Gary Williams joins Comcast SportsNet as college basketball analyst

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Gary Williams joins Comcast SportsNet as college basketball analyst

Bethesda, Md. (Nov. 5, 2012) – Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the region’s leading source for multiplatform sports coverage, has announced that former University of Maryland men’s basketball head coach Gary Williams has joined the network as a college basketball analyst for its news and digital media coverage.

In this position, Williams will be featured prominently in Comcast SportsNet’s multiplatform coverage of college basketball throughout the season. The legendary coach will regularly provide analysis, features and special segments to the network’s news and entertainment programs, including Geico SportsNet Central and SportsTalk Live. He will also contribute college basketball content to the network’s digital media platforms, which are led by CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com.

“With his experience and knowledge, Gary is the epitome of a college basketball authority, especially when it comes to this region’s programs,” said Comcast SportsNet President Rebecca Schulte. “His addition to our team of experts is another example of Comcast SportsNet’s commitment to providing the most comprehensive and compelling sports coverage in the region.”

Williams spent 33 years as a college head coach, including 22 seasons at Maryland. He led the Terrapins to 461 wins and 14 NCAA tournament appearances, highlighted by seven trips to the Sweet 16, two Final Four berths and the 2002 NCAA championship. Williams, a former Terrapins point guard and 1968 Maryland graduate, also led his alma mater to the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship and three regular-season titles as a coach. Overall, he earned a 668-380 head coaching record with American University, Boston College, Ohio State and Maryland before retiring in 2011.

Williams is the latest addition to the expanding roster of experienced analysts, reporters and digital media journalists who provide comprehensive multiplatform regional sports coverage for Comcast SportsNet. He joins the network’s stable of high-profile former athletes and coaches who serve as studio analysts, which includes Brad Jackson (NFL), Trevor Matich (NFL) Alan May (NHL), Brian Mitchell (NFL) and Ron Thompson (NBA).

Comcast SportsNet, the region’s official network of the ACC and Colonial Athletic Association, tips off its 131-game college basketball schedule Nov. 9. This season's coverage features 86 men’s and 45 women’s contests from the ACC, CAA, Atlantic 10, Patriot League and other top conferences. The region’s top programs will make at least 94 appearances on the network with season, including Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Extensive college basketball coverage will be featured throughout the season on the network’s news and entertainment programming and digital media platforms.

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic – the official sports network of the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, D.C. United, Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association – delivers more than 500 live sporting events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.7 million homes throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Comcast SportsNet’s digital portfolio, highlighted by CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com, is the region’s leading source for online sports news and information.

NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 13 local networks that deliver more than 2,400 sporting events annually, along with breaking news and comprehensive analysis, to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Houston, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, CSS and SNY. NBC Sports Regional Networks also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.

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How will Wizards' trade for Tim Frazier affect Tomas Satoransky?

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In one sense, the Wizards' trade for Tim Frazier on Wednesday night was good news for Tomas Satoransky. Frazier is good, but he's not on the level of a Patty Mills, whom the Wizards could have chased in free agency. Satoransky, in theory, should be able to compete for minutes with Frazier.

Frazier is also a short-term fix. He has one year left on his contract worth $2 million, which means Satoransky is the only guard on their bench signed past next year. He still has a chance to lock down the job as John Wall's backup long-term.

The Wizards see the Frazier deal as one that should not affect Satoransky negatively. He is still very much a part of their plans.

"Tomas is a versatile player who can play two or three different positions and competition is good," president Ernie Grunfeld said. "He has a year of experience under his belt. He can play the point, he can play two and he can play three, so I don’t think that will affect him too much. But competition is good among your players."

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Satoransky, who will turn 26 at the start of the 2017-18 season, averaged 12.6 minutes per game as a rookie in 2016-17. At 6-foot-7, Satoransky plays mostly at point guard but the Wizards think his role could evolve as his career continues.

"I think his best asset is that he can play multiple positions. I don’t want to say he’s a point guard or a two or a three. He has the abilty to play all three," head coach Scott Brooks said. "That can be a strength to our ballclub when he can do all those things. It’s going to take time, he is still developing."

Brooks speaks glowingly of Frazier, who averaged 7.1 points and 5.2 assists in 65 games last season playing mostly as Jrue Holiday's backup in New Orleans. Brooks likes the idea of having an experienced player behind Wall with Satoransky still finding his way in the league.

But that doesn't mean Frazier is certain to be the primary backup point guard.

"It’s open. I’m not going to lock myself into ‘this guy is going to play these minutes,'" Brooks said. "Tim has no bearing on my thinking in regards to Tomas. I love Tomas’ toughness, I love his tenacity. He cares and I love guys like that. When he blows an assignment, you can tell he’s not happy and he’s going to try to make up for it. He plays with great effort."

Backup point guard was a weakness for the Wizards last season, but now they believe they have two options to fill that void in Frazier and Satoransky, now that he's got a year under his belt.

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Each time Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld or head coach Scott Brooks refer to their team's future, they include Otto Porter's name despite the latter just days away from being a restricted free agent. He does not yet have a long-term contract, but the Wizards remain hopeful they can come to an agreement that will continue his development alongside other young players like John Wall, Bradley Beal, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and Markieff Morris.

Porter, who turned 24 earlier this month, could receive as long as a five-year deal with the Wizards. 

"We've said all along that we want to keep our core group of young players together and Otto is an important part of what we're trying to do," Grunfeld said. "When free agency starts, we'll see what we can do and work things out to keep him here."

If that process does see Porter hit restricted free agency, the Wizards will have to first make a qualifying offer of 125 percent of his 2016-17 salary, which was $5.9 million, by the June 30 deadline. That would put his QO at around $7.4 million. He could then seek offers in free agency with the Wizards holding the option to match and retain his rights. Once Porter receives an offer, they will have 72 hours to make their decision.

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The NBA's free agency moratorium, which allows teams to negotiate deals with players, begins July 1. Players can then be signed beginning on July 6.

How much Porter is asking for is not clear yet, same with how much he will ultimately receive. The NBA salary cap's significant increase last offseason and new rules have made it so there are few comparisons to draw. Bradley Beal, who was also a third overall pick like Porter, signed a maximum contract of five years and $128 million last summer, but he is and was a more acccomplished player than Porter. This past season Porter averaged 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and shot 43.4 percent from three.

Wall's contract future was also addressed by Grunfeld this week as he addressed the media before and after Thursday's NBA Draft. Now that Wall was named All-NBA following the 2016-17 season, he is eligible for an extension worth four years and about $167 million.

"At the appropriate time, we will sit down with John. We want John to finish his career here," Grunfeld said. "He's a franchise guy. Him and Bradley have done a great job of improving and leading this ballclub, so we want John to finish his career here."

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