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You're better off ‘not hiring' Thulin, Smith

By John Rohde Published: July 26, 2008
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uot;I wasn't going to go after that job unless Kevin said he wasn't coming. I don't go after jobs other people have. Never have, never will.”

Thulin began at WKY (930 AM) and has since returned to where he started with a daily 3-6 p.m. show on Jox 930 (AM)

He attended Southern Nazarene and left Oklahoma City in 1982 after a stint at KFOR-4 TV. Since then, Thulin has been with the NBC affiliate in Dallas, RAYCOM, Turner Broadcasting, ABC, Fox Sports Network, TBS and is now with Versus. He's done the NBA on TNT and play-by-play for the Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs.

It is not known which network will have the NLS television broadcast rights. The Sonics previously were shown on FSN Northwest, and that issue has yet to be resolved.

"FSN Southwest is a fully-distributed network throughout the Sonics' territory. We look forward to conversations with the Sonics now that they are free to discuss their future in Oklahoma," FSN Southwest public relations director Ramon Alvarez released in a statement Friday.

Last season, Miller worked with FSN West in Los Angeles as a college basketball studio analyst on "Trojan Live” during USC telecasts.

Miller was a college assistant coach for 17 seasons with stops at USC, Arizona State and Texas.

If hired, whenever Miller is not working an NLS game, he could moonlight with the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.

Miller spoke glowingly of this place when he was with the Hornets, and he hasn't stopped since returning to California to be with his family.

"What I said before I'll say again, Oklahoma City has all the values of a place where I want to raise my kids,” said Miller, whose daughter, Samantha, is in kindergarten.

Miller recently chatted with NLS point guard Earl Watson, who had several questions about living in Oklahoma City. "By the time I got done with him, I think he was ready to get there,” Miller said. "I told him what I thought of Oklahoma City, and he let out a big sigh of relief.”

As for a sideline reporter, someone with NBA experience is usually preferred. Enid's Brent Price seems a logical candidate.

"I have no idea what they're looking for,” Thulin said of NLS management. "I've heard rumors, but after all these years in the business, I don't believe anything I hear.”

Thulin and Miller would be a great fit. They're familiar with the area, they like Oklahoma and they know the league. They would help smooth the transition for a relocated franchise.

So if the NLS owners are reading this, please, don't hire these two. You could do much better.



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