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June 3, 2006 at 4:09 PM

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Sonics guard Damien Wilkins was given a little offseason homework and it had nothing to do with working on his ball handling skills or outside jump shot. Wilkins has been studying up on the Storm in preparation to be a color analyst for FSN during Sunday’s broadcast against San Antonio at KeyArena.
And before you scoff at yet another WNBA attempt to draw NBA fans by pimping the brother league’s players and coaches in positions within the women’s league, know Wilkins actually did study communications at Georgia and wants to be a broadcaster after he retires from basketball.
Plus, Fox tried to prepare Wilkins, 26, for his debut. The station flew him to the Los Angeles area for a two-day, seven-hour crash course with a personal tutor. Some topics covered were delivery style when calling a game and how to keep a viewing audience intrigued.
“They were basically giving me a foundation, something to work from and how it works to be on the other end of the microphone,” said Wilkins, who often watches WNBA games from his Atlanta home with his baby sister, a basketball player.
“I’m looking forward to it. I’m excited, but I’m a little nervous because I don’t want to mess up. It’s a big TV thing, so we’ll see how it goes. I had to do my homework, try to learn as much as I can. I’m not giving an interview anymore. I’m talking about what’s going on in the game. Basically talkin’ basketball and they’re throwing me right in the fire.”
Wilkins is contracted for just the one game, the only remaining broadcast on the station this season.
“The Storm, they’re a great team,” he said. “I’m looking forward to keeping up with them throughout the season.”

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