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Thunder sideline reporter Lesley McCaslin enjoys the ride

McCaslin's first season covering the team was a whirlwind, but she's loved every minute of it.
by Mel Bracht Published: April 18, 2013

/articleid/3788743/1/pictures/2017194">Photo - Lesley McCaslin, New Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball courtside reporter       ORG XMIT: 1210222219000027
Lesley McCaslin, New Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball courtside reporter ORG XMIT: 1210222219000027

Her transition to the Thunder job was eased by having already worked with many of the FSN producers who handle Thunder telecasts. And Oklahoma City, she said, feels a lot like her hometown of Lubbock, only bigger.

“The city and the organization, that feels very much like a small town,” she said. “Everyone has been very friendly. I love working with Brian (Davis) and Grant (Long). I could tell that was going to work from the first game. They have been very welcoming. It's been a blast. I cannot believe the regular season is over. I feel like I'm still learning and getting to know everyone.”

McCaslin has turned in a solid performance, asking pertinent questions of players and coaches and supplying knowledgeable reports with the poise of a veteran reporter.

She said she has enjoyed getting to make most of the Thunder road trips. Combined with her college football sideline work last fall, she said she has visited 12 new cities this school year.

“They've all made fun of me because as soon as we get there off the plane, I'm just excited. I'm ready to go for a run,” said McCaslin, who said she has run three or four half-marathons. “I want to see everything.”

During the offseason, she will return to Dallas to be with her husband, Ben McCaslin, a former lower-level pro golfer who sells real estate. They plan to take a European cruise in August on her first trip overseas.

“I can't believe that I got to come in at a season like this,” McCaslin said, “to get to work with this kind of group and go to games.”

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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