At the Cleveland Cavaliers’ media day, West said that people would eventually understand that the highway arrest was “not as big as some are making it.” But he was advised by his lawyer not to talk about what happened until after the trial, which was postponed until the following July.
In the middle of a punishing book tour, Simmons took an hour to talk to The A. Club about the rancid state of sports talk radio, the current NBA referee scandal, why Bill Russell is a better basketball player than Chamberlain, and his role in co-producing the stellar ESPN documentary series 30 For 30. I didn’t know where I was going, but I trusted the process.
It was not the way to do a book, I can tell you that much. [The book includes a ranking of the 50 greatest players in order.
—ed.] And I knew I wanted to do a greatest-teams chapter.
When Jackson retired, Musburger became the voice of the Rose Bowl, not the smallest of footsteps in which to follow.
He did what all the legendary announcers do, wove a storyline, introduced you to the cast — what the player's daddy did, how until junior year in high school some fleet safety had focused more on the trombone than on football. And, in the end, as rich and autumnal as a Robert Frost poem.