In addition to Sunday’s media column on the Clippers’ hiring of Bruce Bowen as a new TV analyst for Prime Ticket, we got into these topics with the former San Antonio Spurs guard:
Q: What was the ESPN experience like primarily as a studio analyst? What did you learn from that?
A: Wow, how much time do you have? I always understood why some (ex-player) had issues with studio work. Sometimes when it comes to TV, it’s about the sensationalizing of a situation at the moment. The headlines can move different. Instead of talking about a player, even thought he had just scored 40 points, the question would be: ‘What did think of him dancing after the game?’ Certain things can be blown up into stories instead of having us talk about the game in different ways. ESPN was great opporunity, but it was also a chance to see other people do their job in a professional manner that I never quite saw before — like a radio guy, by himself, talking for five hours. That takes talent. I got to see people in their element.
Of all the different things I worked on — ‘NBA Tonight,’ ‘SportsCenter,’ ‘Mike & Mike,’ I really enjoyed the time with Bob Ley on ‘Outside The Lines,’ which was very thought provoking and geared toward situations like, Is it proper to visit the White House after a championship? I know it’s been blown out of proportion now a days, but I was still a question they asked a year and a half ago, and my experiences were always fantastic, to visit a place that not many get the opportunity to see.
Q: The link you have to Cal State Fullerton … what was your takeaway from that? Continue reading “Sunday media: More Q&A with Bowen on his days at ESPN, and revelations from playing at Fullerton” »