JJ Redick Congratulates Doris Burke After Historic NBA Finals Broadcast

JJ Redick shows appreciation for Doris Burke on a historic night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals
JJ Redick shows appreciation for Doris Burke on a historic night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals / Screenshot from @SportsCenter on X (formerly Twitter).

Doris Burke made American professional sports history on Thursday night when she called Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks. Burke became the first woman to serve as a TV analyst for any major men's professional championship event.

Burke, a mainstay on ESPN basketball broadcasts over the years, has teamed up with the No. 1 announcing team for the network this season alongside play-by-play announcer Mike Breen and color analysts Doc Rivers, and later, JJ Redick.

Redick made sure to recognize Burke for her achievement during SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt.

"I do have a final word though, Scott," Redick said before the segment with Van Pelt ended. "I do have one final word. I just want to say how proud I am of my teammate Doris Burke, who made history tonight calling this NBA Finals game. Look, I'm a newbie at this. I called my first tonight. It's meaningless in the grand scheme of things. What she did tonight is historic. I am so proud of her. I love you. It's so great working with you."

"Don't make me cry," Burke replied. "You're the best teammate, so thank you."

The duo has plenty of chemistry with Breen on the air, and they'll have a chance to continue to showcase what they can do throughout the rest of the NBA Finals.

Game 2 is set for Sunday night in Boston. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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