There have been several articles on the USA basketball team and the fact that there are no Celtics on the team. The Celtics' stars were pretty much beat up at the end of last season and even if one of them wanted play for team USA, they needed time to heal and I just don't see how they would have been able to. And I doubt that USA basketball was interested in recruiting any of the Celtics' role players. But, the Celtics are still well represented at the Olympics.
I was going through the channels with Olympic coverage the other day and saw a game that looked like what you would get if you mixed soccer and volleyball and basketball together. I had no idea what the rules were or anything about the game, but I sopped on it because I heard a familiar voice. Celtics long time TV announcer and five time Emmy winner, Mike Gorman, was doing the play by play commentary for team handball. I had to watch that game, and tune into another when I saw it listed, just to listen to Mike.
If you watched any of the basketball games, you recognized another familiar voice as Donny Marshall was calling the games. Donny Marshall is making his Olympic debut with NBC as a basketball analyst for the summer games.
Another familiar face you will see is CSNNE reporter Carolyn Manno. Carolyn is making her Olympic debut at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as a sports desk anchor and reporter. We often see her on CSNNE on Comcast SportsNet interviewing players and reporting on the various Boston teams.
Finally, Doc Rivers is an analyst for the basketball coverage for NBC. It's not surprising that they nabbed Doc for this assignment. He's one of the best basketball analysts out there and gives some great candid insights into the games being played. The Celtics may not have any players in London, but they are well represented in the media category.
He's one of the best basketball analysts out there and gives some great candid insights into the games being played.
Doc was one of my favorite basketball announcers, for several reasons. 1)He explained the game well. He was concise, neither rushed nor tongue-tied. 2) he spoke in English, not in basketball jargon, so someone who is not a basketball expert could understand him.
When the Celtics hired him, I thought that someone who explained things so well would make a good coach.