Three weeks ago, Wizards TV color analyst Kara Lawson was in Columbus, Ohio for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four when Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale made two buzzer beaters to win the semifinals and national championship games for the Irish.
So here are Amin’s, Lawson’s and ESPN women’s basketball analyst Rebecca Lobo’s actions at the national semifinal game between UConn and Notre Dame:
a look at the reaction from @RebeccaLobo, @karalawson20 & @adamamin at the broadcast table in the final seconds of the UConn-Notre Dame game pic.twitter.com/0qqpd8Td58— Anna Negron (@ItsAnnaNegron) March 31, 2018
and here they are at the end of the national championship game.
I'm such a fan of the announcer camera. Adam Amin, Kara Lawson, and Rebecca Lobo are national treasures. pic.twitter.com/9CDini9Qjz— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) April 2, 2018
I already noted that Lawson was super-neutral while Amin was as excited as most people were watching the game. But I wouldn’t be writing this if the Wizards weren’t involved.
You see, Amin was the TV play by play announcer for ESPN on Friday night when the Wizards hosted the Raptors en route to a 122-103 win. If you don’t believe me, the game highlights are in the very first video on the top of this artic
Meanwhile, Lawson was behind the booth for NBC Sports Washington doing the local broadcast with Steve Buckhantz. I just wondered out loud for a second if the two had a chance to meet.
Wonder if Kara and Adam Amin will have a selfie today. https://t.co/HbC86tIVsJ— Albert Lee (@aleeinthedmv) April 21, 2018
Sure enough, they did!
No selfie but did get to see the homie pic.twitter.com/4ICsRAWqiv— Adam Amin (@adamamin) April 21, 2018
Like any other line of work, broadcasters know each other and say “What’s up” all the time, even if they are working for competing networks. So I’m glad to see that Lawson had a few free minutes to see Amin and Carlesimo from the four letter network.
Amin isn’t staying in Washington for Game 4 though. He is heading to Minneapolis to do play by play radio with Jon Barry for Game 3 of the Rockets and Timberwolves series tonight!
Lawson is just as busy. She will head to Salt Lake City tonight to be the color analyst for Game 3 of the Thunder and Jazz series with play by play announcer Ryan Ruocco. It is her first NBA playoff game for ESPN. Tipoff is at 10 p.m. ET.
@karalawson20 will work her first NBA playoff game as a national TV analyst this Saturday for Game 3 of Jazz-Thunder. @RyanRuocco has pxp. @AdamSchefter will be the sideline reporter. It’s also Schefter’s NBA playoff debut for ESPN.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) April 19, 2018
I’m unsure how quickly Lawson can make the trip back to D.C. from Salt Lake City, but don’t be surprised to see her fired up for Game 4 at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday.
I have no idea how some of these national broadcasters do it!