Big Names: Saunders, Davis, Join NBA on ESPN (Also: Charles Barkley, Stan Van Gundy)


ESPN has added a pair of new NBA analysts. In other news, TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley will call two games this season, and former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy has a new broadcasting job.

  • ESPN Adds NBA Analysts: Former NBA player Antonio Davis and former NBA coach Flip Saunders have joined ESPN as NBA analysts for “SportsCenter,” “NBA Coast to Coast,” and “NBA Tonight.” Davis previously contributed to studio programming on NBA TV, while Saunders’ previous broadcasting experience included a brief stint on TNT’s lead NBA broadcast team during the 2005 NBA Playoffs. (ESPN Media Zone [1], [2])
  • Barkley to Call Games This Season: TNT NBA studio analyst Charles Barkley will call two NBA games on TNT this season, USA Today reported Tuesday. Barkley is scheduled to call the November 29 Spurs/Heat game and Lakers/Knicks on November 13. It was not clear whether the other members of the TNT studio team, Ernie Johnson Jr. and Kenny Smith, would join Barkley on the game telecast. (USA Today)
  • Van Gundy to Call Game on NBCSN: Former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy will serve as a game analyst for the November 9 Georgetown/Florida men’s college basketball game on NBC Sports Network, it was announced Thursday. Van Gundy, who earlier this year was in negotiations to join ESPN as an NBA analyst, will also contribute to NBC Sports Radio. (NBC Universal Media Village)