In the week leading up to the World Legends Sports Conference in Las Vegas we’ll be featuring the NBA Legends who will be participating in our first NBRPA Broadcast Bootcamp.
On today’s “A Look at the Legends” Series we have Marcus Banks, former NBA player for the Boston Celtics, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Phoenix Suns, the Miami Heat, and the New Orleans Hornets. Check out our exclusive interview with him below as he discusses his NBA career and his aspiring career in sports broadcasting!
What was your time in the NBA like? If you could describe it in one word, what would that be?
What do you feel is your greatest NBA accomplishment?
Coming into the league as a boy and leaving a man. All the lessons learned along the way, the experiences, the obstacles, and the triumphs.
What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had during your time in the NBA?
The Locker Room….the team camaraderie, laughing and joking with the guys.
Why do you want to get into the field of broadcasting? Any prior experience before learning about us?
I feel that it fits my character and I enjoy being in front of the camera. I recently did NBA TV in Doha, Qatar. It was my first time filming for a major network which happened to be BEIN Sports. You would think the fact that you’re recording a broadcast that’s going to be aired globally, with no preparation or training… I almost forgot the entire show was in Arabic. It was an amazing experience and just solidified what I already knew to be true… My love for the game and how great it felt to talk basketball on a major platform.
Did you always anticipate a career in sports broadcasting following your retirement from the NBA, or was there something else you thought to do?
Yes, broadcasting has always been something I’ve always aspired to do post NBA. Coaching was also something I have considered.
What do you think will make you unique in the field? Think Charles Barkley – or other analysts who have a signature style…..
I think the thing that makes me unique is my humor, I’ve been told I’m quite funny…
If you could work with any broadcaster/reporter, who would it be?
If you had a chance to create your own show (or currently have one) would the title be and what would you focus on?
My show would be titled “The Process.” It would focus on following the journey of rising NBA stars.
Our next Sports Broadcast Bootcamp for NBA Legends will be held in Atlanta this coming September. In the meantime, Sports Broadcast Intensives – featuring some of the best experts in the industry – are offered for every athlete at almost any point in their career. For more information, email our Sports SVP Bram Weinstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.