It's no surprise that Dei Lynam, daughter of former Sixers
coach Jimmy Lynam has followed her father's footsteps into the
world of basketball. The Comcast SportsNet sideline reporter for
the Sixers and contributor to "Sixers Post Game Live"
has been immersed in the game her entire life.
When Jimmy was head coach at Saint Joseph's, "my entire
family would go to every game," Dei recalled. Many recall
the teenaged Dei running into her father's arms on national
television after Saint Joe's upset DePaul in the 1981 NCAA
Lynam played basketball throughout her youth, including her
high school days in Portland, Ore., when Jimmy was an assistant
head coach of the Trailblazers. "I could have played at a
Division II or III school, but I decided to get on with my
life," Dei said. She enrolled at UCLA when her father was
head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Although she earned a degree in psychology, Lynam worked in
the athletic department at UCLA. She broke into the professional
ranks by working as a statistician on the Clippers' radio
broadcasts for five years.
Lynam got her first on-air job in Madison, Wisc., in 1992.
She was doing weekend sports for the ABC affiliate in Cincinnati
when she became one of the original hires of Comcast SportsNet
in 1997. Lynam also has worked as a sideline reporter for TNT
since 1996. She traveled to China last year for the Yao Ming
Soon, Lynam will be doing play-by-play for the Washington
Mystics of the WNBA.
"My last name absolutely opened doors for me in the
beginning," said Lynam, who has been married for 12 years
to Tim Riviere, whom she met at UCLA. "However, I wouldn't
have been able to keep my jobs or get new jobs if I couldn't do
the job. I easily could have changed my name when I got
It's obvious that her peers on Comcast SportsNet agree. Lynam
is a respected member of the "Post Game Live" crew,
which includes family friend John Nash.
"I used to babysit his kids," she said.
Luckily for Sixers radio broadcaster Tom McGinnis, baby Kenna
Margaret McGinnis was born last Saturday, when the Sixers were
McGinnis and his wife, Robin Rieger of KYW-3, were anxiously
awaiting the birth of their first child and were hoping that Tom
wouldn't be on the road for the birth.
Although McGinnis missed Saturday night's game, it was a
"no-brainer," he said. "It was a magical, amazing
Baby Kenna conveniently was born at 6 p.m., so Tom was able
to catch some snippets of the game on the clock radio in the
hospital. McGinnis returned to the microphone for last Sunday's
game, but was "walking on a cloud."
He flew to Detroit a day later than the team so he could
spend some extra time with Kenna, which according to Tom is an
Irish/Celtic name. She was just a few ounces over being a true
"76er," weighing in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces.
According to a source close to the situation, one reason that
HBO's "Hard Knocks" isn't happening this summer is
because the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers declined to
participate in the reality series. Let's just hope HBO doesn't
put "Arliss" reruns in its place.
Laura Nachman covers television and radio sports for
the Courier Times. She can be reached at email@example.com.