Steve Jones

  • Interview with Paul G. Allen

    One of the most respected and watched NBA analysts, Steve "Snapper" Jones returns for a 21st year as courtside analyst for Blazers games on on KGW-TV 8 and Fox Sports Net.

    After serving as an analyst on "NBA on NBC" for 13 years, Jones now will be working on assignment with NBA.TV.

    Jones’ broadcasting career began in 1976 (the season after he retired as a player with the Trail Blazers), when he became a color commentator for CBS. He was part of the network’s crew that handled the Blazers championship game against Philadelphia. He also served as color analyst for the Blazers that year. Jones' other broadcasting credits include stints with TNT, TBS, USA Network and the Denver Nuggets. Snapper joined NBC shortly after the network obtained the rights to telecast NBA games prior to the 1990-91 season.

    One of Jones' career highlights was his assignment as basketball analyst with Chick Hearn and Jim Durham in Barcelona, as part of the NBC coverage of men’s basketball during the 1992 Olympic Games. In that capacity he worked the equivalent of almost one-half of an NBA season, 36 games, in just two weeks.

    Jones is a Portland native who led Franklin High School to the state basketball championship in 1959. He went on to a standout career at the University of Oregon, pacing the Ducks in scoring during the 1963-64 season. Jones earned all-star honors during eight seasons in the ABA where he averaged 16.0 points in 640 games. He finished his professional playing career with the Blazers in 1975-76.

    When not behind a microphone or on an airplane, Jones can often be found working on his tennis game.

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