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Gregg Popovich was tough on Doris Burke again in Game 2 (Video)

Gregg-Popovich-interviewThe Miami Heat were trailing by six points with about five minutes remaining in the third quarter of Game 2 on Sunday night. At that point, LeBron James took control and scored eight straight points. He ended up with 14 in the third quarter alone, and ESPN’s Doris Burke was lucky enough to get to interview Gregg Popovich after LeBron’s explosion.

As you might expect, Pop seemed a little salty. When Burke asked him what the Spurs’ plan is to contain LeBron, Popovich let out an evil laugh.

“Are you serious?” he asked. “We’re gonna keep him from scoring.”

Burke then followed up by asking Pop what he would like to see in the fourth quarter.

“Ah, I’d like to see LeBron play poorly,” he said sarcastically.

James went on to score another eight points in the third quarter and lead his team to a crucial win with a game-high 35. A couple weeks ago, Burke admitted that Pop almost had her in tears when he used only one word in an interview with her during last year’s playoffs. Hopefully she’s just learned to take it in stride by now.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz

Dwyane Wade’s son Zaire wanted to meet Doris Burke (Video)

Dwyane Wade’s son Zaire is around some of the best basketball players in the world on a regular basis, but it’s not those elite athletes who really get him going. Nope.

Instead of mingling with some of Miami’s biggest celebrity fans or some of the players on the court, Zaire just really wanted to meet ESPN sideline reporter Doris Burke.

After the Miami Heat clinched their Eastern Conference finals series with the Indiana Pacers with a Game 6 win on Friday night, Burke made the interview rounds. She spoke with team owner Micky Arison, then LeBron James and then Wade. At the end of his interview, Dwyane signaled for his son to come over and embarrassed him on national TV by saying that the young lad wanted to meet Doris.

Doris was very accommodating and even gave him a hug. The bashful boy had a nice smile on his face afterwards:

Zaire Wade Doris Burke

Cute.

By the way, Zaire is also a top up-and-coming basketball prospect, too.

Video via @cjzero

Doris Burke: I was ‘almost in tears’ after Gregg Popovich interview

Gregg-Popovich-interviewOne of Gregg Popovich’s most infamous in-game interviews came at the expense of ESPN’s Doris Burke. It took place roughly a year ago during the NBA playoffs, when Popovich used only the word “turnovers” to answer Burke’s two questions. It was vintage Pop and something sideline reporters have come to expect, but it apparently rattled Burke a great deal.

During an appearance on Zach Lowe’s Grantland podcast on Thursday, Burke said that particular interview with Popovich almost brought her to tears.

“Everybody laughed at that, last year – and I don’t know if you remember the moment – but I had asked him something about the offensive end, and he said ‘turnovers,’ one word,” Burke said, as transcribed by Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk. “Then I asked him about, ‘OK, on the defensive end, you held them to whatever percentage. What did you see that you liked on that end?” And he said ‘turnovers’ again.

“Two words. I was devastated. It was brutal. It was absolutely brutal. I was almost in tears. I go back to where I sit, and I’m trying to compose myself, because I thought I asked two pretty good questions. And those were those were the responses I got.”

Burke is right. There was nothing wrong with the questions she asked, but we all know how Pop can be. His team was coming off a brutal quarter at the time, and he was only going to use the word “turnovers” no matter what the questions were or who asked them. While the interview shook Burke up, she said she does not take it personally.

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Sorry, Doris Burke, Gregg Popovich will not tell you his strategy for defending LeBron James

Gregg Popovich interviewGregg Popovich continues to be a headache for reporters trying to interview him during games. At least he is entertaining, though.

Popovich was interviewed by ABC’s Doris Burke between the third and fourth quarters of Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday. After LeBron James closed the third quarter with nine straight points to make it a 15-point game, Burke asked Popovich what he wants from his team when it comes to defending James. Pop pondered the question for a moment, and then gave a classic response.

“I can’t tell you that.”

Would we expect anything less from Pop? At least he used more than one word with Burke this time.

Video via @BeyondtheBuzzer

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks Ditch Doris Burke During Ceremony (Video)

After coming back to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5, the Dallas Mavericks were happy to have closed out the series. But staying true to their workmanlike character, they refused to celebrate too heavily knowing they still have their toughest task ahead — a meeting with the Heat or Bulls in the NBA Finals.

ESPN brought out reporter Doris Burke to interview owner Mark Cuban and head coach Rick Carlisle about reaching the Finals, but when she turned to speak with Dirk Nowitzki, she realized the team’s MVP had already exited the floor. Soon after that, the party ended as all the players dispersed. Check out the ditch party:

Even though this is the second time Burke was embarrassed this week, you can’t blame her too much. She probably should have interviewed Dirk before Cuban, but players generally stick around to conduct interviews. The question I have for you is why did they do it? One suspicion I had was that Dirk Nowitzki was upset at the way Mark Cuban was going all WWE in his interview and getting carried away. After all, Dirk said the team was doing better this year because Cuban was keeping quiet, so maybe he was upset that Cuban was opening his mouth. But the overwhelming feeling is that he walked off the floor because he didn’t feel it was time to celebrate.

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Doris Burke Flubs, Swears in Italian Before Mavs-Thunder Game (Video)

You’re on the air, lady!  Doris Burke clearly thought she was doing a recorded segment for ESPN Saturday night before the Mavericks and Thunder squared off for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.  As you can see below, she was live.  The talk surrounding this clip is that Burke mouthed the f-word the second time she got confused.  Not exactly.  Check out the Doris Burke screw-up video and allow an Italian-American to explain it for you below.

Yes, that was a curse word Doris muttered under her breath — it just wasn’t in our language.  She said “fangul,” which is an Italian term that is translated to mean either “f*** you,” “stick it up your a**,” or something of that variety.  As a result, this officially marks my father’s favorite blog post ever on LBS.  Needless to say, he doesn’t care for sports.  Chest bump to The Big Lead for the clip.

Chris Rock Punked by Phil Jackson During Interview with Doris Burke

As seriously as some people take the NBA, I’m glad that ABC is there to remind us that it’s nothing more than entertainment. That’s the message they were trying to send, right? Flashing to celebrities left and right and sending a normally focused and to-the-point interviewer like Doris Burke out to do fluff pieces certainly showed us what their priorities were. I’m sure glad that the Lakers weren’t pushed around and that Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson put the clowns in their places.

While Kobe was trying to focus on winning Game 1 of the NBA Finals, comedian Chris Rock was sitting courtside and trying to crack jokes. Kobe straight pokerfaced Rock who didn’t seem to understand that Kobe was at work to perform his job. As if that wasn’t good enough, apparently Lakers coach Phil Jackson ruined Doris Burke’s courtside interview with Rock. Here’s the Phil Jackson/Chris Rock video:

I’ve always said that sideline reporters were useless in sports and this further confirms my feelings. Who would have thought that this is what it would take for me to connect with Phil and Kobe? Way to go guys!