On Thursday, Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post reported that Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic will not renew color analyst Phil Chenier’s contract. Chenier was the Wizards’ television analyst for 33 seasons, and played for the team from 1971-1980 when they were still known as the Bullets and played their games in Baltimore or Landover, Maryland. Though all good things come to an end, it’s still a shock nevertheless.
Though some fans have written posts and multiple petitions to keep him onboard, I hate to sound harsh. But Chenier won’t return as the Wizards’ full time TV color analyst. That said Chenier will still be on CSN and Monumental Sports Network in other roles with the Wizards, so he’s not going to disappear quietly into the night.
So with that, let’s think about who could succeed him. Here are seven people who could fill in Chenier’s shoes for 2017-18 and beyond. They are in alphabetical order based on last name.
Most notable role: Wizards radio color analyst
Consor is a familiar voice to Wizards fans, where he’s been Chenier’s equivalent on the radio since the 2008-09 season. He has also served a Wizards analyst on CSN from time to time and was the TV pre/post game show host in the 2007-08 season. As a player, Consor was a four year starter at Boston University and played professionally for Maccabi Haifa in Israel for two seasons. That said, Consor has good chemistry with radio play by play announcer Dave Johnson, and I don’t want to see that go. Also, CSN is reportedly leaning toward a newer perspective in front of the screen.
Most notable roles: Thunder local television and Sirius XM NBA Radio analyst
Daniels played 13 seasons in the NBA, including the Wizards from 2005-06 to 2008-09 seasons. He has been the Thunder’s local television pre and post game host and analyst since the 2015-16 season. Daniels’ permanent residence has been in San Antonio since his NBA career started, so he’s a long shot. But he’s still a former Wizards player who has a name for himself in the broadcasting circuit.
Most notable roles: Warriors sideline reporter, New York Liberty color analyst
Though Gold-Onwude may be best known as the Warriors’ sideline reporter on CSN Bay Area, she is also a versatile analyst. She has done work for teams in the WNBA, the D-League, and college basketball for numerous outlets. Gold-Onwude also did work for NBC during the Olympics last year so her profile’s certainly on the rise.
If you are looking for someone with recent playing experience, she has that covered too. Gold-Onwude played at Stanford from 2005-10 where she played on three Final Four teams and was the now-Pac-12’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2009-10.
Most notable roles: NBA and college basketball analyst on CBS Sports and TNT/NBA TV
Haywood played 13 years in the NBA, most of them as a center for the Wizards from 2002-2010. Since he retired in 2015, Haywood has served as a basketball analyst in the NBA and college basketball for multiple outlets on television. He would bring a new perspective as a player while also being a former member of the franchise.
Most notable roles: Lakers analyst on Spectrum SportsNet’s shows and some part time work on CSN for the Wizards
Jamison is best known as the “voice of reason” leader of the Wizards from 2004-2010 where he also made two NBA All-Star appearances. Since he retired in 2014, Jamison became an analyst for the Lakers on their access shows while also doing some work for the Wizards since the 2015-16 season. I have a soft spot for Jamison because he was in many ways the Wizards’ “best foot forward” before John Wall was drafted, but I haven’t seen him distinguish himself like some others on this list just yet.
Most notable roles: NBA and college basketball color analyst on ESPN
Lawson has worked for ESPN for NBA games on the radio, occasionally on television, and also for men’s and women’s college basketball games. Her profile as a color analyst has risen over the years while she also played in the WNBA during the summers of 2003-2015. Lawson is from the D.C. area and played for the Mystics in her last two WNBA seasons. That said, Lawson already works as an NBA analyst on the national stage, so it will be a long shot for CSN to pry her away.
Most notable roles: Mystics color analyst, part time Wizards analyst on CSN and women’s basketball analyst on the Big Ten Network and other networks
Winters-Scott is most notable for being the Mystics’ color analyst on Monumental Sports Network or CSN since 2006. But she has also been a women’s basketball analyst on The Big Ten Network and other regional networks. And finally, she also does analyst work for the Wizards over the years on CSN, so Winters-Scott wouldn’t be a totally unfamiliar face if she’s the new color analyst.
Broadcasting isn’t Winters-Scott’s only passion. She is also the head coach of the girls basketball team at South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia. If you think that this would interfere with the time commitments needed to be at every Wizards game, Winters-Scott may somehow make it work, so more power to her if this happens!
According to Steinberg’s report, CSN already has a short list of people who they will test out in the coming months. Perhaps some of the names on this list are in the running. So who would you like to see as the Wizards’ next TV color analyst on locally televised games? Vote in the poll and let us know in the comments below.
Of the following options, who is your first choice as the next Wizards’ TV color analyst?
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