As if often does, the NBA broke another barrier on Thursday when Fox Sports Southeast announced that Stephanie Ready would become the first full-time female NBA game analyst, joining Eric Collins and Dell Curry at the broadcast position with the Charlotte Hornets.
This will be Ready’s 12th year as a member of Hornets broadcasts, and her credentials are strong. Via the press release…
Ready will be entering her 12th season with the Hornets telecasts. She was previously the host of Hornets LIVE! and an in-game sideline reporter. Prior to her broadcasting career, Ready was an assistant coach in the WNBA and the NBA D-League, making her the first woman to coach a men’s professional sports team. Ready also spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program at Coppin State University, becoming the first female to hold the position of full-time recruiting assistant on an NCAA Division I men’s basketball staff.
“I’ve had a love affair with the game of basketball for as long as I can remember, both as a player and a coach. I’m honored and excited to be able to share my passion for this sport with our audience,” said Ready. “FOX Sports and the Hornets have always taken pride in being innovative and forward-thinking. I’m extremely proud to be a part of history.”
Ready also filled in for Curry as an analyst during Hornets games in the past.
In addition to Ready making history, this is also the first three-person team for an NBA team’s local broadcasts. ESPN and Turner use three-person teams quite often, but no team does for their local broadcasts. It’ll be interesting to see how that dynamic also works out.