September 13, 2006 |
After years of trying, the WNBA finally has lured one of the most recognizable names in women's basketball out of the broadcast booth. Ann Meyers Drysdale -- four-time UCLA All-American, the only woman to sign a free-agent contract and try out for an NBA team, widow of Dodgers' Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale, and an award-winning commentator -- signed on Tuesday to become general manager of the Phoenix Mercury.
April 2, 2004 |
ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Patrick, after reading a promo for high-definition television last weekend, said, "It's the best thing to happen to television since Ann Meyers." That might have been an overstatement, but Patrick was only doing what comes naturally. "I've never met anyone who knows Annie who doesn't rave about her," Patrick said from his home in Burke, Va., before heading to New Orleans for the NCAA women's Final Four.
May 12, 2002 |
If it's Wednesday, it must be soccer. If it's Saturday, it might be a mad scramble from one youngster's soccer game in the morning to another's basketball game at noon, a cousin's birthday party after that and a speaking engagement at night. "Nice move, Drew!" Ann Meyers Drysdale shouts as her 9-year-old daughter breaks free and sprints down the right sideline toward the goal at a Huntington Beach park, slender legs churning, short hair flying.
February 21, 1997 |
Dick Ebersol knew how to play this one. About three weeks ago, the head of NBC Sports called Dick Enberg to see if he wouldn't mind working a regional NBA telecast this Sunday involving the Utah Jazz at Seattle. "He apologized and said he knew how I valued my weekends off," Enberg said. "He was having a tough time selling me until he said, 'Oh, and by the way, your broadcast partner would be Ann Meyers.' "I thought, 'You son of a gun.' He had me. There was no way I could say no.
April 1, 1995 |
Dave Meyers has come back to basketball at the same moment basketball was looking for him. He teaches the game, the way Coach Wooden did. For an hour a week the last four weeks at the Temecula Recreation Center, it's drills and more drills--the same ones from Meyers' salad days at UCLA. Meyers enjoys these Friday afternoons working with kids, some of whom are literally knee high. He can pass along knowledge in the sport he loves in a setting he loves.