Charlotte Hornets sideline reporter, Stephanie Ready, just made history. Per a tweet from SportsSouth, and an official team release from the Hornets, Ready will become the NBA's first ever, full time, female commentator for the Hornets. She joins new play by play man, Eric Collins, and long time color commentator Dell Curry.
This isn't the first time Ready has made history for women in sports. Before joining the Hornets media team, Ready became the first woman to coach a men's basketball team when she was an assistant in the NBA D-League, and was the third woman ever to be an assistant for a men's Division I team at Coppin State.
Looking at the booth Ready is joining, she's also going to be doing something that's a little bit of a rarity among local broadcasts. Usually, local broadcasts stick to two person commentary crews to avoid everybody trying to get in their word. Three team crews are usually reserved for national TV crews. However, a weakness of these two person crews is that the color commentator doesn't always get time to break down a play, or really dig in to what's working from an X's and O's standpoint. With Ready joining as a third commentator, fans should expect a lot more basketball strategy talk on the broadcast. This is the perfect role for a former coach like Ready, and fans will get to learn more about the details of the game they might overlook otherwise. It's a win for everybody.
This is an incredible moment not only for history, but sports fans in general. For so long fans have been screaming about how good Ready is, and the insight she provided as a sideline reporter. The few spurts she got in commentary were always great, and rarely did anybody have something negative to say about her. Now that she's in the booth full time, in a three person group no less, she will really be able to show her ability as an analyst.