The Chuckster and Kareem

11 03 2011

The opportunity to have a sit-down interview with one Hall of Famer is enough to make one NBA fan’s day. Two makes it a memorable day, at least for this admittedly inexperienced writer. I’ve been doing this sportswriting thing only for a couple of years, so I still experience a nervous excitement at meeting some of the athletes, commentators and writers I’ve always admired.

On Tuesday, I was fortunate enough to meet a few of these individuals — Ernie Johnson, Reggie Miller and Charles Barkley, all of whom were attending an NCAA Tournament media event for CBS Sports and Turner Sports at a midtown hotel in New York City. I spoke with Johnson, Miller, Kenny Smith and Barkley to gain a sense of their responsibilities throughout the tourney. You can read that here, including an entire page about what Barkley will focus his analysis on during the tournament.

Click on the link below to read the story:

March Madness Goes to TNT

The story for which I wanted to speak with Barkley also led me to talk over the phone with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The NBA’s all-time leading scorer, in addition to serving as a great resource for the Story That Shall Not Yet Be Revealed, introduced his latest research project last month. Abdul-Jabbar — he actually introduced himself over the phone as “This is Abdul-Jabbar,” which was just incredible — has become an historian of black American history. His documentary, On The Shoulders of Giants, is a captivating look at the Harlem Rens basketball team. I won’t go into who they were in this paragraph. You can read about it below.

Click on the link below to read the story:

Kareem Discusses His Film

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