Ric Bucher is out as the Warriors’ sideline reporter during home games, and CSN Bay Area announced that Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, a former basketball player Stanford, will replace him on the telecasts.
Bücher was brought on by CSN in 2012 and has been on the Warriors’ sideline for the past two seasons. The former ESPN NBA insider also has a radio show on 95.7 The Game. No explanation has been brought up as to why he was replaced, but Tim Kawikami of the San Jose Mercury News says the change was not a surprise, and that the Warriors and CSN knew back in April that a change was needed.
Gold-Onwude graduated from Stanford in 2010 after playing in three Final Fours, and has since done work for a variety of media outlets, including the Santa Cruz Warriors.
In other broadcasting news, former Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine is joining the Boston Celtics’ telecasts on CSN New England, and he announced it by mocking LeBron James‘ decision, posting an article on CSN.
It’s humorous, outstanding work, and one would expect nothing less from the White Mamba who was the butt of so many jokes during his NBA career.
He does mention the Warriors several times in the story, and here are a few excerpts:
I took my talents to Golden State searching for their championship and I really believed we could do something magical if we came together. But then I was sent down to the D-League where we flew to Hidalgo, TX on commercial flights with no first class sitting next to a 7’2” center named Ognjen Kuzmic. There was nothing magical happening down there, no matter how much we came together. And that’s when I knew it was time to come home.
I don’t want anyone thinking: He and Mark Jackson didn’t get along … The Bulls and Warriors couldn’t put the right team together.
That was a reference to Mark Jackson “re-assigning” Scalabrine to the D-League after two reportedly had a falling out. Jackson, who was fired himself at the end of the season, hired Scalabrine as an assistant.
He also took a jab at downtown Oakland:
I will always think of Chicago as my third home and Oakland probably as my fourth home…but not like downtown Oakland, more like the suburbs.
Scalabrine’s version of LeBron’s decision was nice, but really, nothing will ever beat Tim Duncan’s “I’m Using Chrome” essay.