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Sparks’ Lexie Brown steps in as emergency commentator to cover her own team

Sparks’ Lexie Brown steps in as emergency commentator to cover her own team

LOS ANGELES – Lexi Brown came off the bench to help the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night, and it had nothing to do with the action on the basketball court.

The Sparks player joined Spectrum Sports’ broadcast team as a substitute TV commentator to provide commentary for her team’s game against the Minnesota Lynx. Brown has been out of action indefinitely since late June due to Crohn’s disease.

“It was kind of crazy,” Brown said after the game, which the Lynx won 82-67. “They’re still my teammates, so you can’t really be critical of them. There are plays you like, you can react to them and so on.”

“But I’ve tried to be as encouraging as I can. I see how much work they put in, I’m in the locker room, I’m in those group meetings, I’m with them every day. So I just want to portray them in a positive light and show our fans that it’s going to be a process and it’s going to be tough at times, but they’re really trying their best.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 9: Los Angeles Sparks guard Lexie Brown (4) looks on during the WNBA basketball game between the Las Vegas Aces and the Los Angeles Sparks at Crypto.com Arena on June 9, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 9: Los Angeles Sparks guard Lexie Brown (4) looks on during the WNBA basketball game between the Las Vegas Aces and the Los Angeles Sparks at Crypto.com Arena on June 9, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Brown was asked to join the show as an emergency replacement. She was hesitant at first because she wasn’t sure she could speak openly about her own troupe. When she agreed, she knew exactly what she would do once the mic was hot.

“That was a very one-sided broadcast on my part and I think that’s what you should expect from a player,” Brown said. “But it’s on the Sparks network, obviously if it’s on ESPN or CBS or something, you have to be a little more unbiased. But I thought, ‘This is the perfect time for me to just show my girls a little love.'”

Rahshaun Haylock, who serves as live commentator for the Sparks, was pleasantly surprised by his substitute broadcast partner’s performance on her first show.

“I told her on the show it would be the same as if she had scored 40 points on her debut,” Haylock said. “She was really that good.”

This wasn’t Brown’s first time in the sports media world. She has worked as a studio analyst for the ACC Network and participated in podcasts such as “Gil’s Arena” hosted by former NBA player Gilbert Arenas.

While Brown believes she has a future in sports media after her WNBA career, she isn’t sure it will be on the sidelines.

“I’m still trying to figure out if I like it, you know, play by play. It’s pretty difficult, but I’ve always thought it was difficult, that’s why I’ve never done it,” Brown said.

“I really enjoy being in the studio and doing analysis. Maybe I’ll try out some college games this offseason and see how I like it.”