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Brian Windhorst: Viral Utah Moment Inspired By Not Reporting Kawhi Leonard to Clippers

“I did a hit where I referenced, I came right up against it, but I stopped short. I always kind of regretted that.”

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By now everyone is familiar with ESPN senior NBA reporter Brian Windhorst’s viral video from last year breaking down a strange Utah Jazz trade involving Royce O’Neale.

The way in which he asked the question “What’s going on in Utah?,” became inspiration for plenty of memes on social media. Speaking to GQ Sports for an oral history of the moment, Windhorst talked about receiving a tip about the Jazz’s eventual trade of Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves the night before he appeared on First Take. It was a sign in his mind that the team was preparing to retool its roster.

Windy spoke for a little over two minutes, and it was presented in such a captivating way that left more questions than answers about the situation in Utah. Gobert’s name never came up, although later that day the trade became official. But Brian said he was inspired to speak like he did by not outright reporting on Kawhi Leonard ending up with the Clippers three years ago.

“A day before Kawhi Leonard went to the Clippers, I had a feeling that he wanted to play with Paul George, and I did a SportsCenter hit where I hinted at it but didn’t go strong enough, and I regretted it because I liked my information,” he said. “I did know that Paul George and Kawhi were talking, and I did know that Kawhi basically had told the Clippers, get somebody else to play with me. And I did a hit where I referenced, I came right up against it, but I stopped short. I always kind of regretted that. And so when the Jazz thing happened, I was like, ‘Well, this time I got it.'”

Windhorst had put out a bunch of different puzzle pieces based on the Royce O’Neale trade for people to put together, but even on the set it didn’t seem like anything was adding up.

“I think we were all trying to figure out what the point was,” said Christine Williamson, who was moderating First Take that day. “But because he was trying to get to that point, and there was no concrete thing, it just seemed like there was no payoff in the end.”

ESPN Radio host Freddie Coleman, who was also on the set when Windhorst spoke, said Brian was just in a rhythm and a mode that even though he asked plenty of questions about what was happening in Utah, he wasn’t going to try and jump in.

“On that show, that was started by Stephen A. Smith, it’s extremely unusual to get that space,” Coleman said. “Very rarely does that happen with somebody else. But when you have those rare instances when somebody is doing that, they have you in the pocket, you want to stay in that pocket. I think you’d be a fool to try to get in the way of them and disrupt whatever rhythm and flow they’ve been able to create.”

Windhorst said he wanted to capitalize on the fact that he was in territory he didn’t typically find himself in.

“The key thing here is that Stephen A. Smith was out, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo was out. It was a Friday before a holiday weekend. So they didn’t have the normal crew,” he said. “I was in the lead position on NBA topics, which wouldn’t normally happen on First Take.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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Mike Tirico, Danica Patrick Return to Host Indy 500 for NBC Sports

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

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With less than two weeks until the event, NBC Sports has officially announced its team of race and studio commentators for the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500. For the sixth year in a row, we can expect to see familiar faces such as host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick contributing to pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage.

The race will air at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26, on both NBC and Peacock.

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe will call the race for the sixth consecutive year. Marty Snider, Dillon Welch, Dave Burns, and Kevin Lee will serve as pit reporters. Former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and Kim Coon will serve as roaming reporters.

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