Stephanie Ready, NBA on TNT Virtual Reality broadcaster and host of The Bounce on Yahoo Sports joins the Hoops and Talks podcast to discuss her life-long love of basketball and what it was like being the first woman to be a coach on an mens professional basketball team. She gives us great insight into what coaches do to prepare for games and the playoffs and how she prepares for games that she covers as a sideline report and analyst. Then we get a primer on Virtual Reality broadcasting and what the experience is like.
Stephanie will be covering two games of the Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder series for NBA on TNT. Find her at game two on April 16 and game four on April 21.
:30 Icebreaker: What would you use for inspiration for designing a city edition uniform?
3:15 Stop with the grey uniforms already, thank you!
4:15 Introducing Stephanie Ready and hearing about her life-long love of basketball
7:30 In 2001 Ready became the first woman to coach a men’s professional team when she became an assistant coach for the D-League Greenville Grove. What was that like?
9:45 What is it like for a coach to prepare for a game or a series? They get very little rest. Even when they sleep they might be dreaming about the game.
12:30 How does she prepare to cover game as an analyst and sideline reporter?
14:15 What is a Virtual Reality Telecast?
19:30 What is Ready going to watch for in the Trail Blazers vs Thunder series?
23:00 Which Blazers have an opportunity to make a name for themselves in this series?
25:00 What other playoff series are most intriguing? Brooklyn Nets vs Philadelphia 76ers because of all the former Blazers on the Nets, Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets because they might eat each other alive, and Denver Nuggets vs San Antonio Spurs because of youth and talent vs experience and (more) experience.
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Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Join us for a #BlazersWHAT playoff watch party on April 21, 6:30 pm at McMemamins on Broadway.
Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License