April 20, 2024

LEFT TO RIGHT: Joseph Phillips and David Aldridge

Awarded the 2016 Curt Gowdy Award for his dedication to excellence within the area of sports activities journalism, reporter David Aldridge spoke to the Crusader in regards to the significance of All Star weekend being hosted within the state of Indiana and the wealthy basketball historical past the state hones.

“Properly, there’s plenty of issues that’s going by means of my thoughts,” mentioned Aldridge to the Crusader on what NBA All Star Weekend in Indianapolis means to him. “First, Oscar Robinson was right here. He went to highschool right here and gained two state titles.”

Aldridge mentioned in a latest article he written for the Athletic, “Anybody who follows basketball is aware of the deep and significant ties between this metropolis, this state and the sport. There may be, in fact, the story of Milan Excessive College, in 1954, 80 miles southeast, successful an unbelievable state highschool championship for a city of lower than 1,000 folks, the workforce immortalized (and renamed Hickory) within the movie “Hoosiers.”

He continued: “There may be Larry Chook, from French Lick, 100 miles southwest, who put Indiana State’s basketball workforce on the map in 1978 and ’79 (four-plus many years later, the Sycamores are again) and have become one of many NBA’s all-time greats. There may be Reggie Miller, who cast a Corridor of Fame profession right here, over 18 seasons with the Pacers. There are the Pacers groups from the ABA that gained three ABA titles between 1970 and ’73, and made two different ABA finals. There are George McGinnis and Bobby “Slick” Leonard, and immediately, Tyrese Haliburton.”

Aldridge, a local of Washington, D.C. is a graduate of American College. Up to now, he has labored as a author for The Washington Publish, the place he spent 9 years as a beat author masking Georgetown College basketball, the Washington Bullets, and the Washington Redskins, in keeping with his bio.

He additionally lined the 1992 Summer time Olympics in Barcelona, nationwide faculty basketball and soccer, the Tremendous Bowl, the Stanley Cup playoffs, the World Sequence, the Indianapolis 500, and the U.S. Open tennis championships. He’s a fan of American College males’s basketball and labored because the “Insider” for TNT’s Contained in the NBA and did sideline reporting work in the course of the common season, All-Star Weekend and the NBA playoffs.

He was additionally co-host of the weekly present The Beat on NBA TV, and was a commentator for different NBA on TNT options. He additionally labored as a sideline reporter for tv broadcasts of faculty soccer video games and the Main League Baseball divisional collection, added his bio.


Joseph Phillips is the Sports activities Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He’s a Chicago native, who has been a sports activities author for over 17 years. He additionally hosts the SC Media Information and Sports activities Community Q&A radio present on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.