With Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in Brooklyn, Doc Rivers coaching the Clippers, and Rajon Rondo rehabbing a knee injury, the Celtics will have a new look this season.
Turns out so will the network that broadcasts their games.
Greg Dickerson, Donny Marshall, and Gary Tanguay won't be part of the network's Celtics coverage this season, while president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and Chris Herren are slated to fill in as color analysts on a couple of occasions.
Dickerson, the Celtics' sideline reporter since 2005, will no longer continue in that role, though he will continue to contribute to CSNNE and NECN programming.
The affable and knowledgeable Dickerson has dealt with neurological illnesses (epilepsy and Tourette's syndrome) that caused him to miss significant time two years ago.
He will be replaced by Abby Chin, who came to Boston from the CSN affiliate in Portland, Oregon, as an anchor/reporter last December.
Marshall, the former UConn star who joined CSNNE as a Celtics analyst in 2005-06, once seemed in line to succeed Tommy Heinsohn someday.
But he was surpassed by former Celtic Brian Scalabrine, who was superb as an analyst last year. Though Scalabrine chose the coaching life over a media career, moving on to become an assistant coach with the Warriors, Marshall's contract still was not picked up.
Kyle Draper will replace Tanguay as the host of pre- and postgame studio coverage. Tanguay will remain as a host of "Sports Tonight."
But the most familiar aspect of CSNNE's Celtics coverage remains in place.
Heinsohn will be the color analyst for all home games alongside play-by-play voice Mike Gorman. It will be their 33d year together calling Celtics games.
When the Celtics are on the road, Heinsohn will be in studio. The color analyst role will rotate on the road among several personalities, including Dave Cowens, Cedric Maxwell, and most intriguingly, Ainge and Herren, who will join Gorman in tandem.
Studio analysts who will join Draper at times include Cowens, Tim Welsh, and Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.
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