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Doris Burke throws some shade at Draymond Green

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Announcer Doris Burke threw some shade at Draymond Green while calling Monday’s Golden State Warriors-Philadelphia 76ers game on ESPN.

Stephen Curry had another huge game for Golden State, as he poured in 48 points in his team’s 107-96 win. Curry has been extraordinarily hot lately and is averaging a whopping 39.9 points per game in April.

Burke was extremely complimentary of Curry’s performance and praised him for his hot shooting. As Curry was hot late in the game, Burke tried to express how much he was carrying the Warriors. She ended up throwing some perhaps inadvertent shade at Green in the process.

Burke exclaimed that Curry was having a great game “without another All-Star in the same zip code.”


Burke was essentially saying that Curry is carrying a bunch of scrubs to victory against the top-seeded team in the East.

Green, who was on the court for the Warriors at the time, probably won’t appreciate that. He made three All-Star teams from 2015-2018 and is known for being super sensitive to criticism.

Maybe Burke feels similarly to Charles Barkley when it comes to Draymond.

Doris Burke clowns her ex-husband during broadcast

Doris Burke brought the heat during Monday’s contest between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Burke was calling ESPN’s broadcast of the game when she disagreed with her broadcast partner Mark Jones about whether or not a foul should have been called on a Lonzo Ball drive to the basket. Burke quipped, “I do like being right. Ask my ex-husband.” Take a listen.

After spending many years as a sideline reporter, the 54-year-old Burke was the first woman to become a full-time analyst for national NBA games. This is now her third season in the booth for ESPN.

Burke is also a huge fan favorite, and with funny moments like this becoming a regular occurrence for her, it is very easy to see why.

Doris Burke reveals she tested positive for coronavirus

Another individual from the NBA world has tested positive for the coronavirus.

ESPN’s Doris Burke revealed on “The Woj Pod” that she tested positive for COVID-19. She revealed that she began experiencing symptoms on March 11, when she was calling a game for ESPN.

Burke said she did not experience many of the symptoms that are typically associated with the virus. She described her main symptoms as extreme fatigue and headaches. She also experienced a modest fever. Burke received news of her positive test on Wednesday evening.

The analyst added that she is feeling much better now and has been symptom-free. She urged listeners to listen to experts, practice social distancing, and wash their hands often.

Burke divulges her diagnosis just as the first NBA players to test positive have been cleared to leave quarantine. Burke fell ill around the same time, so it’s no surprise that she is free of symptoms now. This is scary news, but it’s great that she is feeling better and appears to have beaten the virus.

Doris Burke responds to Drake ‘woman crush’ shirt

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Doris Burke was as surprised as everyone else was when Drake showed up at a recent Toronto Raptors game wearing a shirt with her face on it.

As you may recall, on a night honoring him, Drake showed up in a t-shirt essentially honoring Burke. The ESPN reporter wasn’t in the building that night, but rest assured, she heard about it quickly, and she didn’t really see it coming either.

“Well, I would tell you that your question was my 22-year-old son’s question when he saw the shirt, as well. ‘What the heck is going on, Ma?'” Burke said on Wednesday morning’s edition of Mike and Mike, via Dan Devine of Ball Don’t Lie. “And I said, ‘Son, I have absolutely no idea.’

“Listen, here’s my take on it: I had a couple of Toronto Raptors games in the playoffs early. Drake was not in Toronto. He was watching the games. And during the Eastern Conference Finals, his seat location, guys, was maybe three or four rows in front of mine. And he literally stands up in a TV timeout during the Eastern Conference Finals, points at me, makes a heart, and points again. And so, of course, I look behind me, like, ‘Who’s Drake looking at?’ And I turn back around, he sort of shakes his head. So I interpret that at that moment, like, ‘Hey, you’re pretty good at this basketball thing.’ And so, fast forward six months later, I’m at my daughter’s — she’s at Villanova — I’m at her apartment, and we’re cooking dinner, and my phone starts to blow up. And that’s the extent of my knowledge. I plead no other knowledge, gentlemen.”

Don’t expect to hear juicy details assuming Burke takes Drake up on his dinner offer, though.

“Listen, I don’t talk out of school,” Burke said. “You will know nothing.”

Embrace it, Doris. You’re a celebrity, and lots of people want to meet you now – and that includes famous rappers, apparently.

Drake asks Doris Burke to have dinner with him … alone

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Who knew Drake was such a big Doris Burke fan?

The rapper wore a custom T-shirt to Wednesday’s game between the Golden State Warriors and his hometown Raptors that caught the attention of many. The shirt featured Doris Burke’s face and called her his woman crush everyday (a play on the “Woman Crush Wednesday” social media trend).

Later in an interview with ESPN, Drake said he wanted to have dinner with Burke — alone.

Burke says she is in:

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:

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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.


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.