A day in the life of a Warriors sideline reporter

A day in the life of a Warriors sideline reporter
April 13, 2012, 12:16 am
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Hey All! Im working the WarriorsMavericks game tonightsort of. Usually, a Warriors home game is long (and pretty fun!) day for me. Today, not so much. My day usually starts first thing in the morning with a read of all the game previews available on the internet. I also peruse the team reports that the Warriors email to the media. From that, I create a dossier for that nights game that I email to my phone. It helps me come up with relevant and timely questions for my 10:45 visit to morning shoot-around at the Warriors Oakland Practice facility. It also gives me nuggets of information that I can use in my pre and postgame live shots. (ex. The Warriors tonight faced the NBAs highest scoring teamand shut them down!) Shootaround is a chance for me and the other media members assembled to interview Mark Jackson and a player or two. This is the sound that I usually build my pregame live shots around for early Sports Net Central and for Warriors Pregame live. In between shootaround and live shot time in the 6 pm show, Ive got to prepare for my three in-game live shots. I get the topics emailed to me between 11 and noon from the outstanding Warriors game producer, Phil Pollicino. Sometimes the hits are pretty straight forward and easy to write (ex. David Lee has been great..). Sometimes, theyre fairly complicated. This is particularly true when Im dealing with an NBA special program like NBA Green Week. In such situations, theres a lot of information to disseminateand only :30 to :40 seconds in which to disseminate it! I can feel this getting bogged down into the extreme minutia of my day. Ill just say from here that a usual Warriors home game day for me starts at least at 8 am and usually is pretty non-stop until I do my postgame live shot at around 10:45 pm. But dont cry for me; I really enjoy these days! Im a basketball junkie! I follow the game; I play a couple hours of full court every Tuesday and Thursday morning (starting at 6:30 am!). And, I love the people that I meet and interact with at these games from the Warriors players and coaches to the rival broadcasters and coaches to all of the great, hardworking ushers and security staffers to the regular fans Ive had a chance to get to know over this season. Being the Warriors sideline reporter is great funa true feel good experience! So, nowall of that is to illustrate the point that today will be different: --No morning shoot-around (so I cant get my sound for my live shot until Coach Jacksons pregame press conference at 6) --No Pregame Live or in-game live shots (TNT has tonights game, so we are not broadcasting it) The only time youll see me today is in the early and late Sports Net Central shows. With less to do today, Ill try to get ahead in some other things Im working onand during the game, if theres a injury situation or some other surprise happening, Ill work to find out whats happening and tweet it to you. In fact, expect lots of tweets from me during tonights game!Dont forgetif you see me at Oracle, say hi!