The Boston Celtics are not the only team who will see new faces this year as they usher in the Brad Stevens era.
Comcast SportsNet New England made some changes to their broadcast team for the Celtics.
Boston.com’s Chad Finn wrote an article on Monday explaining the changes. Greg Dickerson, Donny Marshall, and Gary Tanguay are all out.
Dickerson worked as the sideline reporter. Over the past couple of seasons, Dickerson has missed time due to his battle with Tourette’s Syndrome. He will still contribute to CSNNE and NECN. This is too bad because Dickerson was great at giving out reports from the assistant coaches coming out of halftime on adjustments and injury updates. Abby Chin will be the new sideline reporter.
Marshall played for UConn and he was once seen as a successor to Tommy Heinsohn. His commentary was too bland during the games. Also, there were too many times when Marshall would reference Heinsohn’s manner on controversial calls from the officials. He will replaced by Dave Cowens, Heinsohn, ex-Providence College coach Tim Welsh, and Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.
Tanguay’s spot will be filled by Kyle Draper, who has worked as the sideline reporter when Dickerson has been out. Mostly, Tanguay was solid in this role. Although he did make a rude comment when Heinsohn was defending Kevin Garnett’s cold shoulder to Miami Heat guard Ray Allen during the season-opening loss to the Heat last year. Allen came over to shake hands with the coaches and players. When Allen went over to Garnett, Garnett refused to acknowledge him. After the game, Heinsohn was in the studio because the game was televised nationally since the Heat were the defending champions and getting their rings. He said that Bill Russell would do something similar. Tanguay said “That was a hundred years ago, Tommy.”
Heinsohn will remain as the color analyst for all 41 home games as he enters his 33rd year with Mike Gorman along his side.When the Celtics are on road trips, Heinsohn will be in the studio. The color analyst role for the road games will be provided by former Celtics players such as Cedric Maxwell (he currently is the color analyst on the radio with Sean Grande as they change from WEEI to The Sports Hub), Cowens, Chris Herren, and Danny Ainge. Ainge is the most interesting name because he is also the Celtics President of Player Personnel. While Ainge has served as the third man occasionally for a certain period during the game over the past decade, he has never served as a color analyst. Ainge will work with Herren. This is the first time that a team executive will be serving in this role in Boston.