Adrian Branch Named Television Color Analyst

July 20, 2004 – The Charlotte Bobcats have named Adrian Branch as the team’s television color analyst, it was announced by Bobcats President and Chief Operating Officer Ed Tapscott.

Branch will provide analysis alongside play-by-play announcer Matt Devlin for team’s 60 broadcasts on C-SET (Carolinas Sports Entertainment Television) and 15 broadcasts on WJZY UPN46.

“I have known Adrian Branch for a long time and I am certain he will be a fine representative of the Bobcats organization both on and off the air,” Tapscott said. “He has been involved with basketball for many years and possesses great knowledge of the game. Adrian and Matt Devlin will make a great broadcast team and our fans will be entertained watching Bobcats games on television.”

For the past three years Branch has served primarily as a studio analyst for Comcast SportsNet in Washington, DC. Branch provided halftime and postgame analysis for college basketball games and he also offered commentary on Wizards Post Game Live, a 30-minute show that provided viewers with postgame interviews, analysis and news on the NBA’s Washington Wizards. Branch has also assisted WUSA-TV in Washington with its coverage of the University of Maryland throughout the NCAA Tournament the last few seasons, including extensive work during the Terrapins run to the 2002 NCAA title.

“I am humbled and excited to join the Bobcats family. I have always been a fan of professional sports and believe the people of Charlotte and the Carolinas are great enthusiasts for the NBA,” Branch said. “The Bobcats organization is filled with wonderful people and I know Bob Johnson, Ed Tapscott and Bernie Bickerstaff operate with integrity, professionalism and hard work and I share that philosophy. I look forward to teaming with Matt Devlin to give Bobcats fans an enjoyable television experience.”

Branch joined the ranks of broadcasting after an NBA playing career from 1986-90 with the L.A. Lakers, New Jersey, Portland and Minnesota.

Originally drafted by Chicago in the second round of the 1985 NBA Draft, Branch was a member of the Lakers in 1986-87 when the team went 67-15 and won the NBA Championship. He appeared in 130 career games and averaged 6.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.9 minutes.

Branch was a key component for the University of Maryland men’s basketball team from 1982-85. A two-time All-American, Branch averaged 16.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 123 games and led the Terrapins to the 1984 ACC Championship. As a junior and senior, he helped Maryland to consecutive Sweet 16 appearances and, most recently, Branch was honored as an ACC Legend at the 2004 ACC Tournament.

A native of Washington, DC, Branch and his wife Kim are the parents of Adrian, Kylie and Kori.