This is Day One of my Raptors
blog…there is so much to cover…where do you begin…
Let’s start with you. Throughout the course of the year I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you and interacting through this blog (the name is not decided on yet…let us know if you have any thoughts on a name!)… I’ll cover a wide range of topics, most specifically your Raptors
and the NBA.
I want take a moment to thank MLSE and the Raptors
for an opportunity that I consider to be one of the very best in the NBA. This a great job, with a great organization that is committed to winning, with a great fan base and, it’s a Great City.
I did Game 4 of the Raps v. Magic for TNT and despite the TTC strike, the fans where out in force! Bosh
had 39 (let’s not talk about how it ended)… Toronto has always been one of my favourite places to come to in the league. This is a dream job.
My wife, Erin and our three young sons Jack (8), Ian (6) and Luke (4) can’t wait to get here. What makes this even more special is that both my wife and I have family here in Toronto and Peterborough.
Erin and I just spent a week in T.O. house hunting…we were told there are over 240 neighborhoods… By the end of the week it felt like we had seen at least half of them!
The move is going to the toughest part because I leave for Beijing in early August to cover Wrestling for NBC Sports. I don’t know how we are going to pull it off: selling a house, buying a house and getting our boys off to school in such a short period of time with me half way around the world!
Needless to say, without my wife, Erin, it wouldn’t be imaginable or possible. We wrapped up the week with a dinner that seemed like a mini-family reunion, my brother and his girlfriend joined us… They drove to Toronto from a wedding in The Sault (my brother’s girlfriend who is from Burlington has family there) and then we had my family from Toronto there.
We arrived back in the States with Canadian flags for the boys along with Raptors
and Leafs t-shirts. And we’re busy teaching the boys “O Canada”, which they’ve taken to quickly! We’re going to bring them up to Toronto for the first time next week as we continue our house hunt. I’ve been telling them about Timbits and Pizza Pizza…Our meals are planned.
One of the other reasons why I think so much of this job is Jack and Leo.
Jack and I go back, we’ve done WNBA games as well as college games together, and I always loved working with him. He knows the game, has a great personality and we’ve always had fun. Besides, we have this Hubie Brown connection (which means great stories), Jack from his coaching days and I was with Hubie in Memphis.
Leo has always been an analyst that I’ve spent time talking to before regular season and post-season games about the team and the league. I look forward to working with him and I wish him all the best with coaching Team Canada.
Style… People will always ask play-by-play announcers about your style... I try to be straightforward and fair… It’s about the game, the teams, the players, the coaches, Jack and Leo.
Do I want the Raps to win? Yes! Are there times were I may be critical? Yes. Do I get excited, if something big happens? Definitely.
Chuck and I talked yesterday and I told him he left “Shaq-Sized Shoes to fill and I only have a size 11.” I know and understand that Chuck had a special bond with all of you and that he did so much for the Raptors
and the game here. I can only hope through time (and plenty of Raptors
W’s!) that I can earn that kind of acceptance and respect.
If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me, firstname.lastname@example.org
. I look forward to hearing from you.