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Kings' first-round playoff series to be televised by FS West and Prime Ticket

Lj5vchnc The Kings’ first-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks will be shared between FS West and Prime Ticket. 

Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller will handle the play-by-play while former Kings player Jim Fox will be the color analyst. Heidi Androl will join the broadcasting team in San Jose. Androl and Patrick O’Neal will continue their duties for postseason games at Staples Center.

When FS West or Prime Ticket and Versus are both televising a game in the first round, the Versus telecast will be blacked out in Los Angeles.

For radio, all Kings playoff games will air on KLAC-AM (570).

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Tom Verducci's postgame interview with Tim Lincecum proves it's not as easy as it looks

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As is sometimes the case, a gifted baseball writer isn't always as gifted at conducting live television interviews. Case in point: Tom Verducci's postgame chat for TBS on Thursday night with the Giants' Tim Lincecum after the two-time Cy Young Award winner shut down the Braves.

Lincecum seemed ready to end the chat about a minute into it. After all, he does of lot of these interviews. But asking someone not once but twice -- or was it three times? -- how he feels, or how it felt, well, what was Lincecum to say?  'Did it feel as special as it looked?' 'How did it feel at that point?' And back to, 'How did it feel?'

Compare Verducci's written piece with his television interview with Lincecum. It proves it is never easy being in front a camera live, no doubt with a producer yakking into your ear.

Patrick O'Neal, son of actor Ryan O'Neal and a broadcaster for Fox Sports West here in Los Angeles, is pretty adept at on-camera interviews. But he didn't start out as a writer. And Peter Gammons, in his prime, was terrific with the written word as well as on TV (he got better as time went on).

As for former players, I turn to hockey and the Kings' Jim Fox, who is smart, glib, does his homework and gets the most out of any interview. Who would be your pick for best on-air postgame interviewer?

-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: A screen grab from Tom Verducci's interview on TBS with Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum. Credit: TBS

Jim Fox/Dave Taylor charity golf tournament set; U.S., Canada lose at World Championships

While wondering if Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi still thinks it was such a great idea to trade Michael Cammalleri, now a playoff catalyst for the surprising Montreal Canadiens, we came across some newsworthy hockey-related items….

Kings TV analyst Jim Fox and former King Dave Taylor are busy organizing the Dave Taylor/Jim Fox 22nd Annual Cystic Fibrosis Golf Classic, to be held June 14 at Moorpark Country Club in Moorpark.

 The event will include a dinner that will be emceed by Bob Miller. Radio broadcaster Nick Nickson and alumni Gary Edwards, Glen Murray, Brad Norton, Luc Robitaille and Ian Turnbull have said they will attend, in addition to Fox and Taylor. More alums are expected to attend the festivities.


Fox is hoping for donations of cash or items that can be auctioned to raise money for cystic fibrosis patient care and research. Information on registration and donations is available at losangeles.cff.org/davegolfclassic

The U.S. men’s team lost to Finland, 3-2, at the World Championships in Cologne, Germany, falling to 0-2-1 and dropping into the relegation round. Team USA’s captain is Kings defenseman Jack Johnson.

Canada lost its captain, Kings winger Ryan Smyth, after he fractured his ankle a few days ago. Canada lost to Switzerland, 4-1, on Wednesday.

Its leading scorer is Ducks winger Corey Perry, who has a goal and four points in three games. Perry is trying to join Ducks teammate Scott Niedermayer as the only players in hockey history to have won five major titles: Perry has already won the Stanley Cup (2007), the Memorial Cup (2005, for supremacy in junior hockey), an Olympic gold medal (at Vancouver in February) and the world junior title (2005). Niedermayer also has won a sixth title, having won the World Cup. Unless that’s revived soon, Niedermayer’s six-pack of titles could be untouched.

The NHL Network will air the Memorial Cup starting Friday through May 23. The tournament, which features the top four teams in junior hockey, will provide a peek at some of the kids who will be walking to the podium at the NHL draft June 25-26 at Staples Center.

 It’s also a great chance to look at kids who have already been drafted, such as Kings prospects Brayden Schenn of the Brandon Wheat Kings and Brandon Kozun of the Calgary Hitmen, as well as Ducks prospect Nicolas Deschamps of the Moncton Wildcats.

The broadcasts will start Friday with a preview show and play will begin on Saturday.
 
-- Helene Elliott

Bob Miller still ailing, likely to miss Kings' game Sunday

Miller Bob Miller, still bothered by a case of shingles, probably won't return to call the Kings' game against Nashville on Sunday at Staples Center.

Miller had indicated he was doubtful about returning Sunday, and on Friday a club spokesman said the Kings expect to continue with the TV and radio broadcasting teams they've had the past few games. Those tandems are Nick Nickson and Jim Fox on FS West and Daryl Evans and Mike Kalinowski on KTLK 1150 and the other stations on the Kings' radio network.

Here's hoping for a speedy recovery for Miller, the Kings' voice for 37 seasons.

-- Helene Elliott, in Dallas

Photo: Bob Miller. Credit: L.A. Kings

Kings' Bob Miller to miss next few games

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, who on Saturday missed only his 18th game in 37 seasons as the voice of the Kings, will miss Monday's home game  against Columbus and Wednesday's game at Chicago because he has shingles, a club spokesman said.

The second game of the Kings' upcoming trip, at Dallas on Friday, is radio only, so by missing Wednesday's game, Miller will have a few extra days to rest.

Nick Nickson, the team's radio voice, will move to the TV booth Monday and Wednesday to work with Jim Fox. The radio team will be Daryl Evans and Mike "Krusher" Kalinowski, who is the Kings' manager of communications and has some broadcast work in his resume.

Get well wishes to Bob. ... We'll forward any messages you'd like to leave for him.

-- Helene Elliott

Photo: Bob Miller poses with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Kings broadcaster Bob Miller to miss tonight's game

Bob Miller, the voice of the Kings, is ill and will miss the broadcast of the Kings' game against the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Staples Center.

According to a club spokesman, it will be only the 18th broadcast he will have missed and the first since Nov. 2, 2002.

Jim Fox and Daryl Evans will call the game on FS West and radio play-by-play announcer Nick Nickson will be joined by Rich Hammond, the Kings' principal website reporter.

Here's hoping Miller gets well soon and can return for the Kings' game Monday at home against Columbus.

More on the Kings later at www.latimes.com/sports.

-- Helene Elliott

What ever happened to Jim Fox?

Kings Many of you Fabulous Forum regulars may be wondering -- what happened to Jim Fox's blog posts?

The Kings color commentator was kind enough to be a guest blogger in the early part of the season, offering his insight on the team. However, expanded duties with the Kings has prevented him from continuing to be a regular contributor to the blog.

Here's Fox's message to his followers in the blogosphere:

"I assume that those of you who followed my blogs earlier in the hockey season have been wondering why I have not been writing lately. I apologize for not getting word to you sooner, but I have been trying to work things out as far as finding the time to work on the blogs. Due to some changes in my duties with the Los Angeles Kings, I feel that I no longer have the appropriate time to continue writing. My roles with our Alumni Association and the Kings Fan Development Departments have increased significantly to the point that I have been asked to shift some of my duties and increase my participation in those areas. As I hope you have noticed, the Times has increased their coverage of the Kings extensively and that includes traveling writers to away games, so hopefully this will help everyone who wishes to follow Kings news. I would like to thank Helene Elliott and the Los Angeles Times for the opportunity and I appreciate their support. Thanks!"

-- Austin Knoblauch

Foxy's tales: Kings' quarter-season report card for each player

Jim Fox is a former Kings forward and the award-winning color commentator for Kings telecasts on Fox Sports West. He played for the Kings from 1980 to 1990 and ranks eighth on the Kings’ all-time scoring list. You can get more insight from Jim and about the L.A. Kings at www.lakings.com.

Foxmug The Kings have just moved past the quarter pole of the season, so I thought it would be a good time to offer up a quarter-season report card for each player. 

Coming into the season the Kings felt they were a team that would be competing for a playoff spot in the tough Western Conference, and after 22 games, they have the second-most points in the West, so they have exceeded expectations so far. 

Grades are based on my expectations for each player as they entered this season.


Jonathan Quick
Up and down start to the season that has included more shaky performances than solid ones. Lapses in concentration have hurt him and he is trying to find a comfortable balance between his increased workload in games and finding time to still work on the finer points of his game.  Of late he has appeared to find his game and is getting back to being a big presence,  which along with his athleticism is a good combination for any goalie.  Bottom line, he has 12 wins and he is getting the job done. Grade: B

Erik Ersberg
Has only started two games and has not had the opportunity to earn the confidence of his teammates or coaching staff.  His next one or two starts will be very important for him to prove that he can pick up a win every once in a while.  His small stature is a negative and he has to rely on being extremely sharp to be effective.  Must get back to crisp, decisive movement and get back on his game.  Grade:  Incomplete or D

Matt Greene
Leads the entire league in hits by defensemen and can be difficult to play against most nights which is exactly what he has to do.  Not a highly skilled player but he makes up for that deficiency with a grind-it-out mentality.  The coaching staff likes to use him in penalty-kill situations and his shot blocking helps him there, but the penalty-kill numbers have to get better as a team, and he is a big part of that unit.  Grade: B

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Foxy's tales: Dustin Brown grows into captaincy; Jonathan Quick still learning to thrive as go-to guy

Jim Fox is a former Kings forward and the award-winning color commentator for Kings telecasts on Fox Sports West. He played for the Kings from 1980 to 1990 and ranks eighth on the Kings’ all-time scoring list. You can get more insight from Jim and about the L.A. Kings at www.lakings.com.


Foxmug When Dustin Brown joined the Kings, he was not one of the players that you would think ahead and label as captain material. As loud as he was and is on the ice, he was just as quiet and introspective off the ice. Like many young players, he had many more things to worry about than thinking ahead about the day he would become captain of the team. He was selected the captain before last season, and at the time, many people -- including myself -- were not sure if he had the type of personality that players usually have to handle that responsibility.

At a prospect camp during the summer of 2008, he took a big step when he was asked to address a group of young prospects. He made everyone feel comfortable because he shared his feelings and experiences of when he was one of the new guys on the block -- how he was shy and rarely felt comfortable taking a leadership position with the team because he was not a polished communicator and usually got extremely nervous and uncomfortable when he had to address teammates or the media. But he let everyone know that he had grown out of that and that he wanted them to understand that if they were uncomfortable, it was only normal and not to think about it too much. 

He talked about how everyone was needed to help the team continue to grow and get to the position of competing for a playoff spot. By letting everyone see into his past weaknesses, he became a leader every one of those young men could look up to. That speech caught the attention of everyone who witnessed or heard about it, including Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi.

Now, more than a year into his captaincy, he seems not only more comfortable with this responsibility but looking forward to the extra duties.

When I asked him what needed to be addressed after the Kings dropped two games in a row before their 5-2 win over Carolina on Wednesday night, he didn’t talk much about style of play or tactics -- he talked about an area he feels he can help control. His message was about staying positive and relying on each other because he feels this is a “good team.”

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Foxy's tales: Kopitar is in shape for a good season, and why a change can do you good

Fox The development of a young player is always interesting to follow.  Before this season, Anze Kopitar was already an above-average NHL player, but he had a decision to make.

 Did he want to be an above-average player for another 10 to 15 years, something he was more than capable of being, or did he have it in him to be a true No. 1 center in the league, as opposed to just the No. 1 center for  the Kings?

 The area that he was asked to address was his fitness and to see if he could take it to an elite level, so he would be able to withstand the night-in, night-out demands on a player through an 82-game schedule.  No one doubted his skill, and no one doubted his understanding of the game, but there was concern about whether he had the level of fitness to lead a team.  His start has erased those doubts.

More than anything, I think that his start has to do with being able to enjoy the game. In the past, his fitness level was not allowing him to have as much fun as he should have had.  But if you spend many of your shifts just fighting through the pain of not having enough air in you lungs or with the lactic acid building up in your legs, it is not as much fun as it should be. 

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Foxy's Tales: Jim Fox responds to readers' comments on his blog entries

Jim Fox is a former Kings forward and the award-winning color commentator for Kings telecasts on Fox Sports West He played for the Kings from 1980 to 1990 and ranks eighth on the Kings’ all-time scoring list. You can get more insight from Jim and about the LA Kings at www.lakings.com.


Foxmug I appreciate everyone taking the time to post comments.  From time-to-time I will do my best to respond to some of the comments and will strive to touch on a cross-section as opposed to answering every individual comment since many comments deal with the same topic.  Thanks again for your participation.

Here's a question...
I don't have cable, or satellite and the only way I can get my Kings fix is online radio. I'd sign up for the NHL GameCenter but how can I watch with blackout restrictions? Or is there a way that a deal with Fox Sports West can be worked out to allow them to broadcast the games online?
Posted by: Nick Harris | October 14, 2009 at 03:26 PM

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