Hall-of-Famers fill 3-Man booth for NBA Finals


ESPN Radio will employ a three-man booth for the NBA Finals for the first time, and play-by-play commentator Mike Tirico won’t have to look far for some sage insight and analysis. He’ll be sandwiched by a pair of Hall of Famers in Dr. Jack Ramsay (inducted in 1992) and Hubie Brown, who had Ramsay present him at the 2005 ceremony.

The NBA on ESPN Radio’s 14TH season of exclusive, live, national play-by-play coverage of the NBA Finals will include ESPN The Magazine senior writer Ric Bucher serving as on-site reporter and Marc Kestecher as studio host.

“I always say working with Hubie all season is stealing for a basketball fan like me, and this is even better,” said Tirico, an ESPN Radio original and voice of ESPN Monday Night Football. “I can’t wait to listen to two of the most respected voices in basketball explain what is happening in the season’s most important games. What a treat it will be for all of us.”

Ramsay, whose NBA career began in 1966-67 when he was named General Manager of the 76ers, won two NBA championships, as head coach of the 1976-77 Portland Trailblazers, and as GM of the 1966-67 76ers. He joined ESPN in 1996 and serves as lead game analyst for The NBA on ESPN Radio. 

Brown, whose professional head coaching career began in 1974 with the ABA’s Kentucky Colonels, leading them to the 1975 title, is a two-time NBA Coach-of-the-Year. He joined ABC in December 2004 as an analyst for NBA on ABC, previously serving as lead basketball analyst for CBS, local 76ers and Pistons broadcasts, and TNT.