Former NBA player and recent league analyst Ryan Hollins will be the senior television analyst for the Houston Rockets game broadcasts during the 2021-22 season, the team announced Thursday night. In this role, Hollins effectively replaces Matt Bullard, who has held a front office position this offseason after spending more than 15 years in television.
Hollins, who hasn’t played for Houston in his 10-year NBA career, joins play-by-play voice Craig Ackerman as the primary broadcaster for official TV partner AT&T SportsNet Southwest. Former Rockets player Mario Elie, who won championships with the franchise in 1994 and 1995, will also appear on AT&T SportsNet’s cover, according to the team.
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“We hope the Rockets fans are as excited as we are to watch the journey of our young players this season,” said Gretchen Sheirr, president of Rockets business operations. “We’ve worked with AT&T SportsNet and SportsTalk 790 to build broadcast teams that will add appreciation and knowledge to the viewing and listening experience. “
Hollins joins the broadcast team from California, where he worked as a game analyst for CBS and as a studio analyst for the Los Angeles Clippers games. He also worked as an analyst for ESPN and appeared on various programs for them, including SportsCenter and First Take, and co-hosted the podcast “The Opinionated 7-Footers” last year.
Cayleigh Griffin is returning for her third season as the Rockets’ side reporter and host of the weekly magazine show “Rockets All Access”.
Once again this season, AT&T SportsNet’s pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage will include Kevin Eschenfelder as well as the great Rockets and Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy.
New this season, the Rockets’ coverage will include recurring appearances of Elie, who played in the NBA for 11 seasons and won two championships with Houston and one with San Antonio before spending 10 seasons as an assistant coach.
“This championship that Hakeem won, Houston was the team that made me fall in love with basketball,” Hollins (now 36) told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “As a little boy, look up and say, ‘Who is this?’ My dad and I watched this championship. “Daddy, who is this?” What is a 2 point pointer? What is a 3 point pointer? I learned basketball watching the Rockets win a championship. Now the circle has come full circle for the opportunity to be one of the voices of the Houston Rockets. An ordinary everyday child has an opportunity like this.
Matt Thomas will take over as a full-time voice for the Houston Radio Shows. In recent years, Ackerman has been the radio broadcaster for home games and television for road games – ever since longtime voice of the Rockets, Bill Worrell, was in the process of retiring. Thomas was the public address (PA) announcer at the Toyota Center and the radio broadcaster for road games, slipping when Ackerman went on TV.
But now that Worrell is retired, Ackerman and Thomas can each take on full-time roles for television and radio, respectively.