Doris Burke is awesome.
I don’t mean “it’s awesome that a woman is doing color commentary and playing a big role in ESPN’s NBA coverage,” although that is true, too. I mean she’s awesome at her job — she is one of the best commentators and people covering the NBA out there. She is a joy to listen to during games.
Burke is entering the Hall of Fame this year with the 2018 Curt Gowdy Media Award, which is well deserved. She sat down with HBO’s Real Sports for an in-depth interview where she talks about how Jeff Van Gundy pushed her to ask for the color commentary job she deserved. When she got it — her dream job — she became understandably emotional.
Check out the entire interview on the current edition of Real Sports, which is showing on HBO this week (check your local listings) or just go into the app where you stream Game of Thrones and find it there.