Kris Humphries and Jerryd Bayless are learning TV lessons at SportsCenter U
It’s inevitable, Father Time catches everyone sooner or later, even if your name is Kobe Bryant. In some cases, players have a chance to make more money during their post-NBA careers then when they were active players. Former players like Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher never made an annual salary of $5 million per year, which is exactly what they’ll be receiving coaching the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors.
This would explain why current Boston Celtics players Kris Humphries and Jerrd Bayless are starting to learn television. The two recently had a session learning the intricacies of broadcasting. While taking classes at Syracuse University (where the Sportscaster U program is located) Humphries and Bayless described how difficult the profession truly is.
Via Boston Herald:
Humphries, Celtics teammate Jerryd Bayless and the six others spent three days in classrooms and in roundtable, on-camera chats, just like the real thing on ESPN. As a sign of how intriguing this could become, ESPN’s Gerry Matalon, the conglomerate’s on-air talent chief, attended as an observer.
As Humphries discovered, his economy with words requires real work.
“I would say getting to your point as fast as possible is the toughest thing,” he said. “When I do interviews with the media, it’s not my job to brighten up a response. But (in front of a camera) I find myself thinking, ‘I really have to bring it here — I really have to show that I know what I’m talking about.’ ”
Bayless, too, has felt the lure of broadcasting.
“I’ve wanted to do it since my rookie year,” he said. “As I’ve found out this week, it’s a lot of work. There’s a lot of things you don’t see. You have to be very technical and precise in what you do.
“We’re putting a lot of time into it. We get here at 8 in the morning and go for most of the day.”
This is a great opportunity for Humphries and Bayless to get a head start in the broadcasting world. Being an athlete usually gives you a leg up on the competition. Plenty of former athletes had successful careers in television. This could also lead to more opportunities like movies and radio shows. In the case of Humphries, being in front of the camera might not always be a good thing, however.