Sep 4, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT
For the first time since 1979, an NBA team is going to have a female broadcaster do some games.
Ann Meyers Drysdale is joining the Suns broadcast team for at least 20 games next season, reports Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic.
“I learned from Don (Drysdale, her late husband and former Dodger broadcaster) about my confidence and capability,” said Meyers Drysdale, the Suns organization’s only Hall of Famer now that Jerry Colangelo’s ties ended two months ago. “There are going to be people out there who won’t like this decision and people who haven’t heard women call men’s games. But I’ve proven myself and I know what I’m talking about.”
The last woman to do it on a local level? Meyers Drysdale herself in 1979 for the Indiana Pacers (she signed with them and when they released her she did color commentary until she went to play in a women’s professional league).
Meyers Drysdale knows her basketball — she worked as a scout for the Suns when Mike D’Antoni was there, she has worked as a D-League coach and in the front office. She’s a Hall of Famer. She is smarter than you and me. She has been with the Suns in recent years as a VP working mostly on the community and public relations side of the operation, but she has continued to do some broadcasting.
This is a nice step, but the bottom line is if a woman is qualified I want her on the broadcast. Doris Burke of ESPN is a color analyst I like better than 80 percent of men out there doing the job, she is smart and even handed. She’s great. Meyers may be able to be that, too.
And I’m happy for her she only has to do 20 games, because looking at the Suns roster I’m not sure anyone should have to sit through all 82. It’s going to be a long winter in the Valley of the Sun.
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