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Backdrop of ESPN’s new NBA broadcast team dampens celebration

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Mark Jackson (from left), Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Breen worked 15 NBA Finals together. Starting this season, Breen will work with Doris Burke and Doc Rivers on ESPN’s top crew.

Under normal circumstances, the unveiling of ESPN’s new lead NBA broadcast team would be celebrated to the hilt.

Doris Burke will become the first woman to serve as a TV game analyst for a championship in one of the four major U.S. leagues. Chicago native Doc Rivers will return to broadcasting, which he excelled at between playing and coaching careers.