In this edition of Suns One on One Greg Esposito takes on basketball hall of famer and Suns television broadcaster Ann Meyers Drysdale.
He met up with Ann in her office on the fourth floor of the US Airways Center as she prepared for her first time on air as a member of the Suns television broadcast team. As he walked into her modest sized office decorated with pictures of her three children and her deceased husband, baseball hall of fame pitcher Don Drysdale, he noticed many folders strewn across her desk. All of them included the names, statistics and biographical information of players on the Suns and that night’s opponents the Detroit Pistons. As she looked up from writing her notes on the sea of manila, the first thing Ann said to him was that she was nervous for her first broadcast just a matter of hours away.
It’s that kind of humble nature and honesty that makes Ann unlike any other person you’ll meet in professional sports world. Despite being the only female to ever get a tryout for an NBA team, being the first female to be a color commentator for an NBA team in 1980 with the Indiana Pacers and being one of the greatest female basketball players of all-time, she still has a gentle and down to earth manner.
This is their conversation.