Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Malik Rose gets Sixers color commentator gig


PHILADELPHIA-  Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia has announced that former Drexel University standout and two-time NBA Champion Malik Rose will join Marc Zumoff and Meredith Marakovits on the Sixers broadcast team.

Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network will air all 66 regular season games with “Sixers Pregame Live” and “Sixers Postgame Live” airing before and after every regular season game.

A Philadelphia native, Rose was a standout at Overbook High School and was an All-American at Drexel University.  He was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the second round of the 1996 draft and went on to play for the San Antonio Spurs, where he won two NBA Championships. He also played for the New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder.  After finishing his NBA career, Rose worked for the Madison Square Garden Network as a pregame analyst and in 2011, he filled in as color commentator on the San Antonio Spurs broadcasts.

Rose will join Zumoff for all Sixers broadcasts. Zumoff, who won his 13th Emmy this year, enters his 18th season as the Sixers television play-by-play announcer and his 30th as a part of the 76ers broadcast team.  Marakovits is in her second season as a sideline reporter for the Sixers and this season she will cover the team both at home and on the road.

Eric Snow has relinquished his role as color analyst for the 76ers to spend with time with his family in Atlanta.

“This is a dream come true to be a part of the broadcast team for not only one of the most storied franchises in the NBA, but also my hometown team,” said Rose. “Growing up in Philadelphia, I know the fans are passionate about the Sixers and I will bring the same passion to the broadcast.”

“Malik’s knowledge of the game and the city of Philadelphia will be a huge asset to our Sixers broadcast team of Marc Zumoff and Meredith Marakovits,” said Comcast SportsNet Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Monihan.  “All three members of our broadcast team are not only some of the most knowledgeable basketball minds, they are all from the Philadelphia-area, and understand the pride and excitement that IS Sixers basketball. That will be evident in every broadcast this season.”

"We salute Comcast SportsNet for landing a championship talent in Malik Rose to become the Sixers new analyst for all televised Philadelphia 76ers games, and welcome him to the Sixers family,” said Adam Aron, Sixers CEO and co-Owner.  “We know that all of Philadelphia looks forward to hearing Malik on the air."

Former Temple University star and NBA veteran Marc Jackson, former 76ers GMs Jim Lynam and John Nash, and former Villanova Wildcat and NBAer John Celestand will handle Post-Game Live duties.


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