of our really strong content to them, so they can, even watch it, not always on CBSNews.com but in other venues as well.”

She also talks about scooping her former employer, NBC, for the Chesley Sullenberger interview, and NBC’s decision not to interview Sullenberger at all. “I think there was some anger there, and I’m not sure I would’ve done the same thing,” said Couric. “But I don’t work on the Today show, as much as I really like the people who are there, that was the decision they made.”

Click continued to see what she thought about being lied to by A-Rod about steroids…

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Cablers To Cover A-Rod Newser

arod_2-17.jpgThis time last year, the cablers were covering former New York Yankee Roger Clemens denying steroid use to Congress. Today they’ll cover admitted steroid user Alex Rodriguez as he reports to spring training.

CNN, FNC, MSNBC and HLN will air the 1:30pmET news conference live, although may not take it in its entirety if A-Rod answers all of what will likely be a barrage of questions. Yankee manager Joe Girardi, many of his teammates and a few hundred reporters will be in attendance.

Play ball.

A-Rod: “How Could I Be Truthful With Katie Couric or CBS?”

arod_2-9.bmpOne of the stories being discussed on the cablers over the last couple hours has been Alex Rodriguezadmission he used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-2003.

Rodriguez talked to ESPN’s Peter Gammons today (airing on SportsCenter tonight at 6pmET) in the wake of Sports Illustrated’s report Rodriguez was one of the 104 players that tested positive for steroids in 2003. Over the weekend, Rodriguez’ December 2007 interview with Katie Couric, in which he denied ever even considering using steroids in his career, was referenced by news and sports outlets.

He tells Gammons today: “At the time, I wasn’t being truthful with myself. How could I be truthful with Katie Couric or CBS?”

Click continued to see Rodriguez’ answer to Couric about steroids…

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The Ticker: King, Bartiromo, Lauer…

> In the wake of some surprising comments about Alex Rodriguez, former Yankee manager Joe Torre sits down tonight with Larry King in his first television interview at 9pmET tonight on CNN.

> Maria Bartiromo hosts “No Way Back,” a CNBC special from Davos’ World Economic Forum, at 8pmET tonight.

> “The only thing we haven’t done is have sex — and if you would’ve just put down the glue gun that might’ve happened, too.” – Matt Lauer to Martha Stewart. Find out more here.