AIR002: Tom Dore – former long-time Chicago Bulls TV commentator

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Former Bulls Broadcaster

Former long-time Chicago Bulls play-by-play man, Tom Dore.

Our discussion includes Tom’s native Illinois, his time at Missouri University and subsequent journey to France and New Zealand where he played basketball professionally. We talk about Andrew and Lindsay Gaze (Australia’s own basketball royalty), how Tom became a broadcaster for the Bulls and his association with two of the all-time greats; Jim Durham and Johnny ‘Red’ Kerr (both RIP). We also discuss his relationship with Michael Jordan and unearth some fantastic MJ stories.

 

Links to topics discussed:

Andrew Gaze – Seton Hall profile | Mitch Richmond feature

Jordan switches jersey numbers | Chicago Bulls – 70 wins

 

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Interviews with NBA-related personalities at In all Airness - Jordan-era NBA podcast
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  • http://twitter.com/luke2177 Luke

    Loved this interview mate. It was a pleasure to just listen in “live” and I couldn’t have been more impressed by Tom. I actually can’t believe the Bulls would let him go (or did he resign?). Either way, I’d love to see him get back onto TV or radio if he isn’t already. Do you happen to know what he’s doing now?

    • http://inallairness.com/ Adam

      Thanks mate for the comment – it was a blast having you side-saddle when I chatted to Tom. The Bulls network let him (and Neil Funk, I believe) go, went in a different direction, around 2008. I wish I had more time to chat about that, but time was limited. Tom is also on the speaking circuit as far as I am aware, plus has called play-by-play for a couple of other leagues / sports since then too.