With Hornets broadcaster Stephanie Ready and Suns broadcaster (and vice president) Ann Meyers Drysdale each working their respective calls, the game marked a milestone for the league and within what has long been a male-dominated profession.
Ready tweeted before the game sharing her excitement to work alongside Meyers Drysdale, a Hall of Famer who enjoyed a decorated playing career, became the first woman to participate in an NBA tryout in 1980 with the Pacers and was a member of the U.S. national team. Meyers Drysdale, a longtime broadcaster, has worked for ESPN and the Indiana Pacers and joined the Suns as a color analyst in 2012.
Ready became the first full-time female NBA game analyst prior to this season, working alongside Eric Collins and Dell Curry in the Hornets’ booth. She became the first female coach of a men’s professional team in 2001, working for the now-defunct Greenville Groove in the NBDL.
This post was updated to reflect that the Greenville Groove, and not the NBDL, no longer exists.